Costa Rica

Whitewater Rafting

Costa Rica offers world class whitewater rafting. Not only is the rafting fun and exciting, the surrounding rainforest creates a magical experience. Waters are generally warm and wetsuits are not needed. Some tours allow you to swim alongside the raft in calm waters. There is nothing like floating in warm water with blue morpho butterflies and tropical birds flying overhead.

Rafting is not just for eco-adventurers; no prior experience is needed and it is not overly strenuous. Traveling on the river allows views of the rainforest and its inhabitants not otherwise possible. A great family activity, age appropriate tours are available for children between 8 and 14.

Most tours last 2/3 of the day or more, offer at least one meal and provide transportation to and from your hotel. Knowing how to incorporate these details into your itinerary can maximize your vacation time.

Rafting Tours
More InfoPacuare River One Day

The Pacuare river is one of the World's top five rivers for whitewater rafting. Multiple sections of rapids spread along 16 miles of river alternate bursts of excitement with relaxing enjoyment of the surrounding virgin rainforest. Float between dramatic sheer cliffs of a box canyon. Our most highly recommended rafting tour for those 14 and over, the Pacuare is often cited as our customer's favorite experience.

More InfoPacuare River Overnight

Overnight rafting offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in remote primary rainforest. Even so, the rustic lodge offers creature comforts such as electricity and hot showers. Two and three nights stays are available. Rafting the same sections of river as the one day tour, overnight participants disembark halfway through to stay at the lodge. The additional time can be spent hiking in the rainforest, visiting the native Cabecar indian village, relaxing at the lodge or zipping on a short canopy tour.
Reventazon Whitewater Rafting Tour
The Reventazon River

The Reventazon river is located near the Pacuare river. It is sometimes used as an alternative when Pacuare waters are running too high as its flows are controlled by a dam. Families with children 12 and over can raft the Florida section of the river. The Pascua section adds level IV rapids for a 12 mile rainforest adventure.

More InfoSarapiqui River

Families with younger children ages 8 and above can raft the Sarapiqui river. Located several hours away, the addition of this tour may convince you to spend an extra night near Arenal Volcano. What better way to end your day of rafting than to sit in thermal hot springs and soak those muscles! Moderate rapids punctuate stretches of calm river. This is a fun way to spend time in nature. Dense rainforest lines the riverbanks, home to many bird species.
Naranjo Whitewater Rafting Tour
More InfoNaranjo River

The Naranjo River is located on the Central Pacific coast with class III to IV rapids. Convenient for those staying near Quepos, lodging in Jaco requires a 1.5 hour drive south to meet at the rafting tour office. Although shorter than other rafting trips, the 7 mile length showcases a broader diversity of terrain with sheer cliff walls, to palm plantations to green pastureland.

Savegre Whitewater Rafting Tour
Savegre River

The Savegre River is accessible from Quepos or Dominical. Although it shares class III and IV ratings with the Naranjo river, its rapids are more intense. Like the Naranjo, it winds through plantations and pastureland, but features more rainforest. Overnight options are available for those wanting to raft more challenging river sections.