Pacuare river overnight rafting tour

Pacuare river overnight rafting tour Overview

On our 2 Day trip, right from the Lodge you can participate in zip lines through the canopy, rainforest hikes with naturalist guides, or self-guided walks to waterfalls and pools, relaxing in a hammock overlooking the beautiful Pacuare River, and birdwatching. The best whitewater of the trip awaits you below the Rios Tropicales Lodge. From our Eco Lodge setting, we offer open air dining with wine and exceptional meals, more stars than you can imagine, and the vibrant sounds of the jungle. The Pacuare River is rated one of the top rivers in the world. You’ll get to explore the intimate nature of the rainforest from the river perspective. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds make this trip exquisite for your senses. Add in the exciting Class III-IV whitewater rapids and you have a tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that last long after you’ve returned home.

One day tour itinerary

Day 1 - Class III Rafting.

You’ll depart San Jose early in the morning, traveling east towards the Caribbean and crossing the amazing Braulio Carrillo National Park. You will arrive at the rafting operations center for a hearty traditional Costarican breakfast, and with time to change into clothing for rafting, and shop for any last minute needs in the outfitter’s store. You’ll then depart for the rafting put-in on the Pacuare River in San Martin. There your professional river guides will load your gear into dry bags, prepare all the rafting equipment, give you complete safety and paddle instructions. The first day's Class III rapids welcome you to the Pacuare gorge's charm as you raft deep in the heart of primary rainforest. While your guides prepare a hearty picnic lunch on the riverbank, you'll enjoy a walk through the jungle to an enchanting waterfall and pool to swim.

Then you'll arrive at the Rios Tropicales Lodge where you can spend the afternoon relaxing, hiking or soaking in the waterfall and pools. Nestled in the jungle on the 2,000-acre private reserve, the Lodge offers you all the comforts you need in the bungalows. Private single and double rooms are spacious and completely provided with fresh linens and comfortable pillows and beds. Don’t worry about bathrooms - the Lodge has modern, clean bathrooms and hot water showers, thanks to the self-sufficient mini-hydro-plant that generates all the electricity required. The lodge is a sustainable “Eco-Lodge”, including the building materials, waste management system, recycling practices, and the clean, renewable energy that powers the entire facility. You’ll get the chance to settle into your rooms, then come on down to enjoy the surroundings. As the sun dips behind the hills and the twilight fades, you will be treated to a delicious freshly prepared dinner with candlelight and wine.

Day 2 - More rafting action! Class IV Rafting on Lower Pacuare

After yet another serving of Costa Rica's tastiest coffee and a hearty breakfast, we will pack up and load the rafts in preparation for paddling down the Pacuare gorge past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids. A snack stop by the riverside lets you explore more waterfalls and natural waterslides. An adrenaline packed afternoon running rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montañas and many more, will have you cheering ecstatically. We will have transportation waiting for us at the take-out in the town of Siquirres, where we will whisk you away to the Operations Center just a few miles up the road. We will have a hearty hot lunch waiting on us upon arrival. Showers, changing rooms, cold and hot drinks, snacks, a bar, and souvenirs are all available. On the return drive to San Jose you'll enjoy remarkable views of Braulio Carrillo National Park and Irazu Volcano.

River dificulty

  • Moderate. Class III-IV Rapids
  • Class IV Rapids: Include long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require precise maneuvering in turbulent waters.
  • Class III Rapids: include high irregular waves; narrow passages that often require complex maneuvering.

Included in the rate

  • Breakfast pre-trip and hot lunch post-trip at our Rios Tropicales Operations Center.
  • Spacious, spotlessly clean changing rooms with showers.
  • Private room lodging at Rios Tropicales Lodge.
  • Electricity, hot showers, riverside dining, and more.
  • Canopy Tours on zip lines.
  • Guided Hikes.
  • Transportation from and to central valley
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • All the specialized gear needed for the activity
  • Meals two days except dinner on the last day.
  • All taxes
  • Optional FREE transportation available to Arenal and Puerto Viejo.

What to bring for the overnight tour?

This list represents what you will need on the river. Space on the raft is limited. Therefore, it is important not to bring any extra equipment - Rios Tropicales Lodge offers all the sleeping comfort you would need, private rooms, mattresses, sheets, pillows and blankets are provided.

  • Clothing Change including shoes for after your Rafting Tour.
  • Towel.
  • Sun hat or bandana and sun protection lotion
  • Swimsuit / swim trunks; t-shirt and shorts of a quick-drying material.
  • Rubber-soled shoes that can get wet
  • Personal Toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Personal medications.
  • Long sleeved shirt Sweater or Sweat shirt.
  • Extra pairs of socks.
  • Insect repellent

Physical requirements

  • Normal healthy physical condition
  • Over 15 years old


  • For your extra gear: we provide lockers at the Operations Center our you can leave it at your hotel. (Contact to know which hotels allows free luggage storage)
  • Please inform ahead if you have your own dry bags

Rates for the all-inclusive tour

Overnight Pacuare rafting tour with Deluxe room

Ocupancy Rate
Single $310 per person
Double $295 per person
Triple $280 per person

reserve with deluxe room

Overnight Pacuare rafting tour with Standard room

Ocupancy Rate
Single $285 per person
Double $265 per person
Triple $250 per person

reserve with standard room