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Whitewater Kayaking Costa Rica
If you’re a real adrenalin junkie and whitewater rafting doesn’t quite ‘do it’ for you, then chances are going through the same rapids and down the same Costa Rican rivers in a kayak, will be more your thing.
Whitewater kayaking is certainly not a sport for the feint-hearted, that’s for sure, however, thanks to the diversity of the rivers in Costa Rica, and rapids graded from I – V, whitewater kayaking doesn’t have to mean ‘white knuckle’ kayaking, especially if you are a beginner.
Whitewater kayaking on the Pacuare River
If the Pacuare River (Rio Pacuare) has been voted as number two in the world’s Top five whitewater rafting rivers, then it seems logical to assume that it is also pretty impressive for whitewater kayaking! Covering over 15 miles and including 52 sets of rapids, the river will take approximately four hours to whitewater kayak down its reaches.
There are several organizations which can provide whitewater kayaking guides, kayaks and all the necessary equipment for kayaking in the Pacuare River. However, here at Costa Rica Rios we specialize in whitewater kayaking vacation experiences, including a beginner’s introduction to kayaking on the Pacuare River, both of which are included as part of our 8-day Adventure Cost Rican Tour.
Whitewater kayaking can also be included in any bespoke adventure vacation packages we create for you, and we can combine a few other activities into the package too. Just tell us your budget, and we’ll price it accordingly.
Other great Costa Rica Rivers for whitewater kayaking
Whitewater kayaking certainly isn’t limited to the Pacuare River and, as a rule of thumb, wherever there are whitewater rafting facilities, there will be kayaks available too. What is often one of the safest ways to enjoy a whitewater kayaking experience is to combine with a group of whitewater rafters, which means that you will have the added safety of company as you make your way through sets of rapids. However, self-guided whitewater kayaking tours are a popular option, though advisable only if going as a pair or in a group.
- Sarapiqui River (Rio Sarapiqui), Costa Rica, Whitewater Kayaking
Another whitewater kayaking hotspot, mainly because of the river’s length. Located on the eastern side of Costa Rica and with numerous class III and IV rapids, this is well worth a two-day outing.
- Balsa River (Rio Balsa), Cost Rica, Whitewater Kayaking
Located in the Arenal / La Fortuna area of Costa Rica, this is a great river for whitewater kayaking, especially for beginners, with class II and class III rapids. Surrounding forest packed full of wildlife to marvel at between sets of rapids.
- Savegre River (Rio Savegre), Costa Rica, Whitewater Kayaking
Another family favorite and again great for young kids, with class II and class III rapids. Take time to stop off at one of the many beautiful swimming spots as you make your way down the river, and enjoy a picnic when you do.
- Tenorio River (Rio Tenorio) , Cost Rica, Whitewater Kayaking
A fast-flowing river close to the Tenorio volcano. Mainly class III and Class IV rapids, so not suitable for beginners or younger children. The 15-mile stretch will take you the best part of four hours to negotiate. A great journey stop-off if you are travelling from Arenal / La Fortuna to the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica.
Specializing in adventure vacations in Costa Rica, here at Costa Rica Rios, aside from our 8-day Adventure Tour and Honeymoon Adventure Package, we can create individual, bespoke, cost effective adventure packages to concentrate on your favored activities. So if you want to build your own holiday, throw in a few more activities and create an all inclusive package at a cost that suits you, then we can do that too!
It is hard to resist the allure of Costa Rica if you like exploring and are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, so take advantage of our local knowledge and give us a call.
We’ll be glad to talk you through all you can expect from a vacation in Costa Rica, and happily answer any questions you may have.
A kayaking holiday in Costs Rica is not one to be forgotten, we can assure you. Especially when it’s an all inclusive vacation, at just the right price.