Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Turrialba, Costa Rica
Pacuare Lodge is a luxurious nature and adventure lover’s paradise hidden away in the heart of Costa Rica’s most pristine jungle. Best accessed by white water raft, it combines thrilling adventure activities and an abundance of wildlife.
At a Glance
Unique jungle lodge best accessed by exhilarating white water raft
Incredibly welcoming and friendly staff - the adventure guides often double up as waiters so you build up a real rapport
Very atmospheric - at night the lodge is illuminated by hundreds of candles and lanterns
Luxurious jungle accommodations with Egyptian cotton sheets, private decks, solar heated showers and some have their own spring-fed plunge pools
The food is a real highlight - romantic dinners can be arranged
Strong eco-credentials. Dedicated to sustainable tourism
My top tip is to bring a head torch as the candle light in the rooms, despite being very romantic, doesn't give off a huge amount of light.Sarah Lowe
For the best views in the whole resort book out the Puma suite, it's built on a right angle so its pointed terrace has panoramic views of the jungle below. Stunning.Dominic Atterton
To start planning your vacation to Pacuare Lodge
Pacuare Lodge is a unique jungle hideaway set deep inside the rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and exciting stretches of white water anywhere (class 3-4 rapids). It is a luxury eco lodge completely surrounded by nature in its most virgin form, and guests here can truly savour the spirit of the rainforest with its wildlife and exhilarating activities.
The palm-thatched lodge and luxurious bungalows have been constructed from native wood and designed to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. The bungalows feature a canopy king sized bed, hardwood flooring, hammock and terrace, outside shower with solar heated water with beautiful views of the lush vegetation of the forest reserve in which it sits. Go back to nature in your electricity-free room which has screens to let in the gentle breeze that rustles through the forest as well as the soothing sounds of nature. The two-storey main lodge is situated beneath giant tropical trees and has a pine-hewn deck for al fresco dining and an open-air living room with sitting area and hammocks on the first floor.
Getting here is half the fun - either by white water rafting on the Pacuare River or by road, while activities at the lodge range from immersive jungle hikes to nearby waterfalls, soaring through the canopy on the magical zip-line canopy tour, canyoning, thrilling white water rafting, bird watching and horse riding to visiting some of the local Cabecar Indian communities. At the end of a day exploring one of the most bio diverse rainforests in the world, why not relax with a massage on the veranda of your luxurious jungle retreat.
Sustainable tourism is a key factor here and the lodge has purchased 840 acres of primary rainforest along the Pacuare River for conservation. The environmental impact on the rainforest is minimized through a number of sustainable practices, from the use of spring water and solar-power to its work with local communities. No trees were cut down to build the lodge and the traditional roofs were constructed by local Cabecar Indians from palm leaves collected within the reserve.
Pacuare Lodge features 21 spacious suites and bungalows constructed from sustainable hardwood. Suites offer king size beds, 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. Breathtaking views and stunning surroundings creating a warm relaxing atmosphere.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Pacuare Lodge, but please note that a minimum age of 12 years is applicable for the rafting activities.
Facilities at Pacuare Lodge include an open air restaurant and kitchen, a wine cellar and open sided riverside lounge area with small bar.
Activities at the lodge include white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, canopy tours, hiking and horseback riding.
Location & Directions
Turrialba, Costa Rica
In the Turriala district, 25 minutes from Siquierres. Pacuare Lodge is set deep in the rainforest jungle alongside the Pacuare River in eastern Costa Rica.
When to go
Year round destination, although November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.
Rafting is possible all year round, though the river might be slightly colder during the green season.