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Water and Land Activities


Rafting/ Kayaking

River rafting tours are available at different rafting levels. The Savegre River, a class III river in the mountains outside of Quepos, runs through the cleanest river in the country. Participants go through class II/III/IV rapids with a chance to enjoy great swimming holes and a large variety of birds in the dense primary jungle surrounding the river. The Naranjo River is a class III and IV river for physically fit, excitement-seeking rafters. The river drops steeply from the mountains about Quepos through a beautiful jungle gorge, taking participants on a wild ride to sea level, passing nearby farmlands and palm plantations.

Ocean kayaking is also popular along the southern Pacific coast, where kayakers can travel through shoreline caves (depending on tidal conditions) and view pre-Columbian inscriptions on the walls. The caves are rumored to hold to treasures of explorer Sir Francis Drake. Age requirements are eight to 12 years, depending on the difficulty of the waters.

Rafting/kayaking trips are generally unregulated. Use only reputable operators with skilled guides, good quality and well-maintained equipment, and a history of safe operations. For the participant seeking slow-moving tranquility, other boating experiences are available. Take a ride on a two-story paddlewheel boat up the longest river in Costa Rica. Or, ride a launch through the Rio Terraba mangroves to a beautiful island. Enjoy a private picnic and hike along trails to admire flora and fauna.

Water Sports
Snorkeling/ Scuba Diving
Rafting/ Kayaking
Sport fishing - freshwater & deep sea fishing

Land Tours
Bicycling/ Mountain Biking
Driving and Sightseeing
Horseback Riding
Canopy Tours
Bird Watching
Whale watching