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Pacuare River: One Day

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If you are looking for an exciting outdoor adventure with lots of laughs and some great scenery along the way, white water rafting down the Pacuare River is not to be missed. This is an adrenaline pumping day long adventure including breakfast and lunch. You will be soaking wet and your face will hurt from laughing so much!

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 overhead. There’s a chance you may even see sloths, monkeys or the elusive jaguar! Amazing views of this virgin tropical rainforest appear before your eyes as you make your descent down the river.

The white water is equally exciting; the amount of rapids covered on this outstanding trip makes it one of the most memorable river trips you will ever experience.

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 four miles consist of fun class II-III rapids. This is the perfect time to test your new river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you can find pockets of secondary growth forest that are 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 waterfall, a 150-ft dramatic drop into the river.

Just a little over halfway through the trip, we stop for lunch at a site with bathroom facilities. After a delicious and well-deserved meal on the beach (vegetarian options are available), the next section of river opens up to a five-mile stretch on the Valle del Pacuare. 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).

Itinerary:

This itinerary applies to the $99 option; other options will vary.

6:00 — 7:00 amPick-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 amEn route to “Exploration Center” in Siquirres
8:15 — 9:00 amBreakfast at the Exploration Center
9:00 — 9:30 amEn route to river
10:15 amPreparation for the descent (safety orientation, paddle practice)
10:15 — 2:15 pmRiver descent (including lunch)
2:15 — 3:00 pmArrival at our “Exploration Center” with time to shower, change clothes, enjoy a beverage and reflect on the adventure just shared
3:00 — 5:30 pmTransportation to your choice of: San José, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca or Arenal Volcano Area

Tour information:

Difficulty: Class III-IV
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
Duration: Full day
Cost per person: $99.00
Includes: • Training, safety equipment and guides • Breakfast (only with $99 option) • 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 Lodge, Arenal Vista Lodge, Linda Vista, Lost Iguana and Rancho Margot
What to bring: Swim suit/swim shorts, towel, t-shirt for on the raft, dry set of clothes, insect repellent, waterproof sunscreen, shoes or sandals (not flip flops, you must wear shoes in the boat but they will get wet), credit card in case you like to purchase a CD with photos or drinks after the tour

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