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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Naranjo Rafting
Whitewater Class IV

Naranjo Rafting Class IV

Experienced rafters and adrenaline-loving newbies will love the whitewater rapids that await on the Naranjo River. Roaring from the coastal mountains above Quepos, the waterway features fast and often frenzied Class IV rapids. As you navigate through the twists and turns of the river, the exhilarating rush of adrenaline will keep your heart pounding and your senses heightened. The lush tropical scenery that surrounds the river only adds to the excitement, making this rafting tour an incredible and immersive experience.

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Blast past towering canyon walls that drop sheer faces to the water’s edge, revealing layers of sedimentary rock

Extreme River Rafting

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Your roughly four-hour ride snakes through a slew of geological wonders. Blast past towering canyon walls that drop sheer faces to the water’s edge, revealing layers of sedimentary rock etched with the passage of time. Twist around rocky bends and craggy curves through dramatic gorges, where the echoes of rushing water reverberate off the ancient stone. The jaw-rattling run finally settles as you float toward the Pacific Ocean, a serene contrast to the adrenaline-fueled adventure of navigating the rapids.

Incredible Scenery

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But it isn’t all white waves and rushing currents along a rockbound route. Between the dramatic Class IV stretches, you’ll glide past lush riverbanks adorned with a vibrant tapestry of pristine jungle flora. As you catch your breath, keep an eye out for an amazing variety of birds including keel-billed toucans, ringed kingfishers, and white ibises, their colorful plumage flashing amidst the verdant foliage. Enjoy scenic views of wide palm plantations and fertile farmland, where the rhythm of rural life unfolds against the backdrop of natural splendor. But keep wary — raging rapids could lie around each new bend!

What’s the Best Time to Go?

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Rushing waters are more intense when the levels rise during Costa Rica’s green season from May to October, offering thrill-seekers a heart-pounding experience as they navigate the powerful rapids. During the rainiest part of our green season, the river is often only available with the morning start time - an agent will advise you at booking regarding start times for the day. The Naranjo river closes from January to late April during our dry season, providing a natural break in the action and a chance for the ecosystem to replenish itself before the next rush of rafters take on Naranjo's awesome challenges.

Make it a Full Day

If you're wondering what else there is to do in the area after your thrilling rafting ride, you're in luck! There are many tours that pair well with a half-day rafting adventure. Some of the many amazing excursions in the area include the Monkey Mangrove Tour, the Manuel Antonio Canopy Zipline, and the Manuel Antonio Horseback Tour. If you're eager to keep the adrenaline pumping, the 2-hour Manuel Antonio Jet Ski Tour makes for an excellent accompaniment. If you want to keep enjoying the water but prefer to unwind after your rafting tour, an Ocean Kayak adventure might be the perfect way to end your day. If you're curious about the many options available, reach out to one of our agents. We're happy to help you plan a seamless full day combo.

Class IV rapids are typically considered advanced level and are characterized by powerful but predictable rapids and turbulent water. Unavoidable waves are often present and will require fast maneuvers, making class IV rapids at the advanced/upper end of the difficulty scale.

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