Pejibaye River Rafting

Get ready for the big stuff by lapping the Pejibaye. Great for those learning to kayak or as a warm-up run. This short stretch provides easy access and is close to Turrialba.

About this guide

This guide gives very basic waypoints for the commercial Pejibaye run. It is lacking medium and high water information.


Like many rivers in this area, the Pejibaye can flood easily. It is important to not be on the water if it is rising fast or if it is high. Additionally, the river and rapids are in constant flux and change often. What was once a Class II rapid can shift with a flood and be a completely different rapid overnight. Channels close off while others open up.

Pejibaye River Shuttle

You don’t need a four wheel drive vehicle on this shuttle as there is easy road access. You can easily set a shuttle yourself or hire someone. Get in touch with Pacuare Outdoor Center to have it arranged.

There’s no automated flow gauge for the Pejibaye River. Located in a rain forest with many tributaries the river can very quickly flood, so paying attention to the forecast and going with someone that knows the river is a must.

Pacuare Outdoor Center is the local favorite for the Pejibaye River. They offer half day rafting trips on this section.

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Pejibaye River Map & Guide

WARNING: Conditions change frequently and may make this guide useless. This guide is NOT a replacement for sound judgment or experience.

Class II Rapid

Class II rapid or river feature.

Class III Rapid

Class III rapid or river feature.

Class IV Rapid

Class IV rapid or river feature.

Put-In / Take-Out

The most commonly used access points.

Point of Interest

These include rivers and bridges

Pejibaye River – Class II, III & IV

A popular family friendly river, this is considered the Costa Rica warm up for kayakers and rafters before they tackle the more challenging runs in the area. Simple logistics make this an easy run to knock out.


Confluence to takeout is 6.7 kilometers.


Beginner to intermediate.

Meters per Kilometer

The confluence put-in to take out drops 10 meters per kilometer.

Shuttle Time

20 minutes round trip

KM 0 – Confluence: The Rio Pejiabaye is the left stream, but it doesn’t have enough juice to raft until it is met by this river that comes in on the right. This is the start of the run.

KM 0 – La Juntos: Class IV.

KM 0.4 – Lion’s Den: Class IV. Small creek comes in on the right too.

KM 0.6 – Pato Feo: Class IV.

KM 1.2 – Commercial Put-In: River Left. This is the most commonly used access point as it cuts out the Class IV, just upstream. Look for the school and then road. This is the put-in that the commercial companies use.

KM 1.5 – Cable Rapid: Class III. Look for the cable crossing the river and the small rapid is just downstream.

KM 1.8 – Tico: Class III. Long Class II/III, right down the middle at low water.

KM 1.9 – BFR: Big Trucking Rock. Look for the house sized rock. No rapid, just a point of reference.

KM 2.8 – More Rapids: Class III. Class II and III continues

KM 3.5 – Jabali Rapid: Class III. Read and run class III.

KM 3.9 – Guega: Class II. Read and run.

KM 4.7 – Bridge: Bridge crosses here.

KM 6.1 – Tree Island: Most common line is the right one around the tree island.

KM 6.3 – Rio Gato Confluence: River Right. The Cat River comes in just below the tree island.

KM 6.4 – Footbridge: Small footbridge crosses the river here.

KM 6.7 – Takeout: River Left. The left cobble bar makes for the takeout.

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