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Rio Paquare

Rio Paquare (Costa Rica)

Practical information about Rio Paquare

  • Family
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Extreme Sports
  • River
  • Water Sports
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
One hour by car from Cartago
When to go
From January to April (the dry season)
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Rio Paquare

Alicia Munoz Travel writer
87 travel articles

Costa Rica's Rio Pacuare river is famous for its kayaking and rafting. It rises in the Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range and flows towards the north-west, passing, in particular, through Siquirres. 

My suggestion:
Fans of sporting holidays can opt to do a tour combining rafting and kayaking, as well as hiking and tree top adventure courses.

The river extends for 108 kilometers and passes through landscapes of tropical rainforests. It is a fast flowing river due to its rapids and features impressive waterfalls. Its topography has made it especially popular among kayakers.

This has led National Geographic to class the Rio Pacuare in the top ten of the most scenic sporting rivers in the world. I didn't try the experience myself due to lack of time, but the environment immediately around the river is a very good place to take photographs and see wild animals, especially jaguars (don't go walking alone!), ocelots, monkeys and sloths. These are two activities of the most relaxing kind.

sonia goupil Travel writer
12 travel articles

The Rio Pacuare flows for roughly 100 kilometers from Talamanca to Siquirres, passing through tropical jungle along the way. The river is known for its rapids and, as a consequence, the rafting and kayaking that takes place on it.

My suggestion:
The Rio Pacuare is very famous in Costa Rica as a place to go rafting and kayaking. The river has something for all tastes and all abilities, whether beginner, experienced or expert, and all in a safe setting.

I got to experience Rio Pacuare for the first time when I spent a thrilling day there : rafting!!! This was a great introduction to the sport for me, and I loved it! It was a day of increasingly intense emotions: peace and relaxation, admiration of the magnificent surroundings, rising excitement and adrenaline when approaching a rapid, incomprehension at finding myself under water when two seconds earlier I'd still been onboard the raft, and both satisfaction and pride when the day came to an end.

The landscapes and setting are the stuff of dreams, with colors that shift with the changing light. Rocks thrust anarchically out of the water; the canyons are impressive; the jungle and its hills are richly verdant – this is a magical place.

It is possible to stay on site in eco-bungalows, which are located alongside the river so that you can observe both the wildlife and the intrepid rafters and kayakers passing by in front of you.