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Turrialba and Pacuare

Turrialba and Pacuare offer both the tropical forests and countryside, as well as being close to the cultural hotspot that is San José with bars, restaurants and art galleries in abundance.

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Destination in detail

The town of Turrialba is located in the Central Valley and is situated to the east of San Jose. The area has several great reasons for visiting, and will suit all looking for nature as well as those wanting more of an adrenaline fix. The town is close to the river Rios Pacuare, and due to the river the area is a hotspot for kayaking and white water rafting. It is the cleanest river in the country and one of the top 10 best rivers in the world for rafting! As well as water based activities, you will find the Turrialba National Park, home to the less visited but most active volcano – Turrialba!


9.9067° N 83.6801° W



Distance from Capital


Average Temperature

28 degrees

Experiences in Turrialba and Pacuare

White water raft into your luxury jungle lodge.

White water raft to a Jungle Lodge

White water raft into your luxury jungle lodge.
Explore the jungle canopy of Costa Rica on this zip line adventure

Zipline through the Jungle Canopy

Explore the jungle canopy of Costa Rica on this zip line adventure

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Travel Facts

Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.

Getting There

Flights to this region are serviced through the capital city of San Jose. At Turrialba you are just over 50km from the airport (approx 1.5 hours) and in Pacuare is approx 90km from the airport and so will take a little longer – around 2 hours.


Turrialba and Pacuare fall within the Central Valley region and so enjoys its delightful year-round climate with weather that stays great. The hottest month (T25°C) and the coldest (22°CT) mean that the temperature is always warm. June enjoys the most sunshine and September is the wettest month of the year.

We love

• Turrialba National Park – home to the most active volcano in Costa Rica.
• Nearby ruins at Guayabo are a must see.
• The area is home to some of the best white-water rafting locations in the world.
• San Jose is only 50km away and can be easily reached for a day trip. Restaurants, local markets and art galleries are just some of the attractions not to be missed within the capital.

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