Costa Rica is a great place for rafting. Combine Costa Rica’s mountains and valleys with lots of rain and the result is some world class rafting along some of the most picturesque and naturally beautiful areas that exist in the world today.

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Every year thousands of visitors experience the thrill of rafting in Costa Rica and there’s something for everyone from a relaxed paddle down the Corobici to a more exhilarating ride down the very turbulent waters of the Reventazon

There are many rafting companies in Costa Rica that will help you enjoy a safe and exciting ride

To watch this leisurely, three minute Costa Rica rafting video, please click on the small black triangular Play button below.

The American Whitewater Affiliation’s International Scale of River Difficulty is as follows:

  1. Class I: Moving water with a few riffles and small waves. Few or no obstructions.
  2. Class II: Easy rapids with waves up to three feet, and wide, clear channels that are obvious without scouting. Some maneuvering is required.
  3. Class III: Rapids with high irregular waves often capable of swamping an open canoe. Narrow passages that often require complex maneuvering. May require scouting from shore.
  4. Class IV: Long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require precise maneuvering in very turbulent waters. Scouting from shore is often necessary, and conditions make rescue difficult. Generally not possible for open canoes. Boaters in covered canoes and kayaks should be able to Eskimo roll.
  5. Class V: Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes that nearly always must be scouted from shore. Rescue conditions are difficult and there is significant hazard to life in event of mishap. Ability to Eskimo roll is essential for kayaks and canoes.
  6. Class VI: Difficulties of Class V carried to the extreme of navigability. Nearly impossible and very dangerous. For teams or experts only, after close study and with all precautions taken.

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