The Pacuare River is rated one of the top rivers in the world for a host of reasons. On this trip you’ll explore the intimate nature of the rainforest from the river perspective. The warm water, cascading waterfalls and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals and birds make this trip exquisite for your senses. On this trip you´ll enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature
After an early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, we will drive through some rural parts of Costa Rica to find one of the most wonderful rivers in the world.
Upon arrival to the river, and having a good breakfast, we will gear you up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then brief you with a full safety orientation talk.
You'll be excited to launch your raft and begin to paddle 18 miles (a total of 52 rapids) deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica's most impressive primary rainforests. You'll pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, view cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids.
The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids which is a perfect time to test your new river skills and gain confidence in your team.
After about 40 minutes we will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. You will enjoy an adrenaline-packed afternoon running the Pacuare's biggest rapids, with names like Upper and Lower Huacas (a 150 foot dramatic drop into the river), Cimarron, Dos Montañas and more.
After the gorge the rivers opens up to a 5 mile stretch on the Valle del Pacuare, where the river has a different character. It is wide open, which gives you the opportunity to rest a bit and take the opportunity to do some wildlife spotting.
Few rivers in the world can offer you so many.
On your return drive to San Jose, you'll enjoy remarkable views of Braulio Carrillo National Park, home of dense, primary tropical rainforest, and Irazu Volcano National Park. This unforgettable trip will be a highlight of your stay in Costa Rica!