The Pacuare Outdoor Center is an ecologically-focused, luxury adventure
Sip a local cup of Costa Rican coffee while gazing out over the rugged rainforest. Soak up the sun and take a surf lesson in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. With a specially designed outdoor adventure itinerary, Costa Rica’s Pacuare Outdoor Center is committed to providing groups with a spectacular experience of Costa Rica’s rich culture and diverse ecosystem.
Founded in 2003, Pacuare Outdoor Center is the #1 adventure company in Costa Rica, offering multi-day rafting, ziplining, mountain biking, and stand-up paddleboarding adventures. Together with its ecolodges and Caribbean tree house, the center offers a complete adventure Itineraries for a variety of group sizes and desired activities.
Pacuare’s locally owned and operated guides speak both English and Spanish and the company has more than 200 five-star reviews, including an excellent 4.9 out of 5.0 ranking on Google ( over 229 reviews). With five unique experiences to choose from and three Caribbean treehouses and ecolodges, as well as partner hotels and resorts, the Pacuare Outdoor Center is your Costa Rica vacation expert. Here are some of the company’s most popular adventure vacations in Costa Rica:
3 Day Adventure Rafting and Zipline
The most popular adventure tour in Costa Rica, this iconic package offers two days of Pacuare rafting, one day of ziplining and two nights at Riverside Lodge. The groups meet in front of the University of Costa Rica in Turrialba before starting their adventure, which begins in La Cruz near Turrialba.
Perhaps Costa Rica’s most breathtaking feature is the Pacuare River, which meanders its way through lush terrain. Voted one of the top 5 most beautiful rivers in the world, it can be viewed from above by ziplining, through the whitewater rapids or by paddling the tranquil canals.
The first day’s rafting consists of some great class II and III rapids and a delicious lunch on the river prepared by local chefs. After lunch, paddle another 40 minutes to the Pacuare Outdoor Center eco-lodge. Here you will take a 10-minute trek through the jungle to get to the lodge, which offers incredible views of the Pacuare River Gorge and surrounding mountains. Once settled into your room, enjoy the view or join Tarzan Lesson, which features one of the most adrenaline-pumping Tarzan swings you’ll find anywhere.
The next morning, wake up to the sun rising over the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. The lodge offers a direct view of the gorge in the morning. After breakfast, a full day of fun and adventure includes a zipline course with five different ziplines ranging from 30 to 620 meters.
On Day 3, groups return to the rafts and tackle the whitewater, including paddling in the famous Pacuare Canyon, a gorge with Class III and IV rapids and majestic scenery. The canyon walls rise 200 feet and groups pass waterfalls that plunge 150 feet into the river. After your 3 day adventure, the Kapu treehouse can be booked as an add-on. Just a minute from the famous Punta Uva Beach, you can relax and unwind in our Tree Paradise 30 meters above the ground.
2 Day Pacuare Rafting Tour
A two day and one night stay at the luxury eco-lodge offers the most surreal experience for those who wish to truly experience the power of the Pacuare River. With 50 adventurous rapids to explore and breathtaking viewpoints of Huacas and Fer-de-Lance waterfalls, River Lodge is an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning Cabecar Indigenous Reserve.
After a fun-filled day of paddling, groups can return to the eco-lodge, which has hot showers and rooms intentionally designed to be outdoors with screens, allowing you to be fully immersed in the jungle in a comfortable queen-size bed.
On day two, after a hearty breakfast, head down to the rafts and immediately launch into the POC Rapid, located just downstream. From there, you’ll raft Class II and III whitewater until you reach the famous Pacuare Canyon. The tightening of the canyon also means side streams are becoming more dramatic, as waterfalls flow directly into the river. This is like nothing you will find anywhere else.
Even more great experiences
Looking for a trip longer than the three-day Pacuare adventure? Because Pacuare Outdoor Center has so many experiences, they specialize in customizing vacations to create your perfect Costa Rica vacation. In addition to the experiences listed above, other activities are available including abseiling, hiking the local volcano, mountain biking and cultural tours, and much more.
Groups are assigned a vacation specialist to help you plan and organize your itinerary. The level of support is up to you: Pacuare Outdoor Center can cater for your party from airport pickup to airport drop-off and everything in between. When booking a trip with You can expect private transportation to nature’s hidden gems, along with expert guides who share background knowledge of the area.
Pacuare Outdoor Center strives to promote conservation, guide sustainable travel practices, and provide Costa Rica’s most authentic and immersive experience. The center has received an honorary award for supporting the river sports industry from the country’s Vice President and the Ministry of Tourism.
For more information, group planners should visit pacuareoutdoorcenter.com.
Photos courtesy of Pacuare Outdoor Center