Rafting the Pacuare River

Huaca Falls Pacuare River Costa Rica

Huaca Falls and the beautiful Pacuare River

Alex and I have been rafting together for the last 14 years. We have our own boat and between us, we have floated at least a dozen rivers across the western U.S., but never in a foreign country. That all changed on Saturday.

National Geographic has called the Pacuare River one of the ten best whitewater rivers in the world. The 18-mile lower Pacuare River includes 38 Class III and 5 Class IV rapids. The scenery is utterly stunning, surrounded by jungle and cascading waterfalls around every corner. It is also highly technical, with holes the size of VW buses just waiting to grab your boat. And it was probably the most fun we’ve had since we started our trip. We hope you enjoy this photo montage.

Pacuare River Costa Rica

The mellow put-in belies the whitewater that lurks below.

Rodeo Rapid Pacuare River Costa Rica

Entering Rodeo Rapid

Redeo Pacuare River Costa Rica

Rodeo Rapid is the first Class IV rapid on the Lower Pacuare River

Pacuare River Costa Rica

Erin just saw what is next

Upper Huacas Pacuare River Costa Rica

Upper Huacas Rapid– highly technical, incredibly beautiful, and totally unforgettable

Upper Huacas Pacuare River Costa Rica

Still sliding into the hole…

Upper Huacas Pacuare River Costa Rica

In the hole of Upper Huacas

Upper Huacas Pacuare River Costa Rica

Yes, we rafted under that waterfall behind us

Upper Huacas Pacuare River Costa Rica

Post Upper Huacas celebration!

Pacuare River Costa Rica

A rare but welcome opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery

Pacuare River Costa Rica

Dodging rocks and holes in Pinball Rapid

Pacuare River Costa Rica

But not dodging all the holes

Pacuare River Costa Rica

A final high five after our last Class III rapid

Pacuare River Cost

Four very happy rafters

It was hard not to post all of the rafting photos; they are so fun!  But we didn’t. The rest are on our Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexanderin/.

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9 thoughts on “Rafting the Pacuare River

  1. John springer

    Thanks for sharing the pics. Your ready for the Payette in Idaho!


  2. Very cool. Who takes the photos? Do they have another boat that floats alongside yours just to take pix?


  3. Carrie Richardson

    Looks like an amazing time! Are you going to do it again? 🙂


  4. Tom madden

    Our Germany river cruise is almost as exciting, but a little less strenuous. Enjoy, dad

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  5. Judd

    Wow, Alex…Judd


  6. Linda Denslow

    Awesome experience! I felt like I was there with you but didn’t get wet.


  7. Pam brown

    Unbelievable photos. Have done parts of Animas (Colorado), and Nantahala (NC) but nothing so exciting. I am awed! Looks like you are having quite an adventure.


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