Rafting Costa Rica

With its many rivers and sharp changes in elevation, Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s best whitewater rafting. Multiple rivers feature Class III, IV and occasionally V rapids, and virtually all of them flow through spectacular tropical landscapes. Rafting trips typically cost around $90 per person, with transportation and lunch included.

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Rafting destinations

Near Turrialba

The Pacuare River, considered Costa Rica’s best rafting, features Class III and IV rapids, and the 18-mile (29-km) stretch can be done in one day or two, with an overnight stay at an ecolodge. Also in the east-central part of the country, the Guayabo section of the Reventazón River features thrilling Class V rapids for experienced rafters, while the Florida section offers a gentler Class III ride.

Near Arenal

The Sarapiquí River (Class II-III), Balsa River (Class II-III) and Toro River (Class II-IV) all feature good rafting near Arenal, Costa Rica’s most famous volcano.

Near Liberia

In the country’s northwest, one of the top rafting attractions is the Tenorio River (Class III-IV). Whitewater tubing in an individual inner tube is offered at Río Negro near Rincón de la Vieja National Park.

Near Manuel Antonio

The El Chorro section of the Naranjo River (Class IV-V) shoots through a narrow wilderness canyon, offering some of the fastest rafting in the country, with tight and technical rapids and steep drops. Other options on the central Pacific coast are gentler parts of the Naranjo River (Class III-IV) and the Savegre River (Class III-IV).

Rafting operators

Aventuras Naturales, http://www.adventurecostarica.com, (506) 2225-3939

  • Pacuare River
  • Sarapiquí River

Desafío Adventure Co., http://www.desafiocostarica.com, (506) 2479-0020

  • Sarapiquí River
  • Peñas Blancas River
  • Balsa River
  • Tenorio River

Exploradores Outdoors, http://www.exploradoresoutdoors.com, (506) 2222-6262

  • Pacuare River
  • Reventazón River

H2O Adventures, http://www.h2ocr.com, (506) 2777-4092

  • El Chorro
  • Savegre River
  • Naranjo River
  • Pacuare River
  • Sarapiquí River
  • Peñas Blancas River
  • Corobicí River
  • Tenorio River
  • Cucaracho River

Hacienda Guachipelín, http://www.haciendaguachipelin.com, (506) 2690-2900

  • Negro River (tubing)

Quepoa Expeditions, http://www.quepoaexpeditions.com, (506) 2777-0058

  • Savegre River
  • El Chorro
  • Naranjo River

Ríos Tropicales, http://www.riostropicales.com, (506) 2233-6455

  • Pacuare River
  • Reventazón River
  • Sarapiquí River
  • Tenorio River
  • Naranjo River
  • Savegre River
  • Cucaracho River

Wave Expeditions, http://www.waveexpeditions.com, (506) 2479-7262

  • Toro River
  • Balsa River
  • Arenal River

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