Costa Rica is a beautiful and peaceful country in Central America. Known for such tourist destinations as the still-active Irazu volcano and the lush jungle tour by train. Rafting, or more commonly called White Water Rafting is an exciting experience that you can have in Costa Rica. The water in spots gets whipped up, hence the words "white water" added to the phrase rafting. You can raft in the United States in such places as Maine. But, for the combined excitement and unbelievable scenery that will go along with the rafting, Costa Rica is the place to be.
When you partake of the adventure of rafting in Costa Rica, along the way you will see scenery unsurpassed. Tropical birds, monkeys and the famous three-toed sloth, that is native to Costa Rica. Don't worry the sloths are friendly. The lush surroundings will amaze you.
When you sign up for a rafting tour in Costa Rica, you will first be given an introduction by the experienced guides. This is to give you the basics of what you need to know, like how to position yourself in the raft and more information that will add to your enjoyment of the rafting tour. You will be told what to wear beforehand. Helmets, life jackets and paddles will be supplied. You won't be left alone. The raft will have others along with a professional individual with many years of accumulated knowledge in the field of rafting. There are different classifications of rapids and rivers and you will be rafting the class of river that corresponds to your experience.
As you make your way down the river you will have calm spots where you can relax. Along the river you will encounter gorges and rapids, where the raft will speed up and you will feel alive as the raft moves from side to side and up and down. These sections of the river that produce the "white water" will convince you that the correct decision was made to be part of the rafting tour in Costa Rica. Your rafting tour in Costa Rica will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Speaking from experience, white water rafting is safe and exciting. It is an activity that after completing, you will be ready to enjoy another trip down the river. It should be pointed out that the Pacuare River, or Rio (river) Pacuare, is rated in the top 5 rafting rivers in the world. It has unbelievable scenery and goes through areas almost untouched. The Rio Sarapiqui and the Rio Toro are other fine rivers for your rafting tour in Costa Rica. On the Pacuare River like all rivers in rafting, when you reach calm sections you can get off your raft and enjoy the pristine water with a swim.