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White Water Rafting Pacuare River From San Jose

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White Water Rafting Pacuare River From San Jose

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icon11 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Navigate 38 Class III-IV rapids on this white-water rafting course down the Pacuare River from San Jose. Paddle your way through one of Costa Rica's most picturesque river gorges, looking out for native wildlife between rapid runs, on an exciting day trip ideal for teenagers and adults alike. Hotel pickup and drop-off, equipment, and lunch are included.
  • White-water rafting trip down the Pacuare River from San Jose
  • Navigate 38 Class III-IV rapids along with your guide
  • Opportunities to see diverse wildlife in its natural habitat
  • Take in views of the picturesque river canyon from the waters themselves
  • See parts of Costa Rica that are inaccessible by car
  • Lunch included
  • All equipment included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Lunch
Breakfast
Tour Guide
Transportation from Hotels in San José
Tour operate with a minimum of 2 people
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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6:00 AM
Pick up from Hotels located in San Jose Downtown
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • What to bring: Come with rafting clothes on (light shoes that will stay on, swimsuit, shorts, nylon shirt), sunscreen,water bottle, change of clothes, towel, insect repellent, some money for personal expenses.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not persons under 12 years old
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Destination Services
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during White Water Rafting Pacuare River From San Jose?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during White Water Rafting Pacuare River From San Jose?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during White Water Rafting Pacuare River From San Jose?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during White Water Rafting Pacuare River From San Jose?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "If you’d like more challenging level stay for the overnight during wet season and they will take you higher up." See review

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star-5
Excellent adventure in Pacuare River
Derek_L
, Aug 2022
This is most definitely worth the money because, firstly the hotel pick up which saves you the scramble of getting to a bus station etc. However, the most important is the river itself. Wow, what a wonder of nature. When you're not going through exhilarating rapids--there's one after another--you're gazing at beautiful nature in all its glory, from gorgeous rainforest to spectacular waterfalls. The sounds of cicadas is almost deafening. If you're faint of heart, this is not for you. At around the halfway point, there is a very simple but delicious lunch, prepared by your guide and his cohorts. If you're an English speaker, hopefully you'll get Kenneth, whose English is not only excellent, but he's very engaging, friendly and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Thrilling experience and gorgeous views
Jessica_D
, Jul 2022
White water rafting in the Pacuare River was one of our most memorable experiences in Costa Rica. The views of the jungle from the river are gorgeous and unlike any sights we could admire by hiking alone. We saw various small waterfalls flowing into the river, the rapids were super fun, and the calm portions of the river were perfect for a short swim. Although I am not a strong swimmer, and the rapids were class IV due to the rainy season, the guides are highly trained and constantly checking that it is safe to raft down the river. Shoutout to Nacho for making our experience safe and enjoyable! 10/10 would recommend this and the beautiful photos they take as you raft down the river.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
River trip
Kristopher_H
, Jul 2022
It was an exciting adventure!!!!! All the guides made sure we were ok..... even when we fell out of the boat!!!! Fantastic
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
It was great from the...
Priscilla_N
, Jun 2022
It was great from the pick up to the drop off. Amazing guide Jean Carlos! Overall amazing experience
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
This is a top company, organized and safety is a priority
Leonel_A
, Jun 2022
Excellent experience, our guide Christopher was on top of safety and provided us an excellent aventure
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
1st time rafter
Valamas_J
, Jun 2022
The views were pretty the people were friendly and what an adventure I was not prepared mentally because it was my 1st time things seem scary at first but soon I became ok
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Do it
Steven_T
, May 2022
Awesome fun well organized breakfast and lunch provided Which was convenient. Tour guide was extremely well trained had a blast
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Great views and food!
Margarita_G
, May 2022
Great experience and the food was delicious! It was our first time white water rafting and our rafting guide "Devil Fish" was the best! He had a lot of knowledge and experience. The scenery was beautiful, would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Great experience! Super...
Troy_A
, May 2022
Great experience! Super friendly guides! Great group of fellow rafters! And spectacular scenery! Oh and the rapids were great as well!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Would go again.
Nicholaus_B
, May 2022
We had a great time!!!! The guides were awesome and it was a ton of rapids and non stop fun. Highly recommend!!! Drive to and from was long but worth the wait.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Fun
Michael_F
, Apr 2022
Our guide Roberto was excellent. The guide was very informative. The trip was memorable. Will be doing it again.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-4
Good rafting, even in the dry season!
Karl_R
, Apr 2022
Honestly a great experience, even in the dry season! Only reason for 4 stars - our guide was not great, but that is the luck of the draw sometimes. We were all beginners, and when we made a mistake he would straight up yell at us instead of trying to tell us how to avoid that mistake in the future. We talked to other groups on the same tour and their guides were much better, so it seems like we were just unlucky.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
It was an amazing...
Irma_R
, Feb 2022
It was an amazing experience particularly with our guide Roberto. He made our rafting exceptional. He was very protective and on top of everything. Thank you Roberto. 100% recommended.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Best tour!
Ryan_V
, Jan 2022
The best experience I’ve had in CR. The Pacuare River is so beautiful. Don’t miss this tour while you’re in San Jose before your flight back home
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Awesome White River Rafting experience!
Livio_R
, Jan 2022
Pacuare river is rated the 5th best river in the world for white river rafting. We went in January so the water level was low. Even so, we had some nice cat 3 and cat 4 experiences. My wife claimed that 4 hours rowing was a bit too much, while I could have rowed for 4 more hours! Go figure.... This is an activity that is a must do while in Costa Rica. If you don't do it, you'll be missing out.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, We take note of your comments to improve in the future. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica and give you excellent experience !!
star-5
Amazing
Adam_F
, Jan 2022
The rafting in the river. I was able to see the beautiful view of the canyon. Also, I saw a toucan bird fly over us.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Highly recommend for first timers
Saisha_S
, Jan 2022
- they feed you great breakfast and lunch, so you won’t be hungry - I was a first timer and had a blast being on the river for 3 hours - we got to go under some waterfalls and got to swim in the river for a bit. - the scenery was breathtaking. - The guide was very funny and patient.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Awesome
Karen_L
, Dec 2021
Our guide was awesome. His name was “Tes” short for Andres. He glided us through those Class Threes snd Fours like a Champion. Was quick to point out all the sloths and birds during the calm areas on the River. The best tour ever!!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
First class tour
Gerald_J
, Dec 2021
Very safe and professional guides. Plenty of instructions given to help navigate the world famous Pacaure. Have your bathing suit and quick drying shirt on under your clothes when picked up. Bring sturdy water socks, a change of clothes, and a small towel to shower off with afterwards. Lunch meal is yummy. Being able to follow instructions and a little physical agility is a must. People from all over the world travel to see this river. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
PURA VIDA- HAKUNA MATATA
Rona_C
, Nov 2021
We had an amazing time with this company. From start to finish, Danny and Roberto were amazing guides/instructors/comedians. It was made especially memorable because we got grouped up with four other girls (an all women group) who were also fun! Would do his again in a heartbeat!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!

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