In the Caribbean region of Costa Rica, there is a protected zone of incomparable beauty that begins near the town of Siquirres and covers approximately 25,000 acres as it descends down the Talamanca Mountain Range.
Hotel Category: First Class Hotel 4 ****
In the Caribbean region of Costa Rica, there is a protected zone of incomparable beauty that begins near the town of Siquirres and covers approximately 25,000 acres as it descends down the Talamanca Mountain Range. This is where you’ll find the Pacuare Lodge.
This is the area known as Pacuare, which constitutes one of the most important protected areas in the region. Its proximity to the lowlands and its high annual rainfall combine to nurture the complex life systems whose abundance makes for extraordinary scenic beauty.
The Pacuare Lodge was built with a minimum impact on the river and rainforest site where it is located. Lanterns and candles provide light, as there is no electricity at the lodge. No trees were cut to build the bungalows and main lodge. Lumber was purchased from a sustainable reforestation project operated by small farmers. The roofs are made from palm leaves installed by Cabecar Indians living in the area using their traditional style. Aventuras Naturales was the first adventure travel company to acquire parcels of primary forest in this area solely for the purpose of conservation Over the years, they’ve purchased 340 hectares (840 acres) of primary rainforest along the Pacuare River for conservation and in order to offset the atmospheric carbon created by vehicles, which makes their tours carbon-neutral.
Getting to this exquisite eco-lodge is half the adventure, since you arrive and depart as part of a multi-day rafting tour on the Pacuare River.
Guests have the opportunity to experience an unforgettable meal in the Nest: a platform 60 feet above the jungle floor in the branches of century-old Kapok tree, which was considered a sacred tree by the ancient Mayans.
The Pacuare Lodge provides a true culinary experience. The lodge’s kitchen staff is made up of young people from nearby communities. They don’t really have a chef; they’ve simply developed the talent of local people who taught them the secrets of great food. They like to surprise guests with combinations of flavours, local ingredients, innovative recipes and presentations. It isn’t fancy, but it’s delicious enough to warrant opening a bottle of good wine, which is why they keep their cellar well stocked with vintages from around the world.
Indulge yourself and enjoy this once-in-a-liftime experience.
Pacuare Lodge for us is pure heaven. There is no electricity and the staff light candles everywhere at night. It’s so romantic.
The concept and seclusion is great. Rafting in and out makes sure that it is quiet, and you feel like you are in the middle of the jungle. They have great activities for the days you do raft. The service is great. The river guides are also the waiters at dinner, and they are all fun and enjoy joking around. There is no electricity or WiFi in the rooms, which make it feel even more enchanted. The food at the restaurant is top-notch and fresh. They ask you in the morning what you want for lunch and dinner. Happy hour drinks are much less expensive than we expected.
The staff are fun and welcoming. Highly recommended for nature lovers. Yes, there might be critters sometimes on your balcony and even in your room. This is their world.
Your spacious (670 sq ft./ 62 sq. meters) palm-thatched river suite includes a private terrace that opens onto landscaped native bush gardens and provides a stunning view of a massive wall of thick rainforest that cascades down a mountainside on the other side of the Pacuare River.
A luxuriously-appointed canopy king-sized bed or two canopy full-sized beds, with crisp 300-thread Egyptian cotton linens, and superior Beautyrest mattress®, promises a serene, restful night’s sleep.
A fully-tiled ensuite bathroom offers a nearly 360º view of the jungle. Nearby, a private alfresco heated shower lets you soak up the quiet sounds and invigorating scents of the rainforest. Take a deep breath. Relax. Unwind.
River View Deluxe
Retreat into tranquility and luxury. Your spacious palm-thatched River View Deluxe suite includes a private terrace that opens on to stunning views of the Pacuare River and the surrounding jungle. Your suite features a canopy king-sized bed, with crisp 300-thread Egyptian cotton linens and superior Beauty rest mattress®, exquisite décor, natural design with hardwood flooring, open terrace with hammock and a waterfront deck. A fully-tiled ensuite bathroom offers a nearly 180-degree view of the rainforest and the Pacuare river. Nearby, an alfresco heated shower lets you experience the seclusion and beauty of the rainforest
Linda Vista Suites
Perched on a ridge amidst exuberant tropical greenery, the four Linda Vista Suites offer unforgettable views of the Pacuare River and surrounding rainforest. These bright and spacious (230-square-meter) suites are the Pacuare Lodge’s premier accommodations, with a simple, natural design and exquisite décor that perfectly complements the verdure and profusion of the surrounding jungle. The suites offer a level of luxury that belies their remote location – a king-sized bed with Simmons Beauty Rest mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, leather chairs, a spacious bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and a long deck and a private dipping pool fed by spring water. Each bungalow was built with special attention to the hillside’s topography so that guests enjoy gorgeous views of the river and forest from every area – the bedroom, living room, bathroom, deck, and pool.
Each Linda Vista Suite also has a room safe, bathrobes and a telephone to communicate with the main building, as well as an innovative eco-concierge, who helps guest with tour reservations, general information and any specific needs.
Canopy Honeymoon Suite
This bungalow has a high, thatched roof, plantation teak floors and wide-screened windows that let the breeze through and provide a 180-degree rainforest view. It is elegantly furnished and holds a king-sized, canopy bed. The adjacent covered deck has a hammock and a rattan sofa, while the entire suite opens onto a sundeck with a small stone swimming pool fed by spring water.
A private suspension bridge leads from the deck to a platform high in a massive rainforest tree, which 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 from that aerial perch.
The spacious bathroom has a solar-heated shower and hand-painted ceramic sinks set in a marble counter, while the nearby alfresco shower is ensconced in luxuriant vegetation and seems to cascade out of the mountainside.
Perched on a bank of the Pacuare River, with a privileged view of that pristine waterway and the surrounding tropical foliage, the Jaguar Villa is our most luxurious suite. It was designed to give guests the experience of being in a tropical rainforest without sacrificing comfort. A simple yet elegant ambiance combines tasteful details such as hardwood floors, teak furniture, ample open areas for admiring the surrounding nature, a terrace complete with a spring-fed pool, outdoor showers and spacious bathrooms. The sounds of running water and the songs of birds and tree-frogs mix with the colors and aromas of the rainforest to create the unforgettable sensory experience of a stay in the Jaguar Villa
Coffee and tea station
Waterfall and natural ponds on premises
River Duckies Tour
Visits to Cabcar Village
Jawa Juü Spa
They celebrate the diversity and welcome everybody!
Prices & Facts
Peak Season: 12/21/17 to 01/06/18
High Season: 01/07/18 – 04/30/18
Green Season: 05/01/18 to 06/30/18
High Season: 07/01/18 – 08/15/18
Green Season: 08/16/18 to 12/20/18
Packages start from $813.00 USD: Per person, double occupancy, Two-night Package
The Pacuare Lodge is conveniently located roughly in the center of Costa Rica, making it easily accessible from many of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations
The Pacuare Lodge Adventure is sold as a package trip which includes:
Transportation from San José
Typical Costa Rican breakfast en route
Pacuare River rafting tour or ground transportation to and from the lodge (depending on preference)
Professional river guides and equipment
Three exquisite daily meals
Hot beverages and non-mixed drinks
Lunch along the river
Use of private installations at river take-out
Return transportation to San José with guide.
– Alcoholic Drinks
– Optional Tours
– Tipping (optional)
– Items of personal nature
Honeymoon Getaway Package
Honeymoon & Wedding Packages
You can visit the Pacuare Lodge as part of a multi-day rafting tour, access via land, or a combination of the two. Arrival by river takes you along scenic class III rapids, and departure by river allows you to experience the magnificence of this zone’s canyons and primary rainforest via class III and IV rapids. You may also plan your arrival by ground transportation through impressive scenery and cross the river on a hanging gondola.
A departure by ground transportation is also available, providing an alternative for families and others who prefer dry land, or would like to avoid the more challenging rapids. Mix and match to suit your preferences!