Extreme White Water Rafting in Panama

By Elsie Forbes beach

For anyone looking for the most extreme type of adventures within Panama, white water rafting is sure to be your first choice. If you are currently someone who travels the world searching for the best rapids or someone looking to experience this type of adventure for the first time, Panama offers many different levels of rafting to accommodate everyone. The Chiriqui Viejo is the world class white water rafting river you will have the pleasure of tackling which is located near the border of Panama and Costa Rica. Here you will find some of the best rapids in the world and you can choose from day trips or 2-day camping trips for your customized adventure.

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Although The Chiriqui Viejo River is about a 7 hour drive from Panama City many people complete this touring adventure within one day utilizing a 30 minute flight. This travel time is well worth the journey through the 128 km long river through the mountains and rainforest, scenery that cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the world. Different skill levels are welcomed as well as satisfied by this river’s diverse options. If you are a lover of intense rapids, thin rocky gorges, steep drop falls; you will be thrilled you came. The class III and IV tours are not for the faint of heart as they require much skill before you undertake the most challenging sections of Rio Chiriqui. The rapid’s hydraulics will come as quite a surprise; preparedness truly does meet opportunity at every turn.

You may have at one time thought of white water rafting to be more of an extreme sport only for daredevils but the truth is even if you are traveling with children this can be a unique activity for the entire family. One of the most popular rides is a class II – III that stops at a 30 foot waterfall. This provides rafters with the incomparable combination of nature and undisturbed wildlife that you will never see elsewhere again. You will find this rafting experience will range $100-$125 per person but if you have experienced white water rafting before you know what a great investment this really is.

The river reaches its highest levels during the months of October – November which is the peak of the rainy season. If you are looking for lower rapids, the water level drops between March- May. No matter what your rafting preference is, the Chiriqui Viejo River is open year round for you to take advantage of. You will be accompanied by a white water guide who is trained in First Aid and CPR so you can be sure you are in good and qualified hands if something should happen during the rapids adventure.

When visiting a tropical destination such as Panama everyone wants to experience something new and exciting and what could be more exciting than white water rafting in the best rapids found throughout the world? Book your rafting adventure from within your chosen Panama resort and you will find your meals, transportation and rafting gear is all included in the price, so you simply get to enjoy the day without worry.




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