White Water Rafting
Costa Rica has many beautiful rivers where White Water Rafting could be practiced. Among those rivers are:
Pacuare River, located in the Limon Province, it is one of the top rivers in Costa Rica. According to National Geographic it is also one of the top ten most scenic rivers in the world for white water rafting. Pacuare River has the perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement; it is flanked by steep, green walls, gorgeous waterfalls, and beautiful canyons. The Pacuare River is class III and IV, and there are few companies in Costa Rica that run it commercially. Most tours leave from San Jose, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and La Fortuna. It can be run in one day tours, two day tours and even a three day two night tours.
The Sarapiquí River is located in the Heredia Province, next to La Selva Biological Station. The Sarapiquí River offers the best wildlife viewing opportunities due to its size and its location between beautiful forests. The river has a mid-elevation that runs towards the southern Caribbean area. It hosts many different kinds of wildlife such as: toucans, waterbirds, monkeys, sloths and butterflies. The Sarapiqui's rapids are moderate class II and III. Therefor, it is the perfect adventure for families with children. Most tours leave from San Jose, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and La Fortuna.
The Reventazon River is located in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica. It has two sections: the first and harder section is the Pascua section; the second is the Florida Section which is milder. This is one of Costa Rica's top rivers. It has the hardest commercial runs in the country, as well as the biggest white water. With over 65kms (40 miles) of rapids. The Reventazón River is the best choice for runs during the late dry season months (March and April). It maintains very good water levels, as other rivers start getting really low.
The Orosi River, also called Rio Grande de Orosi, is located near the Cordillera de Talamanca. The watershed contains one of the rainiest areas of Costa Rica, with annual rainfalls of up to 280 inches. It goes through the small town of Orosi, passing through Tapantí National Park and draining into Lake Cachi (Lago de Cachi), the site where the Cachi Dam is located (Presa de Cachi). It is a beutiful river to beginners; the river runs rapids class II and III. There is one company so far that runs that river directly from Orosi town.
Chirripó River, which offers mainly class IV white water. The Chirripo still contains some very difficult whitewater. The river drops continuously over a boulder-laden course that provides numerous broaching opportunities. The channel is quite narrow and large trees hanging over the river. Beautiful and great adventure for white water rafting lovers.
Other rivers for White Water Rafting:
- Savegre River
- Pejibaye River
- Corobici River
- Toro River