The Pacuare River offers a full day of Class III/IV rafting in some of the most beautiful scenery and countryside that Costa Rica has to offer! This full day adventure includes breakfast and lunch and transportation to and from some of Costa Rica’s major destinations. Located on the Atlantic slope of the country, the Pacuare borders the Talamanca Mountains. Visit one of the most beautiful river systems in the country.
Rafting Adventure of a Lifetime
For those who possess an adventurous spirit, there’s no greater thrill than the tumultuous rapids of the beautiful Rio Pacuare. Depending on when you visit, the rapids can range from moderately difficult to the extreme. In fact, the 16-mile “upper upper” stretch – the section most commonly rafted – is known for its steady Class II to IV rapids. More expert rafters may prefer the more technically demanding 10-mile upper stretch. Safety is critical in any river rafting tour, and reputable tour companies only use seasoned river guides. Keep in mind that the river levels may be higher than usual during the peak rainy season months (September and October).
No Experience Needed
Rest assured, you don’t need to be a pro to enjoy the fun of rafting on the Pacuare. Expert river guides have been leading trips for nearly two decades. This ensures guests receive proper instruction, safety gear and are fully prepared for the adventure of a lifetime. Most trips last anywhere from five to seven hours, and rafters are encouraged to wear their swimsuits and quick-dry clothing. And most tour operators provide their professional photographer, who will take plenty of action-packed photos that make excellent souvenirs.
Pacuare Wildlife Sightings
The Pacuare’s pristine rainforest and various micro-climates are hosts to an impressive selection of wildlife. Because most of the river canyon has not been developed, visitors may notice a dense population of animals that are rarely observed in other parts of Costa Rica. Some of the more elusive species include river otters, jaguars, and ocelots. More common sightings are of howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, iguanas, coatis, and raccoons. Birders will delight in the colorful avian life, with chestnut mandible toucans, macaws, motmots, egrets, kingfishers, and herons making daily appearances.
Eco-Lodging on the River
If you’re ready to immerse yourself in nature entirely, consider a single or multi-day whitewater rafting package with one of Pacuare’s leading eco lodges. Both Rios Tropicales and the Pacuare River Lodge feature two to four-day rafting trips. These trips are complete with transport, meals, bilingual guides and comfortable accommodations. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or an adventurous family getaway you’ll never forget, the Pacuare River offers something for everyone. When you’re not rafting or simply enjoying the scenery, your lodge can arrange indigenous village excursions or even a zip-line canopy tour.
Pacuare River – So off the beaten path there’s only one way out
Every Costa Rica adventure vacation package should include whitewater rapids down Pacuare River. All in all, rafting down the Pacuare River is truly a privilege. A constant flow of birds flies across the jungle covered canyons with waterfalls and indigenous homes speckled throughout the jungle. Overnight options to raft the Pacuare allow for a stay in an eco-lodge in the jungle. For example, Pacuare Lodge or a more rustic accommodation with Rios Tropicales. It’s also easier to list why you should feel privileged to raft down the secluded Pacuare River Rapids:
- Over three hours of NONSTOP rapids
- Continuous scenic waterfalls
- It’s not glacier melt (the water is not cold)
- World Rafting Championship site
- Breathtaking landscape