Whitewater Rafting

Travelers who love whitewater rafting will have a choice of eight countries and multiple trips to enjoy the experience if they book with Southern Explorations. We include rafting excursions in our tours to Argentina and Chile Patagonia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and Panama. If rafters want more, whitewater excursions are listed among our available day-trips and multi-day tour extensions in most countries that may be added on to any itinerary. One lovely attribute that distinguishes whitewater rafting in Central and South America is that many of the rivers are warm so no bundling up is required.


As we assemble our itineraries, we make sure that rafting enthusiasts get to experience the best of the best. Many of our whitewater trips are considered the best one-day whitewater rafting excursion in the country or at least the river. For whitewater rafting in Costa Rica, you get to raft the Pacuare River, one of the world’s top whitewater experiences on two of our trips, one during our 8-day Costa Rica Adventure or twice on our 9-day Luxury Costa Rica or Rainforests and Beaches trip. The Pascuare passes through lush rainforest teeming with wildlife. Ecuador’s whitewater excursion on the Jatunyacu River in Llanganates National Park is called Ecuador’s best one-day rafting trip, an excursion we include in our 9-day Ecuador Multisport trip. The Jatunyacu is famous for its Class III and III+ rapids, its big waves, fun holes and high volume of water. The Futaleufu offers Chile’s best one-day river excursion, traveling through very scenic canyon terrain that visitors experience on this Patagonia multisport trip.


International visitors have stayed away from Colombia for so long that this country offers a whole new territory even for visitors who have rafted elsewhere in South America. Our Colombia Multisport trip includes what is considered that country’s best one-day rafting trip, through the Chicamocha Gorge, which is called South America’s grand canyon. Our 7-day Coffee Triangle and Medellin multisport trip takes a one-day whitewater rafting trip on the crystal clear Rio Buey through scenic cloud forest and remote farmland, with mostly Class III rapids.


Two of our Costa Rica trips include one-day excursions on the Savegre River near Manuel Antonio National Park, our 7-day Coast to Coast trip or our 10-day Classic Costa Rica trip. Passengers who take our 11-day Panama Highlights trip have the option of spending a day on the Chiriqui, a river known for its non-stop Class III and IV rapids through highland jungle scenery. While some passengers are tasting wines in Argentina’s premium wine regions in the vicinity of Mendoza, whitewater enthusiasts can take a revitalizing break by spending a day in Aconcagua National Park for a whitewater adventure on the Portrillero River. One of our Brazil tours to Florianopolis, the 7-day Brazil Adventure, rafts down the Cubatao River with Class II and III rapids. You can even whitewater raft during your travel to Machu Picchu. You may spend two days on the rarely-visited Apurimac River during our 12-day Raft, Bicycle and Hike trip through a labyrinth of deep scenic canyons. We also offer two different day trips on the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley, one more advanced than the other.

Just about every place Southern Explorations travels, there is a whitewater excursion waiting for you.

View our Whitewater Rafting trip and tour options below:
9 Days $3,695
Arenal Volcano , Monteverde , Manuel Antonio National Park, Snorkeling, Tabacon Hot Springs, Ziplining, Kayaking
Self Guided - Flexibility , Arenal National Park , Monteverde , Manuel Antonio , Tabacon Hot Springs
7 Days $2,695
Tortuguero National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Pacific Beaches, Caribbean Beaches, Ocean Kayaking, Snorkeling
Pacuare River Rafting , El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Cahuita National Park, Rainforest Exploration, Caribbean Beaches
Arenal Volcano, Zip lines, Hanging bridges, Waterfalls, Tamarindo, Wildlife, Pristine beaches, Flexibility
Corcovado National Park , River Rafting, Rainforests, Manuel Antonio National Park
World-class rafting on the Futaleufu River, Kayaking on the Rio Azul, Safari-style Tented Bungalows, Mountain Biking, Horesback Riding, Fly Fishing
Mountain Biking & Hiking, Amazon Whitewater Rafting , Galapagos Islands , Sea Kayaking & More...
9 Days $3,395
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Jungle Rafting, Horseback Riding, Papallacta Hot Springs, Otavalo Market