Trip length: 18 miles
Difficulty: Class III-IV, moderate-difficult
Minimum age: 12 years old
Season: all- year round Rafters are invited to traverse 18 miles of remote and scenic waters that run through a dense tropical wilderness covering the sides of steep gorges rising above the riverbanks. The thick undergrowth provides shelter for jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths and myriad other species of tropical animals and birds. After being picked up at their hotel in a comfortable minibus, guests are transported east of the city through the old capital of Cartago. The minibus will pass by the lush green farmlands and small towns on the way to Turrialba, at the base of the volcano of the same name. Along the way, you’ll stop to enjoy an authentic Costa Rican breakfast before continuing on to the Pacuare River. The ride to the Pacuare put-in at Linda Vista , including the stop for breakfast, is approximately three hours. Professional guides and rafting equipment await guests at Linda Vista. After everyone is briefed on safety measures, the incredible rafting journey on this renowned river begins. The trip is filled with excitement as the raft squeezes through narrow openings between huge boulders and runs long stretches of powerful rapids. Later, guides serve a delicious lunch of cold meats, cheeses, lettuce, fruits, bread and juice along the edge of the river. While lunch is being prepared, rafters have plenty of time to relax, enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at the raw power of the untamed Pacuare River, which has cut through this virgin tropical rainforest for millions of years. The Pacuare River provides a truly exciting day, filled with wet and wonderful fun. At the river take-out, guests can change into dry clothes in our private restroom facilities before boarding the comfortable minibus for the return drive to San José. Rafters should be physically fit for this trip, although no previous white-water experience is necessary.
Includes: Transportation, equipment, breakfast and picnic lunch included.
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