Whitewater Rafting Trips

Written by Serena Berger
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Whitewater rafting trips position you one the water fighting the natural torrent of the river. As treacherous as that might sound, skilled tour guides will lead trips that enable you to take advantage of both the excitement of the rapids and enjoy the serene surroundings. Fortunately, most rivers have different areas that are suited to different skill levels, so hard-core rafters can challenge themselves, while newcomers can ease into getting their proverbial feet wet.

Most whitewater rafting trips begin in the morning and last as long as it takes you to go downstream, which can vary substantially depending on the time of the year. Some vacations may combine rafting and other activities such as camping, hiking or biking. These multi-day tours can be physically demanding but, for those up to the challenge, ultimately very rewarding.

Discounts on Whitewater Rafting Trips for Groups

As with many companies, whitewater rafting outfitters are keen to offer discounts to large groups of visitors. For example, if you book a trip for 10, you may get a free food or photos of your group on the river. While with a larger group of 20, the planners may get to raft for free or even entitle all rafters to discounted rates. These promotions are common and vary from one company to the next, so be sure to check for them when making your reservations.

If this is your first time going rafting, it is natural for you to have many questions, and the tour guides are a great resource for keeping you informed and safe. They can provide you with advice, even before the trip, on matters such as the proper attire for whitewater rafting trips. You may want to think twice, though, before asking the guide the most frequently asked question in all of whitewater rafting, that being whether you start and end your trip in the same spot on the river. (Hint: you don't! Hence one of the biggest benefits of going through a good company for your rafting trip--they'll shuttle you back to where you left your car at the end of the day.)

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