Whitewater Wishlist: The Top Ten Whitewater Rafting Trips
The Pacuare, Costa Rica
For a quintessential jungle run, head to Costa Rica's parrot-populated Pacuare River, which flows into the Caribbean from the Costa Rican highlands. That's where Hollywood went to get authentic jungle footage for the movie Congo, and that's where river runners head for 32 miles of Class III-IV, crystal clear whitewater. Trips range anywhere from one to three days, with a thatched-roof, bird-chirping lodge awaiting overnight stayers just a coconut's throw away from the river.
The Bio Bio, Chile
Although a controversial dam has drowned one of its wilder stretches, Chile's Bio Bionamed by Mapuche Indians for the song chirped by an indigenous flycatcherstill offers more than thirty-five miles of Class IV-V whitewater under towering volcanoes and Chile-blue skies. The South American classic, located about 450 miles south of the capital city of Santiago, has tested the mettle of guides, passengers, and private boaters ever since it was first run in 1978. But book your trip soonthe waterway that put international river-running on the map is now straining the mettle of environmentalists as a Chilean power company is proposing even more dams that will block this paddling paradise.
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Best Hotels in Costa Rica
Volcano Lodge and Springs
Costa Rica Marriott
The Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Playa Conchal - All Inclusive
Pumilio Mountain and Ocean Hotel