This content was translated by robots
Rafting Papasidero

Rafting Papasidero

Book or gift the best activities
4.8 (17 reviews)

The small village of Papasidero, in the province of Cosenza, is one of the main locations for rafting on the Lao River. With its 55 km of length and abundant water flow all year round, the Lao is one of the main rivers of Calabria. And it is certainly the ideal place for a rafting experience in the Pollino.

The Pollino National Park is the largest protected natural area in Italy. It holds an extraordinary biodiversity and places of great scenic value. Going rafting in Papasidero means venturing out to discover this wonderful environment and experience pure fun in contact with nature.

Continue reading

Book the 10 best descents of rafting in Papasidero

10 activities found

Why Freedome

Free of charge cancellation

Get your refund in a few clicks

Best price guaranteed

Zero booking fees

Assistance 7 days a week

We are always at your service

More nearby activities

Useful information to know before embarking on a rafting trip

Rafting is a river sport that involves navigating along the course of a river or mountain stream. It is practiced aboard special inflatable boats, called rafts, which can carry up to 8 people. On each raft there is an experienced guide who acts as captain and gives commands for navigation. The crew navigates between rapids and other natural obstacles by helping themselves to paddles.

In its recreational form, rafting is a suitable activity for everyone. No special skills or experience are required, you just need to have good water skills and choose the course best suited to your level. Before setting off, we prepare by conducting a briefing on basic techniques and safety rules.

To go rafting, you must wear a swimsuit, thermal shirt (optional), and sneakers you’re fine with getting wet. Everything else is provided free of charge by the rafting center. The best months for rafting are the spring and summer months.

Papasidero rafting: an adventure in the heart of the Pollino National Park

Located in the heart of the Lao River Valley, the village of Papasidero is the ideal place to set off on a rafting adventure in the Pollino Mountains. The many rafting centers in the area organize trips of all levels, with the starting/ending point right in Papasidero. From here, in fact, it is possible to navigate more or less long or challenging stretches of the Lao River.

Beginners and families with children can walk the shorter, quieter Orsomarso section. Classic rafting routes, on the other hand, include runs from 8 to 14 km of length. All of these pass through Papasidero and involve passing between the Lao Gorge, a striking stretch between rock walls.

The more hardened can travel the entire navigable stretch of the Lao River, the one from Laino Borgo to Papasidero: 26 km of fun and adrenaline!

How much does it cost to go rafting in Papasidero?

A rafting experience in Papasidero involves varying costs depending on the starting location, the length of the route, and its characteristics. It starts at 35 euros per person for a basic route and goes up to 95 euros for a Full Explorer trip. There is often a discount for children.

Rafting centers in Calabria organize varied experiences, also offering mixes of outdoor activities. A rafting experience, in fact, can be combined with an ATV excursion, a canyoning trail or a paragliding flight. Multiple experiences cost more but are the best choice to fully enjoy the beauty of the Pollino National Park.

Papasidero rafting: gifting an unforgettable experience on the Lao River

Rafting in Calabria finds its greatest expression in Papasidero. So if you’re thinking of gifting someone an outdoor experience, this small village in Cosenza can give you the right idea.

But why specifically give a rafting experience as a gift? Because the wonderful places where it takes place and the adrenaline rush will make it memorable! Here, then, if you are tired of giving the usual gifts, you can book a raft for your best friend’s next birthday.

Or, have any of your friends graduated or are getting married soon? An outing in nature and a rafting trip are perfect for celebrating events or bachelor/bachelorette parties. In addition, a group sport is a great way to solidify a friendship or team spirit. Rafting, therefore, is also a good idea for team-building events.

Non riesci proprio a scegliere?

Scopri le Giftcard, la soluzione perfetta per chi cerca un regalo flessibile

Opinions of our adventurers

General rating
  4.8 / 5.0
17 verified reviews

19 Aug 2023 | Grand Canyon rafting on the Lao River

A different activity

A descent down the Lao River will take you to discover wonders hidden among the trees and rocks, all enlivened by the rapids and small waterfalls that the river hides. There will be moments when you can enjoy the Panorama and many others when you will feel the fatigue of paddling. You will make some special stops along the river where you can admire a beautiful waterfall and drink from it and you can soak in the waters of this beautiful river. I will be honest though: I was hoping for something more adrenaline-pumping but I admit that it is an experience worth doing at least once in a lifetime.


Reviewed by

Giuseppe S.

18 Aug 2022 | Rafting Fun Trip on the Lao River


Rafting fun trip for a group of two families with children, perfect organisation, the guide Adrian a very experienced person who leads by conveying safety and keeping everything under control by giving precise directives. The after descent was fantastic, well-equipped barbecue area with wood and a well-stocked kiosk, hammock, tables with benches etc. I highly recommend this active and exciting experience, we will definitely return.

Antonella S.

Reviewed by

Antonella S.

19 Aug 2023 | Grand Canyon rafting on the Lao River

Great experience!!!

I had never been rafting before and I must say that the experience was wonderful. Also thanks to Lello, our guide, who was friendly and professional and shared lots of information and curiosities about the place with us throughout the river descent. The place is well equipped, there is no room for boredom. I will definitely repeat the experience.

mariangela a.

Reviewed by

mariangela a.

20 Aug 2022 | River Walking and Rafting on the Lao River

Well organised facility, lots of activities available for adults and children, access also to the dog area. The River Walking and Rafting on the Lao River was relaxing and evocative, there is also the possibility of staying on site using the swimming pool, barbecue tables hammocks of charge to spend a day in the open air.

Teresa P.

Reviewed by

Teresa P.

26 Jul 2022 | Grand Canyon rafting on the Lao River

Fantastische raft ervaring

Was echt top!! Op 25/7/2022. Mooie spullen, mooi bedrijf, super aardig en geweldige ervaring, top gids uit Colombia bij ons op de raft, kundig en ervaren. Hele mooie tocht door een prachtige canyon. Een aanrader als je in de buurt bent. Voor iedereen te doen.


Reviewed by

Luc V.

17 Aug 2023 | Grand Canyon rafting on the Lao River

Grand Canyon rafting

Great experience with a fantastic coach Lello who described the natural wonders of the Pollino during the rafting trip. We had a great time in incredible natural landscapes!!!

Ilaria C.

Reviewed by

Ilaria C.

Need help?
Chat with our experts!

Start a chat

Rafting: the best places nearby

Other activities Papasidero

More places for rafting