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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Pacuare River

Location: Near San Jose

Flowing down Costa Rica’s Atlantic Slope, Pacuare River rafting trips are convenient for people staying in San Jose. Many commercial outfitters offer pick-up service from San Jose hotels to the river’s put-in.

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Level of Difficulty: Class III-IV / Intermediate

The Pacuare River is sourced high in the Talamanca Mountains, site of Costa Rica’s highest peak, and La Amistad International Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the river flows from these mountains, Class III-IV rapids create tumbling whitewater. Rapids like “Cimarron” and “Dos Montanas” will challenge both first-timers looking for adventure, and experienced rafters.

Scenery: Tropical waterfalls, sloths, rainforest birds

“Rio Pacuare” flows through a protected wilderness area off the beaten path and offers spectacular scenery: sheer walls rise from the river, shimmering with cascading waterfalls. Calm pools and natural waterslides give rafters the chance to experience the Pacuare’s beauty first-hand. The banks of the river teem with wildlife: brilliant birds, sleepy sloths, and shy spotted ocelots.

Season: May – March

One to three day trips are available from May to March.