Exploding from the hills, just 45 minutes northeast of the Quepos-Manuel Antonio area, we will drive to the start of one of Costa Rica’s most challenging commercial rafting runs on the Naranjo River. The El Chorro section goes from the mountain town of Esquipulas to the town of Villanueva.
Our route carves deep into the river’s exposed bedrock, making this thrilling El Chorro section of the Rio Naranjo an exception to the geological youth of Costa Rica. This 3-mile labyrinth canyon delights the advanced paddler with steep and advanced runs through 9 technical narrows.
Once you are in, you are committed to bouncing and squeezing through the gorge’s tight rock walls, maneuvering and carving around massive boulders and bends, and sweeping down drops and through seemingly impassible chutes. Within the 3-mile stretch, we will tackle rapids such as the Hidden Dragon, El Chorro and the Three Stooges. We will stop halfway through the trip for a snack of fruit, juice, cookies and water.