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Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose

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Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

With its cascading waterfalls and abundant wildlife, the Pacuare River is rightfully famous for its natural beauty. Paddle through the river gorge, navigating 52 Class II-IV rapids as you go, on this 12-hour trip from San Jose. Take in views of the tropical rain forest and wildlife such as sloths, parrots, and toucans as you ride the river (and your adrenaline rush) over the course of the day.
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Breakfast included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

6:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Costa Rica Groups Travel Company
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose.

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star-5
Amazing adventure
Julia
, Feb 2021
The guide was super experienced and funny. The trip was such a nice adventure in many different ways. The nature was beautiful and the animals were fascinating to watch. Of course the river rafting itself was very exciting and fun.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Come to Cost Rica frequently for business
Robert_M
, Jan 2021
Our guide, David, did such a great job taking us down the class 4 rapids! He knew exactly how to navigate the river and gave us some history about the area along the way. This is the best river to raft, although the traffic from road construction is aggravating, getting back to San Jose.
star-5
Come to Cost Rica frequently for business
Robert_M
, Jan 2021
Best river rafting of my life. Our guide, David, was the very best. Recommend this for anyone!!! The class 4 rapids were the best experience of my life.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Whitewater Rafting
Suzanne_H
, Apr 2020
I bought this as a birthday gift for my son (who is an adult) whilst we was in Costa Rica. He told me he had a really good time and that the ages of participants varied from the young to old. He told me that he would definitely recommend this experience to other people.
star-5
Great day
goofy596
, Oct 2019
Wonderful day. Exciting but not scary The guides are great They did everything they said Highly recommend
star-5
The best experience you will have in...
Braya M
, Mar 2018
The best experience you will have in Costa Rica! David was an awesome guide and knew the path well.
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We booked this Tour because the...
Eric W
, Feb 2018
We booked this Tour because the Pacuare River is among the top rivers in the world to do rafting. When the guide picked us up in the morning, he told us that he is not sure if we will be able to do the rafting on that river. At 10 finally came the announcement that it was impossible to raft the river, so they brought us to another river which was in terms of rafting not exciting at all. What made me mad was that our guide during rafting told us that it has been like that for already 2 days, so they could have told us that when booking the ticket we booked one day before and finally what made me the most made was that they told us at the end that the day after it would be possible to ride the pacuare river... The communication was really bad from the service provider, in the morning it was too late for us to book another tour, knowing that we were only in costa rica for 5 days, so we had no option. They should have informed us the day before and we would have changed the rafting trip for two days later when it was possible to ride the pacuare river Finally after discussing the owner called us excused himself and refunded us the difference 15 dollars times 2 and promised us that we will get the pictures taken during the rafting for free. We never got the pictures... This tour operator is not to recommand. They were not transparent with us. We booked a tour and in the morning they only told us that we cannot do the tour and that they will give us another tour. We would like to decide about our tours and not the tour operator. Finally he promised to give us the pictures and we didn't get them... Take another tour operator!!!
star-5
The raft trip was fabulous! We had...
Claire S
, Dec 2017
The raft trip was fabulous! We had an excellent guide to steer and direct us through thrilling rapids and glorious scenery. My one complaint is that we booked this trip without a travel agent. Because the shuttle pickup time at our hotel was so early, 5:50 am, and I knew nothing about San Jose areas, I asked twice about the location of our hotel, and for help relocating nearer to our destination. These requests were ignored. The trip home was at least a full hour long after we dropped off the other riders. Traffic was horrible! This ruined what was otherwise a great day.
star-5
Fantastic tour! The rafting was so...
Kari C
, Oct 2017
Fantastic tour! The rafting was so much fun even as an anxious beginner. One thing to note is they request gratuity for the rafting guide and the bus driver. Make sure to have enough money for both. We didn’t know this and felt bad that we couldn’t tip the driver.
star-5
This was a great all round...
Arrie JAN D
, Jun 2017
This was a great all round adventure, but NOT for those without significant experience white water rafting class 3 anf 4 rapids. The guide was fantastic, fun, friendly, and fully informed us regarding expectations. Only drawback was couple who only been white water rafting once before, class 1 and 2 rapids for a few hours. They did not keep pace with paddler ahead nor understand need to dig deep overside to help propel the boat. They were almost just along for the ride. Although I've had more white water rafting experience than most first trip was 10 days rafting on Colo thru Grand Canyon, this was the most exhilarating experience ever, lots of rapids kept you energized and wet for at least 4 hours. Lunch was good too.

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