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Pacuare River

Where it is: Costa Rica, located in the Caribbean basin, between Turrialba and Siquirres, closest International Airport is in San Jose, Costa Rica.

How to get there: Transportation to and from the river available from San Jose, Turrialba, Arenal/ La Fortuna area, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo de Limón with Rios Tropicales or public transport.

River description: River difficulty Class III-IV. If you dream about rafting on a wild tropical river, the Pacuare is it! Rated one of the top rivers in the world. Located on Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife. 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. You’ll raft from San Martin to Siquirres for 19 miles on exciting Class III-IV whitewater. Its 19 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. You’ll pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, view cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids. Halfway down the river you will pass right beside the Rios Tropicales Lodge, a unique Eco-lodge. You will enjoy an adrenaline-packed afternoon running the Pacuare’s biggest rapids, with names like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarrón, Dos Montañas and more.

Commercial companies running it: Rios Tropicales (founded in 1985) and ALL guides are IRF certified – Ph. (506) 2233-6455,