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.

  • $485 / person
  • Includes two nights of lodging at our Rio Vista Lodge
  • Includes all meals starting with lunch on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 3.
  • Includes three days of activities, including Class II, III and IV rafting, zipline, Tarzan Swing, and a waterfall hike.

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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This trip launches on Tuesday and Fridays, however, groups of six or more may select an alternate launch date.
Brian Hahn
Brian Hahn
May 7, 2024.
Trip was so fun. Matteo made us feel really safe and was great conversation. Would go again. Really unique experience to raft in and out of a jungle lodge!
Mike Gebhart
Mike Gebhart
May 4, 2024.
This one is a little late but here goes. Apologies for the long windedness but if it helps you decide to go, its worth the read. A few weeks ago we went on an adventure put together by the Pacuare Outdoor Center for the Hike Like a Woman group. They allowed spouses on this outing so it was my privilege to tag along. From beginning to end this was a completely amazing trip. Our daily guide was Imilay, and she was nothing short of outstanding. Always there to provide bits of information and knowledge about the areas that we traveled through. Never met anyone that can spot native wildlife as adeptly as she did from a moving tour vehicle. Our adventure was scripted with heaps of fun ranging from horse back riding, canyoning, rafting, ziplining and a super fun swing (Tarzan swing is a must!!!!!). Our guides for each segment were superb and they were experts at what they did. Dayron was excellent with the canyoning, our two day raft guide was Arturo and he made our entire raft of first timers feel comfortable and confident. David, Luis and Arturo all made the ziplines and tarzan swing events to remember. There were so many people involved with this that I couldn't catch all the names of the POC staff, but thank you for the truly fabulous meals and entertainment. All of the lodgings for the trip were fantastic and uniquely one of a kind experiences. To cap it all off when the trip ended, I forgot my phone on the tour bus. Any other time I would have written this off as lost for good. Tom (founder of POC), is making sure that the phone is getting returned to me, can't ask for much better service than that. Top notch all the way around. If you are thinking about a Costa Rica adventure, then these are the people you need to set it up. You won't be disappointed!!!!
Melanie Fry
Melanie Fry
April 25, 2024.
This is a top-notch company that treats you like family instead of like a client. Kenneth and Andre were outstanding guides who made us feel at home, treated us with respect, watched out for our safety, and above all made it a trip to remember. All of the staff is outstanding. I really enjoyed the guys singing while they fixed the meals and I appreciated their sense of humor and easy-going ways. You won't regret booking with Pacuare!
Sheila Sullivan
Sheila Sullivan
April 23, 2024.
The Pacuare Outdoor Center was an amazing experience! The staff were kind and helpful, the rooms were comfortable and clean, and the setting was breathtaking! The meals were excellent, and the activities were safe and fun. Highly recommend!
Rebecca Walsh
Rebecca Walsh
April 22, 2024.
We had so much fun last year that we came back a second time...and this time we brought a group of friends. There are a lot of things that make the POC special - but it really comes down to the staff and guides who treat us like family. They go out of their way to make sure that everyone is comfortable, taken care of, safe and happy. The activities offered by the POC are fun and amazing - from the tarzan swing to rafting. Adventure travel brought us to Costa Rica but we'll keep coming back again and again because we feel like we're part of the POC family. We highly recommend the POC if you're visiting Costa Rica and looking for an ethical, friendly, and professional guiding company.
Jacqueline Baumeyer
Jacqueline Baumeyer
April 22, 2024.
Adventurers, look no further - book your trip with Pacuare outdoor center now! Our 4 day adventure was THE trip of a lifetime and the guides were a huge part of that. Raffael (Raffa) was our lead guide and Johnathan was our adventure guide. Between the two, we learned and experienced so much in the most fun, immersive, and cultural way possible. The Rio Vista lodge was outstanding and such a perfect location to disconnect and take in the surroundings…what a view!!!! The safety precautions and equipment for every single adventure were top notch! The food and hospitality was absolutely unbelievable! The river sounds at night and the amazing little bungalow style rooms were icing on the cake. I will DEFINITELY be coming back! Thank you to Raffa for your organizing everything and to Johnathan for your amazingly fun personality! Wouldn’t wanted to experience Costa Rica in any other way!
robert deedman
robert deedman
April 8, 2024.
Great 3 days with "Kookie", Diego, and Luis🤙🏻 Accommodations clean and comfortable and staff friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended and looking forward to coming back when the river runs 'higher'
Psyd Wise
Psyd Wise
April 5, 2024.
I go on holiday twice a year and out of all my experiences ranging from all inclusive resorts to 5 star hotels this is absolutely the most memorable and enjoyable experience out of all. If you enjoy adventure and looking for an authentic but still luxurious jungle experience look no further! The guides are so incredibly friendly and knowledgeable while spoiling you. 10/10 PURA VIDA!!
Jeffrey Franklin
Jeffrey Franklin
April 5, 2024.
We had a great time with max, manfred, Mario and chainey. Highly recommend!