On the Pacuare River
On the Pacuare River
Pacuare river jump
Other ways to spend the day on the jungle river
rios tropicales river rafting lodge costa rica
Your Rios Lodge at the end of a day on the river

WHY YOU ASK?

. . .  is Rios Tropicales our recommendation. Not because we know anything about rafting but because so many of our guests have come back bedraggled and happy, happy after a day on the Pacuare.

And we try not to argue with guests about what they like.

GOOD PEOPLE AND RELIABLE, SAFE RAFTING

The best months are in the rainy season starting in April but there is rafting all year long in Costa Rica.

What can compare to a jungle raft down a canyon in Costa Rica?

The trips leave near the Pura Vida Hotel early in the morning around 5:30am at the Rosti Pollos restaurant not far from us.  Just let us know and we will pack a breakfast to go.

3 GREAT OPTIONS

DAY TRIP:

You can raft as a day trip and Rios Tropicales will bring you back to Alajuela near SJO (Rosti Pollos) at the end of a long day (be prepared).  You will be back by around 6pm.  Stay that night at the Pura Vida.  Price on the day trip is an excellent $99/person.  Note: minimum age for the Pacuare is 14 years.

OVERNIGHT:

Pickup in Alajuela near SJO, stay overnight on the river and come back the next day to Alajuela.  Stay the night at the Pura Vida and head on to your next stop by rentacar or private van.  Double occupancy is $295/person

OPTIMIZE YOUR TRIP - OVERNIGHT RAFT AND DROP AT NEXT DESTINATION:

Pickup in Alajuela, day of rafting on overnight trip staying on the river, then Rios will take you on to your next destination if it is in Arenal/La Fortuna.  No extra cost to drop off in Arenal (min 2 persons).  What a deal!  We can also have rentacars delivered to the La Fortuna area the next morning if you like. You can drop the car back here at the Pura Vida at the end of the trip.  

NEED MORE RIVERS?

The Pacuare is the most spectacular rafting in the country but if you or your family want to raft elsewhere let us or Rios Tropicales know and they can organize it for you - in particular in the two most visited areas of Costa Rica - Arenal and Manuel Antonio.

HOW TO BOOK?

You can contact Rios Tropicales directly or ask us to hook you up by emailing the Pura Vida Hotel (click here).  Just let us know the date you want to go (leave here around 5:15am) and if you want a day rafting or an overnight.

WHAT TO BRING ON DAY RAFTING TRIPS

  • Rubber-soled shoes that can get wet (Tevas, tennis shoes, booties or similar).
  • Swimsuit / swim trunks.
  • T-shirt and shorts of a quick-drying material. Long sleeve t-shirts are very useful if you get cold easily on the water or want more sun protection.
  • Water-resistant sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or higher).
  • Sun hat or bandana.
  • Bug Repellent.
  • Croakies or straps to secure glasses.
  • Change of clothes, including shoes, for after your tour.
  • Towel for changing/showers after the trip.
  • Any prescription medications necessary during your tour.