Flowing into the Caribbean, the Pacuare River is one of the best places in the world for whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking. The surrounding rainforest is home to a wide variety of tropical creatures, as well as huge numbers of bird species. The Pacuare contains everything from class II to class V rapids, as well as multiple waterfalls.
Pacuare River Overnight Rafting
The most popular way to experience Costa Rica’s beloved Pacuare River is with an overnight rafting trip. These unique journeys allow adventure seekers to raft the country’s most exciting rapids, explore the pristine rainforest, and stay at world-famous eco-lodges. A day on the Pacuare is spent paddling through roaring rapids, splashing in waterfalls, and enjoying a picnic lunch on the river banks. Rios Tropicales Lodge is a popular place for those seeking rustic adventure, while the Pacuare Lodge combines of authentic rainforest settings with comfort and luxury. Stay 1 or 2 nights and enjoy some of the most stunning scenery Costa Rica has to offer while experiencing adventure.
Pacuare Single-Day Rafting
Day trips to the Pacuare River are available to those who don’t have time to fit an overnight excursion into their schedule. These full-day trips are the perfect dose of adrenaline for anyone staying in San Jose for more than one night. If you’re interested in a rafting, but in a different destination, browse our Costa Rica whitewater rafting recommendations.
When is the best time to raft the Pacuare River?
Rafting the Pacuare River is available year-round. The water is highest and therefore running its fastest October – December. The water is lowest March – April, although still challenging.
- Primordial rainforest reserves
- Natural pools
- Cabecar Indian communities
- Horseback Riding
- Visiting indigenous communities
Climate: Afternoon showers year round.
Temp: Low-Mid 80’s
Bring: Hiking shoes and a dry change of clothes