White Water Rafting on the Colorado River
Are you bored with going on holiday in the sun, sitting around the pool or lazing on the beach for a couple of weeks? Do you fancy doing something different and exciting? Well why not try taking a trip down the Colorado River and do some white water rafting? This is an intense experience that you will most certainly remember for the rest of your life and you can also get some awesome pictures as well, just make sure your camera is waterproof! There are organized trips by lots of different companies and they can cater for the beginner level up to experienced white water rafters. What better way is there to take in the true splendor of the river and also of the Grand Canyon? You can try using the Travel Republic review website or one of the many other ones out there to not only get an idea about the trip, but also get peoples first hand experiences and reviews of their trip down the river.
The different tours
There are plenty of ways to explore the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas and you do not have to push yourself to do a white water tour - Airplane & Helicopter, Horse, ATV, Walking or Rafting and Boats. There are lots of different ways that you can take in and experience what is on offer in this breath taking part of the world, although white water rafting is one of the most exciting and is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. There are other excursions on the river which take a gentler approach meaning you can travel by boat or raft, without taking in the white water. But if you are travelling here you may wish to try this once in a life time experience.
Where to start?
Most of the tours in this area will start from Las Vegas and they cover not only the Grand Canyon but other places such as the Hoover Dam or Death Valley. You will usually get picked up at your hotel or accommodation and travel the 2+ hour journey to Peach Springs which is one of the major meeting points for the organized tours. From here you will travel down to the river by bus which usually will take about half an hour. Then you will arrive at the base of the river tour and this is where the adventure begins.
If this is something that you have never tried before then you will need to make sure that you are prepared before you begin your trip. If you are travelling in the warmer summer months then make sure that you bring plenty of sun block with you and also make sure that it is waterproof. It is very easy to get burnt when you get wet as you do not feel the strength of the sun as much. Make sure that you also leave any valuables behind which you could potentially lose such as rings, watches (if not waterproof), Smartphone’s and any other electrical devices. Make sure that you take spare clothes and a towel and you may also want to bring a jacket for the cooler months to keep you warm after you get drenched. You can bring your gear in a small backpack which will be easy to look after.
Time to get wet!
Now that you are all prepared and ready to go, you will be put into your 8 man rafts and given expert instruction on how to paddle and what to look out for as well as potentially what you will experience. All of the equipment is supplied including life jackets and refreshments. Then when you are all set, it is time to push off and travel down the 47 mile route which takes in both classes 3 and 4 rapids. It can take about 6 hours to travel the route and can be hard work in places, but this is part of the fun and adventure. As well as the rapids you also get to take in the river and the sites where it moves at a much slower pace, a perfect time for getting some memorable photos! At the end of your trip you may be wondering how you are going to get to the top of the canyon, especially if you are feeling exhausted? Do not worry as you are not expected to walk to the top, you will be picked up by helicopter and flown to the top of the canyon where you will be able to buy souvenirs of your trip, before joining your vehicles to head back to your hotel in Las Vegas. One thing is for sure that this will make for a trip of a lifetime and will be something you remember for the rest of your life!
This article was written by Ted Hunter. Ted is a keen traveller who loves to try new things and share his experiences in his blogs. He loves writing review including Travel Republic review that offers holidays all around the world.
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