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Rafting Pollino National Park

Rafting Pollino National Park

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The Pollino National Park, covering 192,556 hectares, is the largest nature reserve in Italy. It lies between two regions, Calabria and Basilicata, and it is a real treasure of biodiversity and a paradise for lovers of nature and outdoor activities.

Within it flows the Lao River, the most important watercourse for those who want to go rafting in the Pollino. The Lao has abundant flow throughout the year, and with its 55 km length is perfect for rafting at all levels. From beginners to experts, everyone will be able to find the trip best suited to their needs and experience adrenaline thrills in the midst of nature.

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What you need to know going rafting

Rafting is one of the most popular river sports in our country. It is a fun activity, can be practiced by everyone, and requires no specific skills other than good water skills and a desire to have fun in close contact with nature.

It consists in descending a river or mountain stream in special boats, called rafts. The crew, consisting of 6 to 8 people per dinghy, is captained by an experienced guide who gives the commands for navigation. Aided by a paddle, you move through the current, overcoming rapids and other natural obstacles.

Before setting off, the guide holds a briefing on the basic rules, and then we prepare to face the descent all together, as a real team. Thanks to the presence of an instructor on each dinghy, the activity always takes place in complete safety.

Transfers from the rafting center to the embarkation/disembarkation point, where provided, are always made by the organization’s vehicles. If the water flow and weather are favorable, you can go rafting all year round. However, the spring and summer months present the best conditions and are the best to fully enjoy the experience.

Pollino and rafting: the best trips between Calabria and Basilicata

Those who are considering going rafting in the Pollino can choose from routes of different lengths and difficulty. The classic rafting route, also suitable for beginners and families with children, is from Orsomarso, in the province of Cosenza.

A short distance away, the town of Papasidero is one of the main locations for rafting in Calabria. Several trails start from here, including the impressive descent to the Lao Gorge, in a section where the river flows between canyons and rock walls.

On the border with Basilicata, Laino Borgo is the starting point for the integral rafting route on the Lao River. The descent is 26 km long and runs entirely through the gorges section, passing the Malomo waterfall and ending in Papasidero.

How much does a rafting trip in the Pollino Park cost?

Prices for rafting on the Lao River in the Pollino vary depending on the starting location and the length of the route. It starts at 35€ per person for a basic descent and goes up to 95€ for the full itinerary. There are often discounts for children, and equipment is always included in the price.

Gift a rafting trip in the pristine wilderness of the Pollino Park

With a rafting experience in the heart of a national park like the Pollino, you will gift intense emotions and unforgettable moments in nature. The Lao River, with its canyons and waterfalls, is an ideal place to have an outdoor adventure and celebrate an important occasion such as a graduation or birthday in good company.
Since it’s a group sport, rafting is particularly suitable for team-building activities or bachelor/bachelorette parties. In such cases, a barbecue, aperitif or lunch can be arranged after the rafting trip at one of the many agritourisms in the area.

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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.


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Luc V.

17 Jun 2022 | Grand Canyon rafting on the Lao River

Fantastic rafting and nature experience!

Very professional as well as friendly and helpful River Tribe team for a variety of requests.


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Massimiliano p.

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