3-Day Raft + Zip

Three days of adventure on the Pacuare River

Experience everything that the Pacuare River has to offer.

The iconic 3-day Pacuare adventure

Jump into Pacuare Paradise. With launches every Tuesday and Friday, experience everything the Pacuare River has to offer under one booking. Rafting, jump rocks, waterfalls, ziplines, Tarzan Swings and more all set in the backdrop of the newest lodge on the Pacuare River.

Quick Facts

Trip Cost: $485 / person

Schedule: Launches every Tue and Fri

Trip Meeting Time: 10:00AM

Minimum Age: 12 years old.

Maximum Ropes Course Weight: 240 Pounds


Lodging at a glance

Our rooms have flush toilets and hot showers

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

Our lodge is immersed in the jungle yet comfortable with beds & soft cotton sheets


Adventures at a glance

Approximately 50+ rapids, split on day one and day three

Rapids are Class II, III, and IV.

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

We have two waterfall jumps, Salta Falls and Macaw Drop


2024 Pacuare Rafting

“It’s hard to put into words how well thought out this trip is. It’s perfect” – Google Review

3-Day Highlights

On day one, we spend the day rafting Class II and III rapids and arrive at our Rio Vista Lodge. After spending the night, on day two, we complete our zipline course & Tarzan swing, 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 tackling Class II, III & IV rapids.

Trip Itinerary

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 Rio Vista 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. 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.

The next morning on Day 2, you will wake up to the sun rising over the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. 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 by completing our zipline course. 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 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 27-foot jump, which your guide will show you how to do. Afterward, we’ll walk back to the lodge and hit full relaxation mode with a chance to reminisce about the full day of adventure.

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.

Why the Pacuare

“ …perhaps the greatest, family-friendly jungle raft trip in the world.”

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Anthony Mafale
Anthony Mafale
October 18, 2023.
From start to finish this was a fantastic experience our guide Luis & our safety guide Manuel were created a magnificent rafting adventure, 5/5 would come back here again
Emily Hamilton
Emily Hamilton
October 17, 2023.
My husband and I took a week long adventure tour of Costa Rica! Our guide Ericck, and our rafting guide Arturo were AMAZING! Not only were they so knowledgeable about all things CR, they brought such light and fun energy to every activity! I loved the food prepared at all the lodges. The Rio Vista lodge had an absolutely amazing view and the rooms were just the right amount of luxury while also connecting you to the nature around us. Ziplining and the Tarzan swing were definitely a highlight. I 11/10 recommend booking your next trip to Costa Rica with Pacuare Outdoor Center! 👏🏻👏🏻
Alexandra Benbadis
Alexandra Benbadis
October 16, 2023.
We did a 2-day trip (one overnight) with POC, booked by Costa Rica Escapes. This white water rafting trip was absolutely INCREDIBLE. We’re a group of 6 and most of us had never white water rafted before. Luis and Manuel helped us feel prepared and safe for our journey, and the 8 of us had so much fun together! Luis was so encouraging and supportive in the raft with us - we successfully did level 4 rapids even! And Manuel was hilarious and took great photos of us. Thankfully none of us had a fall, but we all felt like we were in very safe and capable hands if one of us had fallen. Luis and Manuel brought us to some awesome swimming spots and viewpoints along the way and took us on 7 zip lines and a Tarzan swing. We also stopped for lunch on the first day and they prepared us a nice spread of sandwich fillings and juice. It was so much fun! We felt safe the whole time and really enjoyed our experience! We can’t wait to go white water rafting again. The POC itself is beautiful, and the team cooked us delicious dinner and breakfast at the center. We had so much fun hanging out together at the lodge and enjoying the scenery. Before we parted ways, the team brought us to a center to shower, change, and enjoy lunch. They once again prepared a great spread of food to make wraps. Here, Manuel also showed us the photos he took and we were able to purchase all of them and get a digital folder with the photos.
Don van Zyl
Don van Zyl
October 15, 2023.
My wife and I had a fabulous time on an 8-day kayaking adventure with the Pacuare Outdoor Center. We were treated like family by the highly skilled and knowledgeable guides, and they are great chefs to boot. The paddling and scenery were out of this world. We felt very safe both on the river and tree-topping on their zip lines. The accommodations were outstanding with great views of the surrounding rain forest. Everything was very well organized with a full but enjoyable schedule.
Brian Do
Brian Do
September 12, 2023.
Pacuare Outdoor Center gave me the best experience of my trip to Costa Rica. Tom and his family were so welcoming, we felt like we were family. They provided a full on end - to - end adventure experience that I would highly recommend to anyone. I will definitely be back!
Tanny
Tanny
August 31, 2023.
Visitar Pacuare Outdoor Center ha sido definitivamente una de las mejores experiencias que he vivido. Me permitió poder conectar con la naturaleza, mientras al mismo tiempo experimentaba la actividad de rafting. Los guías son excelentes, llenos de experiencia y anécdotas, la comida es deliciosa, y por último, el lodge es perfecto si te gustan los lugares rústicos, y alejados de la ciudad.
Kevin Acosta
Kevin Acosta
August 31, 2023.
Es una experiencia muy bonita, el lugar es maravilloso y la amabilidad de los guias es increíble, el rafting y las otras actividades se disfrutan mucho con personas como ellos.
María Fernanda Viquez Aguilar
María Fernanda Viquez Aguilar
August 31, 2023.
Fue una experiencia inolvidable, el lodge era algo diferente, tienen unas vistas demasiado lindas, me encanto porque se sentía una paz, los tours son demasiado chivas, los guías son muy cae bien, la comida estaba increíble
Stefania Marín
Stefania Marín
August 31, 2023.
Definitivamente visitar Pacuare Outdoor Center fue una gran oportunidad. Fue una experiencia inolvidable. Muy agradecida con la comodidad, el respeto y las experiencias que nos brindaron los guías. Además de que siempre se preocuparon por nuestro bienestar. Totalmente recomendado.