Every year, the Pacuare is internationally recognized as one of the
top 5 whitewater rafting rivers in the World. The Pacuare is on the
Caribbean slope of the central mountain
range, east of San Jose. It winds through a virgin rainforest in the
Cabecar Indian Reserve. It is one of the most magnificent rivers you
will ever see!
is magical for many reasons. First--Rainforest. The virgin rainforest
is full of life - monkeys, butterflies, birds, mammals, and
thousands of plant species. Half-way through the tour is a narrow canyon.
This is a great place to jump into the warm water and marvel at the
rafting. Most of the Pacuare rafting trips feature Class III-IV
rapids. But other parts of the river are Class V - VI, which are only
accessible by advanced rafters and kayakers. The average trip is 16
miles downstream, alternating between great rapids and calm waters.
Tropicales. The rafting company we recommend is absolutely
top-notch. Rios Tropicales is one of the most experienced rafting companies
in Costa Rica, and certainly the safest.
The well-trained, professional guides and first-rate equipment ensure
you will have a safe and memorable trip down the Pacuare.
other raftable rivers in Costa Rica. But none compare to the Pacuare's
majesty and magic. 2 and 3-day trips are also available. Minimum age
for all trips is 14. No prior experience needed. Not extremely strenuous.
Transportation from San Jose, breakfast, lunch, tour, guide and all
equipment are included.
This is an
all-day tour--expect to be gone for 10-12 hours from pick up to drop
off! We do not recommend that you take any valuables with you. If
you want to take photos, the tour company sells underwater cameras (some
photos above were taken with one of these cameras). Or, bring one with
you before you leave the U.S. (They are nearly impossible to find and
buy in Costa Rica.) Wear shoes that can get wet, swimsuit and
quick-drying shorts, waterproof sunscreen, towel and complete change
of clothes to change into after rafting.
a novice or experienced rafter, don't miss rafting on the Pacuare! Many
of our guests have said this was the best day of their vacation!