Costa Rica Canyoning & Waterfall Rappelling Tours

Canyoning is one of those lucky sports that focus more on the aesthetics of the view and the fun than pure difficulty. Occasionally called canyoneering in the United States, the controlled descent requires no previous experience to enjoy. From the top of a canyon cliff, you’ll get the best view for miles around before rappelling down sheer rock face and waterfalls for a closer look. While canyoning might be popular the world over, waterfall rappelling is only possible in places like Costa Rica, where rainforest waterfalls create stunning views and a way to truly get your heart pumping! Even if you’re not a fan of heights, how often do you get the chance to waterfall rappel into a crystal-clear pool in the middle of an untouched rainforest?

Arenal Canyoning & Waterfall Rappel

Canyoning Costa Rica

Hike along rainforest trails to reach the starting point of your adventure where you’ll receive a safety talk and standard mountaineering equipment. You’ll rappel down 5 rock faces, 4 of which have waterfalls ranging between 50 and 20 meters in height. This canyoning adventure can be combined with whitewater rafting or ziplining.

Rio Perdido Canyoning Adventure, Guanacaste

Best Costa Rica Canyoning & Waterfall Rappelling Adventures

This unique twist on the classic canyoning excursion merges traditional canyoning with a variety of aerial adventures. The Rio Perdido Canyoning experience includes 15 platforms interconnected by trails, zip lines, a suspension bridge, a Tarzan swing over a waterfall, via ferratas, and up and down rappelling.

El Silencio Adventure Rappel Course, Bajos del Toro

Take in a bird’s eye view from cloud forest canopy on this thrilling adventure combo. From El Silencio Lodge in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, embark on a waterfall rappel or zipline adventure, or both! This adventure course is available right from the hotel property.

Costa Rica Canyoning FAQ:

Canyoning can be any number of adventure sports taking place in a canyon: rock climbing, waterfall rappelling, obstacle courses, suspension bridges, Tarzan swings, rafting and more. In Costa Rica, many canyoning adventures involve waterfall rappelling.
While the descent may look tricky, all of our canyoning tours are led by experienced, safety-conscious guides. This is fun for the whole family! Guides are in complete control, making it a safe adventure for even young travelers. On a sturdy platform looking down a massive tropical waterfall, one is attached to a system of ropes and pulleys, and they use the power of their legs to propel themselves off the surface of a waterfall as they plunge to the pool of water at the bottom for the thrill of a lifetime! The only negative: you’ll need extra clothes because you will get wet!
You’ll want to wear a swimsuit underneath your clothes, long enough shorts/pants so the harness between your legs isn’t uncomfortable, and hiking/tennis shoes with traction as you’ll likely be walking through mud. The harness and helmet are generally provided for you by your tour company. Ask a Costa Rica Expert for excursion specific recommendations.