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
- Handicap Accessible
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.
How to Get There
Among the reasons why this place is great: the rooms!!, the attention and care of staff, the spa, the specialized meals, the surrounding nature, the pool. Totally worth the visit. We went slightly off season so had few fellow guests and lots of attention (and no waits for things like ziplining). The staff is incredible - all of them. And it's gorgeous. I wouldn't spend more than a few days here. And if I went again, I would ask for less food at meals. Not that it was too much, but three meals a day plus desserts = calorie overload, even though everything is very healthy and they accomodate dietary needs.
THIS resort was way beyond my highest expectations, we stayed in the treehouse, , SO AMAZINGGG!!!. everything so wonderful , people were awesome (Giovanni, JL, and Louis) I loved them!!! and , the FOOD was OUTSTANDING, fresh , the tours were great the guides, I have traveled all over the world and THIS place was amazing, deep in the jungle, but 5 star, grounds amazing , people, food, attention, everything I have NO complains and definatly succeeded my HIGHEST expectations, Not ofter you cant find one thing wrong.. loved it Sustainable, no tv's , no elec, first class all the way and so peaceful.. I want to thank Pacuare for an amazing time!!! you will be missed!!!!
A magical spot in the heart of Costa Rica's rainforest...The Lodge is literally in the middle of nowhere: although you can reach it by a 4x4 the main in & out access is done by rafting. An advice for rookies: everything is done to make you feel safe, so don't miss the experience even if you haven't rafted before.
The hotel develops what we could call rustic luxury: no electricity in the rooms (ultra-romantic candle lighting!), no Wifi (excepting in the main lodge), no windows (mosquito nets)... but everything is designed in order not to lack basic amenities. Some are equipped with private pools, but the main infinity pool is undoubtedly the most stunning one we have ever seen.The main building is a magnificent wooden lodge facing the Pacuare river.
You will be looked after from morning to night. The staff handle both daily activities and the restaurant, so you will finish by having a strong bond with some of them (thank's Olger for your very professional service). Despite the isolation of the Lodge, the cuisine is outstanding.
The hotel offers a wide variety of activities. Some of them are physically demanding, but you will be provided with hiking boots and plenty of information in order to feel safe. We were lucky to be accompanied by a wonderful indigenous guide (Eric). Unforgettable!
If you are a nature lover, not afraid of bugs and are ready to give up on some modern amenities then Pacuare Lodge has many chances to become THE highlight of your trip to Costa Rica!