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3 Day Rafting Tours with Birdwatching Safari in Pacuare River, Costa Rica
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Birdwatching Wildlife Tour in Costa Rica

For those of you with the time and desire to spend a bit more time on the river, Pacuare River Lodge 3-day rafting trip will absolutely be the highlight of any vacation to Costa Rica! The three-day and two-night trip offers you not only the thrill and beauty of the Pacuare River, but also the unique experience of spending two nights in one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet.


  • Starting point and ending point: Turrialba
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: birds


  • Birdwatching through the rainforest
  • Two days rafting on the Pacuare River
  • Happy hour on day one and two (beer, wine, and tropical drinks)
  • Photos of your river trip (other companies charge extra for this)
  • All professional rafting equipment
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals


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Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
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Pacuare River Lodge is a secluded property located amid the exotic rainforest outside of Turrialba, accessible only by 4x4 and raft. It boasts all-inclusive plans that provide transportation, activities, meals and lodging. It features double or twin cabins offering breathtaking views of the surrounding vegetation and valleys. They are spaced out to provide extra privacy for each cabin.

The 14 river and jungle view bungalows all come with two oversized twin beds that can also turn into a queen sized bed in case of couples. All units are distributed throughout the river view property in order to provide guests with privacy and therefore enhance the experience.

The lodge is committed to sustainability and eco-tourism, therefore; it does not have air conditioning. Their mission is to provide you with an experience that is as natural as possible while still being comfortable. The kitchens and bungalows are open-air and ventilated by jungle breezes. Each of the bungalows are perched above the Pacuare River, providing unique views of the river and lodge property. All of the bungalows are open-air rooms enclosed in screen. You can choose between one full sized bed or two twin beds.


Day 1 - Pacuare River

Wake early for a 3-day white water rafting adventure on the Pacuare River. You will travel from Turrialba to Tres Equis where you'll descend through dense jungle into the heart of the Rio Pacuare gorge. On its way to the Caribbean Sea, the Pacuare plunges through some of Central America’s last untouched tropical rain forest.

Once you arrive at the river, your professional bilingual guides will fit you into the top of the line safety equipment. Then, prior to launching, the guides will do a comprehensive rafting safety talk. In between the class III and IV rapids, you’ll gaze in wonder at the primordial forest and its wild inhabitants.

Half way down the river, you'll pull over at the amazing riverside lodge. Sip on a tropical drink or explore the surrounding wilderness while your guides prepare a delicious jungle meal in the fully equipped open-air kitchen. That evening after happy hour and an incredible dinner by candle light you’ll sleep in one of the 14 cozy cabinas that all overlook the river and listen as the jungle’s nocturnal creatures serenade you into a well deserved slumber.

Day 2 - Pacuare River

After a delicious Costa Rican breakfast prepared by your trusty guides, you’ll do a guided nature hike deep into the rainforest. Along the way, your guide will point out and explain all of the tropical flora and fauna you encounter. This is one of the most bio-diverse and pristine areas in the world and you’re sure to encounter more amazing wildlife than you ever thought possible!

During your birdwatching trip, you will learn that tropical rainforests of the Pacuare River and the endless jungle are home to the most diverse and interesting list of bird species that reside here.

Your final destination is a small Cabecar Village. The Cabecar are the original indigenous inhabitants of the Pacuare Valley and they still live in much the same way as their pre-Columbian forefathers. Today will truly be a day you’ll never forget.

Day 3 - Pacuare River

Today you’ll wake to the singing of tropical birds and rumble of the nearby river. The lovely aroma of percolating coffee will coax you out of your cozy cabinas and to the hearty breakfast your trusty guides have been preparing. Then, after breakfast, it’s back to work, you've got boats to load and rapids to conquer.

Today’s whitewater will be even more thrilling than the previous day’s and you'll encounter several exciting class IV rapids! You'll pull over to do a short but spectacular hike to one of the canyon’s most spectacular waterfalls. The cool water in the pristine pool at the base of the falls is a perfect and refreshing break from the warm tropical jungle.

Swim as long as you like or just relax and take in the incredible natural beauty around you. Then after a few more river miles, you'll over for a gourmet river lunch once again prepared by your trusty guides. Then, it’s back to work, you've got some more miles to cover to get to the river take out!

Included excursions

During the birdwatching trip in the rainforest, you will also enjoy a travel to a small Cabecar Village.


This tour will take place in Pacuare River, Turrialba, Costa Rica. The Pacuare River is a river belonging to the Atlantic slope. With a length of 133 kilometers, the Pacuare River not only offers the best whitewater rafting sections in Costa Rica, for a distance for over 26 miles, but it is also its surroundings that make this a paradise on earth.

The river valley is surrounded by endless tropical jungle, a region so vast that it is connected to the largest portion of uninterrupted tropical rainforests that stretches even into Panamanian territory (La Amistad National Park). Combine this with amazing class II to IV rapids and you will find the dream destination for rafters and kayakers alike.



  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • River


  • Car rental


All meals starting with lunch on day one and ending with lunch on day three are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

For those unwilling or unable to make the trek to go on the birding trip and visit the indigenous village, many other activities are available (with extra charges): Horseback riding to a butterfly garden, inflatable kayaks, canopy. School projects have to be coordinate months ahead.

What's included

  • Two days rafting on the Pacuare River
  • Professional bilingual guides
  • All professional equipment
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • All meals starting with lunch on day one and ending with lunch on day three
  • Happy hour on day one and two (beer, wine, and tropical drinks)
  • Round trip Transportation from Turrialba
  • Photos of your river trip (other companies charge extra for this)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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