What We Love
- Arriving at the lodge via white water rafting tour
- Cooling off in the infinity plunge pools that come with the Linda Vista suites
- Romantic dinners for two in the “Nest,” a 60-foot high platform set in the branches of a sacred, century-old tree
What To Know
- Rooms are electricity-free (but have candles and flashlights)
- Rates include transfers from San José and all meals
- Bring extra clothes if you’re traveling in the rainy season (May-December), as you’ll likely be caught in a downpour at some point
- Free WiFi
For those who really want to switch off, Pacuare is the place. With electricity-free rooms and WiFi limited to the lobby (where you’ll also have to charge any devices), where it takes more effort than it’s worth to check email, you’ll undergo a sort of enforced relaxation that’s bound to be beneficial. The surrounding Costa Rican jungle offers a lush backdrop for all that lounging, paddling around in the plunge pool, or reading in your hammock, interspersed with hiking or any of the myriad jungle activities on offer. The open-air Jawa Juü spa, whose treatment tables are set on a terrace above the bubbling Pacuare River, is the place to recover from your exertions. The food is another surprising highlight, with meals created from ingredients grown in the lodge’s own organic garden and an international wine list. The suites themselves, palm-thatched bungalows made from local materials and decorated with traditional crafts, have no windows—only mosquito nets, so the calls of tropical birds and the sound of the river are your constant companions.
In the Area
The lodge is surrounded by 25,000 acres of rainforest, so the activities nearby are all outdoorsy (but non-athletic types need not worry—they can spend their days having organic chocolate massages or banana leaf wraps in the spa). Local guides lead guests on bird-watching quests or in search of exotic flowers. An especially popular hike is to a nearby waterfall, where guests are invited to take a dip in the swimming hole. Adrenaline-lovers are also served well here: excursions also include kayaking the river, going white-water rafting along the excellent rapids, canyoning and rappelling down hills, zip-lining along the rainforest canopy, or horseback riding through the jungle.