Costa Rica: Whitewater rafting at Pacuare River

The two weeks  in Costa Rica has left me with the most amazing memories. Rafting, rapelling, mountain biking, ziplining, hiking, swimming in hot springs and much much more. I'm not sure how to tell you all about it, but I'll just start at the very beginning and with one of my best memories from the trip: Whitewater rafting at Pacuare River!

The Pacuare River, or the Río Pacuare flows approximately 108 km and is located about 2-3 hours from San Jose. The rainforests that surrounds the river is home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. And it is considered one of the 5 nicest rivers in the world to practice rafting. 

I travelled with Gadventures, but this part of the trip was organized and led by Rios Tropicales. We took part in their 3 day adventure, and what an adventure! The first day we rafted for 2-3 hours down the amazing river. The grading was 3-4 so there was some exciting moments, but not to scary. Just enough to keep you on the edge. During the raft we stopped along the way and went out of the boats to look at the nature, explore waterfalls, swim in the river and have lunch prepared by the guides. 

Arriving the river lodge, our home for the next two days was a very nice surprise. The place was just beautiful, nature surrounding the houses, the river passing by, very nice rooms and hammocks placed all around the place. And the staff was our very own guides, the ones that had led us down the river and brought all our luggage and all the food down the river (there was no roads, everything was brought via the river). The guides (excellent guides btw) prepared all the food: cocktail time, dinner, lunch, breakfast. Great food! 

The same guides also led the activities we did the next day. We did a hike in the rainforest to visit one of the indigenous families living there and we did ziplining through the forest. There was also time for swimming in the natural springs, showering in the waterfalls, hiking or just relaxing in the hammock watching the river pass by and read a book. The guides knew a lot about the area and both during the rafting and the hike they told us about the wildlife, about the different threes in the forest and other things we experienced on our way. 

On day three we packed the rafts and started the rafting again. For the next 2-3 hours we experienced an even more beautiful part of the river with som very exciting waves along the way. And beautiful nature to accompany it!

The three days at Pacuare was an amazing start to the Costa Rica adventure. So much excitement and so much to see and explore. Loved it!

These pictures from our raft on the river was taken by a photographer from Rios Tropicales. 

Hanging bridge by the lodge and view from my room:

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