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Pacuare River Rafting

Rafting on the Pacuare River – rated one of the top rivers in the world – is an amazing Costa Rica day trip. You’ll raft through the incredible rainforest on 19 miles of Class III-IV whitewater. Cascading waterfalls, lush forests, exotic plants, birds and other animals, and exciting rapids make this a tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that you’ll remember forever.

We will transport you from your San Jose area hotel in our private, comfortable, air-conditioned bus to the River. We will stop on the way, where you’ll enjoy our delicious, traditional Costa Rican breakfast.
After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, we will drive to our rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River.

Here, our professional, certified rafting guides will outfit you with all necessary equipment, give you a comprehensive rafting safety talk, and instruct you on paddling basics. Then, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. It’s an adrenaline-packed day running the Pacuare’s renowned rapids.

Halfway down the river, you will pass the Lodge, our unique, National Geographic award-winning eco-lodge where guests stay on our overnight and multi-day adventure trips. Environmentally sustainable, the intimate lodge blends naturally into the rainforest on our 2,470-acre private reserve, complete with waterfalls, natural pools, and miles of trails.

Somewhere along the river, we will stop at one of the beautiful beaches on the banks of the Pacuare River for a little break, meanwhile our guides will prepare a delicious lunch for you. After lunch, we will continue downstream to the takeaway point. From there we take you to the place where you can shower and change clothes. Then you will return by bus to San José. During your return to San Jose you will enjoy incredible and wonderful views of our Braulio carrillo national park and other beautiful views. This unforgettable trip will be the highlight of your time in Costa Rica!

What’s Included

  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Rafting equipment
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Changing rooms and showers
  • Transportation to and from San Jose (Minimum 4 persons)

Important Notes:

This trip can be operated with a minimum of 2 guests, with an additional Transportation cost  please ask us for more information.

Transportation from Arenal, La Fortuna, Puerto Viejo Limón, Cahuita, has an additional cost , please ask us for more information.

Rates

Foreigners: $105
National & Residents: $85

Details

Trip Length: 1 Day
River Time: 3.5 – 5 Hours
Rapid Class: III – IV
Minimum Age: 12, December – May
Minimum Age: 14, June – November
Distance: 26km

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Itinerary

After an early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, we will transport you to the Breakfast Place (about an hour and a half from SJO) for a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, we will drive to the rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River.

Here we review and adjust all necessary equipment for proper fit, give you a comprehensive rafting safety talk, and instruct you on paddling basics. From here, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle 19 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. You’ll pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, view cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools, and experience pounding rapids. Halfway down the river, you will pass the Lodge, our unique ecolodge, where guests stay on our 2-, 3-, and 4-day multi-sport adventure trips. Hydro-powered and intimate, the lodge blends naturally into the rainforest on the 2,470-acre private reserve, complete with waterfalls, quiet pools, and miles of trails.

You will enjoy an adrenaline-packed afternoon running the Pacuare’s biggest rapids: Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montañas, and more. From the take-out, it’s a short drive back to the place that you can showers and change. Then you take the Bus to return to San Jose. On your return drive to San Jose, you’ll enjoy remarkable views of Braulio Carrillo National Park, home of dense, primary tropical rainforest, and Irazu Volcano. This unforgettable trip will be the highlight of your stay in Costa Rica!