Rafting the Pacuare River

The Rio Pacuare is considered one of the world's top ten whitewater rivers. Get ready for a thrilling roller coaster ride of excitement!

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One-Day Pacuare River Rafting Extension

Whitewater, Waterfalls, and Rainforest

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $150  
Length: 1 day
Arrive: San Jose, Costa Rica
Depart: San Jose, Costa Rica
Lodging: n/a
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Class III/IV whitewater rafting
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Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Costa Rica.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

The Rio Pacuare, one of Costa Rica’s top whitewater rivers, courses through a beautiful granite canyon lined with plummeting waterfalls and lush rainforest vegetation. With 20 Class III and Class IV rapids and spectacular scenery, it’s a safe but rollicking ride and offers tons of excitement for the adventurous traveler (not to worry—previous rafting experience is not necessary).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
San Jose / Pacuare River Rafting

After an early morning pickup from your hotel in San Jose, you’ll fuel up with a typical Costa Rican breakfast at Rancho del Sapito, a family-run restaurant with views of Turrialba Volcano. Once at the put-in on the Pacuare, a rafting orientation, paddle instruction, and safety talk with your river guides set you up for a day of unbelievable fun. Halfway through the journey, enjoy a picnic lunch on the riverbank. Total river time is about five hours, depending on the water level. At the take-out you are met by your private van for the transfer back to your hotel in San Jose (about 1 hour and 45 minutes), arriving around 5:00 pm. A complimentary photo CD of the day’s rafting journey is provided.

Note: You will be joining a group of other people, six per raft. Life jackets, helmets, and other safety equipment are provided. Children must be 12 years or older for Pacuare River rafting. The Reventazon River, with gentler Class II-III rapids, can be booked for groups with children under 12.

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2015
$150 per person, double occupancy (minimum two people)
Hotel overnight in San Jose is not included and necessary to book the extension, but we are happy to book any extra hotel nights for you.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Private transfers from your hotel
  • Breakfast and a lavish picnic lunch
  • Complimentary photo CD

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Extra hotel nights, airport transfers, personal snacks, gratuities for guide and driver.