Rio Pacuare is a must for nature-lovers and adventurers alike. With plenty of rafting and kayaking, you’re sure to experience a thrill. Or, take it down a notch and enjoy the lush, natural surroundings.

Kayakers and rafters come from all over the world to navigate the Rio Pacuare. The river is famous for an awesome 20 mile stretch near Turrialba with Class III, IV and V rapids, where sections can drop at a rate of 100 feet per mile!

The Pacuare River has several densely vegetated gorges that are loaded with wildlife. The river is consistently rated as the best whitewater river in Central America and top 10 in the world! The scenery here is simply breath taking with lush jungles, canyons and giant waterfalls!

Weather and packing list

Many consider the Central Valley to be the most comfortable climate in the world with temperatures usually hovering in the upper 70s during the day and lower 60s at night. The rain season here runs from May through November, though the heavy rains are generally during September and October.

Visitors should pack shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block. It is also advised to bring at least one pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt.

Fun Fact: Large cats have been seen close to the river however these animals are always elusive.

Nearby Destinations

Turrialba32 km
Tortuguero108 km
San Jose 114 km
Heredia-Poas114 km
Puerto Viejo134 km


Latitude: N 10° 1' 33.24"
Longitude: W 83° 33' 23.76"

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