Costa Rica is one of the Greatest Places on the Planet for River Rafting
There is no thrill quite like facing the rapids on a swiftly racing river. Costa Rica’s many rivers offer numerous opportunities for visitors to experience whitewater rafting, whether it is their first time on a raft or they are looking to challenge themselves on some of the world’s fiercest rapids.
Besides being an exciting experience, whitewater rafting is a great way to see Costa Rica. The country’s rivers snake down and around mountains, wind across jungles, and take visitors through some of Costa Rica’s quietest, most secluded corners. Those adventurous enough to try it will be rewarded by amazing, unspoiled views of the country’s most beautiful natural scenery.
Frommer’s has named Costa Rica one of the world’s best places to visit for whitewater rafting, and for good reason. The country offers rafting opportunities for every skill level, from Class I to Class IV, over all different types of terrains.
Families, novices, and those looking for a tranquil, lazy tour of the Costa Rican countryside might want to head for the Coribici River. Located in Guanacaste, this wide, placid river offers class I and II rafting only, and ensures a calm ride over moderate waves, as well as prime viewing of the Costa Rican dry forest. This is a great place to spot wildlife, including monkeys, iguanas, and some of the over 300 species of birds that inhabit the nearby Palo Verde National Park.
The Saripiqui River is a good choice for adventurous families. It features Class II and Class III rafting in some sections, which is great for beginners. The Saripiqui cuts through the rainforest, and is considered to be Costa Rica’s most scenic rafting river.
The Reventazon River features 10 miles of rapids that can accommodate everyone from beginners to those with advanced skills. The Reventazon also passes by historic churches, reserves, and gardens.
More daring rafters can brave the rushing rapids of the Pacuare River. This river features everything from Class I through Class V rapids, which makes it prime for any kind of adventure, from navigating Class III boulder gardens to flying down Class IV currents produced by rushing waterfalls. There is also plenty to see – this area is a prime for spotting jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and many different types of exotic birds.
You can head out for rafting on your own – there are many places to rent gear and set out on your own adventure – or you can sign up for a rafting tour. Tours of all kinds are available, from half-day tours for weekend warriors, to days-long tours for serious adventurers.