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Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose provided by Costa Rica Groups Travel Company

Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose

Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting from San Jose
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
12h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
20
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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albecdm
Miami Beach, FL22 contributions
Solo
This tour was outstanding. Amazing experience like never before. Beautiful river with spectacular views and scenery. Rapids level 3 and 4. Our guide Diego was very good and well experienced keeping us safe during the 4 hours rafting and 27 miles ride. Love Costa Rica. Pura Vida !!!!!
Written January 5, 2020
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Amie C
Phoenix, Arizona3 contributions
This was our first trip rafting. We loved it. The rapids are what the pictures showed. We went in June 2022 after a big rain, therefore the river was challenging. But, we enjoyed the trip and have good memories.
Written June 27, 2022
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GERALD J.
Spring, TX362 contributions
Fantastic exhilarating tour. Professional safe company with excellent equipment. Roberto gave us proper instructions of how to navigate the world famous Pacaure. Wear sturdy water socks and have your bathing suit and quick drying shirt under your clothes when picked up. Bring a change of clothes and towel to shower with afterwards. Typical Costarican meal was yummy. You must be able to follow instructions and have a tiny by of physical agility to do this tour. If you any tour, this one is a must. Highly recommend
Written December 16, 2021
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deb
Atlanta, GA1 contribution
Friends
The short review:
*** If you're interested in a tour, run by immature, frat boys, who might threaten to hurt you, who will humiliate you and then make fun of you both in English to your face and in thick Spanish behind your back (since you won't understand them), this is certainly the tour for you. I will recommend people to NOT take this tour, I have told everyone I know about the horrors of this experience and I've been working with my bank to have my money refunded.

This experience was by far, the WORSE "adventure" I've ever been on. I was afraid the guides would steal from me ( I went down the raft with paper money and my passport- because I was so mistrusting) I was afraid for my life as they drove us for a total of 7 hours and by the end of the tour- I was afraid the guides were going to take us somewhere other than our hotel to rob /hurt us. By the time the 14 hour tour was FINNNNALLLY over, my friend and I had both shed many many tears and we were grateful to God to be alive. ***

The Long Story:

My friend and I were so excited to visit Costa Rica and experience the wildlife and Pura Vida lifestyle that the natives talk so much about. My friend had never been rafting before and I had been once in Australia and had a blast.

It all started with our tour guide, Jefferson, coming to pick us up 45 minutes late; from this very point, I had a feeling things were headed for bad.. The bus was packed like sardines, and our only option was to sit in the front most seats of the bus. We sat on the bus for 3 hours as the bus driver raced down the side of a wet mountain, (it was raining) exceeding the speed limit, going out of his way to pass people as he aggressively turned the wheel. I swear the bus was on two wheels at some point, my friend was screaming and the bus driver almost rear ended someone! Scary- not fun. All the while, the two tour guides, laughed and joked.

Next, we visited a rather large open area, for breakfast. No complaints about the restaurant.

Again, the tour guides were late. We were only supposed to be at breakfast for 15-30 minutes. Instead we were there for about 90 minutes as another guide was late and a different bus had broken down?

Finally, it was time to load the bus again and head on the rafting tour. Everyone climbed back into their original seats. Again, the bus was packed and our only choice was to get back into the short row of seats in the more front part of the bus. A new "tour guide" jumped on the bus, looked my friend in her eyes, told her to "Get Up" and "Move to a seat in the back." Since there were no seats any where on the bus by the time the man got on, we had already been in these seats for the last 3 hours, we didn't know this man, he was not polite, he did not say hello and he spoke to her with his hands and alot of attitude, the request came off as a demand and it seemed racially driven. She turned to me with fire in her eyes and asked why the man was being so rude. He went on to say, "If you don't move, I'm going to hit you and if that happens I won't be sorry and you'll be hurt." By this point, my friend was too angry to speak, she turned beat red and starting crying and I switched seats with her. When I was next to the "guide," he started making the same threats to me. He said things like, "Pay attention, cause if you fall out of the boat and drown, I won't be responsible." He was just so unnecessarily aggressive. Little did he know, this rafting trip, was not my first and I'm a pretty strong swimmer. He went out of his way to attempt to belittle me, embarrass and humiliate me in the front of the bus in front of everyone. I too was confused as to why he was being so rude to me. So, I asked Jeffry, using the best Spanish I knew, I asked why his friend was so mean. Jeffry laughed in my face and said his friend was just playing. I asked Jeffry to apologize and get his friend to say sorry. Jeffry kept laughing. I told Jeffry, "all was not well and we did not feel safe or happy". Jeffry kept laughing. It was at this point that I really did not feel safe and I wondered if we were going to be alright on the trip. *** I Felt so unsafe and mistrustful of the guides that my friend and I both took our phones, all our money and our passports with me down the river because I was afraid that the guides might try to steal them from us. ***

The rafting experience was much of the same. The tour guides continued to make jokes all down the river. This rafting trip was a 4 hour trip, by the way. There was another tourist on the trip who's first language was Spanish. She confirmed that the tour guides were making fun of people. The short "guide" who disrespected us on the bus later made comments in English to our face about our weight, our skin color and our lacking ability to paddle with strength. The guides made fun of the other tourists in Spanish about the overweight men weighting the boat down, the "Americans" and the people who kept falling out. Every chance he got, the "short guide" continued to fling water on us (we were in a river and it was a water trip) but the flinging of water using the paddle, just became obnoxious and intentionally rude.

FINALLy, the four hours were over. We want back to the open-aired restaurant for dinner. No complaints about the food, other than it really wasn't that great.

When it was time to finally go home, we sat a row back because we didn't want any issues this time and we didn't want to see the horror that was the bus drivers style of almost killing his passengers. The ride took an additional hour because of traffic. The sun dropped. As we got closer and closer to town, the guides continued to drop more and more people off until we were the last two on the bus. BY this point my heart was racing. The entire experience had been so horrible, I wasn't confident that the guides were going to take us straight back to our hotel. Each guide had gone out of his way to make us feel horrible, not welcomed, ugly, fat; they really went out of their way to make us feel bad. I was concerned that they might take us somewhere and rob us or hurt us. I was so thankful that we made it back to our hotel.

By far the worst experience I've ever been on. I've traveled to many countries and never experience such racism as I did on this tour.

SO... Everyone. Save yourself the trouble and pick a different water rafting tour.
Written April 30, 2019
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Richard A
Boca Raton, FL1 contribution
Solo
Tour guide Elbert was great. Company was professional. The entire tour from pickup to drop off was 12 hours so plan on all day. I’ve been recommending it to my friends since I got back
Written August 21, 2019
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ARHutchison
Windsor, Canada21 contributions
Couples
Had a really good day on this tour. Transportation was on time, guides were very friendly and concerned about the safety of everyone. It's a far drive but the scenery makes it worth it. Experience on the river was super fun and I would for sure do it again.
Written May 30, 2019
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MAI K
2 contributions
Friends
Even beginners can do it. I never fell in the river. If you want to swim, you can play on the river.
A photographer will accompany you and take photos. It is a very wonderful picture. It's $ 25, but it's worth buying.
Written May 15, 2019
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Ashley E
9 contributions
Couples
We really enjoyed the rapids and our tour guide was great. I know I’m the description it mentions you being able to see animals...If you really want to see animals, I don’t suggest doing this. Because it’s not a zoo or anything you can’t really predict if you’ll see animals or not. Which was fine for me but I know some might be looking forward to seeing wild monkeys and stuff. Breakfast and lunch were great. The bus used to transport us was kind of snug but I didn’t mind it. It’s $25 for all the pictures that they take which I think is a great price. They get a lot of good action shots. Overall great experience and I definitely recommend
Written April 14, 2019
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cp3333
Brooksville, FL7 contributions
Rafting is nice, but transportation to and from arenal area is an absolute nightmare. Don't do it from Arenal find something closer. Well worth your sanity. Be warned!
Written January 2, 2020
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It'sAWagyu
San Jose, Costa Rica1 contribution
Family
tis wis sooo amizing to do. i has suhc gret tim doing tis, tis supur recomended . i has sop god tim man do tis wit yur famili.
Written May 30, 2019
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Tour operator cancelled tickets the day of!!!!! Don't bother!
Tour operator cancelled our tickets the day of, horrible customer service. Don't bother going here if you actually
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Beautiful boat with fantastic guides!
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Worst Thing Ever
No Manager. The people wouldn stop talking. The staff was very rude and wouldn let me go in the kitchen to see the
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A fun day out
We booked this excursion through the TUI app. It was very well organized as a coach picked us up from our hotel at
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More than a boat ride!
We wanted to see wildlife and we did see 3 different types of monkeys, some birds and cayman, even babies. We were
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Awesome experience
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Relaxing and easy
Ended our CR trip with some paddle-boarding and kayaking on the lake by the Arenal volcano. Staff was accomodating
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Not worth it
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Edwin O
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A Must See
Seeing an active volcano was an amazing experience. This is a must see attraction in Costa Rica. I Highly Recommend
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Awesome day out
Great day out made by our awesome host for the day Walter. After being picked up from our hotel our host Walter gav
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Amazing experience
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STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE, from this Tour, from this company
STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE! Horrible from the beginning until the end: - The bus picked ups 30 minutes LATER - The
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Meh
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