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

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    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in San Jose.
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off in San Jose (selected hotels only)
    • Professional guide
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum is 2 people per booking
    • Maximum is 15 people per booking
    • Minimum age is 14 years
    • Transportation without additional cost from hotels located in San Jose (selected hotels)
    • Rubber soled shoes (tennis or similar) shorts and a T-shirt, swimsuit, windbreaker, sunscreen lotion, sun hat or bandanna (Optional)
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • CANCELLATION POLICIES: • Any change or cancellation must be made before 4:00pm the day before service date. • No refunds for NO SHOWS. If circumstances beyond our control (bad weather, natural disasters, road closures, etc). we reserve the right to cancel or modify reservations and to make partial refunds. "Rios Tropicales, S.A. will not be responsible for additional costs incurred by the client due to various climatic conditions, such as but not limited to: earthquakes, floods, epidemics, fires, or accidents, condition of roads, cancellations of external transportation, or any other cause attributed to unforeseeable circumstances or Force Majeure that may interrupt or delay a booked trip."
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    This tour was outstanding! We were picked up on the dot, on time. Our bus guide Carlos was very funny and informative! The buses were comfortable and had strong AC. The breakfast was also delicious and was sensitive to our veterinarian diet. Rafting down the river was one of the
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    Response from RafaelGallo, Owner at Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thanks for the 6! Carlos is a great person and very solid Rafting guide. Thanks for your review.
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    Carlos, the guide, was truly wonderful in both his Spanish and English instructions, making everyone feel safe and at ease. The trip was beautiful, the water was perfect and the rapids super fun. My only disappointment is that since I'm a solo traveler, the company would only
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    Response from RafaelGallo, Owner at Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thanks for your comments regarding your drop off, when transfers are done from Fortuna and Puerto Viejo, there are bigger challenges . Thanks for a positive review.
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    I could not give this day a better review! We had an excellent day with Kayler, Juan and the team. They kept us safe, laughing and informed. We would highly recommend, just remember your towels :)
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    Response from RafaelGallo, Owner at Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thanks a lot for enjoying the professionalism of our guides
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    Excellent trip! The company is very safety-oriented, which is our #1 criterion; they have a separate kayak going ahead of our raft to scout the river. Carlos is an excellent guide, expertly taking us through the rapids, while explaining to us what’s to expect. Breakfast and
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    Response from RafaelGallo, Owner at Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
    Responded 26 Sep 2019
    Thank you for recommending us , we try our best to provide the best and safety minded guides, sorry about our slow roads.
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    I had been on this tour before and had an excellent experience. This time we had Keylor as our guide and he made the trip terrible. On the raft instead of helping us improve so we would not be in danger he was just scolding us the whole trip telling us we were so bad at it and
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