Río Pacuare information
Lonely Planet review
The Río Pacuare is the next major river valley east of the Reventazón, and has arguably the most scenic rafting in Costa Rica, if not Central America. The river plunges down the Caribbean slope through a series of spectacular canyons clothed in virgin rainforest, through runs named for their fury and separated by calm stretches that enable you to stare at near-vertical green walls towering hundreds of meters above.
The Class III–IV Lower Pacuare is the more accessible run: 28km through rocky gorges and isolated canyons, past an indigenous village, untamed jungle and lots of wildlife curious as to what the screaming is all about.
The Upper Pacuare is also classified as Class III–IV, but there are a few sections that can also go to Class V, depending on conditions. It’s about a two-hour drive to the put-in, after which you’ll have the prettiest jungle cruise on earth all to yourself.
The Pacuare can be run year-round, though June to October are considered the best months. The highest water is from October to December, when the river runs fast with huge waves. March and April is when the river is at its lowest, though it is still challenging.