Water activity

From San José: Pacuare River White Water Rafting Day Trip

Water activity

From San José: Pacuare River White Water Rafting Day Trip

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From US$ 112 per person

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Discover the beauty and power of the Pacuare river on this river rafting experience from San José. Paddle past tropical rainforest and encounter 38 rapids with your rafting team on a 30 km adventure.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish


  • Take in scenic countryside landscapes en route to a thrilling adventure
  • Paddle 18 miles downriver through class 3 and 4 rapids, great for beginners
  • Immerse yourself in the high-energy atmosphere of the Pacuare River
  • Watch as a powerful waterfall cascades into the river from both sides
  • Admire a variety of species, including sloths, toucans, parrots, and coatis
Full description

Raft along the Pacuare River on a guided excursion from San José and feel the thrill of floating past cascading waterfalls. Experience class 3 and 4 rapids, perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Enjoy a roundtrip transfer from your hotel and discover the world of whitewater rafting.

After an early pick-up at your San Jose area hotel, we will drive to Cartago – Costa Rica’s historic capital city – and through small towns and countryside to the rafting hub of Turrialba. We’ll stop for breakfast (included) and afterward head to the Pacuare River put-in. At the river, your guides will outfit you with rafting equipment and give a paddling explanation and safety talk.

Then the fun begins! We’ll paddle 18 miles downriver through class 3 and 4 rapids like “Huacas,” “Rodeo,” “Pinball,” “Cimarrones,” and “Dos Montañas.” Along the way, we’ll stop for a riverside picnic lunch. After finishing rafting, you’ll be able to change into dry clothes before driving back to San Jose.

Our Pacuare River Rafting 1 Day tour includes breakfast, picnic lunch, 5 hours of rafting, professional river guides and a safety kayaker, rafting equipment, and transportation from and to your San Jose area hotel.

  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Tour Guide
  • Rafting equipment
  • Transportation from Hotels in San José
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Tour operate with a minimum of 2 people
  • Pickup hours and tour durations are approximate. Slight changes may happen without prior notice
Customer reviews

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March 21, 2023

Que Vista mas inolvidables.....Tuve que literalemente tomar Fotos mentales para recordar siempre este maravilloso paseo....Gracias a Christopher y Juan Carloa que hicieron el paseo Increible ! Pura Vida !

March 21, 2023


Chris was awesome. he pulled my 100kg butt out of the water twice. way stronger than he looks

March 21, 2023

Product ID: 431718