River Crossing - Rió Bongo | Warning

Costa Rica

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The river can be crossed during most of the year with any vehicle. It is very easy to cross in the correct part of the river. River can be scouted by foot as crocodiles are considered safe at this spot. Swimming however is not advised.

Local tour guide gives free advice or offers paid services: Erickson Diaz.
Phone: +506 87215448
*Check the strong current.

When crossing from West to East, drive into water and continue directly across to the gravel bar on opposite side. Exit onto gravel and perform multi-point turn while out of the water. Re-enter river and drive up-current to the exit now on your right side.

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Nice easy xing- do a lil curve in the middle and you gonna be fine
Enjoy q(❂‿❂)p

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Crossed from West to East in 2007 Toyota Fortuner, water approximately wheel depth. Locals (both at guide house and people at river's edge) assured me it was safe from crocodiles to verify depth by foot.

Drive straight into water and continue straight across to the gravel bar on opposite side, exit onto gravel and perform multi-point turn out of the water, re-enter river and drive up-current to the exit now on your right side.

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The river was impressive today, a little current, brown water and apparently there are crocodiles. I discussed with Erickson before to cross and advised me to cross the river in an arc, you drive in the current for about 6m and then you go up the current. I tested on foot, there was 60cm of water and the ground hard. Appearing crocodiles do not attack if you walk, you should not swim. If you observe the river you will see small wavelets, it indicates where there is the least water.

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Ya no existe, es solamente carretera y es fácil de hacer

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shallow river. You can usually cross it all year round with any type of vehicle.

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river was doable with our toyota fj cruiser. water was knee height.

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At this date very doable. The water level is very low. 2wd high clearance would so the job

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easy crossing at this date. Any car can do it, the roads were in good shape as well. Few parts where 4x4 might come in handy.

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No problem to pass today with +/-70cm.
Doable with 4x4.

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Didn’t see any crocodiles. 1-1.5’ of water. Waited for someone to show me the line and crossed no problem in VW bus.

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River was 40-50cm deep in mid-September and the water clear (rainfall was very little for the days prior). Based on other rivers nearby, I suspect it wasn’t passable the next day after heavy rain.

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no problem, water was not too deep for our chavy van,but it hasn’t’t rained in the last 3 days, we looked how other local cars crossed and then we did it!!

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Very low water right now (dry season) with maybe 30cm only, easy to cross just do a U-curve because if you cross straight through there’s supposedly a little deeper spot

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Did not crossed over (4x4, full equiped), even with the local people saying it could be done (for 10k..). They were saying even normal cars could pass, but had no good feeling about that comment. Going to be a good day for the local, or recieving 10k or have a laugh when get your car get stuck and you have to pay for a tow to get out :-) Could not check depht because alligators were visible. Detour is only <45 min longer with a 4x4, some nice river crossings to do. Go back where you came from and turn the first right to go more north-east for the detour. Keep right if you want to go to the original route and do the second 'large' river crossing, that one is more easier and you can do it yourself, follow the instructions as in this app.

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Crossed it with my Ford Explorer 4x4. It’s about 60cm deep, brown water with hidden holes in the otherwise rocky bottom.
Got a local to drive it through for me as you need to know the exact way...have him 10k.
Rick lives just north of it 150m in the house on the left (coming from North).
The crocodiles have never attacked anybody according to him.
The two other crossings further south were much easier!

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we didn' t crossed here looked to deep and the water was mudy, so we took the road around and passed several small Rivers and water pitches but nothing higher than 30cm bevor the big one later on

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Heavy rain since last night, the water is about femur deep (walked through - no crocodiles) We would have made it but two locals on bikes walked across the river from the opposite side and said there are two more rivers to cross and one of them is about hip deep. We decided to not take this risk.

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Almost completely dry river. 6” of water. No problem crossing.

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We crossed with 4 people in our loaded down 2wd Vanagon with all terrain tires. Roughly calf deep. Has potential to become very deep and wide in the rainy season. But no problems now. Was looking forward to bill sharks and crocs, but no luck for us ;-)

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fine to cross at this date saw motorbike cross too

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at this moment not possible. no river bank in sight!

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No chance right now, there is no river bank at the moment, the water even comes up the ramp. (see picture)
Hardly rain for the last 3 days, but heavy rain yesterday night.

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Coming from the north and driving direction Mamzanilllo, first drive 10 - 15 meters next to the right bank (downstream), then cross over to the gravel place at the other river side. Then, follow this side upstream for 10 -15 metres and exit. River bed is stoney, not muddy. If you cross the river earlier it is more muddy and if you cross it farther, it becomes deeper. Was 60 cm deep. It did not rain for 2 days

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passable at this moment, knee deep. should be fine in a 4×4

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we could not pass today with our 4x4 (after the heavy rains of last night, the river was very high)

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Possible to cross in a 77 Volkswagen Bus. But More important is that nearly all streets down here are unpaved. So when your planing to come here fill your gas up max and be sure to drive not faster than 50kph, otherwise it will cause serious damage on your car.

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no problem with our LandRover and with a Toyota RAV suv. no crocs. waterdepth about 20cm.

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Totally crossable right now, but we are told due to both VERY aggressive crocodiles and BULL SHARKS in river, during rainy season it is not possible. Locals told us two people were bitten by sharks and one adult woman EATEN by crocodile at this river crossing last year. One of the shark bites came when a guy got stuck and got out of his vehicle.

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Furthest road/river crossing is shallowest. At this time our Hyundai camper (not 4wd) made it.

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Possibilty to cross the river on February 2017.
About 40 cm water depth.
No crocodiles.

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No crocodiles, no problem on this track on February 2017

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we were able to cross all the rivers on the way to Santa Theresa with our 2WD Dodge van. make

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Hadn't rained in a few days so we were able to cross. 4x4 and decent clearance recommended not only for the crossing but the muddy entrance/exit. Road from here to Mal Pais is very beautiful but has lots of ruts, potholes and steep sections. There are also smaller river crossings after this including one where you need to cross then follow the opposite bank (shallows) up/in the river about 50 yards to reach the exit.

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The river is impassible at the moment and according to a sign crocodiles are in there

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