Project Description

The iconic 3-day Pacuare adventure: Two days of rafting. Two nights at our lodge. One day of ziplining and waterfall jumping.

This is the most popular adventure trip in Costa Rica. And for good reason.

On day one, we spend the day rafting Class II and III rapids and arrive at our Pacuare eco-lodge. After spending the night, on day two, we complete our zipline course, and then after lunch, hike to our private waterfall, where you’ll have the option to jump and swim. After another beautiful night at our lodge, we’ll wake up on day three, and we’ll raft from the lodge into the famous Pacuare gorge. The gorge packs a punch with back to back to back Class III and IV rapids, numerous creeks cascading into the river and jungle galore all the way to takeout.

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Quick Facts

Trip Cost: $385 / person

Trip Meeting Place: In front of the University of Costa Rica, Turrialba. Google Map.

Trip Meeting Time: 10 AM

Trip Length: Three Days.

Minimum Age: 12 years old.

Trip Packet: Click here to view the Three Day Pacuare trip packet.

Eco-Lodge at a Glance

Our eco-lodge has flush toilets and hot showers

Rooms are purposely designed to be open-air with screens so you’re fully immersed in the jungle yet in a comfortable queen bed.

Meals are all included starting with day 1 lunch and ending with lunch on day 3

Our eco-lodge offers the best views of any lodge on the Pacuare

Adventures at a Glance

Approximately 50+ rapids, split on Day One and Day Three

Rapids are Class II, III, and IV.

The whitewater is perfect for beginners and experienced rafters.

Our zipline is the largest on the Pacuare and we have the only Tarzan Swing

The waterfall is 25 feet / 7.5 meters and jumping is optional (but encouraged!)

Three Day Itinerary

Three Day Itinerary

Pura Vida Adventure

Pura Vida Adventure

Day One

Your adventure kicks off at La Cruz, located near Turrialba. The rafting on the first day consists of some great Class II and Class III rapids along with stopping for a delicious lunch on the river prepared for you by your river guides/chefs. After lunch, we will paddle another 40 minutes to the Pacuare Outdoor Center eco-lodge. Here you’ll take a 10 minute trek through the jungle to get to our lodge which features breath-taking views of the Pacuare River canyon and surrounding mountains. Once you get settled into your room, you can enjoy the views or you can join us for our Tarzan Hour. We do this with all our groups at 4PM. During the Tarzan Hour, we take you to our Tarzan Swing which is a three minute walk from the lodge and cabins and you get to experience one of the most adrenaline pumping Tarzan swings you will find in the Americas. This is a great activity for the afternoon and if you’re not up for the rush you can watch from our viewing area while enjoying a cup of coffee or simply relax at the lodge. In the evening we will have dinner prepared for you while you listen to the rainforest come to life as the sun dips and the night begins.

Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Day Two

The next morning on Day 2, you will wake up to the sun rising over the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Our lodge has views in the morning directly down the canyon towards the Caribbean. The mornings offer the true essence of the rainforest as the mist rises off the mountains. You can spend the early morning sitting in the rocking chairs outside your cabin or come to our main area and get ready for a hearty Tico breakfast. Today we have a full day of fun and adventure. We will start out by completing our zipline course, which features five different ziplines ranging from 30 meters to 620 meters. Not only are they long and fast but they offer the best views you will find anywhere of the Pacuare River. Then we will take a three minute hike back to the lodge where we will have some lunch and an hour of downtime. After lunch, we’ll take a trek through the jungle to one of the most pristine waterfalls you will find on the Pacuare River. This waterfall features a 25 foot jump, which your guide will show you how to do. Afterward, we’ll walk back to the lodge and hit full relax mode with a chance to reminisce about the full day of adventure.

Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Day Three

On Day 3, we head back to the rafts and tackle the whitewater. We’ll enter the famous Pacuare Canyon, which is a gorge that features Class III and IV rapids and breathtaking scenery.

The canyon rock walls rise straight up 200 feet and we’ll pass by waterfalls that fall 150 feet into the river. This truly is a magical day from start to finish. Halfway through the day, we’ll stop for another riverside lunch served by your guides.

Once lunch is finished it’s back to the rapids, split up with a gorgeous float through the famous Dos Montanas canyon section. Following that, the river winds its way into the town of Siquirres, where we reach takeout. Here you will have the chance to change and shower into some clean clothes and say farewell to your guides.

Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Bonus

We offer pre and post trip lodging available to book exclusively to guests joining us on our Pacuare river trips. For pre-trip lodging, our recently built Turrialba Vista guest house is just ten minutes from Turrialba and is close to the meeting location of your trip. Turrialba is a small city yet offers plenty of dining, shopping, and access to many Costa Rican gems, including the Turrialba Volcano, Angostura lake, and a multitude of rivers. The Turrialba Vista includes WiFi, cell phone service, hot showers, bathrooms, and an amazing view. Learn more about the Turrialba Vista here.

For after your 3-Day Adventure, our Kapu Tree House is available to book as an add-on. Located just one minute from the famous Punta Uva beach, relax and unwind 100 feet off the ground in our tree paradise. No climbing is required as we have a hanging bridge that leads you straight to the front door, but you do have the option to rappel down for a more exciting exit to the surf. Learn more about the Beach Tree House here.

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Based on 131 reviews.
Megan Lane
Megan Lane
2021-12-23
Matteo was the best!!! Muy guapo!!
Thomas
Thomas
2021-12-22
Während der Planung unserer mehrwöchigen Costa Rica Reise sind wir auf das Pacuare Outdoor Center gestoßen und haben dort einen 2-Tages Raftingtour inkl. Übernachtung in der zugehörigen Lodge gebucht. Zugegeben, der auf den ersten Blick etwas hohe Preis hat mich anfangs nachdenklich gemacht, aber was die Jungs (und Damen) vom Outdoor Center im Laufe dieser 2 Tage geboten haben, war absolut spitze. Das Rafting am (doch ziemlich anspruchsvollen) Pacuare River an sich ist schon ein tolles Erlebnis. Mit einem sehr symphatischen Guide an Bord und einem separaten Safety-Begleiter haben wir uns, obwohl wir Neulinge in diesem Bereich sind, immer absolut sicher gefühlt. Zweimal gabs Mittagessen am Fluss, zubereitet von den beiden Guides, absolut top. Die Lodge liegt direkt im Regenwald, in den großen und sehr sauberen Zimmern (bzw. Häuschen) gibts kein Licht, also nur romantischen Kerzenschein, dafür aber Toilette und Dusche. Es ist ein absoltues Erlebnis einmal mitten im Urwald schlafen zu gehen, ohne Lichter ringsum, nur die Natur. Toll, Toll, Toll. Abends gabs ein gemeinsames Abendessen das die Guides zubereitet haben (und die können wirklich kochen 😁). Bier und Wein gabs kostenlos mit dazu. Zudem gabs noch einenen Zipline Parcours und einen Tarzan Swing (kostenlos) mit dazu. Ich kann mich nur bei dem Team bedanken, dass sie uns dieses unvergessliche Erlebnis ermöglicht haben. Einfach ausprobieren wenn ihr die Möglichkeit dazu habt. Es lohnt sich wirklich, weil es in Erinnerung bleibt!
Kenneth Mora
Kenneth Mora
2021-12-17
Muy lindo
Word Life Yoga
Word Life Yoga
2021-12-15
Wow! What a place! The people, all the guides, the food, adventures, SAFETY, everything was amazing. The staff knows the river extremely well and are always keeping you safe and feeling safe. Proper training before rafting, canopying, hiking, Tarzan swing.. Best trip ever- I highly recommend! Bungalows where you sleep are so cool! Thank you to the entire staff - I feel like family after leaving there! Thank you!
Emma Lane
Emma Lane
2021-12-14
I had the greatest time with POC! This was an unforgettable trip! Matteo was my guide and he made the experience amazing. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you!!
Jackson Jaeger
Jackson Jaeger
2021-12-14
Wow. It’s hard to put into words how fantastic our stay here was. Every last bit of the experience was top notch, but what will really stick in our memories was our rafting experience. Our guide Mateo was charming, kind and made us feel safe. What a trip!
Elizabeth Bello
Elizabeth Bello
2021-11-30
Amazing weekend at Pacuare Outdoor Center. Great food, amazing scenery and memorable rafting trip along the Pacuare. A trip definitely worth repeating. Un fin de semana espectacular en el Pacuare Outdoor Center. Un viaje inolvidable por el rio Pacuare. Muy buena comida y paisajes espectaculares. Un viajes definitivamente para repetir.
Sebastian Quiros
Sebastian Quiros
2021-11-30
Todo estuvo muy bien y el tour estuvo increíble
Nelly Matheus
Nelly Matheus
2021-11-30
Por el fabuloso contacto con la naturaleza; la esmerada atencion de los anfitriones y el estupendo grupo de personas que participaron en dicha excursion