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Costa Rica Canyoneering & Waterfall Rappeling
The sport of canyoneering you might associate with the Utah where during the summer months those looking for an adventure of a lifetime filled the beautiful canyons making their way down those canyons with a cord and some climbing gear. Well with ecotourism as big as it is in Costa Rica you can imagine it did not take long before the idea of canyoneering in the beautiful tropical canyons of Costa Rica became one of the more popular adventures during your Costa Rica family adventure tour. There is also the more simple waterfall rappel which is often a part of canyoneering but sometimes there are tours where you can just do one rappel and then be on your way to the hotel and not have to worry about making your way down a canyon. (Difference Between Waterfall Rappeling and Canyoneering - Click Here) As a company we operate a few different canyoneering adventures some of which we do ourselves and others we outsource to use different canyons. If you attend our spanish school in Sitio de Mata chances are we will take you on a canyoneering adventure if you are up for it.
There are waterfalls all over Costa Rica and the list is almost endless where you can enjoy the sport of canyoneering or just a simple waterfall rappel. Take a look at some of the spots we enjoy taking our clients when they are looking for a little adrenaline rush when visiting Costa Rica.
There are many places of Costa Rica worth seeing but it is tough to compete with Nauyaca when it comes to rappeling waterfalls. This is Costa Rica's most beautiful waterfall in our opinion. We consider it the most beautiful to look at, the most beautiful to swim in, and the most beautiful to rappel. Well all of this sounds really beautiful but the access to this waterfall is far from beautiful. It is a bumpy road in, by horseback taking you to the bottom area which does not help during a rappelling adventure because you want to be at the top.
Probably the most popular canyon in all of Costa Rica, the Lost Canyon is situated just outside of the town of La Fortuna and makes for an easy half day tour. It is also operated by one of the larger local outfitters in La Fortuna allowing them to fill the canyon with guides and really move the people on through. This is a great tour from start to finish and it is operated by Desafio.
This canyon can only be run in the dry season and it turns out has to be run with an inner-tube. You need the inner-tube because at the bottom of each rappel there is a large pool and that is when the inner-tube comes in handy. This is without question our favorite canyon. As a company, having seen much of the country, this canyon is right up there as one of the most beautiful spots in all of Costa Rica including our favorite the Pacuare River.
This is the nearby canyon that will be easy access if you are joining us in our homestay program or want to try and learn some Spanish. This is a great canyon located in a beautiful area of Costa Rica surrounded by the Turrialba Volcano and the nearby world-class rivers. This is a kid- friendly canyon and it has four waterfalls to rappel and along with the four waterfalls you also have four ziplines.
This is a waterfall that is very easy access. You simply arrive to the little restaurant and then walk around 1 block and you are at the top of one of the tallest waterfalls in Costa rica. This is quite the site. It is quite the rappel also and the only rough part is walking back up. If you want amazing pictures and simply be able to tell your friends that you rappeled a 300ft waterfall then this is the waterfall for you. It is located about 2 hours from the San Jose area between the Central Valley and the San Carlos area on the back slopes of the Poas Volcano.
This is a beautiful waterfall that is visited by many more locals than it is foreigners. For years this waterfall has been used as a close rappel since it is just 30 minute from San Jose and only five minutes from the town of Grecia.
This is a great rappel and although it is short with just around 100ft the setting is like none other. This is part of the adventure of sleeping behind a waterfall which we have labeled as the "Sleep Behind a Waterfall Ecolodge". After you make the very intense two hour hike into the cavern it is time to get geared up and take on the rappel.
About half way down the Pacuare River there is a rapid that is known as the "doble piso" rapid which means the two-story rapid. This is a beautiful area because just at the edge of the river is one of the largest canyons of the Pacuare River. For some of our groups we pack our ropes and climbing gear into the rafts for a little extra adventure during your day of rafting.