Whitewater Rafting in Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s National Rafting Championship 2013
This past May 24-26 Costa Rica held its National Rafting Championship where national teams challenged each other to classify for the Rafting World Championship 2013, hosted by New Zealand this year. Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica is SO big you could call it its national sport!
Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica offers numerous destinations across the country and every river class (I-V) on the list, making it the perfect vacation getaway to try whitewater rafting for both first timers and hard-core river riders alike! Costa Rica has a total of 14 rivers among its flanks. Just to name a few, you’ll find the Reventazon (Class III), Balsas (Class II-III), Sarapiqui (Class II-IV), Tenorio (Class III-IV), Savegre (Class II-III), Naranjo (III-IV), Guabo (Class II-III), Coto Brus (Class III-IV) and, on top of the list, world famous Río Pacuare (Class III-IV). All year round, whitewater rafting in Costa Rica attracts tourists from every corner of the world looking to try its top quality rapids and enjoy the stunning natural setting. It really comes as no surprise that Costa Rica has been the stage for two world championships so far. Whitewater rafting is a sport that requires NO fuel except for a good core workout from you and perseverance; whitewater rafting in Costa Rica IS the epitome of eco-tourism.
So going back to the initial subject, Costa Rica’s National Rafting Championship which took place in Rio Sarapiqui, consisted of 4 different tryouts along the 3 days while the championship lasted. Participants could also visit the town of Sarapiqui, one more destination in Costa Rica totally worth the visit. Its expertise in nature tours makes the area an ideal vacation stop for adventure and nature lovers; lots of hiking trails, bird watching tours, canopy tours and, of course, rafting! Rio Sarapiqui, which offers up to Class IV rapids, is one of the best commercially operated rivers in Costa Rica.
The 2013 Costa Rica Rafting National Championship was the largest ever held, with a total of 11 teams participating. There were 2 Female Opens, 1 Male Junior (for participants under 23 years old), 3 Masters (for river riders over 40) and 5 Male Opens. The winning team for the female open challenge were veterans “Las Machacas” and for the male competitors “Costa Rica Extreme”. In the Master’s category, the triumph and classification of “Don Montañas” team took everyone by surprise!
The winning teams got their pass to New Zealand’s 2013 World Championship, which will be taking place from the 13th to the 24th of November this year.
As mentioned earlier, Whitewater Rafting in Costa Rica is recognized around the world as one of the top destinations for this adventure sport. The natural conditions of the country have made the difference; its steep mountains make rivers continuous, the water temperature between 19 and 23 Celsius makes it possible to participate without an actual wet-suit or special clothing, the quality and quantity of rapids and last but not least the beauty of its natural tropical setting.
If you ever wanted to try whitewater rafting, definitely consider Costa Rica for your future vacations, whether with family or riding solo!
And for Costa Rica’s National Championship winning teams heading to New Zealand, GO TICOS!