• Rafting at Pacuare, Costa Rica

    Rafting at Pacuare, Costa Rica

    © PacuareLodge

  • Rafting at Pacuare, Costa Rica

    Rafting at Pacuare, Costa Rica

    © PacuareLodge

  • Rafting at Pacuare, Costa Rica

    Rafting at Pacuare, Costa Rica

    © PacuareLodge

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White water rafting in Costa Rica

With everything on offer from a more leisurely paddle or a Class IV rapid, Costa Rica has the adventure seekers covered.

Rivers and routes for all abilities

White-water rafting in Costa Rica is incredibly popular. What always starts off as a leisurely paddle down river will soon turn into an adrenalin fueled fast-paced journey negotiating rapids of varying difficulty as you follow the twists and turns of the water.

Safety first, life-jackets and helmets will be provided and you will always be accompanied by a professional guide!

One of the beauties of rafting in Costa Rica is that there is bound to be a river and route to suit your ability from beginner to absolutely crazy thrill seeker, though we recommend only the experienced go for the Class V rapids. Others should stick to II, III and IV.

  • Choose a route to suit you
  • Thrill seekers - are you ready?
  • With gentler routes available, great for beginners
  • Rio Pacuare sorts out the hardcore rafters
  • Choose full day or half day trips
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Rafting with Rios Tropicales in Costa Rica © RiosTropicales

What to wear

Wear what's comfortable that you don't mind getting wet. Shorts and t-shirt are often the go to. Strap on sandals or water shoes are good, flip-flops won't cut the mustard. Safety hat, life jacket and paddle provided!

When to go

First timers are catered for all year round, but if you are a seasoned white-water enthusiast looking for thrills, then the wildest months are from June to October

How to do it

We recommend that you book your white-water rafting experience in advance and we can build these into most holiday itineraries, so just chat to us about planning this for you and we can make it happen!

Where to go

For beginners the gentler areas to raft are around Manuel Antonio or Gaunacaste. For the fearless thrill-seekers amongst you Rio Pacuare in the Central Valley will provide you with stronger rapids, depending on the time of year, you will get Class V!  Another popular spot is Rio Sarapiquí which is considered easy to moderate with Class II and III rapids, although some sections are a little more feisty with Class IV.