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Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose

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    Stop At: Pacuare River, Cartago Costa Rica

    The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. 

    It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot rapids, giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18-mile (29 kilometer) one-day run includes a total of 52 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many.

    Upon arrival to the river, gear up with a life jacket, helmet, and paddle, and then attend a safety orientation talk. Then, it is time to take off down the rapids!

    The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids that let you test your river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you can find pockets of beautiful secondary growth forest. After about 40 minutes, you will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, a 5-mile (8 kilometer) stretch of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are "Terciopelo Snake," "Double Drop," "Upper and Lower Huacas," and "Pin Ball," to name a few. You will also see the Huacas Waterfall, a 150-foot (45 meter) dramatic drop into the river.

    After the gorge, the rivers opens up to a 5-mile (8 kilometer) 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. The main rapids here are "Cimarrones," "The Play Hole," "El Indio," and "Magnetic Rock." The forest remains just as lush, and the rapids just as fun.

    You will finish in Siquirres, where you can take a shower, change clothes, and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared.

    Stop At: Costa Rica Groups Travel Company, San Jose Costa Rica

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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your downtown San Jose hotel
    Departure Time
    6:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Air conditioned transportation
    • Equipment
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This tour was outstanding. Amazing experience like never before. Beautiful river with spectacular views and scenery. Rapids level 3 and 4. Our guide Diego was very good and well experienced keeping us safe during the 4 hours rafting and 27 miles ride. Love Costa Rica. Pura Vida
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    Rafting is nice, but transportation to and from arenal area is an absolute nightmare. Don't do it from Arenal find something closer. Well worth your sanity. Be warned!
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    Tour guide Elbert was great. Company was professional. The entire tour from pickup to drop off was 12 hours so plan on all day. I’ve been recommending it to my friends since I got back
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    Had a really good day on this tour. Transportation was on time, guides were very friendly and concerned about the safety of everyone. It's a far drive but the scenery makes it worth it. Experience on the river was super fun and I would for sure do it again.
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    tis wis sooo amizing to do. i has suhc gret tim doing tis, tis supur recomended . i has sop god tim man do tis wit yur famili.
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    About the operator
    By: Costa Rica Groups Travel Company
    Marsha G
    On line tickets a must to enter
    ALL entrance tickets are only accepted on line so do not expect to arrive and purchase a ticket. Otherwise you
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    Kingston, Canada
    This is not a fair rating...
    We went to the Poas Volcano observatory on Feb. 18 2020 8am with the tickets we bought online. Fog as thick as
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    Harlan W
    Scam company Viator
    I used trip advisor for the volcano activity and the company Viator was the supplier. I paid $60 dollars for me
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    Luis F
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras
    Great tour
    Wonderful tour in Costa Rica. Great views from the volcano, nice town in Cartago, great view of the lake from the
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    Tampa, Florida
    Beat the cloud cover to get a great view.
    I was very lucky that day as I arrived to the Poas Volcano without a reservation, that is a must. The rangers let
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    Clara A
    Yonkers, New York
    Great evening!
    Pick up from the hotel to the marina. Large boat. Can accommodate 90 ppl. Unlimited drinks. Photographer on board
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    Los Angeles, California
    Full Day Tour
    Irazú Volcano: No views, very cold. Maybe because it was January. Always bring your warmest clothes. Orosi
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    Chicago, Illinois
    Rainforest/hot spring adventure we'll never forget
    We used TAM for a rainforest/hot springs trip that was an incredible adventure we'll never forget. We left from
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    Molly G
    Athens, Georgia
    Well organized. Make sure you have a reservation.
    Poas is a clean well kept area. They are serious about only letting those with reservations in the park. The
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    Greenwich, Connecticut
    Poas review
    Waste of money. Cloud cover prevented any volcano sighting. Every person we spoke to had the same experience. It
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