Rafting in Brazil

The sheer scope in size of Brazil means that the possibilities for white water rafting on one of its many rivers are multiple. Although not yet a globally renowned destination for rafting, one of the greatest draws is the opportunity to witness one of the greatest zoological habitats up close as you embark on your rafting adventure on expeditions that can last up to a few days long.
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Jacaru River, Para
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Rafting in the Jacaru River, ParaThis little-explored rafting region offers big water in a relatively remote location. The upper regions are perfectly suited to children and novices, with serene waters that lie within the Class II range. However, as you move further down the Jacaru the rapids begin to liven up and soon you find yourself battling your way through an exhilarating passage that shifts and meanders through Class IV to Class V.

Garishly-hued tropical birds flit from tree-to-tree on the riverbanks, closely followed by various species of monkey and caiman—truly just as much of a feast for the animal lover as the thrill-seeking rafter.

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Tijucas River, Santa Catarina
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One of the most isolated spots in Brazil, the river Tijucas curls its way through unpopulated valleys of the Mata Atlantica rainforest 
— some of which is yet to be officially explored by humans. The Tijuca is known for its variation in rafting opportunities, with quiet flows guiding the boat at Class II to shrieking rapids around the next bend that can reach Class V and above for short periods.

For lengthy expeditions it is generally advised to take at least one well-experience rafter aboard, as the more explosive parts of the Tijuca require intense physical energy and a combined effort to surmount smoothly.

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Rio Novo, Minas Gerais
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Rafting in the Rio Novo, Minas GeraisOnce again a river unexplored for great swathes of its length, the Rio Novo offers rich wildlife watching as well as a varied level of rafting opportunities along its waters. Chaotic turbulence switches to calm waterways that gently cascade down to the stunning Cachoeira da Velha waterfall.


The torrents pull you through a landscape that switches from arid grasslands to lush tropical rainforests, from smooth beginner level rafting to torrid torrents that will push the most confident rafter to their outer limits.  ..........................................................................................................................................
Iguazu River, Paraná
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This infamous waterway flows from the city of Curitiba southeast through to the provinces of Argentina.
Rafting adventures on the river are available for those aged 14 and up, although minors must have either an authorization certificate or a guardian present.

Again rafting ranges from violent torrents to calm passages allowing you to absorb the breath-taking scenery that surrounds you. The Iquazu waterfalls that border the river as you go are some of the most beautiful in Brazil.

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Juquitiba River, Sao Paulo
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Ideally located 74 kilometers from the metropolis of Sao Paulo
, this white water rafting hub is perfect break from the intensity of Sao Paulo life. The peak rafting season is from November through to May, and again all levels of rafters are welcome. The river is known for its strength though, so it is advised to keep your wits about you when first stepping out into the oncoming current, the looming boulders along the riverbank have been a tricky obstacle for many before you.

Swimming and fishing are encouraged along some of the milder stretches, and can often be a welcome break as the Juquitiba River covers a lengthy distance between yawning canyons, green values, and cropped grasslands.

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=> Other options for white water rafting in Brazil: Taboquinhas (near Itacaré), Bahia Brotas, Sao Paulo Jalapao, Tocantins Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, Florianopolis.
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