The best of Turrialba and the Pacuare: Canyoneering. Rafting. Ziplining and waterfall jumping.

This is the most popular trip that we offer. And for good reason.

The evening before your trip, arrive at our Turrialba Vista. The next day, which is day one, we’ll canyoneer Silencio Creek, which is just a fifteen minute walk from the Turrialba Vista. After another night at the Turrialba Vista, we’ll wake up on day two and we’ll spend the day rafting Class II and III rapids on the Pacuare River, rafting to our eco-lodge. After spending the night, we then tackle our zipline course and then after lunch, hike to our private waterfall for a jump and swim. We’ll then spend a second night at our eco-lodge and then, on day four, we’ll paddle out, rafting Class II, III, and IV rapids.

Quick Facts

Trip Cost: $655 / person

San Jose Pick Up: Included in the trip fare

Trip Length: Four nights & four days

Minimum Age: 12 years old

Lodging at a Glance

Nights one and two are spent at our Turrialba Vista

Nights two and three are spent at our Pacuare Eco-Lodge

Meals are all included starting with dinner on the evening before (day 0) and ending with lunch on day 4

Adventures at a Glance

Five rappels down Silencio Creek

Approximately 50+ rapids split on Day Two and Day Four

Rapids are Class II, III, and IV.

The whitewater is perfect for beginners and experienced rafters.

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

The waterfall is 25 feet / 7.5 meters and jumping is optional (but encouraged!)

Four Day Itinerary

Four Day Itinerary

Four Day Ultimate

Four Day Ultimate

Day Zero: We Pick You Up

We’ve found that nearly all of our guests who book this trip, schedule it for the very beginning of their Costa Rica vacation. By doing this, they eliminate the need for an expensive rental car for the duration of the 4-Day Ultimate, saving them hundreds of dollars. Because of this, included in the 4-Day Ultimate trip fare is a shuttle pick-up in San Jose, either at the airport or at your hotel. The drive from San Jose to Turriabla isn’t far, typically 1.5 hours but depends on San Jose traffic. Depending on your timing, we will stop along the drive at one of our favorite restaurants for an authentic and delicious Costa Rican lunch. After, the driver will drop you off at the Turrialba Vista, the starting point of the 4-Day trip. Later that evening, dinner will be served and you’ll go over the upcoming itinerary with your host.

Rappeling waterfall
Day One: Rappelling

On day one, we’ll have a delicious breakfast and then we’ll start the trip with canyoneering down Silencio Creek, which is our local creek just down the road. This is an exhilarating, half day excursion that does not require any prior experience as our guides will be with you every step of the way. Silencio Creek includes 5 rappels down waterfalls, with the tallest being 70 feet/21 meters. In addition to that, some waterfalls we slide down, landing in cool, deep pools. After canyoneering, we’ll have lunch and then you’re free to spend the afternoon relaxing at the Vista, or exploring Turrialba. Later that night we’ll do another dinner at the Vista and we’ll prep you for your rafting trip that starts the following day.

Extreme Sports Jet Skiing
Day Two: Pacuare Rafting

After breakfast, we’ll shuttle you to the Pacuare River, to start the rafting portion of your trip. 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 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.

pacuare rafting
Rafting pacuare
Day Three: Pacuare Ziplining

The next morning on Day 3, 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. 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 out by completing our zipline course, which features five different ziplines ranging from 30 meters to 620 meters. 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 three minute 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 25 foot jump, which your guide will show you how to do. Afterward, we’ll walk back to the lodge and hit full relax mode with a chance to reminisce about the full day of adventure.

ziplining
Day Four: Pacuare Gorge Rafting

On Day 4, 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.

Extreme Sports Jet Skiing

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Based on 393 reviews
Rebecca Hosen
Rebecca Hosen
2023-01-25
What an amazing place this is! I can’t thank our guides Ivan, Andres, and Max enough. The best hosts, cooks and river guides! Our lodge was so clean, no bugs, comfy beds and the sounds of the jungle to fall asleep to. I would recommend this experience to anyone. Pura Vida ✌🏽🌿🦥
Aaron Jams
Aaron Jams
2023-01-24
A truly unforgettable experience -- I can't recommend Pacuare Outdoor Center enough for the trip of a lifetime. Whitewater rafting, canopy ziplining, mountain biking, waterfall hikes, tarzan swinging, and more unreal adventures all take place in the most beautiful locations in Costa Rica. All excursions are guided by the friendliest, most professional staff anyone could ask for. Luigi and his guide team are incredibly talented at what they do and ensure everyone is having fun, informed, well-fed, and most importantly extremely safe. I never expected to learn so much about the breathtaking and culturally-rich country of Costa and I can't recommend the Pacuare Outdoor Center enough. Anyone - from families, groups, to solo travelers - will have the time of their lives. I definitely did. The lodging and locations are first-rate. Super clean, comfortable, and well maintained by the POC staff. Shout outs to Luigi, Eddie, Max, Andres, Mauricio, Fernando, Rafa, Tom, and all the other team members for making this trip one that I will never forget. They truly felt like family and really go out of their way to give first-class service to everyone. I can't wait for my next adventure with POC - this will not be the last. 11 out 10 stars. Absolutely incredible.
Jaryn Pierson
Jaryn Pierson
2023-01-24
The crew at Pacuare Outdoor Center took care of everything from start to finish. There’s something to be said about a group of Costa Rican Raft Guides serving up their home cuisine on the side of the river using the raft you just floated through rapids on as the dinner table. Not to be missed!
Christian parsons
Christian parsons
2023-01-24
When you come to this experience you think you know what your getting into based on the pictures and videos, but it is so much more. Between the staff and the accommodations you are so completely taken care of. You can effortlessly enjoy yourself while you see the best parts of Turrialba. This trip will push you. You will face your fears and do things you never thought you could. It’s the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. After a full day of zip lining through the greenest forests you have ever seen you get driven back to a beautiful lodge where the food is delicious and the beer is cold. You can raft down rapids and stop on the shore for a homemade meal. It’s an experience I will never forget. If you’re looking for a travel package to see this country, this is the one.
Christopher Jordan
Christopher Jordan
2023-01-24
I only gave this five stars, because I didn’t have the option for six. This was by far the best trip experience I’ve ever had. Luigi, our guide for the trip. Blew away my expectations regarding his knowledge of the wildlife in Costa Rica, and also how thoughtful the country is with how they use their resources. The activities on the trip were more fun than I expected, which was still quite a lot. What made it better was how the entire guide team did a stellar job educating me on how to do things like the zip line, the Tarzan swing, and rafting. Not only that, but the guide team was warm and inviting in their friendliness. I really felt like I made lifelong friends in this experience. Long story short, you’d be short some brain cells if you didn’t book this trip and experience Costa Rica the way it’s supposed to be.
Rachelle Schouten
Rachelle Schouten
2023-01-24
We brought a group here with our company and we could not be more happy with the entire experience. The entire crew were friendly and trustworthy and everyone in our group keeps raving about the food, activities, and crew. I would recommend this company to anyone and everyone who wants to travel to Costa Rica.
Debbe Simmons
Debbe Simmons
2023-01-24
This is a MUST!!! We had the best time ever. The guides are the BEST! Luigi and his team of guides make the trip incredible. Their knowledge of the animals and nature was really great we learned a lot. The homemade food was incredible it was good and natural. Loved the white water rafting and zip lining. The lodge was natural and beautiful 👍 This is our first trip to Costa Rica and we will be back each year and always we will come to Tom and his lodge. Come visit you’ll be glad you did.
Ashley Nee
Ashley Nee
2023-01-23
Absolute paradise! Best people, accommodations and activities! I will be coming back every year! Can't recommend Tom and his crew enough!
Esther Pickard
Esther Pickard
2023-01-18
Incredible time in the jungle with POC. Did 2 days of rafting and stayed at the newer lodge. Amazing people, food, accommodation and setting. Take me back!
Victoria Marson
Victoria Marson
2023-01-18
Great 3 day adventure with POC! The guides were raft instructors, Tarzan swing enthusiasts, chefs & entertainers all in one! Highly recommended. Pura Vida!