Pacuare River: One Day
This trip gives you the ultimate blend of wilderness exposure and invigorating excitement. The Pacuare River is world famous for its pristine beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. Amazing views of this virgin Tropical Rainforest appear before your eyes as you descend this true exploratory land.
The white water is equally exciting; the amount of rapids covered on this outstanding descent makes it one of the most memorable river trips you will ever experience. This is Costa Rica's premier river trip.
Upon arrival to the river we will gear you up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then brief you with a full safety orientation. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids!
The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids which is a perfect time to test your new river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you can find pockets of secondary growth forest that is extremely beautiful. After about 40 minutes we will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is made up of five miles 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 Pinball to name a few. You will also see the Huacas watefall, a 150-ft dramatic drop into the river.
After a delicious and well-deserved lunch on the beach (vegetarian options are available), the river opens up to a 5-mile 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.
We finish in Siquirres, at our own private Exploration Center, where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having refreshments and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared. You'll be transported to your choice of San Jose, Puerto Viejo, or La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano area).
This itinerary applies to the $99 option; other options will vary.
|6:00 — 7:00 am||Pick-up in your choice of San José, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca or Arenal Volcano Area (5:30am pickup approx for Arenal). We will advise a more exact pickup time with your confirmation.|
|7:00 — 8:15 am||En route to “Exploration Center” in Siquirres|
|8:15 — 9:00 am||Breakfast at the Exploration Center|
|9:00 — 9:30 am||En route to river|
|10:15 am||Preparation for the descent (safety orientation, paddle practice)|
|10:15 — 2:15 pm||River descent (including lunch)|
|2:15 — 3:00 pm||Arrival at our “Exploration Center” with time to shower, change clothes, enjoy a beverage and reflect on the adventure just shared|
|3:00 — 5:30 pm||Transportation to your choice of: San José, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca or Arenal Volcano Area|
|Distance:||30 kms ( 18 miles)|
|Number of Rapids:||38|
|River Time:||4 hours approx.|
|Minimum age:||12 years old|
|Departures:||Daily with pickups between 5:30 AM and 7 AM depending on your location|
|Cost per person:||
One Day trip with pickup/dropoff in choice San Jose or Caribbean or Arenal: $99.00
One day tour with client's own transportation: $79.00
|Includes:||• Training, safety equipment and guides • Breakfast • Lunch • Secure luggage storage while you're on the river|
|Not included:||• Pickup or dropoff in Arenal at hotels located further from La Fortuna than Tabacon Resort such as Arenal Lodge, Arenal Observatory, Arenal Vista Lodge, Linda Vista, Lost Iguana and Rancho Margot|
|What to bring:||Swim suit/swim shorts, t-shirt, insect repellent, waterproof sunscreen, shoes or sandals (just must wear footwear in the boat but they will get wet)|