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

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    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!
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    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 8 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
    Reviewed 4 April 2019 via mobile

    From the bus ride, to the staff to the actual rafting down the river everything was great! Our breakfast and lunch were included which was a huge perk as well! The rapids were fun and challenging and the views of the rainforest were amazing! I...More

    Thank sharylm95
    Reviewed 4 March 2019

    This is a very challenging rafting trip so don't do it if you don't want to paddle and follow the instructions of the guide very closely. The scenery is well worth it! Absolutely breathtaking.

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    Lorraine B
    19 March 2019|
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    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.
    Tabitha C
    5 June 2018|
    Response from chelseapratt6 | Reviewed this property |
    I am pretty sure we paid $50 for all the pics to be emailed to us. They allowed us to split it with another couple so we each paid $25.
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