San Jose

White Water Rafting Pacuare River Full Day Tour From San Jose

Badge of ExcellenceSan Jose, Costa Rica
Class III IV White Water Rafting on the Pacuare River from San Jose
  • 9 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Tour Guide
  • Transportation from Hotels in San José
  • Rafting equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

06:00 AM

Pickup details

Tour departs from hotels in San Jose. You must indicate the hotel’s name in order to confirm the booking.

What To Expect

Pacuare River

9 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • Tour operate with a minimum of 2 people
  • Not persons under 12 years old
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Danielle_C
HIGHLY recommend this trip. Absolutely beautiful river, fun rapids, good adventure. It's an all day excursion but the river goes by quick. You're also fed breakfast and lunch. We stopped on the river at an indigenous encampment with kitchen. I appreciated knowing there was healthy relationship with the indigenous peoples that they would welcome and allow rafting tour groups into their spaces to have lunch. The sites on the river were absolutely beautiful and we spotted a few birds, including toucans. They offer a photo package at the end for a good price as well. The icing on the cake was how wonderful all of the guides were. Christopher was a very positive, fun, and encouraging guide. Luca was THE MAN. He was our driver and an absolute hero of a man. Went out of his way to be helpful and accommodating to everyone. Doggos and cat at the end were a precious bonus. Thanks to everyone for a great experience!

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Best experience ever!
Sylvia_H, Feb 2024
The staff was very knowledgeable, and we felt safe. The adventure was amazing. Highly recommended to anybody who wants to try white water rafting.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
definitely a must
Paula_M, Feb 2024
Carlos our guide was very responsible for our safety while making a fun and exciting experience!! It was my daughter's first time and she loved it!! can't wait to go back
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Amazing rapids with an amazing guide!
Ric_C, Feb 2024
The raft guide was AMAZING!! He is clearly highly knowledgable and skilled with navigating the raft. He prepared us for each rapid so that we successfully passed through all without "loosing" anyone over board!! the rapids ranged from level #2 to #4.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Don’t pay for photos
Karthik_S, Feb 2024
It’s great day trip. Loved it. Don’t pay for photos I never received them. Other than that everything is as good as it can be.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you very much for your feedback! The supplier sends today the photos, very sorry for this. We hope soon your return to Costa Rica and provide an excellent experience.
River was beautiful but the memory was not
Tessa_S, Feb 2024
Unfortunately we did not have a competent guide on our raft. Luckily we were with other rafters including some from another company. The guide kept having our raft turn sidewise which was dangerous when we hit the rapids and nearly our entire crew four times. My mom got pulled under and went some 300 yards underwater through rapids before another raft and kayaker were able to save her/drag her out of the water. I understand that occasionally rafts get dumped but this was just plain negligent from the guide. The other raft leaders seemed to know that ours wasn't very good but they didn't do anything about it and chose to let him lead groups anyway.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you very much for your feedback! We take note of your comments to improve in the future. We hope soon your return to Costa Rica and provide an excellent experience.
Exciting rapids!
Ritabelle_F, Feb 2024
Heavenly Pura Vida rafting down the river, experiencing primary forests and wildlife in natural habitat.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Fantastic experience!
Danielle_C, Feb 2024
HIGHLY recommend this trip. Absolutely beautiful river, fun rapids, good adventure. It's an all day excursion but the river goes by quick. You're also fed breakfast and lunch. We stopped on the river at an indigenous encampment with kitchen. I appreciated knowing there was healthy relationship with the indigenous peoples that they would welcome and allow rafting tour groups into their spaces to have lunch. The sites on the river were absolutely beautiful and we spotted a few birds, including toucans. They offer a photo package at the end for a good price as well. The icing on the cake was how wonderful all of the guides were. Christopher was a very positive, fun, and encouraging guide. Luca was THE MAN. He was our driver and an absolute hero of a man. Went out of his way to be helpful and accommodating to everyone. Doggos and cat at the end were a precious bonus. Thanks to everyone for a great experience!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Super fun!
Nathan_C, Jan 2024
Super fun rafting adventure with a terrific guide (pocas) 😆 Beautiful scenery in a beautiful country. Pura Vida
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Great Guide - Cris
Jake_V, Jan 2024
Pick up was before the arrival time which was fantastic. We left the hotel at 6am which was the exact departure time. These guys were on point. Knew the area and history behind it all. Breakfast was amazing with fantastic views of the range. River guides were amazing and knew what they were doing. Very safe but you must listen. Lunch was fantastic there wasn’t a thing you could say bad about this excursion. 10 out of 10 thank you Cris and your team you guys killed it. Will definitely be back and recommend this trip to anyone who is in the San Jose area.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Great Experience!
Simon_C, Jan 2024
Great experience! Would definitely recommend this to anyone, everything is super well organised and you are well looked after, breakfast and lunch included and the overall experience was 5-Star!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
So much fun
Casey_M, Nov 2023
This trip was so fun! All the guides were great (big props to Estevan & Christopher) and made the day super exhilarating while still feeling safe. I would definitely take this trip again!!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Worth every penny!!!
Tiago_L, Nov 2023
What an amazing experience! Amazing value, with a shuttle to and from San José (2.5hr) each way, breakfast and a lunch on the river. Our guide Christopher was equally as great, very knowledgeable, very patient but also kept the excited high! Highly recommend to others!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Waaay cool!
Rex_B, Nov 2023
My wife, along with two friends, had a blast on this tour! We had zero-to-minimal experience in whitewater rafting but our guide took excellent care of us. The rapids and wildlife were fantastic, and our guide had us stop by a riverside hut for lunch. (Not sure if the latter is standard, but we loved it.) Pick up and drop off were efficient and breakfast was very good. If we ever have the chance to go back to Costa Rica, we will sure go on this tour again.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
It was such a beautiful...
Moonsung_K, Oct 2023
It was such a beautiful day. you can fully enjoy the view. it's so exciting you will never feel bored.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Joy of Nature
Pedro_S, Oct 2023
Amazing rafting experience. Three and half hours of pure nature and good adventure. Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
First time white water rafting!
Georgina_M, Oct 2023
Great first time white water rafting! I was a little nervous at first, but did a lot of research, read a lot of reviews, saw a lot of videos, and went for it. So glad I did, it was so much fun!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Captivating
shana_j, Oct 2023
This was my wife and I first time rafting and we had a blast... Christopher the tour guide was amazing and made every minute worth it.. It was Cat 4 so that made the experience full of excitement 😎. If you've been rafting before I'll recommend you to go again this was a great lifetime experience.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Perfect
Pannaga_H, Sep 2023
Rafting was Amazing, they teach you how to’s and also help you when necessary. The view is beautiful. It’s almost a 4-5 hour rafting journey. Amazing views
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
White water rafting so much fun!!
Melissa_J, Aug 2023
This is a must. Excellent tour for whitewater rafting. It was a little intimidating since it was my first time, but so much fun! Our teacher was great and so funny. Its definitely a workout and everyone works as a team.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Great trip!
Gregory_G, Aug 2023
Our guide was excellent. This was our first rafting experience in two decades, and certainly the most challenging, but the guide made the trip enjoyable, exciting, and safe. The views of the canyon walls during the descent were outstanding!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
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