Río Istiam

Top choice Kayaking

in Playa Santo Domingo & Santa Cruz

On the south side of the isthmus, this river shimmers as it snakes through the island’s lava valley. The best way to explore the river (which is really a swamp) is by kayak – you’re pretty much guaranteed to see turtles, caimans and howler monkeys. Inquire at nearby hotels, like Caballito's Mar, which offers the trip for US$25 per person.