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

  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
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

Located on Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca Mountain Range, home to native Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife, including parrots, toucans, deer, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, butterflies, and more. Add in the exciting Class III-IV white water rapids and you have a 12-hour tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that last long after you’ve returned home. 

The magical river is born in Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountain Range (Cordillera de Talamanca) at 3,000 meters altitude, and descends through the mountains to the plains of Limón, flowing into the Caribbean Sea. At a total length of approximately 133 km, the river has 32 km of rapids Class III and IV that are ideal for the recreation of your small group. 

This fully guided adventure includes meals and hotel pickup and drop-off on a private bus. 

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Incredible Adventure Experience

River Rafting through Rios Tropicales was one of the best vacation decisions we made. This company provided such a fun and unforgettable experience at such an affordable price. We were picked up all the way in San Jose, given breakfast and lunch, and then experienced...More

Thank Jenny A
Reviewed May 30, 2018
Amazing day rafting in Costa Rica

What a fabulous day and highly recommended. Keylor picked us up with an incredible skilled driver, which is needed on these roads, from our hotel right on time. He couldn’t have been nicer and informative, happy to answer any questions and always pointing out points...More

Thank FinaVt
Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile
Perfect day

It’s been the last day of a two week trip and I feel this was the perfect ending to it. Had an absolute blast being on the river for a couple of hours. We’ve been able to raft one of National Geographic’s most scenic rivers...More

Thank StephsWorld2009
Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile
Despite the river being low, we had a GREAT day!

After reading mostly positive reviews and a couple of negative, we wondered how our day would be. There were a couple things we worried about: It was drizzling nonstop and was not particularly warm, and the river was low because we were here at the...More

Thank Chelsea P
Rafael G, Propietario at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Thanks a lot for enjoying our river during the dryer seasom , the quality and color of the water is a nice compliment , we are satisfied Otto gave you a good ride. We are also happy to know tou will stay at our Lodge...More

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June 5, 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.