Whether you’re a first-time rafter or a world-class kayaker, Costa Rica’s got some fast water ready for you. Rivers rise and fall with the rain, but you can get wet here any time of year.

The best whitewater rafting ride in Costa Rica is the Pacuare River, which some say is one of the best rafting rivers in the world. It’s clean and scenic, and it has heart-jolting Class IV rapids. There is also excellent rafting on the Savegre and the Sarapiquí, while the Reventazón has fallen on hard times because of hydroelectric dams. Some of the most challenging rafting in the country is at the El Chorro section of the Naranjo River, where Class V rapids rush through a narrow, steep canyon. Whitewater rafting operators can be found in almost every corner of Costa Rica, and they’re worth looking up.

Ríos Tropicales, founded in 1985, is perhaps the oldest and most reliable rafting operator in Costa Rica, with tours on most of the country’s popular rivers. Exploradores Outdoors is another good company run by longtime and well-respected river guides. 


Canoa Aventura specializes in canoeing and kayaking. Loco’s Tropical Tours, a small company based in Turrialba, is a good option for hardcore kayakers or custom group tours.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.