Pacuare River One Day Rafting Trip

Best one-day Pacuare River rafting tours


Don´t accept imitations! Experience TRUE rafting on the extraordinary Pacuare River. 

Best pacuare river rafting experiences

With all equipment and transportation to-and-from river provided, this 3.5-hour trip is convenient for all group ages 12 and up!

With 18 miles-30 kms of class II, III and IV rapids, the Pacuare River provides excitement and challenge for any group.


Never been rafting before? No problem! Our highly trained guides will teach you and your crew all the whitewater rafting techniques and safety skills you need for your adventure. 


Pacuare River Day Tour. We depart daily from San Jose, La Fortuna in Arenal (hotels outside La Fortuna have extra cost), Turrialba, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo Southern Caribbean zone. Giving you the choice to start and finish at the place of your convenience. Halfway between these locations is our Exploration Center, a private base for our river trips, the southern Caribbean coast and our Tortuguero Expeditions.







  • $140  USD per person. 
  • +13% IVA. Government tax. 


          100% GUARANTEED

The Pacuare Rafting Tour Includes:

  • Round trip transfers. 
  • Guides
  • Equipment
  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch. 

The Original Pacuare River Rafting Tour 


Pacuare River One Day Rafting Trip. Beginners will be provided with the basic rafting instructions before beginning the tour. Children over 12 years old of age are permitted. The river is ranked Class II, III, IV. 

The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. No other trip in the country exists that offers you a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, all in one day.

Upon arrival to the river we will gear you up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then briefyou with a full safety orientation talk. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids!

The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids which is a perfect time to test your new river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you can find pockets of secondary growth forest that is extremely beautiful. After about 40 minutes we will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are “Terciopelo snake”, “Double drop”, “Upper and Lower Huacas”, “Pin ball” toname a few. You will also see the Huacas watefall, a 150 foot dramatic drop into the river.

After the gorge the rivers opens up to a 5 mile 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.

We finish in Siquirres, at our Exploration Center where you can take a shower, change 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.



Pacuare River 1-day rafting itinerary


6:00 – 6:30 am: Pick- Ups in San José and Southern Caribbean Coast. In Arenal Pick-Ups start earlier, approximately 5:20 – 5:40 a.m.

6:30 – 8:15 am: In route to “Exploration Center” (Siquirres)

8:15 – 9:00 am: Breakfast at “Exploration Center”

9:00 – 9:30 am: In route “Exploration Center” – River Access

9:30 – 10:15 am: Preparation for the Descent (safety orientation, paddle practice)

10:15 – 2:15 pm: River Descent (including lunch)

2:15 – 3:00 pm: Return to our “Exploration Center” with time to shower, change and enjoy a beverage.

3:00 – 5:30 pm: In route “Exploration Center” – San José, Southern Caribbean Coast and Arenal Volcano Area. 


Wear: Come with rafting cloths on (light shoes that will stay on, swimsuit, shorts, nylon shirt) sunscreen, water bottle, change of clothes, towel, insect repellent, and a credit card to buy photos, souvenirs or drinks. All luggage will be kept in lockers.



For us at Exploradores del Río excellence in our service is key. Therefore, we strive to offer you meal combining quality, quantity, cleanliness and good presentation.

River Menu Pacuare I day

Breakfast: Breakfast takes place in our Exploration Center located at the Rio Pacuare. It includes:

  • Fruits salad (Banana, watermelon, pineapple and papaya)
  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Gallo Pinto
  • Toast, butter and jelly
  • Sour cream
  • Hot drinks: coffee, tea and milk
  • Fruit juice.


Lunch: Our lunch is buffet style in one of the beautiful beaches in the river. The boats turn in tables and our guides in chefs. Tablecloths, trays, tweezers and gloves are some of the utensils we use to prepare the food. Lunch consists of:

  • Hot flour tortillas to prepare wraps.
  • Whole wheat bread to prepare sandwiches.
  • Fresh green salad with lettuce, heart of palm, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, jalapeños and pimentos
  • Monteverde cheese
  • Chicken ham
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chips and salsa
  • Lemonade or iced tea
  • Pineapple
  • River cheesecake (guava jelly and cream cheese on a biscuit)
  • Refried beans.