Costa Rica offers some of the best white water rafting in the world. Whether you’re looking for an easy going ride or thrilling rapids, there are rivers to fulfill every adventurer’s needs. There is one in particular that has made headlines around the world and that is Pacuare River.
If you want for the ultimate Costa Rica white water rafting trip, we have an awesome deal for you. And if you’re looking to add more splash to your vacation, we also have deals for a 2, 3 and 4 day rafting trip. Save $10-60 off your Pacuare River white water rafting trip!
Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica White Water Rafting Discount
Our partner, Rios Tropicales is offering a special Pacuare River white water rafting discount for Mytanfeet readers. This is an incredible tour that allows you to experience a unique part of Costa Rica and embark on an exciting outdoor adventure. Want to see what the rafting is like? Read our 1 day white water rafting post and our 2 day white water rafting post to learn more! Please also read our FAQ below.
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Pacuare River White Water Rafting Discount FAQ
Where does Rio Tropicales pick up and drop off?
They offer complimentary pick ups and drop offs in and around San Jose downtown, near the SJO airport (the San Jose side, not in Alajuela), Arenal and Puerto Viejo. You can also use the white water rafting tour as a transfer between San Jose, Arenal and Puerto Viejo! Why sit on a bus or a shuttle for 5 hours when you can raft down one of the most beautiful rivers in the world?
There are some additional costs if the hotel you are staying at is outside the zone such as Finca Rosa Blanca, Xandari, Vista del Valle and Martino Resort (some examples) in San Jose. If you are staying outside the free transportation zones, please enter your hotel information for us to check the logistics of transportation and how much is the extra fee (or you will go to the closest hotel to pick up).
For Arenal, they pick up in hotels from Fortuna center to Tabacon. If you are staying somewhere outside this zone, we will let you know how much the extra fee is as it depends on the number of passengers.
For Puerto Viejo, they pick up in Cahuita, Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. If you are staying in Chiquita, Punta Uva, or Manzanillo, there is an extra fee which depends on number of passengers and we will let you know what it is via email.
They cannot pick up at Airbnbs or vacation rentals, only hotels and hostels.
I have a car and don’t need transportation. Can I meet them somewhere?
If you have a car, you can meet at the Siquirres operation center. There is no discount for meeting them at Siquirres with your own transportation.
How does the interconnection work?
Rios Tropicales can pick up and drop off these three locations: San Jose, La Fortuna and Puerto Viejo.
For different pick up and drop off locations (for example, your pick up is in Puerto Viejo and you want to be dropped off in Arenal, there must be at least 2 people minimum). If there isn’t, there is an extra charge of pick up and drop off.
During the tour, Rios Tropicales stores your luggage for you at their operation center and you’ll pick it back up after you have lunch at their operation center.
We will check with Rios Tropicales to see if there are other passengers going if you are a solo traveler.
What if I’ve never rafted before? Do I need rafting experience to go on this trip?
No worries! You don’t need to have professional rafting experience to do the Rio Pacuare trips. I never white water rafted in anything higher than Class 2 rapids and I did both 1 and 2 day trips and loved it. It was the first time rafting ever for many of the people we met on our tours and they had a blast!
The instructors are highly knowledgeable and experienced in rafting. They are all Costa Ricans, in fact most of them are Pacuare River locals and have been rafting this river for a number of years. Many are professional rafters who participate in world competitions. So trust me, you’re in good hands!
You will get a thorough safety lesson and paddling instructions before the tour. It’s important to follow your guide’s instructions and more importantly, have fun!
I’m a bit nervous, how big do the rapids get?
The Costa Rica white water rafting Rio Pacuare tour starts off with only Class 1-2 rapids (small waves, straightforward moving water) and you will run into a few Class 3 and 4 rapids near the end. You may also get a couple Class 4+ when the river is particularly full. And by that time, you’ll be a pro! Class 3 and 4 rapids are considered intermediate to advanced and are a ton of fun to raft through. Your guide will keep a careful eye the entire time as safety is the most important thing, they know how to maneuver through the rapids and keep everyone safe and happy.
You can watch our video to see what the 1 day white water rafting trip is like.
Can I do this tour with my kids? Is there an age limit?
Absolutely! I would say this is one of the best things to do in Costa Rica for families in fact! Teenagers would have an absolute blast.
There is an age limit for the tours, you must be at least 12 years of age when going in December – May and at least 14 June – November. This is not a rafting adventure suitable for little ones.
How long is the 1 day rafting trip?
The 1 day trip takes around 3.5 – 5 hours and you raft 26 fun kilometers (16 miles) down the river. The day starts bright and early, getting picked up around 5 AM and coming back in the late afternoon depending on traffic.
What do I do with my luggage for the multi-day trips?
Rios Tropicales has a secure locker room at the operations headquarters to store any luggage you don’t want to bring to the river lodge. They pack everything in waterproof bags and bring it to the lodge so you don’t have to worry about a thing for your luggage.
What is the river lodge like? What kind of other activities are there to do?
The lodge is gorgeous. It overlooks the river with a fantastic view and the property is huge! They have a canopy tour, waterfall rappel, horseback riding, bird watching and hiking trails. They have private rooms of different sizes and all of them have a view of the river. With the multi-day white water rafting trips, meals are included in the price.