Rivers and waterways wind through Costa Rica, making it perfect for whitewater rafting. The vibrant rafting scene here is accessible to all, from beginners to more experienced rafters. If you're new to the sport, opt for calmer rivers like Rio Sarapiqui and Rio Savegre, where you can practice rafting while observing nature. All along the way, you'll have the chance to see a variety of different birds (kingfishers, ospreys, toucans, parrots), as well as sloths and other mammals.
You can even treat yourself to a spontaneous dip in the natural pools. The most pristine waters are in Rio Tenorio. Ranked among the ten best rafting courses in the world (according to National Geographic), Rio Pacuare is a must for rafting enthusiasts. Although its difficulty depends on the season and the water levels, this river is suited for those with experience. This 3.5 hour-long course (making it the longest in the country) leads you through stunning, wild scenery that's home to vibrant wildlife, including otters, anteaters, iguanas, snakes, and many birds.
Tubing is another popular activity in Costa Rica. All you have to do is settle into a large inner tube and let the current whisk you away. Siquirres and De La Vieja National Park offer excellent opportunities to try out this fun, refreshing activity, which is also ideal for families.