Though I didn’t do the math myself, I've heard claims that there are more rivers per square mile in Costa Rica than in any other country in the world. Given the amount of rain that drops onto the slopes of its tall volcanic peaks, this statistic doesn’t seem like a stretch. The premier paddling waterway is the 100-mile-long Pacuare River, ornamented with class IV and V rapids, and home to last year’s World Rafting Championships. Day trips will take you through the rollicking lower stretch, but the best way to see the river is to take a three-day excursion that starts on the upper half and heads down through a world of virgin rainforest. Green Frog Rafting offers day trips that start at $95.
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