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.

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Quick Facts

Trip Cost: $635 / 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 316 reviews.
Luke
Luke
2022-11-06
Amazing experience rafting the pacuare river with an overnight stay in a lodge, would 100% recommend!
Michele Emory
Michele Emory
2022-11-05
Our stay at POC and all the activities they did with us were amazing! Luigi and Kenneth stayed with us the whole week and it seemed like they just became a part of our group. They both taught us so much. Max and Luis joined us for some of the activities (rafting, canyoning and zip lining) and all 4 of the guides made sure our safety was the most important part of the activity- and then made sure smiles and laughter were there. It was one of the best adventure trips I have been on and they were the best guides I have had on an international trip!
Angus MacDonald
Angus MacDonald
2022-11-05
Pacuare was a fantastic river to white water raft on, the class 4 rapids were so much fun that just made you want to go back to the top and start again. The Pacuare outdoor centre team was so informative and took the experience to the next level, plus they are great cooks!!! A night in the lodge, situated in the middle of the rainforest with great views while being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the forest was just unreal. Pacuare experience was one of my Costa Rican highlights.
megan johnson
megan johnson
2022-11-05
Fourth time I’ve rafted but the first for Costa Rica but I cannot recommend Pacure River and Pacure Outdoor Centre enough! Fantastic rapids and really good guides you're guaranteed a good time if you're a beginner or pro. The guides were fantastic on the raft but were really knowledgeable about the wildlife and local ecology as well, various birds were spitted as we travelled down the river which topped the experience. One night at the lodge was also not long enough!
Ben Kelly
Ben Kelly
2022-11-05
Wow this place is something special. The Pacuare river is beautiful, the accommodation is perfect, views are breathtaking, staff are great fun and super professional. And the rafting is an absolute hoot. Could not recommend more!
Lisa Orr
Lisa Orr
2022-11-05
Awesome lodge, team and views. Highly recommend
Noelia Murillo
Noelia Murillo
2022-11-04
Excelente lugar y equipo.