Get wet and wild as you raft through rapids!!
Costa Rica presents the opportunity for world-class rafting in a tropical paradise. Its terrain has been shaped by centuries of torrential weather, which produced deep canyons and scenic river valleys that provide ideal conditions for white-water rafting. During the Rainy Season, the rivers get swell, allowing the water to flow fully and steadily throughout the rest of the year.
With 14 major river systems Costa Rica’s rafting runs range from calm stretches suitable for novices and family float trips to adrenalin-pumping Class V rapids. This activity is available 10 months of the year.
**The best white-water rafting ride is still the scenic Pacuare River. It’s one of South America’s premier rafting rivers, with long stretches of Class III and IV rapids. The Pacuare rises at Cordillera de Talamanca and flows into the Caribbean, passing through rainforest that is home to wildlife such as jaguars, ocelots, monkeys and toucans
**Visitors to Cartago, flock to the Reventazon River to enjoy one more than 10 miles of Class III, IV and V rapids – the variety of challenging legs (and easy entry points) along the river makes it a great place for beginners and advanced paddlers to test their limits. The lower reaches are very turbulent, and include a three-mile stretch of consistent white water. The Class V rapids along the Peralta section of this river are strictly for experts, and can only be rafted from December to May.
**The Balsa River in Arenal has class II and III rapids. This category has calm, cool stretches as well as some more exciting passages. There is, however, nothing too intense, and a trip down the Balsa River is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
**Rio Chirripo offers some of the most challenging rapids in Costa Rica, including Class IV and V, and is only navigable between late August and early November.
Rafting Trips for Beginners and Families
The picturesque Sarapiqui River is good for novice rafters, with Class I and II rapids. Trips along this river between mid-May and mid-March, including a seven-mile float trip between La Virgen and Chilamate. The Corobici River in Guanacaste is also recommended for beginners, with meandering curves and gentle waters.
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