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Test your paddling skills on this thrilling whitewater rafting trip along Costa Rica’s gorgeous Pacuare River. An experienced guide will help you navigate the Class III and IV rapids that rush through the delightfully lush scenery of the rain forest. No experience is required — just bring your sense of adventure and prepare to get wet on this full-day trip form San Jose! Round-trip hotel transport and a hearty breakfast and lunch are included. 


  • Enjoy a rafting adventure on the Pacuare River
  • See diverse wildlife including jaguars, monkeys, sloth, birds, butterflies and reptiles
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff

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What You Can Expect

Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica

Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica

Feel the adrenaline rush of rafting down whitewater rapids on a river that’s been voted among the top five best on Earth for rafting. Flowing along Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains, the aquamarine Pacuare River is surrounded by dense tropical forest that is home to an incredible variety of wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, jaguars and birds. 

You’ll be picked up in the early morning at your San Jose hotel for the scenic drive to the launch site, where your experienced guide will present a safety briefing and provide all necessary equipment. Then, experience the thrill of rushing down Class III and IV rapids surrounded by the majestic beauty of the rain forest. 

Take a break from the action for a delicious picnic lunch on the riverbank. Head back out onto the river to continue your journey, for a total rafting time of 3 to 4 hours, depending on water level and speed. 

Once back on solid ground, you’ll have a chance to change into dry clothes before the return drive to San Jose. Enjoy the passing scenery of the Braulio Carrillo National Park as you sit back and relax after your thrilling adventure.

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Customer Reviews

Pamela G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The greatest!
So much fun and adventure. Guide was amazing Kevin is da bomb.
Totally worth it, you will have the time to enjoy nature, laugh,feel a little scare but the time of your life getting wet.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fun fun fun! Long day def worth it!

Brad C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved every minute of it. So much fun.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was the best river we have ever rafted on. Our guide, Ray, was fantastic and he pointed out key points along the way. The trip is long and involves a great workout but well worth the money and time. When we return to Costa Rica in the future we will definately go down the Pacuare River again. It was the highlight of our trip!

Esteban J L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great experience!!! Would do it again definitely

Valerie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Thrilling ride! I can't wait to do it again! The tour guide was awesome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great staff! had a great time! I highly recommend this experience.

Rob F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a day!! We did this on day one of our holiday in Costa Rica .. and what a welcome it was!

So much fun! The river wasn't at it's highest when we went, but still an incredible experience. It was so good, we decided to go rafting again on another river. This was the better river by far.

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a wonderful trip. The guide on the bus gave us great information about what to expect and what to do on the river. He also gave us information about the country. Our guide on the river was very good he made the trip fun and exciting. I felt well taken care of the whole time. I have always wanted to do this and I am glad I did.

Andrina O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

LOVED every minute of this tour! we started off the day with a 6:15am pickup at my hostel in san jose. then we drove an hour and half to the tour company's operations center for a good hearty breakfast. after that, we drove a little more to the pacuare river with class 3-4 rapids. my friend and i did this at the end of may, during rainy season so the rivers were full of water and super fast moving. apparently, the water levels were so high and fast that we finished the course in 2 hours, instead of the usual 4 hour it takes to traverse the course. after getting absolutely soaked and knocked down by massive rapids, we went back to the operations center, took a shower in their well-kept shower facilities and ate a delicious lunch. also, there's a photographer in a kayak taking pictures of all the participants on the course- my tip is to purchase the photo package with your raft members- it's around 10/person and they will send you a link to the pictures online where you can then download. this is my first time doing whitewater rafting- it was intense and an adrenaline-filled adventure and i would totally do it again in a heartbeat!

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