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Pacuare River Rafting – 1-Day

Pacuare River Rafting – 1-Day

Rafting on the Pacuare River – rated one of the top rivers in the world – is an amazing Costa Rica day trip. You’ll raft through incredible rainforest on 19 miles of Class III-IV whitewater. Cascading waterfalls, lush forest, exotic plants, birds and other animals, and exciting rapids make this a tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that you’ll remember forever.

 

We will transport you from your San Jose area hotel in our private, comfortable, air-conditioned bus to the Rios Tropicales Operations Center, where you’ll enjoy our sumptuous, traditional Costa Rican breakfast buffet with Doña Gloria’s famous specialty omelets. After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, we will drive to our private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River.

 

Here, our professional, certified rafting guides will outfit you with all necessary equipment, give you a comprehensive rafting safety talk, and instruct you on paddling basics. Then, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. It’s an adrenaline-packed day running the Pacuare’s renowned rapids.

 

Halfway down the river, you will pass the Rios Tropicales Lodge, our unique, National Geographic award-winning ecolodge where guests stay on our overnight and multi-day adventure trips. Environmentally sustainable, the intimate lodge blends naturally into the rainforest on our 2,400-acre private reserve, complete with waterfalls, natural pools, and miles of trails.

 

At the end of your rafting trip, you’ll return to the Rios Tropicales Operations Center for a delicious hot lunch, and time to shower and change clothes. Then you’ll return by bus to San Jose, enjoying beautiful views along the way. This unforgettable trip will be the highlight of your time in Costa Rica!

 

 

Why Rios Tropicales?

    • 34 years of experience, service excellence and safety (since 1985)

 

    • Best Outfitters on Earth by National Geographic Adventures

 

    • National Geographic Geotourism Award for the Rios Tropicales Lodge on the Pacuare

 

    • Rafael Gallo, founding partner and CEO of Rios Tropicales, is an Advocate Inductee to the International Whitewater Hall of Fame (2009) and now a member of its Board of Governance. He is a founder of the International Rafting Federation (1997) and now Honorary President. He is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club of New York since 1995, and co-author of The Rivers Rafael Gallo, founding partner and CEO of Rios Tropicales, is an Advocate Inductee to the International Whitewater Hall of Fame (2009) and now a member of its Board of Governance. He is a founder of the International Rafting Federation (1997) and now Honorary President. He is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club of New York since 1995.

 

    • We wrote the book on The Rivers of Costa Rica – A Canoeing, Kayaking and Rafting Guide

 

    • All Rios Tropicales guides are trained to U.S. standards and guidelines for rafting and safety and are certified by the International Rafting Federation.

 

    • All Rios Tropicales guides are fully bilingual in Spanish & English.

 

    • Winner of multiple national and international awards for conservation, reforestation and community initiatives, including the International Ecotourism Society Innovation Award, Pioneers for Prosperity Award, and the Costa Rica Certificate for Sustainable Tourism.

 

    • Winner of Costa Rica’s Blue Flag for Rivers and Blue Flag for Natural Spaces awards, both with the highest level of three stars, for protecting the Pacuare River, Terciopelo Creek, and the Rios Tropicales private rainforest reserve.

 

    • Authentic experiences that inspire a positive impact on the environment.

 

 

What’s Included on Rios Tropicales rafting trips:

    • Comfortable, private, air-conditioned transportation from San Jose (also Arenal, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo) to the river and back with door-to-door pick-up and drop-off at major hotels.

 

    • Friendly, bilingual tour guide on trip to inform you about Costa Rica.

 

    • Bilingual rafting guides certified by the International Rafting Federation.

 

    • State-of-the-art rafting equipment; inspected daily to be in top condition.

 

    • Delicious, traditional Costa Rican buffet breakfast with Doña Gloria’s famous omelets at our Rios Tropicales Operations Center.

 

    • Large men’s and women’s changing rooms with showers and private secure lockers.

 

    • Hot buffet lunch at the Operations Center; or River Picnic Lunch (in dry season) on a scenic riverbank.

 

    • On multi-day trips: accommodation, delicious meals, and adventure activities (extra charge may apply) at the award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge on the Pacuare. Secure, dry transport of your luggage.

Trip Details

Trip Length 1 Day

Experience Type   Family & Adventurers

Price $129

What’s Included

  • Professional bilingual guides
  • Rafting equipment
  • Breakfast and a hot lunch
  • Spacious changing rooms and showers
  • Transportation to and from San Jose,  Arenal, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo
  • Secure, dry transport of your luggage in dry bag
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Reservation Information

Itinerary

Day 1

After an early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, we will transport you in a private, comfortable bus to the Rios Tropicales Operations Center for a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, we will drive to our private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River.

 

Here we review and adjust all necessary equipment for proper fit, give you a comprehensive rafting safety talk, and instruct you 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 the Rios Tropicales Lodge, our 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. This unforgettable trip will be the highlight of your stay in Costa Rica!

Who Can Go

Minimum Age 12, December – May.
Minimum Age 14, June – November.

Difficulty

 Adventure

Our Adventure Trip Regions

Central Caribe

Distance

  • 26

    km

Trip Time

  • 3 1

From 3 1/2 to 5 hours.

Rios Tropicales Lodge

Extend your trip by a day (or two or three!) and stay at the award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge on the Pacuare River. Our all-inclusive ecolodge trips include on-site rainforest adventure activities and three lodging options to meet varied tastes and budgets.

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