Which river in Costa Rica has the best class IV rapids with the best scenery?

Send me as much information as you can about the Pacuare River. We're thinking of coming to raft the river sometime between Feb. 6th and 14th. We would like at least a class III, but would prefer a class IV. In addition to any information you have, here are a few of my questions about rafting:

1. Which river in Costa Rica has the best class IV rapids with the best scenery? Is it Rio Pacuare? Or is there another better one?

2. Is there enough water to raft the Pacuare in early February? Or would Reventazon be better?

3. We're thinking about a 1 or 2 day trip, what do you recommend?

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Wikipedia Text: The Pacuare River, or the Río Pacuare, in Costa Rica has its source in the Cordillera de Talamanca and flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean. It is a popular location for white water rafting, whitewater kayaking and riverboarding has been named one of the top 10 river trips in the world by National Geographic.The rainforests that surround the river are breathtaking and they are home to exotic species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. Also it was considered one of the 5 most nice rivers to practice rafting.

    Rafting the river is a Class 1-3 and maybe a 4 depending on time of year. I took my kids on it a few years back and they had a great (if not one of the best) time. Here is a snapshot video of the trip


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    The company I used was http://www.adventurecostarica.com/ and I found them to be very professional. They picked us up at the hotel in San Josa, and we had breakfast on the way, and lunch on the river. It was a one (very long) day trip, but they do have 2-4 day trips and all the rates are on the website, which to me were and still are very reasonable. After the trip, they take pictures and will deliver a CD to your hotel, the cost was around $15 and well worth it.

    One thing, buy your waterproof camera(s) in the States (the cost is very high down there) and sunglass holders and bring sun blocker otherwise you will get fried in the sun.

    I would recommend a 2 day trip, the one day just goes to fast.

    Source(s): Tico Times Directory - One-Day Tours http://www.ticotimes.com/costa-rica-day-tours/
  • 4 years ago

    YOu will be on guided rental rafts. There is no really dangerous places unless you make its so. In fact although everyone seems to enjoy the raft rides a lot of people find them too laid back except for the few seconds the guides do their best to make a thrill. Occasional incompetence has made some of the raft rides more thrilling then intended but if you can swim a bit you'll be fine.

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