We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV

Select Date and Travellers
2 travellers
    What to Expect
    After an early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, you will depart at 8am in a private, comfortable bus to the meeting point for a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, your small group will go to a private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River.

    Here, you will review and adjust all necessary equipment for proper fit, receive a comprehensive rafting safety talk, and hear instructions on paddling basics. From here, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle 19 miles 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. Halfway down the river, you will pass a unique ecolodge, where guests stay on our 2-, 3-, and 4-day multi-sport adventure trips. Hydro-powered and intimate, the lodge blends naturally into the rainforest on our 2,000-acre private reserve, complete with waterfalls, quiet pools, and miles of trails.

    You will enjoy an adrenaline-packed afternoon running the Pacuare’s biggest rapids: Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montañas and more. From the take-out, it’s a short drive back to the Rios Tropicales Operations Center for a hearty and delicious lunch, hot showers, optional drinks and a handy souvenir store.

    This trip includes all transportation to and from San Jose. 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. You will return to San Jose about 6:00 pm (subject to traffic)This unforgettable trip will be the highlight of your stay in Costa Rica!
    Show More
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in San Jose.
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off in San Jose (selected hotels only)
    • Professional guide
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    Show More
    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum is 2 people per booking
    • Maximum is 15 people per booking
    • Minimum age is 14 years
    • Transportation without additional cost from hotels located in San Jose (selected hotels)
    • Rubber soled shoes (tennis or similar) shorts and a T-shirt, swimsuit, windbreaker, sunscreen lotion, sun hat or bandanna (Optional)
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • CANCELLATION POLICIES: • Any change or cancellation must be made before 4:00pm the day before service date. • No refunds for NO SHOWS. If circumstances beyond our control (bad weather, natural disasters, road closures, etc). we reserve the right to cancel or modify reservations and to make partial refunds. "Rios Tropicales, S.A. will not be responsible for additional costs incurred by the client due to various climatic conditions, such as but not limited to: earthquakes, floods, epidemics, fires, or accidents, condition of roads, cancellations of external transportation, or any other cause attributed to unforeseeable circumstances or Force Majeure that may interrupt or delay a booked trip."
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    Reviews (39)
    Filter reviews
    33 results
    Traveller rating
    Traveller type
    Time of year
    Traveller rating
    Show reviews that mention
    All reviews raft guide rios tropicales breakfast and lunch white water safety oriented pacuare river dry season excellent trip day trip photo package an absolute blast fruit costa rica rafts paddling rapids instructions
    Selected filters
    Updating list...
    1 - 5 of 33 reviews
    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    I could not give this day a better review! We had an excellent day with Kayler, Juan and the team. They kept us safe, laughing and informed. We would highly recommend, just remember your towels :)

    Thank cojenks
    Reviewed 7 September 2019

    Excellent trip! The company is very safety-oriented, which is our #1 criterion; they have a separate kayak going ahead of our raft to scout the river. Carlos is an excellent guide, expertly taking us through the rapids, while explaining to us what’s to expect. Breakfast...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Christina N
    RafaelGallo, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you for recommending us , we try our best to provide the best and safety minded guides, sorry about our slow roads.

    Reviewed 6 July 2019

    I had been on this tour before and had an excellent experience. This time we had Keylor as our guide and he made the trip terrible. On the raft instead of helping us improve so we would not be in danger he was just scolding...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Iherdocia
    Reviewed 14 April 2019

    I was really nervous to try white water rafting in Costa Rica. Rio Tropicales and their guides made it in to a great adventure. They were highly competent, focused on safety, fun and funny all at the same time. From the moment we got in...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank aprilgall
    Reviewed 9 April 2019

    We were lucky to have been referred to Rios Tropicales by a rafting professional friend in the U.S. Jonathan (Jonnie or Nonnie) and Walter met us and were great in getting us ready and into our raft. After only a few drops we were quickly...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Michael D
    View more reviews
    Questions & Answers
    Ask a question
    Lorraine B
    19 March 2019|
    AnswerShow all 2 answers
    Response from Matti S | Reviewed this property |
    I believe they will. There were several people in our group who got picked up in the morning in San Jose and then were taken to hotels on the east side of the country after the trip.
    Key Details
    Why Book on TripAdvisor?
    • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
    • Low Price Guarantee
    • No Booking Fees
    • Secure Payments
    • 24/7 SupportCall: +60 392125427