Beautiful Rio Negro to tube in!
Beautiful Rio Negro to tube in!

Dozens of mighty rivers flow through the lush rolling hillsides of Costa Rica, but the Rio Negro is among the most fearsome. Running through the verdant rainforests near La Amistad International Park and Rincon de la Vieja National Park, this powerful waterway is an ideal place for adventurous travelers to enjoy rafting and tubing excursions. Come with me to find out more!

Relaxing while white water tubing
Relaxing while white water tubing

Raging Waters

The Rio Negro is a strong river that swells with the water from the torrential rains of the wet season. In addition to sustaining a delicate ecosystem in this part of Guanacaste, this mighty river also offers thrill-seekers the perfect way to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the area and get their hearts racing at the same time.

Most of the Rio Negro is categorized as a Class III waterway, meaning that it's not suitable for beginners, but you don't have to be an expert, either. To reach the river, you'll embark on a leisurely horseback ride through the rainforest, a wonderful experience in itself, before suiting up at the river's edge. Tour companies will provide you with a life jacket and help prep you for your rafting adventure, and then it's time to hit the water!

Happy while white water tubing
Happy while white water tubing

The ultimate Adrenaline Rush

The Rio Negro winds through some of Guanacaste's most beautiful canyons and valleys, with lush tropical rainforests teeming with exotic wildlife on either side. As you progress downriver, the current begins to accelerate, providing you with the chance to ride the rapids at high speeds. You'll have to work together to navigate these mighty waters, but the guides and expedition leaders are experts at white water rafting, so you'll be in good hands!

If you'd rather tackle the Rio Negro on your own, some tour companies offer tubing trips on gentler sections of the river. On one of these exciting expeditions, you'll set off along the river in a large inflatable tube, allowing the current to carry you past some breathtaking stretches of rainforest. Tubing is an ideal alternative to rafting, as it allows people who may not be able to handle the physical rigors of white water rafting to enjoy this remarkable river.

Whether by raft or by tube, you're in for a world of watersports adventure in Guanacaste. Don't forget to say hi if you see me as you race by!


White Water Tubing on the Rio Negro
White Water Tubing on the Rio Negro