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Pacuare River
General information


It is located in the Atlantic section of Costa Rica, in the province of Limon, about 8 km from the canton of Siquirres and 100 km from San Jose.
Conservation Area:
La Amistad – Caribe Conservation Area (ACLA-C)
13177 hectares
When to go?

Lower rain season: October, March and April

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General information
The Pacuare River Forest Reserve protects the flora and fauna typical of the Atlantic zone of Costa Rica. It also attracts extreme sports lovers to explore its waters.

The Pacuare River Forest Reserve protects forests typical of the Atlantic zone. It also has a great tourism and hydrologic potential due to the adventure sports that are practiced in the Rio Pacuare (like rafting), and the impressive beauty of its waterfalls.

It has four life zones: pre-montane pluvial forest, transitional very humid pre-montane forest – basal forest, very humid tropical forest and transitional very humid tropical forest – pre-montane forest.
The Pacuare River Forest Reserve is the ancestral home of many Costa Rican native communities.

Its irregular topography is represented by high rock formations, rapids and waterfalls surrounded by a dense evergreen jungle.

The average annual rainfall is of 3.500 mm, with temperatures that range from 28°C to 30°C.
It rains the less during October, March and April, with a rainy season throughout the rest of the year.

Inside the Pacuare River Forest Reserve there are flora species such as the campano, the maria, the sura, the espavel and the laurel tree. There are also species like the caimito, the botarrama, the nispero, the golden fruit and many oak trees.

Among the fauna species, there are endangered mammals such as the tapir, felids like the puma, the ocelot, the margay, the tayra, the water dog and also peccaries.

You can also find monkeys, like the white-faced monkey, sloths, squirrels and coatis.

There are bird species like the black guan, hummingbirds and toucans.

Services and facilities on the Park

Inside the Park:
Practicing rafting and canopying in the Rio Pacuare
Observe the flora and fauna

Outside the Park
Visiting the Barbilla National Park
Visiting the Chirripo Native Reserve
Visiting the Macho River Forest Reserve

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Tips para el viajero
Access recommendations
There’s no entrance fee on the public sectors, but the private ones may charge you for entering.

General recommendations inside the reserve
There’s no infrastructure, and also there are no park rangers in charge of the reserve.

Clothes and accessories recommendations
Bring comfortable clothes and shoes, ideal for humid weather.
Bring mosquito repellent, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Bring a raincoat, photo camera and binoculars.

Stay recommendations
There are places to stay in the communities inside the reserve.

Recommendations for a responsible tourist
Firearms of any kind are not allowed.
Do not harm or take with you any plants or animals.
Please do not litter.
You can only practice fishing with string and hook; trammels, fishnets or spearguns are not allowed.

Recommendations to prevent forest fires
Bonfires are not allowed anywhere in the reserve, except for the areas with grills.

Recommendations with the animals
Some animals may be hard to find because of their nocturnal habits, their reproductive or migratory behavior and the forest's density.

Datos interesantes
Datos interesantes:
Rio Pacuare
This river begins its torrent from the Talamanca Mountain Range and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It is very important because of its natural richness, its quality of hydrographic source and the practice of rafting, one of the major tourist attractions of Costa Rica.

It is found in the top ten rivers for rafting and kayaking in the world. You can practice these sports from May to March. You will go through incredible and dense forests, where you will see at least 20 waterfalls, like the Las Huacas Waterfall, which is very beautiful.

It has from class II to class V rapids, and it can be traveled from its highest part in Turrialba, to its end in the bridge over the road to Siquirres.

The territory of the Pacuare is home to the native reserves Barbilla – Dantas and Chirripo, where the communities of Valle Escondido, Simiriñak, Awari and Nimari are located.

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How to get there?
Bus terminal of the Caribbean (San Jose, Central Street, Ave. 13)
From San Jose to Matina:
Every day: 9:00am, 12:00md, 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm.
From Matina to San Jose:
Every day: 5:30am, 7:00am, 12:00md and 3:00pm.
Office phone number: (506) 2222-0610, (506) 2221-7990
From San Jose, take the road that goes to Limon on the route #32, passing through Guapiles and Guacimo until you get to Siquirres. A few kilometers after you should take the exit on your right and continue, finally arriving to the reserve.

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Con mucho gusto Stace. Supongo que te referis a características al nivel de los rápidos que tiene el río. Te adjunto el párrafo referente a este tema consignado en nuestro artículo: "Ofrece rápidos desde clase 2 hasta clase 5 y se puede recorrer desde la parte alta en Turrialba hasta su salida en el puente sobre la carretera a Siquirres. "

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