Pacuare Outdoor Center is an ecologically minded luxurious adventure
Sip on a local Costa Rican cup of coffee while gazing over the rugged rainforest. Soak up the sun while taking in a surfing lesson on turquoise Caribbean waters. With a specially designed itinerary of outdoor adventures, the Pacuare Outdoor Center in Costa Rica is determined to provide groups with a spectacular experience of Costa Rica’s rich culture and diverse ecosystem.
Established in 2003, the Pacuare Outdoor Center is the No. 1 adventure company in Costa Rica, offering rafting, ziplining, mountain biking, and stand-up paddleboarding multi-day adventures. Paired with its ecolodges and Caribbean treehouse, the center offers complete adventure itineraries for a variety of group sizes and desired activities.
Locally owned and operated, Pacuare’s guides are speak both English and Spanish and the firm boasts more than 200 five-star reviews including an excellent 4.9 out of 5.0 ranking on Google (across 229 reviews). With five unique experiences to choose from and three Caribbean tree houses and Ecolodges plus partner hotels and resorts, the Pacuare Outdoor Center is your Costa Rica vacation expert. Here are some of the firm’s more popular Costa Rica adventure vacations:
3-Day Adventure Rafting and Zipline
The most popular adventure trip in Costa Rica, this iconic package offers two days of Pacuare river rafting, one day of ziplining, and two nights at the riverside lodge. Groups will meet in front of the University of Costa Rica in Turrialba before beginning their adventure which kicks off at La Cruz, located near Turrialba.
Possibly the most breathtaking feature of Costa Rica is the Pacuare River, which weaves its way through lush terrain. It was voted among the top 5 most scenic rivers on the planet and can be viewed from above via zipline, through the whitewater rapids, or paddleboarding on the calm channels.
The rafting on the first day consists of some great Class II and Class III rapids along with 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’ll take a 10-minute trek through the jungle to get to the lodge which features incredible views of the Pacuare River canyon and surrounding mountains. Once you get settled into your room, enjoy the views or you can join the Tarzan Hour, featuring one of the most adrenaline pumping Tarzan swings you will find.
The next morning you will wake up to the sun rising over the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. The lodge has views in the morning directly down the canyon. After breakfast, a full day of fun and adventure includes a zipline course, which features five different ziplines ranging from 30 meters to 620 meters.
On Day 3, groups will head back to the rafts and tackle the whitewater including paddling the famous Pacuare Canyon, a gorge that features Class III and IV rapids and majestic scenery. The canyon rock walls rise straight up 200 feet and groups will pass waterfalls that fall 150 feet into the river. After your 3-Day Adventure, the Kapu Tree House is available to book as an add-on. Located just one minute from the famous Punta Uva beach, relax and unwind 100 feet off the ground in our tree paradise.
2-Day Pacuare Rafting Trip
A two-day and one-night stay at the luxurious eco-lodge provides the most surreal experience for those wanting to truly experience the power of the Pacuare River. With 50 adventurous rapids to explore and breathtaking viewpoints of the Huacas and Fer-de-Lance waterfalls, the river lodge is an unbelievable opportunity to nestle into the breathtaking Cabecar Indigenous reserve.
After a fun-filled day of paddling, groups can return to the eco-lodge, which features hot showers and rooms that are purposely designed to be open-air with screens so you’re fully immersed in the jungle yet in a comfortable queen bed.
On Day 2, after a hearty breakfast, walk down to the rafts and launch immediately into POC Rapid which is just downstream. From there you will raft Class II and III whitewater until you hit the famous Pacuare Canyon. The tightening of the canyon also means the side creeks get more dramatic with waterfalls pouring directly into the river. This is like nothing you’ll find anywhere else.
Even more great experiences
Looking for a trip longer than the three-day Pacuare adventure? With Pacuare Outdoor Center having so many experiences, building a custom vacation to create your perfect Costa Rica getaway is something they specialize in. In addition to the above-listed experiences, other activities available include rappelling, hiking the local volcano, mountain biking, cultural tours, and much more.
Groups are assigned a vacation specialist who will help plan and organize your itinerary. The level of support is up to you: Pacuare Outdoor Center can cater to your party from airport pick up all the way through airport drop off and everything in between. When booking a trip with one can expect private transportation to nature’s hidden treasures along with expert guides providing background knowledge of the area.
The Pacuare Outdoor Center strives to promote conservation, lead sustainable travel practices and offer the most authentic and captivating experience of Costa Rica. The center has received an honorary award for the support of the industry of river sports from the country’s Vice President and the Ministry of Tourism.
For more information, group planners should visit pacuareoutdoorcenter.com.
Photos courtesy of the Pacuare Outdoor Center