Would you like to test the capacity to win challenges, team spirit, organisation, communication and leadership in a group of people? Place yourself on a boat and have them face rapids armed with paddles only. This is rafting, a sports modality that has been conquering adepts around the world. An activity that challenges its adepts to find, together, the best form of overcoming obstacles. And as such, it has been often used in corporate training.
Taking place while in contact with nature, rafting finds in Brazil perfect locations from which to choose. The country’s waterways offer many rivers with different difficulty levels. They range from easy river rapids, with smooth and stable waves for beginners, to quite turbulent waters with narrow passages, which require experience and skill from sports adepts.
It is estimated today that there are 50 Brazilian tourism operators offering tourist tours focused on rafting. In the State of São Paulo, it is possible to venture on rivers in Juquitiba, Brotas, Socorro and São Luiz do Paraitinga. In the State of Rio de Janeiro, the best places for the sport are the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Três Rios, Macaé, and Visconde de Mauá. The emotion also runs loose in the South: there you have Canela and the Aparados da Serra National Park, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul; Foz do Iguaçu, in the State of Paraná; and Timbó and Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, in the State of Santa Catarina. Not to mention Jalapão, in the State of Tocantins; or of Itacaré, in the State of Bahia; among many others.