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Pacuare 1 Day River Rafting Trip

The Adventure Connection Pacuare River is one of the best choices for river rafting in Costa Rica because itt offers you a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, all in one day.

Pacuare is world-famous for its sheer beauty, a true river gorge which is flanked by steep, green walls. Here you can enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature. You see waterfalls cascade falling into the river whilst colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head and amazing views of this virgin tropical rainforest area appear before your eyes as you descend this true exploratory land. The wildlife along the river shore is abundant, with sloth, toucans, parrots, coatis, morpho butterflies and colorful frogs being common sights.

The Pacuare River offers white water rafting which is equally exciting though not overly challenging It has a lot of rapids, therefore giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18 miles one day run includes a total of 52 rapids which few rivers in the world can offer you.

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 talk. 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 5 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”, “Pinball” toname a few. You will also see the Huacas waterfall, a 150-foot dramatic drop into the river.

After the gorge, the rivers 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 a beer or two and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared.

Difficulty: Class III-IV
Distance: 30 kms/18 miles
Number of rapids: 38
Approximate river time: 4 hours
Minimum age: 12 years

What to bring:

Come with rafting cloths on (light shoes that will stay on, swimsuit, shorts, nylon shirt) sunscreen, water bottle, change of clothes, towel, insect repellent, and a credit card to buy photos, souvenirs or drinks. All luggage will be kept in lockers.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Adventure Connection Pacuare River: transportation to/from San Jose, Puerto Viejo or Arenal



6:00 – 6:30 am: Pick-Ups in San José and Southern Caribbean Coast. In Arenal, Pick-Ups start earlier, approximately  5:20 – 5:40 a.m.

6:30 – 8:15 am: In route to “Exploration Center” (Siquirres)

8:15 – 9:00 am: Breakfast at “Exploration Center”

9:00 – 9:30 am: In route “Exploration Center” – River Access

9:30 – 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: Return to our “Exploration Center” with time to shower, change and enjoy a beverage.

3:00 – 5:30 pm: In route “Exploration Center” – San José, Southern Caribbean Coast, and Arenal Volcano Area

Note: Pick-Ups in Cahuíta would be at 6:50 am

If you like to book this adventure, contact us at