South America has still many places to discover; whitewater rivers are still waiting to be explored. There are many rivers in Costa Rica, in Ecuador and Bolivia offering great opportunity to raft. The expeditions are made in groups. Andes offers a Class IV-V rapids. Honduras also present rapids that meet rainforests in the national park. The opportunities are growing in South America almost everywhere but remember you will need a comfortable seat if you are whitewater rafting as it can get very bumpy, so make sure you have the best kayak seat for your butts comfort. Here are the most popular places to find whitewater rivers.
Exotic and spectacular South America rivers
- Rio Futaleufú, Chile, is the best whitewater river in the entire world. The river is in Patagonia. The turquoise waters come from a glacier. There are only rapids runs (Class II-IV). The whitewater’s rafts attract kayakers from all over the world.
- Rio Apurímac, Peru, is in a 9,8 feet deep canyon. The place is near Cusco, the most frequented city in Latin America for whitewater rafts. The place is absolutely marvelous; visitors can see otters, bears, and pumas sometimes.
- Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica. Visitors find Class II-IV rapids in the rainforests. They have a great opportunity to be in the heart of a perfect preserved rain forest. The forest is home to some native tribes. Whitewater raft’s specialists recommend a 2-3 days visit, allowing to camp or hike in the reservation.
- Rio Cangrejal, Honduras is home to Class III-IV rapids. A rainforest hosts a river with three zones: top, upper and lower zones. Visitors can reach the river from the beach of the town La Ceiba.
- Rios Toachi and Blanco, Ecuador is in Ecuador’s cloud forest. These are fall rivers. The rafting terrain is the most popular in the country and one of the most run in the entire world.
- Rio Colca, Peru flows in the world’s second deepest canyon. Rafters can admire the majestic condors. They can heat up near the hot springs.
- Rio Caňete, Peru, south of Lima, hosts a base camp for Class III-V runs. The trips are relatively short, no more than one day. If a rafter wants to find the best places for a difficult run, he must take a 4 days trip.
- Mendoza, Argentina offers Class IV-V rapids, the best in the country.
- Rio Tuichi, Bolivia runs as a four-day trip. The Class II-IV begins in a dry tropical forest and ends on the Bolivian forest at Madidi National Park.
- Rio Reventazón, Costa Rica has 25 miles long and flows in one of the most spectacular zones in Latin America. The runs Class II-IV cross a spectacular rainforest where the monkeys make the rules.