10 Best Places in the World for Whitewater Rafting


5. Futaleufu River, Chile

The Futaleufu River cascades from glacier-fed lakes high in the Andes Mountains. The aqua water is calm enough in many areas for novice rafters. However, experienced rafters will feel at home in the long stretches of rough rapids and Class IV drops. The area also features permanent river camps with hot tubs, beds and warm showers. If you are looking for adventure out of the water, try the rock climbing or horseback riding that is available near the river.

Futaleufu River, Chili

6. Salmon River’s Middle Fork, Idaho

The Middle Fork tributary of the Idaho’s Salmon River is one of North America’s iconic whitewater rafting experiences. Over the course of its 105-mile journey, the river offers up 100 rapids and drops 3000 feet in elevation. As they paddle their way through the spruce forest and rugged landscape, rafters are likely to see moose and bears along the shore.

Salmon River Idaho
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