Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica

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Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica
from USD $141.90
Experience the adrenaline-charged thrill of whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River! The scenery while rafting is simply unique. The tropical vegetation and power of the waters will transport you to a Central American fantasy world. This one-day adventure battling class III and IV rapids is an unforgettable Costa Rican experience not to be missed.
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In Brief

Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
11 hours


Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Pacuare River, Cartago Costa Rica

While in Costa Rica, head out rafting (approximately 3-4 hours) on this perfect tropical river, which due to its scenery and rapids has been declared one of the five best rafting rivers in the world. This is a trip of pure magic, unsurpassed beauty, wildlife and exhilarating fun.

The Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native Cabecar Indians, jaguars, monkeys, sloth and an incredible variety of birds, butterflies and reptiles. Known as one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, you'll enjoy a day filled with adventure as you raft down the Pacuare River. You'll have time for a relaxing lunch, before heading out on the river again for the last leg of your whitewater rafting experience.

Stop At: Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, North Of San Jose 19 km, San Jose 10104 Costa Rica

On your ride back to San Jose, you'll have the chance the take in the beautiful landscape around you in the Braulio Carrillo National Park.


  • Return Transportation
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Equipment
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

San Jose Metro, San Jose Metro, Province of San Jose

Traveler pickup is offered

Adventure Inn
Aldea Hostel
Amón Taormina
Apartotel Obelisco
Apartotel El Sesteo
Apartotel La Perla
Apartotel La Sabana
Aurola Holiday Inn
Autentico (Torremolinos)
Ave Del Paraíso
Barceló Palma Real
Best Western Irazú
Boutique Jade
Casa Colón
Casa Roland
Condominio Riverside
Costa Verde Inn
Courtyard Escazu
Courtyard Alajuela
C R .Backpackers
C R. Guest House
C R. Morazán
C. R. Tennis Club
Country Inn & Suites
Crowne Plaza Corobicí
Don Carlos
Double Tree Cariari
Fiesta Casino
Fleur de Lys
Gran Hotel Costa Rica
Grano de Oro
Hilton Garden Inn –Sabana
Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn & Suites
Holiday Inn ESCAZU
Holiday Inn Forum
Jade y Oro (1492)
La Amistad
Le Bergerac
Marriott Costa Rica
Park Inn by Radisson
Pensión de La Cuesta
Posada Canal Grande
Posada Nena
Posada del Museo
Quality Real San José
Radisson Costa Rica
Real Intercontinental
Residence Inn
Rincón del Valle
Rostipollos Hampton
San José Palacio
Santo Tomás
Sheraton Escazu
Sleep Inn
Selina Hostel
Suites Cristina
Tryp Sabana
Villa Tournón
Wyndham Garden Escazu.
Windham Herradura

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • Each passenger must sign a waiver prior to tour commencement
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Passenger maximum weight 300 lbs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Extremely fun activity with 3-4 hours of rafting in an enchanting jungle. No experience needed. Our guide, Kevin, was an expert rafter and a super nice guy. Highly recommend it.
• Submitted 27 Jul 2017
This daytrip was the highlight of my two-week stay in Costa Rica. We tackled nearly twenty miles in one day, most of it rapids, and finished up with a leisurely float through a beautiful gorge. Our group of three rafts was accompanied by a man in a kayak with a good camera. He took hundreds of pics, available for sale at a reasonable price. He emails you digital copies. I had mine before the bus was back in San Jose. I would recommend the two-day overnight package. They stop at various spots along the way for short hikes, swims, repelling, and camping overnight. Unfortunately, they only accept double-bookings and I was traveling solo. :-
• Submitted 16 Jul 2017
It was a wonderful experience! Exciting rafting on the Pacuare River, never a dull moment with level III and IV rapids and the beautiful scenery. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. The breakfast and lunch were delicious.
• Submitted 28 May 2017
Best entertainment value! Long drives to and from San Jose but the scenery is beautiful and Matthias is a walking encyclopedia. Breakfast was excellent! River was at its lowest in early March but rapids were still fun. Had a nice picnic on the river bank as well! Great value!
• Submitted 16 Mar 2017
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.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2016
Fun fun fun! Long day def worth it!
• Submitted 28 Jul 2016
Loved every minute of it. So much fun.
• Submitted 22 Jul 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!
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
Great experience!!! Would do it again definitely
• Submitted 03 Mar 2016
Thrilling ride! I can't wait to do it again! The tour guide was awesome.
• Submitted 12 Feb 2016
Great staff! had a great time! I highly recommend this experience.
• Submitted 07 Feb 2016
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.
• Submitted 30 Nov 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.
• Submitted 27 Oct 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!
• Submitted 01 Jun 2015
Excellent guides, food was great! Had the best time. This was my 2nd time with this company. Will do it again.
• Submitted 27 May 2015
Fantastic trip. Didn't know exactly what to expect, but turned out it was 27km of some of the best rapids in the world. Beautiful scenery. Our guide Mathias was one of the most professional and reassuring guides I've ever met in any adventure sport. A must.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Our whitewater rafting tour was one of our favorite things we did in Costa Rica. Our tour guide was personable and knowledgeable and kept us safe. We had so much fun! Beautiful scenery and a good length of time I think we were on the river for about 4 hours. The river was kind of low at the time we went February, but it wasnt too low or too high, so we had medium-sized rapids. So fun. The only advice I would give is to eat a lot at the breakfast they provide or bring a snack for right before you get on the water, because we did get pretty hungry by the end but they provide a late lunch after the raft trip. We would definitely recommend this to anyone traveling to Costa Rica.
• Submitted 18 Feb 2015
Rapids, food, and tour guides were amazing! The river is gorgeous!
• Submitted 03 Dec 2014
Excellent adventure. The guide (George) was fully bilingual and extremely knowledgeable of the area's wildlife.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2014
Whitewater rafting was brilliant! I went in the dry season so for my first time doing this activity it was perfect for me so it wasnt "too extreme". The tour guide was briliant and spoke great English and was a really nice guy. The food on the day was great, I have nothing negative to say :)
• Submitted 16 Apr 2014
My husband and I had a blast! We had Reynaldo as our guide and he was fantastic! This was our first time river rafting and took to it really well with the help of Rey it was a team effort. My husband and I worked really hard and due to low waters it definitely a work out. We saw an incredible waterfall and Rey taught us about the flora and fauna in the area. We were feed an incredibly delicious lunch 3/4 of our way we stopped on a little dry bank where they catered fresh fruit and sandwiches. We even saw some indigenous Indians that live in the area! Due to this river rafting trip we are hooked and will be booking more river rafting trips in our future adventures.. Big thanks to Ray!
• Submitted 14 Mar 2014
This was my favorite adventure in Costa Rica!!! It is adrenaline packed and visually beautiful. Our tour guide was Christian and he made the river a perfect experience combining his knowledge of the river and surroundings and his good time attitude. If you do not book any other tour book this one. It is a must do!
• Submitted 23 Apr 2013
Excellent tour, good views and guide
• Submitted 10 Jan 2013
It was wonderful! Highly recommend to all!
• Submitted 30 Dec 2012