Two Day Pacuare: The best rafting in Costa Rica with a night at our eco-lodge.

There’s a reason that Costa Rica rafting means the Pacuare river, and this trip is it.

Two days of tackling 50+ class II, III, and IV rapids. A night at our ecolodge, located right in the Pacuare river canyon. One Tarzan Swing. Too many waterfalls to count cascading into the river.  This trip packs it all in and it’s only two days long.

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Quick Facts

Trip Cost: $315 / person

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

Trip Meeting Time: 10 AM

Trip Length: Two Days.

Minimum Age: 12 years old.

Trip Packet: Click here to view the Two 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 2

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.

We have the only Tarzan Swing

Jump rocks on both day one and two

Two Day Itinerary

Two Day Itinerary

Two Day Pacuare

Two Day Pacuare

Day One

We meet at La Cruz, which is near the town of Turrialba. The Pacuare River consists of progressive rafting, meaning day one starts us off with great warm up Class II and III, giving us plenty of time for the big Class IV whitewater the following day. Halfway through the day, we’ll stop for lunch which will be prepared by your guides. 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. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll walk down to the rafts and launch immediately into POC Rapid which is just downstream. From here we’ll raft Class II and III whitewater until we hit the famous Pacuare Canyon – get ready for some Class IV rapids! The tightening of the canyon also means that the side creeks get more dramatic with waterfalls pouring directly into the river. This is like nothing you’ll find anywhere else. Similar to day one, we’ll take a break halfway through the day for a lunch prepared by the guides, and then it’s more rafting. After we pass through the famous Dos Montanas section of the river, we float into the town of Siquirres, which is our takeout. Changing rooms and showers are available here, and once the rafts are loaded up, you’ll say bye to your guides (but we know you’ll be back, this trip is that good).

Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Bonus

We offer pre and post trip lodging available to book exclusively to guests joining us on our Pacuare rafting 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 Pacuare river trip, 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 Kapu Tree House here.

Extreme Sports Jet Skiing

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Based on 249 reviews.
Hannah Claire Purkey
Hannah Claire Purkey
2022-08-04
This is such an amazing trip! Fantastic rafting, absolutely stunning views, and great food! The guides are incredibly competent and made the trip fun, which is all you can ask for. The zip lining and Tarzan swing were a fun way to break up the rafting, and getting out to explore waterfalls was a nice way to end the day. Thank you Tom, Arturo and Luis for an unforgettable experience!
Jeff Gayduk
Jeff Gayduk
2022-08-04
Incredible, authentic Costa Rican vacation experience. We stayed in the brand new lodge and loved, loved the rooms and outdoor lounge overlooking the river.
Sara Hernandez
Sara Hernandez
2022-08-01
Simply amazing accommodations in the heart of the Costa Rican Rainforest. I took a group of students and parents with me, and they all said that POC was their favorite spot! It is great for ziplining, rafting, and just relaxing and being with nature. The food cooked for us was incredible! My favorite part is the community space with hammocks and lounge chairs to enjoy time with others. This place really is a little piece of paradise!
Samantha Stier
Samantha Stier
2022-07-28
I have been here three separate times, and absolutely love this beautiful, scenic lodge. Twice I traveled as a chaperone with a group of students and they adored the spacious, clean cabins, each with a breathtaking view of the rainforest. They spent hours playing cards and other games in the common area, where you can lounge in deck chairs and hammocks. The canopy tour, Tarzan swing, and hike to a waterfall/swimming area were definite highlights of the trip. I can't wait to return.
Erica Beitel
Erica Beitel
2022-07-26
If you are looking for a vacation to get away from it all and be in the beauty of Costa Rica, while having amazing service, this is the trip for you! The guides were amazing, knowledgable, and great cooks. I would highly recommend. I went with friends for a destination wedding and we had a blast! The trip of a lifetime!
Dawn Jacobson
Dawn Jacobson
2022-07-25
My son's wedding was here last week...Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful but the facility and staff were phenomenal