White Water Rafting Pacuare River From San Jose

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From $108.00

55 reviews   (4.76)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 11 hours

Departs: San Jose, San Jose

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Rio Pacuare is world famous for its pristine beauty. On this 11-hour river rafting experience, spend 4 hours descending the river and encountering 38 rapids along an 18-mi/30-km stretch. Feel the excitement of class III-IV rapids and enjoy the exposure to the wilderness where you'll see various animals in their natural habitat. Hotel pickup, guide, safety equipment and lunch is included. Not persons under 12 years old

What's Included


Special Option: °Vegetarian |° Gluten Free |Let us know if you have some special meal restriction |

Tour Guide

Tour operate with a minimum of 2 people

Transportation from Hotels in San José

What's Not Included

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Food and drinks, unless specified


Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 70

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Travelers should have a high level of physical fitness
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Travelers should have a high level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Pacuare River
During this trajectory you will enjoy a combination of enthusiasm and extreme adventure. The Pacuare River is recognized worldwide for its beauty flanked by its green canyons bathed on both sides by its lush waterfalls. Within its abundant flora and fauna in sight: sloth bears, toucans, parakeets, coatis, a colorful fan of butterflies and frogs, is not out of its exciting crystalline waters that make it an unforgettable adventure trip.

During the descent, we will make a stop at a game of the river, where we will enjoy a buffet style lunch. Finish the trajectory in our private operations center in the city of Siquirres, where we can take a shower, change clothes, enjoy a drink while appreciating and reflect the photos of the incredible adventure just lived, in the company of their new friends.

4 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Water rafting Pacuare river
MichaelL_A, 04-09-2022
Our tour guide Christopher explained interesting things including the way to paddle the rafting. My family and I had a good time.
Excellent adventure in Pacuare River
Derek_L, 13-08-2022
This is most definitely worth the money because, firstly the hotel pick up which saves you the scramble of getting to a bus station etc. However, the most important is the river itself. Wow, what a wonder of nature. When you're not going through exhilarating rapids--there's one after another--you're gazing at beautiful nature in all its glory, from gorgeous rainforest to spectacular waterfalls. The sounds of cicadas is almost deafening. If you're faint of heart, this is not for you.
At around the halfway point, there is a very simple but delicious lunch, prepared by your guide and his cohorts.
If you're an English speaker, hopefully you'll get Kenneth, whose English is not only excellent, but he's very engaging, friendly and knowledgeable.
Loved it!
lewi_live, 10-08-2022
This was one of my favorite experiences. From pick up to drop off everything went smooth. Our guide Charlton was so nice and knowledge. The van was comfortable with AC and the rafting itself was so much fun (slow at first then fast/fun). The meals provided were good and our rafting guide Fernando was fantastic. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Great Tour !!! Super safe !!
ARNPceleb, 08-08-2022
This is an incredible tour for anyone who likes outdoor activities. Our guide, Juan Carlos was excellent, he took care of everything with excellent support and instructions. Our team, 6 people with different ages, gender and cultures worked very well together. Everyone had fun. The transportation was very good, punctual and safe. The lunch was good and very appropriate for this activity, The nature splendid !!
We will recommend this tour 100 % !!!! Excellent price with offer !!
Thrilling experience and gorgeous views
Jessica_D, 26-07-2022
White water rafting in the Pacuare River was one of our most memorable experiences in Costa Rica. The views of the jungle from the river are gorgeous and unlike any sights we could admire by hiking alone. We saw various small waterfalls flowing into the river, the rapids were super fun, and the calm portions of the river were perfect for a short swim. Although I am not a strong swimmer, and the rapids were class IV due to the rainy season, the guides are highly trained and constantly checking that it is safe to raft down the river. Shoutout to Nacho for making our experience safe and enjoyable! 10/10 would recommend this and the beautiful photos they take as you raft down the river.
Kaden_H, 08-01-2023
The experience was truly wonderful. The guides, both while rafting and during the bus ride (there & back), we’re incredibly knowledgeable and energetic. We went during the dry season, so the water was much lower. If you’re looking for a fun time and lots of beauty, and a little less thrill this is the trip for you! Be warned, however, during the more rainy season it is likely to be a bit more dangerous. Altogether, this was a truly unforgettable experience. Breakfast and lunch were delicious. There are many spots to hop in the river, relax, and enjoy the picturesque view. Would 10/10 recommend!
Great Day
Apriel_L, 05-01-2023
The drive was quick and easy, our rafting guides were great and personable. If I made sure to reapply sunscreen as the day went on, I would go again. Great scenery while rafting and tons of fun going down the river. Would recommend everyone try it when they come to Costa Rica.
SarahJohannaber, 04-01-2023
My family had a blast, guides were wonderful and helped with the experience.
The landscape was unforgettable definitely a thumbs up, my family had a great time.
Must try
Rymma_F, 03-01-2023
Amazing day trip! We have been greeted by Christofer, really kind person who set up the spirit and told us a lot about the region and nature on our way to rafting. We were rafting with Diego and Simon and had a lot of fun
Well organized and fun day on the Pacuare river. Plan for a long driving day.
Christopher_A, 28-12-2022
The rafting trip and lunch on the Pacuare River were great. The guides are super friendly. The water is not too cold. Both breakfast and lunch were provided... The breakfast stop (eggs, rice & beans, plantain, toast, coffee) on the way there was a good rest stop during the drive. The lunch stop was a nice break about two thirds way through the rafting. Having only done rafting in the western US, where it is mostly rocky, we were really impressed by how green and lush everything is.

NOTE: It's a lot of driving to get there from San Jose and back. Pick up from hotels in San Jose took almost an hour... then its maybe 3 hours to the river. The roads are winding and slow. We were picked up at 6:00am and were dropped back off at 6:30pm. We were pretty spent and done with the driving at the end of the day.

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