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Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose

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USD 99.00
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    Stop At: Pacuare River, Cartago Costa Rica

    The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. 

    It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot rapids, giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18-mile (29 kilometer) one-day run includes a total of 52 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many.

    Upon arrival to the river, gear up with a life jacket, helmet, and paddle, and then attend a safety orientation talk. Then, it is time to take off down the rapids!

    The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids that let you test your river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you can find pockets of beautiful secondary growth forest. After about 40 minutes, you will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, a 5-mile (8 kilometer) stretch of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are "Terciopelo Snake," "Double Drop," "Upper and Lower Huacas," and "Pin Ball," to name a few. You will also see the Huacas Waterfall, a 150-foot (45 meter) dramatic drop into the river.

    After the gorge, the rivers opens up to a 5-mile (8 kilometer) stretch on the Valle del Pacuare, where the river has a different character. It is wide open, which gives you the opportunity to rest a bit and take the opportunity to do some wildlife spotting. The main rapids here are "Cimarrones," "The Play Hole," "El Indio," and "Magnetic Rock." The forest remains just as lush, and the rapids just as fun.

    You will finish in Siquirres, where you can take a shower, change clothes, and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared.

    Stop At: Costa Rica Groups Travel Company, San Jose Costa Rica

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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your downtown San Jose hotel
    Departure Time
    6:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Air conditioned transportation
    • Equipment
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Tour guide Elbert was great. Company was professional. The entire tour from pickup to drop off was 12 hours so plan on all day. I’ve been recommending it to my friends since I got back
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    Had a really good day on this tour. Transportation was on time, guides were very friendly and concerned about the safety of everyone. It's a far drive but the scenery makes it worth it. Experience on the river was super fun and I would for sure do it again.
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    tis wis sooo amizing to do. i has suhc gret tim doing tis, tis supur recomended . i has sop god tim man do tis wit yur famili.
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    Even beginners can do it. I never fell in the river. If you want to swim, you can play on the river. A photographer will accompany you and take photos. It is a very wonderful picture. It's $ 25, but it's worth buying.
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    The short review: *** If you're interested in a tour, run by immature, frat boys, who might threaten to hurt you, who will humiliate you and then make fun of you both in English to your face and in thick Spanish behind your back (since you won't understand them), this is
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