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Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

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Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

We are traveling to Costa Rica in January 2012. We only have limited time and would like opinions on whether to go to Arenal Volcano or river rafting on the Pacuare River. Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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1. Re: Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

Best thing you can do is both. If you overnight the first night near the airport, you can run the Pacuare river like a transfer and be dropped in Arenal at the end. 2 companies I know of do this, there might be more. Check with Rios Tropicales - http://www.riostropicales.com/ and also Exploradores - https://www.exploradoresoutdoors.com/

Cheers

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2. Re: Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

I agree with Incabod, but if you only have 1 day, I would not visit Arenal due to the lengthy travel time. It's 3 hours each way from San Jose.

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3. Re: Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

Our best river is PACUARE...hard to impossible to compare Pacuare with any other river in our country!

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4. Re: Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

One more vote to do the Pacuare and as Incabod said you can do it on the way to La Fortuna if you decide you have the time. ;-) River rafting is a day trip where as you need a 2 night minimum in La Fortuna to be able to enjoy yourself. Enjoy! Either way you wont' make a bad decision. :-)

Wendy, La Fortuna, CR

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5. Re: Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

Thank you all for your suggestions! So much to do and see in Costa Rica it's so hard to narrow it down =)

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6. Re: Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

Yes it is a nice little country...in general try to avoid small 2 bedroom hotels in middle of nowhere...most of the time not very nice places or confusing locations...

You are WELCOME

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7. Re: Pacuare River Rafting vs Arenal Volcano

We just did the Pacuare trip with Exploradores from La Fortuna. Long drive but totally worth it. Fun and stunningly gorgeous. Good breakfast and great guides. Don't miss it!

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