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Pacuare & Turrialba


The mighty Pacuare River flows for almost 70 miles from the Central Valley eastwards to the Caribbean coast. It has long been known as one of the best and most scenic rivers for white water rafting in all of Latin America. The Pacuare river runs through a 25,000 acre protected reserve of virgin rainforest with steep sided gorges and dense impenetrable jungle. Turrialba is a mountainous area dominated by the huge Irazú and Turriabla volcanoes. The area is scattered with coffee and sugar plantations and offers a wide variety of activities such as horse riding, canyoneering, birdwatching and visits to the Guayabo National Monument, an interesting pre-Columbian archeological site.

Rafting on the Pacuare River is an exhilarating experience that everyone should try! There is no previous experience required, only a moderate level of fitness and a taste for adventure!

Best months to visit Pacuare & Turrialba

The best time to visit is during the dry season which is December to April.  Between June and August would also be a good time to go, but expect more rain.

Our hand-picked hotels in Pacuare & Turrialba

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a couple of favourites in the Pacuare & Turrialba region.

Best reasons to visit Pacuare & Turrialba

The Pacuare River and surrounding rainforest reserve is renown as one of the most beautiful spots in Costa Rica whilst Turrialba is a lesser explored but equally interesting region. Below are our best reasons to visit this area.

Some of the finest white water rafting in Latin America

Stay at the romantic and unique Pacuare Lodge

Take a canopy tour to get a birds eye view of the rainforest

Take a tour of a coffee and sugar plantation

Visit the Guayabo National Monument for pre-Columbian history

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