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Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose

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    Stop At: Pacuare River, Cartago Costa Rica

    The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. 

    It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot rapids, giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18-mile (29 kilometer) one-day run includes a total of 52 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many.

    Upon arrival to the river, gear up with a life jacket, helmet, and paddle, and then attend a safety orientation talk. Then, it is time to take off down the rapids!

    The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids that let you test your river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you can find pockets of beautiful secondary growth forest. After about 40 minutes, you will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, a 5-mile (8 kilometer) stretch of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are "Terciopelo Snake," "Double Drop," "Upper and Lower Huacas," and "Pin Ball," to name a few. You will also see the Huacas Waterfall, a 150-foot (45 meter) dramatic drop into the river.

    After the gorge, the rivers opens up to a 5-mile (8 kilometer) stretch on the Valle del Pacuare, where the river has a different character. It is wide open, which gives you the opportunity to rest a bit and take the opportunity to do some wildlife spotting. The main rapids here are "Cimarrones," "The Play Hole," "El Indio," and "Magnetic Rock." The forest remains just as lush, and the rapids just as fun.

    You will finish in Siquirres, where you can take a shower, change clothes, and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared.

    Stop At: Costa Rica Groups Travel Company, San Jose Costa Rica

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    Reviewed May 30, 2019

    Had a really good day on this tour. Transportation was on time, guides were very friendly and concerned about the safety of everyone. It's a far drive but the scenery makes it worth it. Experience on the river was super fun and I would for...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank ARHutchison
    Reviewed May 30, 2019

    tis wis sooo amizing to do. i has suhc gret tim doing tis, tis supur recomended . i has sop god tim man do tis wit yur famili.

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Wagyu001
    Reviewed May 15, 2019 via mobile

    Even beginners can do it. I never fell in the river. If you want to swim, you can play on the river. A photographer will accompany you and take photos. It is a very wonderful picture. It's $ 25, but it's worth buying.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank MAI K
    Reviewed April 30, 2019

    The short review: *** If you're interested in a tour, run by immature, frat boys, who might threaten to hurt you, who will humiliate you and then make fun of you both in English to your face and in thick Spanish behind your back (since...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    3  Thank db_worldTravels
    Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

    We really enjoyed the rapids and our tour guide was great. I know I’m the description it mentions you being able to see animals...If you really want to see animals, I don’t suggest doing this. Because it’s not a zoo or anything you can’t really...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    Sarah S
    July 25, 2019|
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    Response from Christina0708 | Reviewed this property |
    2 to 3 hours on the water, depending on recent rains and current speed. You spend twice that amount of time, getting to and from the river.
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    May 7, 2019|
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    Response from Christina0708 | Reviewed this property |
    Radisson San Jose- Costa Rica. The tour picked us up here. It's gated, so you will probably have to wait outside of the property.
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    ashlees585
    May 3, 2019|
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    Response from db_worldTravels | Reviewed this property |
    I would assume not. But you can attempt to contact them. They never answered any of my phone calls.
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