Whitewater Wishlist: The Top Ten Whitewater Rafting Trips
The Coruh, Turkey
For rafters interested in combining rapids with religionand kayakers looking for cultureit doesn't get any better than Turkey's Class III-IV Coruh River, which takes paddlers past Byzantine and Seljuk Turk castles on the way to the infamous Yusufeli Gorge. Although different sections can be done in different time frames, 170-mile trips start near the northeast town of Bayburt and end at Artvin near the border with Georgia. The only hard part is keeping your eyes off the castles long enough to negotiate the solid Class III-IV whitewater.
The North Johnstone, Queensland, Australia
While most people head to Cairns, in Australia's northeast corner, to dive the Great Barrier Reef, another site on UNESCO's World Heritage list awaits paddlers just a rugby ball's kick away. Thundering through one of the oldest rainforests in the worldone that has repeatedly escaped the ravages of ice ages striking farther norththe North Johnstone cuts through Crocodile Dundee country for more than fifty miles before merging with the Pacific just south of the Barrier Reef. Along the way paddlers encounter towering cicadia palms, secret aboriginal caves, and countless Class IV-V whitewater that even Dundee himself would have trouble negotiating without the able help of a guide bolstered by a can of Fosters.
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