Smart Connections Deals Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting Overnight Expedition

(Connecting San Jose, Arenal & Puerto Viejo)

Tour Description
Hands down, the best way to travel through Costa Rica is the Pacuare Paddle & Hike 2 Day Expedition! This river rafting adventure is perfect for those thrill seekers who are looking to test their paddling and hiking skills on the premiere whitewater rafting river of Costa Rica, the Pacuare River. Class III and IV rapids mean that even (adult) beginners can take on these challenges with our experienced guide and safety kayaking and rafting team.

Start your first day of river rafting off right with a delicious breakfast at the centrally located Siquirres Exploration Center. Feel confident after a 45-minute safety orientation and paddle practice before we even get into the water. Warm up on the first morning with 13 km/8 mi whitewater decent of continuous Class III rapids for a total of 14 fun and moderate rapids.

At noon we will arrive at our Pacuare River Lodge for a great lunch and time to relax in welcoming hammocks, take a hike around the beautiful area, or relax and fish in the gorgeous Pacuare River. We will then enjoy Happy Hour at 5:00 followed by an outstanding dinner at the Lodge. Accommodations on the river are a bit rustic and don't expect to be streaming Netflix, but there is nothing like the sounds of the rainforest at night to lull you to sleep. This is a unique experience in Costa Rica that anyone with a sense of adventure should not dare miss.

Day Two starts bright and early with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Get ready to prove your paddling skills with Class IV rapids for 23 km/14 mi. Sound like quite a distance? Don't stress! We make two stops along the way to ensure that everyone is well-rested and up to the challenge! The first stop allows time for an exploratory hike and the second stop provides a satisfying lunch on the river. This adventure finishes up back at our Exploration Center in Siquirres, where you have the option of continuing on to San Jose, the Arenal Volcano region, or the Southern Caribbean.

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Approximate Itinerary

First Day:

6:00 – 6:30 AM Pick Ups in San José, Southern Caribbean and Arenal Volcano
6:30 – 8:30 AM In route to Exploration Center in Siquirres
8:30 – 9:15 AM Breakfast at the Exploration Center
9:15 – 10:00 AM In route Exploration Center to River Put In
10:00 – 10:45 AM Preparation for Descent: Safety orientation-paddle practice
10:45 – 1:45 PM River Descent including a hike
1:45 – 3:30 PM Arrival at Pacuare Tent Camp to enjoy a delicious lunch
3:30 – 5:30 PM Guided hike or free time on the hammocks
5:30 PM Happy Hour!
7:30 PM Dinner

Second Day:

7:30 am Breakfast
9:30 – 2:30 PM River Descent including lunch and a hike
2:30 – 3:30 PM Arrival at Exploration Center to shower and change clothes
3:30 – 5:30 PM In route Exploration Center– San José, Southern Caribbean Coast and Arenal Volcano Area

Tour Details

  • * Round trip or continuing transportation from San Jose, Puerto Viejo, or Arenal Volcano regions.
  • * All Meals
  • * Snacks & Beverages
  • * Professional bilingual guide
  • * Lodging & Amenities at Pacuare Tent Camp
  • * Guided Hike
  • * 2 Days of Whitewater Rafting
  • * All Safety Equipment & Instruction

Departures: 6:00-6:30 AM depending on pick-up location

Length: 2 Days.


  • * Comfortable shoes
  • * Water bottle
  • * Towel
  • * Sunscreen
  • * Change of clothes
  • * Camera
  • * Binoculars
  • * Insect repellant
  • * Swim suit Wind breaker
  • * Flashlight
  • * Personal toiletries
  • * Raincoat
  • * Cash for tour balance, alcoholic beverages and tips for your guides

Children: Minimum Age 12 Years

Bonus! Save time, save money, and have a whole lot more fun travelling across the country with this Smart Connection Deal! This tour includes transportation between San José, Caribbean Coast and Arenal Volcano. Please be sure to note on your reservation details which hotel & city you need to be picked up from and which hotel & city you want to be take to after the excursion.

Important Covid 19 Note: Due to our commitment to keep our guests safe from Covid, we are no longer stopping for a lunch break on the river where the rafting guides typically prepare your riverside feast. Instead, you will be served lunch upon return to the Exploration Center prepared by our kitchen staff. This will cut the time on the river down about an hour, but the amount of rapids covered will not be affected.

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2 Days:

Retail: $249.00

The Real Deal: $224.00

Rafting Pacuare Class III/IV Overnight Rainforest Excursion 2 Days deposit is $25.00 per person.
(The balance of $199.00 per person must be paid 72 hours prior the day of the tour)

This tour departs at 6:00 AM.

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