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

  • Whitewater rafting down the Pacuare River in Costa Rica
  • An activity-packed tour ideal for adventurous nature lovers
  • Small group ensures a personalized experience
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
Experience the adrenaline rush of a whitewater rafting trip along Costa Rica's Pacuare River. Soak up views of the rain forest and mountains as you safely navigate the river’s class III and IV rapids with an expert guide and catch a glimpse of wildlife, such as parrots, toucans, and monkeys. No detail is overlooked: your rafting day trip includes all equipment, meals, and hotel pickup and drop-off in San Jose.
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!

Reviews (23)
1 - 5 of 23 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Perfect day

We have gone rafting in Thailand and Wyoming but this was way more intense and long enough to settle in your memory!!! Also, organization was excellent: hotel pick-up, ride, meals, changing rooms. The inevitable photo package was reasonably priced (per boat - maybe because many...More

Thank West_U_2005_2007
Reviewed 7 September 2018
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 11 September 2018

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

Reviewed 22 August 2018
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 11 September 2018

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

Reviewed 21 August 2018 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 11 September 2018

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 11 September 2018

Thanks A Lot !!

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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.