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Reventazon River Rafting

The Reventazón River, also known as the Parismina River, flows 145 km through the valleys of Turrialba, Reventazon and Orosi. Before spilling into the Caribbean Sea, it rises in Meseta Central Valley, passes the Parismina village and forms the southern boundary of Tortuguero National Park.

Starting at an elevation of 4,800 feet, The Reventazon has four sections of rapids for all types of paddlers. This 60-mile stretch includes a challenging section toward the beginning with the last section, “La Florida” falling under Class III. Running 10 miles long, La Florida is popular with both novice and experienced paddlers in search of wild rapids and spectacular scenery.

Located near the city of Turrialba, Rio Reventazon also offers a difficult 13-mile, Class IV stretch called “Pascua.” The most challenging however, is the 8-mile “Peralta” section, open to Class V whitewater rafters. Rapids here have names such as “Horrendito” and “Indigestion,” making the dips, twists and turns passable only to expert paddlers. As Costa Rica’s most challenging whitewater, this section is ideal for anyone seeking adrenaline.

Beginners and families will prefer the calmer rapids in the Florida section while those with years of experience will want to head to the stretch across Horrendito and Indigestion.

Rafting Among the Rainforest
Along the river’s banks are exotic animals including monkeys, sloths, and hundreds of bird species. The rainforest canopy is populated with beautiful toucans, iguanas, herons and tree frogs. The pristine waters allowing for viewing of aquatic life like kingfishers.

There is a variety of scenery – from waterfalls and volcanos to wildlife and mountain landscapes. The local vegetation includes sugar cane fields that can be seen from the river. Adding to the experience is the tropical climate and refreshing water averaging 65 degrees. Regulating the flow are several dams that make river rafting possible year round.

The main drop in spot is located near a picturesque train station that was once a stop along Costa Rica's famous Jungle Train. This area gives way to superb jungle scenery backdropped by the famous Turrialba Volcano.

How to Get There
In Turrialba are many skilled white-water rafting outfitters. You can also arrange for pickup and transportation by tour companies based out of San Jose. The drive from San Jose to the Reventazon River will take approximately 2 hours.

Lodging near Reventazon River
Hotels are available in San Jose and in Turrialba, which is a main drop-in point for Reventazon River tours.

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