Day Tour

White Water Rafting at Pacuare River- Class II-III, Costa Rica (10 Hours)

Costa Rica Expeditions

Turrialba, Costa Rica

Valid for Travel Now Through: 28 Sep 2018

White Water Rafting at Pacuare River- Class II-III, Costa Rica (10 Hours )

Turrialba, Costa Rica

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Wildlife & Nature

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

The Pacuare River offers Costa Rica’s most scenic and accessible white-water rafting. Unlike most raft tours on the Pacuare, this 10-hour tour runs on the gentler Class II and III rapids of the river rather than its lower reaches, making it an excellent option for families looking for a moderate yet exciting nature adventure. Breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to eight participants.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the La Cruz section of the Pacuare River while rafting Class II-III rapids. The trip begins on the upper reaches of the Pacuare River, above the more commonly run Class III-IV section, and ends before the first Class IV rapid. It’s ideal for families with children 9-14 years old (children under 9 not permitted).

The tour beings with an early-morning pickup at 5:30am by your guide at your San Jose hotel. You’ll make no more than one additional stop en route to a typical Costa Rican breakfast, which precedes your trip on the river. The Pacuare begins in the Talamanca Mountains and flows to the Caribbean Sea on Costa Rica’s central coast. Upon arrival at the La Cruz put-in, your river guides outfit you with a life jacket and helmet. After a safety talk, you’re ready to start your relaxing trip down river.

Floating down the swirling waters, you'll soak up wild scenery as the Pacuare tumbles through lush primary and secondary rain forest. Water levels permitting, your guide will lead you on a hike up one of the many side creeks that spill into the Pacuare — keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that lives in the dense forest. You’ll also have time to play and swim in the river before enjoying a gourmet lunch on the riverbank prepared by your guides.

Continue your paddle downstream to the take-out at Bajo Tigre where a 4x4 pickup truck will be waiting to take you partway up the mountain, a 20-minute journey on a muddy, bumpy backcountry road. (You’ll ride inside the truck, not in the back.) On arrival, towels and a celebratory cocktail await. You’ll also find changing rooms and restrooms. Once you get changed, ride another 30 minutes to the main road where your van and driver will be waiting to take you back to San Jose.

About Us

Created in 1978, Costa Rica Expeditions continues to set the pace with Taylor made itineraries of leisure, wilderness and nature adventures in one of the world's most bio diverse and richly-populated wildlife areas. With appeal for travelers seeking escape to remote wilderness areas, retreats and beaches with the most upscale accommodations waiting at the end of the day, Costa Rica Expeditions blends adventure-packed itineraries led by expert, bilingual naturalist guides with luxurious lodgings set in Costa Rica's wildest corners. Costa Rica Expeditions is widely recognized as the best nature and adventure tour operator in the country.

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Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

INCLUDED: Accommodations, Transfers, Tours and Meals: As indicated in the itinerary.

Porterage: we include the handling of two bags per person.

Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified.

NOT INCLUDED: Costs of obtaining passports, visas; excess baggage fees; personal expenses, gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; international airfare and airport departure taxes; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage.

HOLIDAY PAYMENT POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are reserved less than 90 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed. Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotels, guides and services are non-refundable.

PAYMENT POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES

A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are confirmed less than 60 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed.

PRICES CHARGED

The prices we charge reflect our costs and a reasonable profit for our services in planning and operating the trip.

PRICE BREAKDOWNS

We do not give price breakdowns.

HOLIDAY CANCELLATION POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and services are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 90 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus a cancellation fee of $750 or 20% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 89 to 46 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 45 or fewer days prior to the trip.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAYS

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and service are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $500 or 15% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 29 to 15 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the trip.



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Excellent accomodation and tours

By: MM


Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2015

Costa Rica Expeditions is a first class operation. Their guide Donald at the Montverde Lodge and Gardens was amazing. We saw many species of birds and mammals that we would not have seen had he not been along to point then out to us. Very professional, polite and well versed in the ecology of Costa Rica. Excellent English as well. All transfers from one location to another were executed perfectly. Always on time and safe. Most drivers spoke a fair amount of English and were only too glad to stop to point out sights or to stop for a photo. shoot. The Monteverde Lodge and Gardens was very comfortable and the restaurant El Jardin was great as well. Loved the whole experience.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa and Nancy Zupancic

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By: Sherie


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2015

Costa Rica....the most hospitable place on earth! Wonderful service wherever we went. Everyone we met was kind and welcoming. Such an amazing country.

Costa Rica March 2017

By: Cecile


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2017

10+ Drivers, tour guides, hosts, lodges (especially Tortuga Lodge, but also Monte Verde Lodge), food, employees were all fabulous! We also stayed at Arenas Del Mar and that was fabulous as well!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley