San Jose & Central Costa Rica
Pacuare Lodge

A magical jungle hideaway on the banks of Pacuare River, referred to by the National Geographic as one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth.

This wonderful lodge successfully combines jungle adventure with warm, impeccable service and a level of comfort which belies its remote location. The Canopy Villa perched high in the tree tops with jungle views from the outdoor plunge pool is literally a romantic dream come true and there are few lodges that can boast white-water rafting transfers!

Facilities & Activities

Of course, the big appeal of Pacuare is the adventure of getting there. The unforgettable river rafting trip takes you through lush jungle and narrow canyons where tropical trees tower over the riverbank and crystalline waterfalls plummet out of the greenery.

In addition to rafting, you can enjoy bird watching, canyoning, zip-lining, or a trek to a Cabecar Indian community. But Pacuare Lodge is also an ideal spot to kick back and relax, enjoy the scenery and serenity, and get to know the local people. In fact, most guests say they wish they’d booked a longer stay.

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Dining

Pacuare’s guest book is testament to the fact that, despite its wild and remote setting, it prides itself on producing outstanding food. Not only that, but they’ve successfully integrated a programme of training local young people to work in their kitchen, thereby providing highly valued vocational training and employment to local communities. Their approach is simple; to use fresh and quality ingredients to produce innovative, creative menus. Gourmet dinners are accompanied by candlelight and a fine wine list.

To make your stay at the Pacuare Lodge a little more magical, consider booking a romantic dinner by the riverbank. The lodge will set up an elegant, private table for you near the river’s edge, lit by a fire pit and candles and surrounded by nature. What’s better than savouring an exquisite meal under the stars, with the sound of a campfire crackling nearby and the soothing sounds of flowing water.

Rooms

The rooms have a simple, natural design which perfectly complement the surrounding jungle. The 12 palm-thatched river suites offer spacious accommodation, a private terrace that opens on to landscaped native bush gardens and a stunning view of a massive wall of thick rainforest that cascades down a mountainside opposite the Pacuare River. A luxuriously appointed canopy king size bed or two canopy full size beds ensure a restful night’s sleep. Take a deep breath. Relax. Unwind.

The River View Deluxe Suites feature a private deck with sitting area, while the spacious Linda Vista Suites also boast a private plunge pool fed by spring water. They were designed so that guests enjoy gorgeous views of the river and forest from every area – the bedroom, living room, bathroom, deck and pool!

The jewel in Pacuare’s crown is the Canopy Suite which boasts a sundeck with a small stone swimming pool fed by spring water. Your very own private suspension bridge leads from the deck to a platform high in a massive rainforest tree that affords a vertiginous view of the Pacuare River and surrounding jungle. On any given morning or evening, you can spot dozens of bird species in the nearby treetops.

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Family

The great appeal of Pacuare for many is the wonderful rafting and whilst this is sure to be a hit with teenagers, it is of course, not suitable for younger children, hence we only recommend this lodge for families with teens.

Sustainability

From the outset sustainability has one of Pacuare’s core values. The lodge was built with minimal impact on the surrounding forest and river and no trees were cut to accommodate the bungalows and main lodge. The lodge generates its own electricity – bungalows are illuminated with lanterns and candles and what little electricity is used at the lodge is clean energy generated by a turbine in a nearby stream. The lodge also works closely with the community in this remote area donating supplies to surrounding schools and hiring local people.

Location

The Lodge is set deep in the rainforest jungle on the banks of the Pacuare River in Eastern Costa Rica.

Due to the remote location, the lodge organises shared transfers from San Jose so, unless you have pre-booked a private transfer, you can expect to be collected early morning 5.45-6.30am with a stop en-route at a local restaurant at around 8am for breakfast. After a further hour you reach the departure point for the rafts which will take you to the lodge, deep in the jungle. After a training and safety brief, where you will be kitted out for your rafting adventure, you begin your journey to Pacuare Lodge about 4 miles up-river. You will have the opportunity to stop en-route for a rest and swim in a lovely shallow pool by a waterfall. For anyone who prefers not to/is unable to raft to the lodge, alternative transport can be arranged using 4WD and a gondola across the river. A well-deserved lunch will be served on arrival.

On your departure day, after breakfast you will board the rafts once more for your return journey downstream for 14 miles, with 2 rest stops, one to include lunch in a scenic picnic spot. You’ll reach the dock at around 2pm and have time to change into your dry clothes, before your shared road transfer back to San Jose, or onward journey by private, pre-booked transfer.

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