Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica

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  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 4100PRRC3

Experience the adrenaline-charged thrill of whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River! The scenery while rafting is simply unique. The tropical vegetation and power of the waters will transport you to a Central American fantasy world. This one-day adventure battling class III and IV rapids is an unforgettable Costa Rican experience not to be missed.

While in Costa Rica, head out rafting (approximately 3-4 hours) on this perfect tropical river, which due to its scenery and rapids has been declared one of the five best rafting rivers in the world. This is a trip of pure magic, unsurpassed beauty, wildlife and exhilarating fun.

The Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native Cabecar Indians, jaguars, monkeys, sloth and an incredible variety of birds, butterflies and reptiles. Known as one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, you'll enjoy a day filled with adventure as you raft down the Pacuare River. You'll have time for a relaxing lunch, before heading out on the river again for the last leg of your whitewater rafting experience.

On your ride back to San Jose, you'll have the chance the take in the beautiful landscape around you in the Braulio Carrillo National Park.

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Tour departs from all major hotels in San Jose, Costa Rica

Departure Time:
Hotel pickup at approximately 6:00am
11 hours (approx.)
Return Details:

Returns to original departure point at approximately 4:30pm

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Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica

Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica
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  • Return Transportation
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Equipment
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (Optional)
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • Each passenger must sign a waiver prior to tour commencement
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Robert G, October 2015

This was a wonderful trip. The guide on the bus gave us great information about what to expect and what to do on the river. He also gave us information about the country. Our guide on the river was very good he made the trip fun and exciting. I felt well taken care of the whole time. I have always wanted to do this and I am glad I did.

Reviewed by: Andrina O, June 2015

LOVED every minute of this tour! we started off the day with a 6:15am pickup at my hostel in san jose. then we drove an hour and half to the tour company's operations center for a good hearty breakfast. after that, we drove a little more to the pacuare river with class 3-4 rapids. my friend and i did this at the end of may, during rainy season so the rivers were full of water and super fast moving. apparently, the water levels were so high and fast that we finished the course in 2 hours, instead of the usual 4 hour it takes to traverse the course. after getting absolutely soaked and knocked down by massive rapids, we went back to the operations center, took a shower in their well-kept shower facilities and ate a delicious lunch. also, there's a photographer in a kayak taking pictures of all the participants on the course- my tip is to purchase the photo package with your raft members- it's around 10/person and they will send you a link to the pictures online where you can then download. this is my first time doing whitewater rafting- it was intense and an adrenaline-filled adventure and i would totally do it again in a heartbeat!

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Tour code: 4100PRRC3