Three magnificent days in the Pacuare Region. Rafting, exciting overnights in the jungle and exploration of the fascinating rainforest! This Pacuare 3-days-trip offers all the whitewater action of the famous Pacuare rafting adventure and additionally two overnights and an extra day at the unique, remote Ríos Tropicales Ecolodge, tucked in the rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River.
For many reasons, the Pacuare River is rated one of the top rafting 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.
The lodge, which thanks to its hydro-powered generator system offers electricity and warm showers, is a model of ecotourism and sustainable business practices. In this natural paradise, you are invited to relax, explore and enjoy.
You have an ample choice: Ziplines through the canopy of the rainforest, jungle hikes with naturalist guides, tours to a reforestation project and tree-planting, horseback riding to a local community with tours of their sustainable farming and conservation practices, relaxing in a hammock overlooking the Pacuare, reading your favorite book, birdwatching, or sustainable development insights. Every day up from 5pm, tropical cocktails are offered and while enjoying dinner at the open air restaurant you can listen to the vibrant sounds of the jungle and in clear nights admire the impressing starry sky.
Have a wonderful time - your way - at its very best. The longer you stay, the more refreshed you return to your daily routine - without fail!
You’ll depart San Jose (or Arenal, Sarapiquí or Caribbean) early in the morning, travelling east towards the Caribbean and crossing the amazing Braulio Carrillo National Park. You will arrive at the Rios Tropicales Operations Center for a hearty “Tico” traditional Costa Rican breakfast. You´ll have time to change into clothing for rafting and shop for any last minute needs in the handy outfitter’s store. You’ll then depart for the private 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, and give you complete safety and paddle instruction. The first day's Class III rapids welcome you to the Pacuare gorge's charm as you raft deep in the heart of the primary rainforest. On the way, your guides prepare a hearty picnic lunch on the riverbank. Then, before even realize, you'll arrive at Rios Tropicales Lodge. Afterwards, you have the chance to relax, enjoying the amazing sounds of the jungle.
Nestled in the jungle on the 810 hectares of private reserve, the lodge offers you all the comforts you need in 'Cabecar Indian' style bungalows. The private rooms are spacious and complete and provide comfortable beds. Don’t worry about bathrooms - the lodge offers modern, clean bathrooms and hot water showers, thanks to the self-sufficient mini-hydro-plant that generates all electricity needed. The lodge is built as a sustainable “Eco-Lodge”; including the building materials, waste management system, recycling practices, and the clean, renewable energy that powers the entire facility. As the sun dips behind the hills and the twilight fades, you will be treated to a delicious freshly prepared candlelight dinner. Ahh, this is adventure vacationing at it’s best!
Included fees/tours: Rafting to Río Tropicales Lodge, afternoon walking tour (depending on weather conditions)
Included meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner
Hikes, relaxing and more! Don't worry about wake-up time. The beauty of the light through the forest, the sound of toucans and the smell of coffee will get you going. This day is designed to enjoy the lodge and its natural surroundings. In the morning, you can sign up for one of the optional and not included tours like e.g. a hike to the nearby Bajo Del Tigre community, where you learn from local community members about their sustainable farming and environmental responsibility. Your bilingual river guide will accompany you and interprete along the tour. This tour is completely managed by the Bajo Del Tigre Community. and the tour fee goes 100% to fund their community needs. Experience a side of the Pacuare few people know!
In the afternoon, you explore the nature on a 2-3 hour guided hike to nearby waterfalls and pools. In case you just wish to relax and enjoy nature, the spacious property offers limitless places to get away from it all. Just a short walk from the dining area, there is a sheltered hammock area that makes for the perfect spot to catch up on your reading or simply relax and take in the stunning beauty of this amazing retreat. The noises of the hustle and bustle of city life will soon be a distant memory, replaced with the soothing sounds of the tropical rainforest that surrounds you.
Included fees/tours: Rainforest waterfall hike
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3 (Last Day)- Whitewater Action! Class IV Rafting on Lower Pacuare.
After yet another serving of Costa Rica's tastiest coffee and a hearty breakfast, you will pack up and load the rafts in preparation for paddling down the Pacuare gorge, passing gushing waterfalls, serene pools, and pounding rapids. You will pass rapids with sonorous names like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montanas and many more. Transportation will be waiting at the take-out in Siquirres, where you will be whisked away to the Operations Center just a few kilometers up the road. A hearty hot lunch will be waiting for you 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.
Included fees/tours: Rafting on Lower Pacuare
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
|1 Jan 16 - 31 Oct 16||US$435||US$385||US$364|
|1 Nov 16 - 31 Dec 17||US$450||US$399||US$378|
• Minimum age for rafting tours on the Pacuare River: 14 years
• The participants should be healthy and in good physical condition.
• Some rafting- and swimming experience is recommended
Difficulty: Moderate - Class III-IV Rapids
• Class III rafting: Rapids with high irregular waves; narrow passages that often require complex maneuvering
• Class IV rafting: Long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require precise maneuvering in very turbulent waters
• Rafting Distance: approx. 22 km
• River time: From 3-1/2 to 5 hours - depending on water level.
Space on the raft is limited, so please only pack what you really need. Excess baggage can be stored at the Operations Center. Please advise us if you have your own dry bags.
Please do not forget:
• Rubber soled shoes (tennis or similar)
• Shorts and a T-Shirt or a Swimsuit
• Windbreaker (Optional)
• Sunscreen Lotion
• Sun hat
• Personal medications
• Long light pants
• Shoes (2 pairs, one to get wet and one dry)
• Long sleeved shirt, sweater or sweat shirt
• Insect repellent
2 pax (participation of only 1 pax without supplement possible in case the tour is already open - please request)
• Profesional bilingual guides (english/spanish)
• Rafting equipment (helmets, lifejackets, paddles)
• 3 x breakfast, 1 x picnic-lunch, 2 x lunch, 2 x dinner
• Spacious, spotlessly clean changing rooms with showers
• Activities according to description
• Optional activities
• Alcoholic drinks
• Canopy Tour
For further information and booking inquiries please send us and e-mail.