Packrafting in Costa Rica

Experience a 9-Day Jungle Expedition

On this trip you’ll experience true Costa Rican backcountry: the famous Pacuare River (including rarely paddled upper sections) and it’s spectacular valley.

Paddle your own packraft through non-stop, fun whitewater. Camp on the riverside in the rainforest.

You’ll gain skills, explore the jungle, and experience Costa Rica—far from the crowds.

Paccuare River Packrafting tripin Costa Rica
Whitewater Packrafting Expedition - camping on the Upper Upper Rio Pacuare

Keep reading to discover how you’ll:

  • enjoy an incredible adventure—learn how to paddle awesome whitewater by packraft and trek through the jungle.
  • explore the beautiful backcountry of Costa Rica that few people get to see
  • experience 3 nights expedition camping in hammocks, 2 nights in ‘El Nido del Tigre’ Eco Camp, 1 night at the Turrialba Volcano camp, 2 hotel nights in San Jose (first and last)
  • learn about the tropical rainforest and local cultures, from your expert guides
  • be led on the river by incredible river pros—experienced, knowledgeable, and welcoming
  • recharge in the evening—eat great food, lean back in your hammock, relax, and take it all in

You don’t have to figure out any trip planning logistics. Just get your ticket to San Jose, Costa Rica. We’ll pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the end—everything in between is included.

Trip Details at a Glance

$4,575 USD tax included

9 days of tropical nature, culture, and whitewater adventure on the Rio Pacuare

Departs from

San Jose, Costa Rica

Group size

4 to 8 participants


  • Feb. 19-27, 2022
  • Mar. 5-13, 2022


Whitewater paddling, hiking, learn expedition skills

Activity level

Physical activity:
Highly active
Class III (some optional IV’s)
You don't need any whitewater experience—but you should be in physical condition for big days of paddling and hiking. Learn more about this trip's activity level.

Why choose Costa Rica Packrafting for your next vacation?

Connect with the land and people

Connect with the land and people

Learn about life in the rainforest from a Cabecar guide—one of our leaders throughout the trip.

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Learn skills on a real tropical river expedition

Learn skills on a real tropical river expedition

Challenge yourself and succeed—whitewater paddling, jungle trekking, and lightweight expedition camping. Packraft the famous Rio Pacuare.

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An incredible adventure—made easy for you

An incredible adventure—made easy for you

We put together all the pieces. Experience the challenge, success, and fun of an international wilderness expedition—with easy planning on your part.

What's included

Expert guides for every part of the trip

With your local hosts in Costa Rica and your professional river guides, we've put together an expert team for your Rio Pacuare whitewater adventure.  Find out more about your trip guides.

Trip Reviews

The entire team was down to earth and a pleasure to hang out with at night around the campfire. All of the guides on our trip happened to be fantastic cooks as well.

Kirk Bennett - summer 2017 trip on the Magpie River
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