Costa Rica is renowned for its raging rivers and world-class white water rafting. The Pacuare River has been deemed one of the top 5 rafting rivers in the world because of its breathtaking beauty and challenging rapids. On the other hand, if you want to experience the exquisite nature along these fabulous waters at a more leisurely pace, safari floats are no less spectacular. Whether you're an adventurist or prefer to keep your blood pressure to a minimum, Costa Rica's numerous rivers offer exciting exploits for everyone.
For those new to rafting, Class II refers to floats and slow moving rivers. Class III is beginner white water rafting, and Class IV is a more challenging rapid. Class V requires significant experience and physical conditioning.
The ever-changing Naranjo River is recommended for physically fit adventure seekers and experienced rafters who are familiar with Class III and IV rapids. This high-octane adventure begins where the Naranjo River drops steeply from the Costa Rican mountains and charges though pristine jungle gorges then winds around rocky curves to take you on a wild ride. While your internationally-trained, bilingual guides and safety kayakers work with you to navigate this exciting river, you will pass stunning farmland, working cattle ranches, and beautiful African Palm Plantations. Between runs you will have the opportunity to witness untouched tropical forests yielding various species of birds such as the Keel-billed toucan, aracaris and several kinds of kingfishers.
The Pacuare River is rated one of the top rivers in the world. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds make this trip a feast for your senses. Located on Costa Rica's Atlantic slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife, including parrots, toucans, deer, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, butterflies, and more. During your full day or overnight rafting trip, you will travel along exciting Class III-IV whitewater rapids with high irregular waves and narrow passages that often require complex maneuvering. The Sarapiqui River, north of the Arenal Volcano Region, offers class III+ rapids set against equally breathtaking scenery.
For those wanting to explore the exquisite Costa Rica rivers at a less harried pace, the Savegre River provides Class II, III and some IV rapids that are manageable in sturdy rafts which accommodate 2 to 6 people comfortably. The Colorado River, a narrow river where you will pass through canyon walls as you experience rapids, lush vegetation and fascinating wildlife, is another option. For guests that wish to avoid the adventure of a white water experience or families with smaller children, a floating safari, which allows you to relax while your expert naturalist guides the boat in search of wildlife and photo opportunities, is a wonderful option.
Ranging anywhere from a few hours to a few days, white water rafting and safari floats are fun, safe, unforgettable adventures in nature that get your adrenaline pumping. All equipment and safety training are included with your tour. We work with the most experienced, reputable Costa Rica white water rafting and safari float companies in the country, selecting one or two operations in each region. Your fun, informative naturalist guide will work hard to make sure your Costa Rica white water rafting or safari float adventure is a safe and memorable one.
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