Explornatura
River Rafting & TubingCanyoning & Rappelling ToursZipline & Aerial Adventure ParksSightseeing Tours
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Explornatura offers rafting, canyoneering, ziplines and lots of overall adventure vacations in Costa Rica. Merge the natural attractions of Costa Rica with the a local cultural experience while traveling down rivers, over mountains and top trees, and along beaches while meeting the friendly, happy people of Costa Rica. Turrialba, a rural town centrally located just 2 hours from San Jose, is the home of Explornatura Adventure Travel. Locally owned and operated, we are adventure specialists and nature lovers with more than 20 years’ experience in Adventure Vacationswith an impeccable safety record. We also own and operate the Canyoning Tour and the Pacuare River Rafting expeditions. Whatever is your idea of adventure and nature vacations include, we will exceed your expectations.
Turrialba, Costa Rica

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Mel Habt
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Punctual and friendl pick up from the team. Very friendly staff. Clear Safety introduction, guide in a kayak in front and guide with us in the boat. Knew the river very well. Told us loads about the surroundings. Lunch was excellent, we had great fun swimming during lunch break. Changing rooms (tent). Excellent service and sooo much fun for our kids and us!
Written March 26, 2024
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Thank you for the wonderful feedback! We’re thrilled to hear that your family had such an enjoyable experience rafting on the Pacuare River. It’s always our goal to provide friendly service and thorough safety briefings, so we’re glad these aspects stood out to you. Delighted to know the lunch and swim break were highlights as well! We look forward to welcoming you back for another adventure soon! Pura Vida
Written March 28, 2024
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Janet M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Zip lining, repelling waterfalls, and daring to cross a swinging bridge are experiences I will always remember. The guides ensured we were safe and that we had a blast! The views were unbelievable- we even saw a sloth!
Written March 14, 2024
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We’re absolutely delighted to hear about your spectacular experience with us! It sounds like you made the most of every moment, from zip lining to repelling down waterfalls and crossing that thrilling swinging bridge. Knowing you felt safe throughout and got to enjoy the incredible views, complete with a sloth sighting, is just fantastic. Thanks for choosing us for your adventure, and we hope to see you again soon. Pura Vida
Written March 28, 2024
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tamibarry131
Los Suenos, Costa Rica3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The river was amazing. There were rapids around every corner probably 18 different rapids, and it was always full of excitement. There were some canyons with Stillwater where we could take pictures and the food was great. The guides were very personable, and we highly recommend this trip… It is, however a long day if you do the whole thing in one day with the shuttle buses from San Jose area.
Written March 10, 2024
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We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed the thrilling 25 km paddle It's fantastic that the rapids and the canyons provided non-stop excitement and picturesque moments. We're also happy to know that the food and the personable nature of our guides contributed positively to your experience. We appreciate your recommendation and acknowledge it's indeed a long day, but we hope the adventure was worth every minute! Pura Vida
Written March 13, 2024
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Lindsay S
Coulsdon, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An amazing day on the river. The guides were fantastic and so knowledgeable about the history of the local area and environment. Lunch on the river bank was a special moment with fresh fruit and wraps. Such a beautiful area and so peaceful watching the wildlife whilst listening to instructions from the guide!
Written March 8, 2024
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Thank you for sharing your white water rafting experience with us! It’s heartening to know that our guides' knowledge of the area and its history enhanced your trip. We’re delighted that lunch on the river bank with the tranquility of nature and the wildlife added a special touch to your adventure. Your kind words are much appreciated, and we hope to have the pleasure of guiding you on the river again soon! Pura Vida
Written March 13, 2024
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jem1973_12
Birmingham, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely brilliant day! We did the rafting as part of an organised trip to CR and it was such great fun. Our guide was Jose-Reyes(?) He had 23 years experience and was funny and knowledgeable (and a little bit crazy!) but we felt safe at all times. Good instruction at the beginning so we all knew what to. The river and scenery were absolutely stunning and we had time to enjoy these before tackling the level 3/4 rapids - which were challenging enough to get the adrenaline flowing but never scary. We even had lunch freshly prepared by the guides on the banks of the river which was delicious and just what we needed after a morning rowing. On the whole, an excellent day. Thank you!
Written March 8, 2024
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We're absolutely thrilled to hear that you had a brilliant day on the river with us! It's wonderful that José-Reyes’ experience and personality added so much to your rafting adventure. Safety is our top priority, and we're glad you felt secure throughout the trip. Thank you for appreciating the stunning scenery, the rapids, and the delicious lunch on the banks. We’re so grateful for your feedback and are delighted you had an excellent day. Can't wait to have you back for more fun on the river! Pura Vida
Written March 13, 2024
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NJDave
Bloomfield, NJ203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great time rappelling and zip-lining with guides Cris and Eric. Both were personable and professional along with having good senses of humor. My son had no issues with the rappelling, but I struggled on the first two due to my sandals being too slippery on the rocks. Word to the wise - either wear Keens or some sort of shoe with hiking treads, so you can get some purchase on the rocks. I think part of what made this experience so much fun is that it combined three different elements - rappelling, zip-lining, and a dicey hanging bridge (safe but can be a challenge if you are balance-challenged!).

Total blast in the rainforest!
Written March 3, 2024
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us at the Canyoneering and Canopy Tour in Turrialba! It brings us immense joy to hear that you had a great time exploring the rainforest through rappelling and zip-lining with Cris and Eric. We pride ourselves on the professionalism and friendliness of our guides, and it's wonderful to know they contributed positively to your adventure. We appreciate your valuable advice regarding footwear; it's indeed crucial for navigating the terrain safely and comfortably. The combination of rappelling, zip-lining, and traversing our hanging bridge is designed to offer a diverse and thrilling adventure, and we're thrilled it was a total blast for you. Your feedback is important to us as we continually strive to provide unforgettable experiences for our guests. We hope to welcome you and your son back for more adventures in the future. Perhaps there are even more elements of the rainforest waiting for you to explore! Pura Vida
Written March 4, 2024
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NikiZA
Cape Town, South Africa27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Look no further for your rafting!! My friend and I booked, and it was the best day of our 2 week trip across Costa Rica. As other reviews have said, the organisation, transport, and conduct are seemless yet relaxed. But the energy (staff and river) and passion (staff) flow through a fun filled day. I booked Explornatura based on TripAdvisor reviews... I suggest you do too!!
Written January 31, 2024
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Reading your review truly warms our hearts! It's an honor to hear that our rafting adventure was the pinnacle of your two-week journey across Costa Rica. We take great pride in ensuring every aspect of our tours, from organization to transport, is executed flawlessly, yet with the relaxed vibe that Costa Rica is famous for. Knowing that our team's energy and passion significantly enhanced your experience is incredibly rewarding for us. Your adventurous spirit perfectly matches our mission to provide unforgettable experiences. We're grateful for your trust in choosing Explornatura based on TripAdvisor reviews, and it's fantastic to see that we lived up to the expectations. We can't wait to welcome you back for more adventures. Remember, the rivers of Costa Rica will always have new stories to tell, and we're here to help you discover them. Until next time, keep the spirit of adventure alive! Pura Vida
Written February 13, 2024
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Excursion37407525806
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had an amazing experience on this beautiful river! The guides were highly skilled, knowledgeable about the entire area, and had a great sense of humor. We travelled as a family of five and our whole group was only 2 boats, which allowed us to enjoy the peacefulness of the river. Highly recommend this company!!!
Written January 11, 2024
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Thanks for the fantastic review! We're so glad your family enjoyed the Pacuare River with our guides. It's our pleasure to make your trip memorable. Can't wait to have you back! Pura Vida
Written February 13, 2024
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Gabriel N
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Amazing experience! Well qualified guides that make you feel safe and an incredible chance to get to know Costa Rica and Turrialba.
Written January 8, 2024
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Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us! We're thrilled to hear you felt safe and enjoyed discovering Costa Rica and Turrialba with our guides. Looking forward to your next adventure with us! Pura Vida
Written February 13, 2024
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Menno S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a super day while rafting with Eduardo and José Luis at the Pacuare River. Everything was well organised , good to the point information, pick-up in the morning very relaxed and in time , good trip to the starting point, good material, proffesional staff, and then the rafting had to start! Realy great experience (first time) , the rafting itself, the swimming in between and not to forget the fantastic fresh prepared lunch in the middle of the jungle! Next time we will chooce again for Explornatura. Thanks Petra en Menno
Written October 25, 2023
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We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic day rafting with Eduardo and José Luis on the Pacuare River. It's great to know that you found everything well-organized, received good and concise information, and had a relaxed and punctual morning pick-up. We're delighted that you enjoyed the trip to the starting point, the quality of the equipment, and the professionalism of our staff. We're especially pleased that your first-time rafting experience was memorable, from the rafting itself to the refreshing swims in between. And of course, we're glad you appreciated the fantastic, freshly prepared lunch in the heart of the jungle. We appreciate your kind words and are honored that you're considering choosing Explornatura again for your future adventures. Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. Pura Vida
Written December 8, 2023
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