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
If you are seeking adventure, superior service, excellent food, and activities galore with the beauty of untouched jungle, this is your place. Any negative reviews listed here basically mean the visitors did not do their homework. This is the perfect destination for families with teenagers. From the moment I sought information from the website, there was nothing but spectacular service; this should be on every person's bucket list. We can't wait to return! The white water rafting is the perfect way to start the adventure, and this is followed by nothing but fun. Our sleep was tranquil from the cozy beds and sound of the river. The adventure guides were incredibly knowledgeable and had safety as their first priority. However, if you need air conditioning, and don't like seeing bugs, this is not your place. Everyone else, save your money for this spectacular trip! I could not recommend this whole experience more highly.
Although most of the guests at this lodge were rafting, zip-wiring, rapelling etc, my husband and I spent 4 very relaxing nights here. We had to negotiate an alternative to rafting in and, as a consequence, were driven by 4x4 to the river which we crossed on a hanging gondola. We were then collected in a mini-moke and driven to the Lodge which was a few 100 yards down the river. The lodge itself is situated on the Pacuare with lovely gardens, restaurant and a beautiful infinity pool. The rooms are spread over the hillside behind the Lodge and a long the river bank. If you don't want to walk up steep paths, opt for a river side room. The staff are utterly delightful and definitely add to the overall enjoyment. The birds are abundant and we enjoyed early morning and afternoon guided bird watching. There are several not too energetic walks and visits to the local village to be enjoyed by those who don't want to join the more strenuous activities. The food was excellent. The Lodge is actively involved in several projects to monitor wildlife in the surrounding rainforest which is encouraging.
We had a 3 night stay at Pacuare Lodge which was without doubt the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. The overall experience at Pacuare Lodge was fantastic from arriving to the very end. We arrived at the Pacuare river by 4x4 and were then winched across the river in a hand gondola. The facilities at the lodge were amazing - our accommodation, one of the river suites, was a luxurious room with two balconies plus a vast bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower! The food at the Lodge was outstanding, and there was a good variety of dishes to choose from. All of the staff were so friendly and helpful, and by the end of the first day we were already being greeted by name. The activities included in the package were so much fun - we chose to do zip lining, canyoning, and a trek through the rainforest to a hidden waterfall. It's amazing to have all of these activities to do straight from the Lodge - the Lodge truly is nestled into the wilds of the rainforest. We also opted to have lunch in 'The Nest' which was a fantastic experience, and dinner by the bonfire was also a special treat. White water rafting out from the Lodge was not just an activity experience but the mode of transport to leave, luggage and all - amazing! I would highly recommend staying at Pacuare Lodge - a 5-star experience in the heart of the rainforest where adventure and eco-tourism meets luxury. Fantastic!