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Pacuare River Tours

A river winding through the dense Costa Rican rainforest, the Pacuare flows from the Talamanca Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Known for its exotic wildlife as well as whitewater rafting conditions, the river is divided into sixteen sections. Sabe, palm, and banana trees line its waterfront, where colorful birds, monkeys, ocelots, and even jaguars can be spotted. As a true gorge, it is surrounded by walls of thick greenery, frequent waterfalls, and colorful plants. Sloths, toucans, parrots, butterflies, snakes, and frogs are a few of the animals that populate the rainforest beside its banks.

The river has several different classes of rapids, with varying levels of adventure based on skill levels and experience. Part of the river opens up to a unique five mile stretch of scenery, along the Valle del Pacuare. It has been recognized as one of the best river trips in the world, both for its rapids and its dramatic tropical rainforest scenery.

Practical Info

Visiting the river is best done as a guided trip. Turriabla is the closest city to the river, with transportation accessible from both San Jose and the Arenal areas. River rafting requires the rental of equipment and hiring of a guide, which can be done from either city.

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Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica, San Jose, null
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Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Experience the adrenaline-charged thrill of whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River! The scenery while rafting is simply unique. The tropical vegetation and ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

The Pacuare river rafting is one of the best adventure water tours in Costa Rica. The 18-mile one day run includes a total of 52 rapids.  Pacuare River is ...  Read more

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Class III-IV Whitewater Rafting at Pacuare River from Turrialba, Costa Rica, White Water Rafting
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Class III-IV Whitewater Rafting at Pacuare River from Turrialba

This class III and class IV rapids cover about eighteen miles some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Costa Rica. You will enjoy the thrill of the ...  Read more

Location: Turrialba, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

From USD $85.00
Pacuare River Rafting Expedition Class III-IV from San Jose, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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Pacuare River Rafting Expedition Class III-IV from San Jose

This unique full-day guided white water rafting experience at the Pacuare River offers a small group service of no more than 10 people per tour. After being ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
White Water Rafting at Pacuare River- Class II-III from San Jose, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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White Water Rafting at Pacuare River- Class II-III from San Jose

The Pacuare River offers Costa Rica’s most scenic and accessible white-water rafting. Unlike most raft tours on the Pacuare, this 8-hour tour runs on the ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
Overnight Pacuare River and Rafting Trip from San Jose, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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Overnight Pacuare River and Rafting Trip from San Jose

This tour gives you two incredible days of tropical white water rafting and a night at a lodge. Treat yourself to an exceptional adventure vacation experience ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $368.75
Tortuguero and Pacuare Rafting Adventure 3 Days 2 Nights, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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Tortuguero and Pacuare Rafting Adventure 3 Days 2 Nights

In this 3-day tour you will be taken to Pacuare River where you will be able to soak up some natural beauty in between exhilarating Class III-IV rapids. You ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $764.20

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