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Pacuare River Rafting 1 - Day

This is the tour CRR considers the top in all of Costa Rica. Please take into account that our company was built around the idea of running expedition and adventure rafting trips and we have our lodge on the banks of the Pacuare River but the Pacuare River really is a gem to experience in Costa Rica. We are not alone in this opinion as National Geographic has this river listed as one of the three most scenic rivers on the planet.

There are many ways to operate a trip on the Pacuare River and this is our 1-Day description. Depending upon where you begin your day will depend on how early you have to get up. The most ideal place that we start most of our trips from is Turrialba. We put in the river just before the larger tourism rush so you and your CRR guides can feel like it is a private river for you.

The float begins around 9am where we enjoy pristine tropical rainforest from start to finish. The entire right side of the Pacuare River is home to the Cabecar Indigenous tribe. During the run you will experience rapids of class III & IV which is a great run for families during the dry season. When the heavy rains come it is more of a river for those looking for extreme adventure.

The scenery on the river is like taking an inside look as to what Costa Rica looked like before it was settled and you feel like a pioneer venturing into areas where man has never set foot. The day of rafting takes around 4 hours and you will see numerous waterfalls falling into the river and at the end you will float through a canyon which is one of the most scenic spots in all of Costa Rica. Although this is a 4 hour run the river is known as being a pool and drop river allowing for short breaks in pools and quickly followed by some action allowing you never to get bored in a long stretch of flat water.

The Pacuare River is a great adventure for families with small kids during the low water season. If you are looking for some extreme whitewater rafting you might want to wait till the rainy season.

Reasons to Go?

  • Third most scenic river on the planet by NatGeo
  • Complete remoteness
  • Excellent guides
  • Primary Rainforest
  • Love getting wet
  • People travel from all over the world just to run Pacuare River!

Reasons NOT to Go?

  • Fear of water
  • Bad back
  • Not an active person looking for adventure
  • 4 hours on a Raft can be a long time