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Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV

  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
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Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV

Located on Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca Mountain Range, home to native Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife, including parrots, toucans, deer, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, butterflies, and more. Add in the exciting Class III-IV white water rapids and you have a 12-hour tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that last long after you’ve returned home. 

The magical river is born in Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountain Range (Cordillera de Talamanca) at 3,000 meters altitude, and descends through the mountains to the plains of Limón, flowing into the Caribbean Sea. At a total length of approximately 133 km, the river has 32 km of rapids Class III and IV that are ideal for the recreation of your small group. 

This fully guided adventure includes meals and hotel pickup and drop-off on a private bus. 

What to Expect

After an early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, you will depart at 8am in a private, comfortable bus to the meeting point for a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, your small group will go to a private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River.

Here, you will review and adjust all necessary equipment for proper fit, receive a comprehensive rafting safety talk, and hear instructions 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 a 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 our 2,000-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 Rios Tropicales Operations Center for a hearty and delicious lunch, hot showers, optional drinks and a handy souvenir store.

This trip includes all transportation to and from 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. You will return to San Jose about 6:00 pm (subject to traffic)This unforgettable trip will be the highlight of your stay in Costa Rica!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Words cant decribe it

Our group consisted of 4 people with ages ranging fro 16 to 73. We had the best time ever. Our guide was the BOMB. I with I could remember his name so maybe someone reading this can help me out. He was on crutches due...More

Thank shfunchess
Rafael G, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks a lot , his name is Sassy , he is a great human being , and amazing guide!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great time, well organized

Had a brochure from my AirBnB for Rios Tropicales. There are a few companies that do the day trip to Pacuare and they all seemed about the same price. The flyer led me to their online site and it was $105 at the time of...More

Thank ssmarrow
Rafael G, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks a lot for having lots of fun , on our Pacuare River.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Didn't turn up destroying the last fay of my holiday

Booked this trip a week in advance and on the morning 15 mins after they were meant to pick me up I called them to ask if they were running late. They said no and that they couldn't see my booking despite sending a confirmation...More

Thank huntforgoodtimes
Rafael G, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I will have to look into this case , even without names and date , this is unacceptable.

Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile
Scenic rafting

Amazing landscape rafting the Rio Pacuare. Rio Tropicales and our guide Carlos are professional and well-organized, it has been Pura Vida !

Thank Stephane M
Rafael G, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks A Lot !!

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Incredible Adventure Experience

River Rafting through Rios Tropicales was one of the best vacation decisions we made. This company provided such a fun and unforgettable experience at such an affordable price. We were picked up all the way in San Jose, given breakfast and lunch, and then experienced...More

Thank Jenny A
Rafael G, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks , Pacuare River is one of the best in the World!!

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6 June 2018|
Response from Chelsea P | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure we paid $50 for all the pics to be emailed to us. They allowed us to split it with another couple so we each paid $25.