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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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    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)
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    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.
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    Popular mentions
    River Rafting through Rios Tropicales was one of the best vacation decisions we made. This company provided such a fun and unforgettable experience at such an affordable price. We were picked up all the way in San Jose, given breakfast and lunch, and then experienced 3 hours on
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    Response from Rafael G, Owner at Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
    Responded 9 Sep 2018
    Thanks , Pacuare River is one of the best in the World!!
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    What a fabulous day and highly recommended. Keylor picked us up with an incredible skilled driver, which is needed on these roads, from our hotel right on time. He couldn’t have been nicer and informative, happy to answer any questions and always pointing out points or interests
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    Response from Rafael G, Owner at Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
    Responded 9 Sep 2018
    Thanks a lot for having such a great time on the Pacuare River !!
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    It’s been the last day of a two week trip and I feel this was the perfect ending to it. Had an absolute blast being on the river for a couple of hours. We’ve been able to raft one of National Geographic’s most scenic rivers and it’s been well worth it. From rapids to stunning
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    After reading mostly positive reviews and a couple of negative, we wondered how our day would be. There were a couple things we worried about: It was drizzling nonstop and was not particularly warm, and the river was low because we were here at the end of the dry season.
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    Response from Rafael G, Propietario at Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
    Responded 15 Apr 2018
    Thanks a lot for enjoying our river during the dryer seasom , the quality and color of the water is a nice compliment , we are satisfied Otto gave you a good ride. We are also happy to know tou will stay at our Lodge next time.
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    Enjoyed the full day rafting experience although the water level was not as high as expected. Well organised and safe activity managed by the company. Was just a bit too overpriced.
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    Response from Rafael G, Propietario at Full-Day San Jose to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
    Responded 15 Apr 2018
    Thanks for your feedback , I am sorry you found us overpriced , we do have competitors that will run a trip for lots less, but we reinvest everything back into Guide training, equipment , Comunity and Environment .. Thanks
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