Are you looking for a thrilling adventure for your next holiday? Or is a luxury lodge more your style? Well, you are in luck, because Pacuare Lodge offers the best of both worlds! It boasts all the comfort, service and style you’d expect from one of the world’s top ecolodges. And plenty of white-water adventures along the iconic Pacuare River! So you don’t have to sacrifice luxury to experience one of our favourite Costa Rican adventures!
Pacuare Lodge is a secluded property located amid the exotic Costa Rican rainforest, accessible only by 4×4 and river. And not only is the lodge one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. But it has also been honoured by the World Tourism Organization for its excellent practices in sustainability and ecotourism.
The twenty thatched bungalows blend seamlessly with the natural environment and are a haven for your digital detox! That’s right – there is no electricity in your bungalow! So you can disconnect from the modern world and really engage with the natural beauty around you.
In fact, just getting to the lodge is an adventure in itself! Because your trip starts with a thrilling white-water adventure as you paddle to the lodge. And the adventure doesn’t stop there! Your days will be spent hiking, swimming, rafting and of course, wildlife spotting! From sloth to monkeys, toucans to jaguar and much, much more, every day in Pacuare Lodge brings a new surprise.
Depart early for the Pacuare River, stopping for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast en route. After a safety briefing, you’re ready to begin your rafting adventure! Paddle for an hour and a half downriver through scenic canyons and lush jungle vegetation to arrive at Pacuare Lodge. Optional activities such as a guided hike are available in the afternoon.
The wake-up call is a symphony of bird songs, which means it’s time to get ready for a short hike to an ancient indigenous culture. Since time immemorial, the Cabecar Indians – Costa Rica’s largest tribe – have lived in harmony with the rainforest in the mountains near the Pacuare River. These indigenous people live in small family groups scattered across the jungle, which has helped them to maintain their customs and language. The Pacuare Lodge offers an opportunity to experience their way of life without invading their privacy. The lodge helped members of a clan in the nearby Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve build a typical Cabecar Rancho (thatched house) a short hike from the lodge. The son of a local shaman will give you an introduction to his people’s culture and customs while you enjoy a delicious home-made breakfast. You’ll have the rest of the morning free to enjoy your suite and the lodge’s lush grounds.
During the afternoon you can choose from two outdoor adventures. The Canopy Adventure Tour, which takes you sliding along cables between treetop platforms for a dramatic, bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy; Or the Tropical Canyoning Tour, which includes an exhilarating rappel down a 30-meter (90-foot) rock wall in the lodge’s private rainforest reserve. You’ll be back in your suite with plenty of time to enjoy the colours and sounds of sunset, and get ready for another amazing dinner.
Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, head back to the river for another exciting rafting adventure. Your guides will stop between the rapids for short hikes through the forest to pristine waterfalls. After lunch, you’ll board the minibus back to San Jose. (Rafting difficulty Class III-IV)