Pacuare River Rafting - 4 days trip

About this tour

Explore Tortuguero National Park and its canals by boat and then raft the Pacuare River, one of Costa Rica's most famous and beautiful rivers. Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero and our award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge teamed up for this incredible four-day trip to two of our country's most iconic locations.

Tortuguero National Park and its canals offer one of the richest biodiverse areas in Costa Rica. From the Mawamba Lodge, you'll boat deep into the national park, where you'll be surrounded by wildlife on all sides! Caiman, a variety of birds, monkeys, turtles, emerald basilisks and more await you. There are other tour options available, including night-time tours of nearby turtle nesting grounds and rainforest hikes.

After Tortuguero, you'll head deep into the primary rainforest and the Pacuare Gorge by river! A half day of rafting takes you right to the riverside Rios Tropicales Lodge, our award-winning ecolodge. You'll have an afternoon and one night to enjoy a few of the incredible activities on our 2,000-acre private reserve, including a canopy tour, adventure loop and numerous trails to waterfalls and soaking pools.

Day 1:

  • Early morning pick up at major hotels in San José area.
  • Costa Rican style breakfast at Grupo Mawamba's Río Danta Restaurant in Guápiles.
  • Departure to Caño Blanco dock in Siquirres area.
  • Arrive at Caño Blanco and board Mawamba's boat for your ride to Tortuguero and Mawamba Lodge.
  • Lunch at the pool restaurant.
  • Optional visit to the Village of Tortuguero along with your guide.
  • Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 2:

  • Breakfast at Mawamba Lodge.
  • Tour with a naturalist guide of Mawamba Park: butterfly farm, frog farm and garden, iguana farm, bio-digestor and gardens.
  • Lunch at the pool restaurant.
  • Afternoon canal tour to a different canal than the one visited the previous day.
  • Dinner at the pool restaurant.
  • Optional tour (night walk on private trail)

Day 3:

  • Breakfast at Mawamba Lodge.
  • Return boat ride to Caño Blanco dock.
  • Bus ride and transfer to Rios Tropicales Operations Center.
  • Lunch.
  • Load up for transport to Pacuare River put-in.
  • Safety orientation and paddle instruction with professional guides.
  • Class II-III rapids as you enter the Pacuare River, delightful afternoon rafting and primary rainforest.
  • Arrive at Rios Tropicales Lodge, an award-winning ecolodge.
  • Time to play and relax
  • Welcome cocktail and snacks
  • Delicious dinner with candle lights

Day 4:

  • Healthy breakfast.
  • Pack and prepare to continue the adventure in the Pacuare River
  • Class III- IV rapids on the Lower Pacuare and Gorge
  • Hearty hot lunch at the Rios Tropicales Operations Center
  • Transport back to your hotel

Tour info

4 days
Professional bilingual guides, All specialized gear necessary for each activity, Secure, dry transport of your luggage in dry bag, All meals included, except dinner on day 4, Spacious changing rooms and showers, Transportation to and from San Jose.
US $450 per person.
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