We went on the 3 day/2night rafting tour with the stay at the lodge. You raft into the lodge the first day through fairly easy rapids (mostly class II with an occasional III). Only took us a few hours to get to the lodge. The lodge is amazing with an off the grid feel while having some of the creature comforts (hot water, separate bathroom, bottled clean water). Roy was our guide and he was excellent. His family sold their land to the company who owns the lodge now and he was very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. Our room was very near the river and the river was very loud as there are rapids right under the cabins. I suggest you bring earplugs to sleep if you need quiet as the river is VERY loud at night in the canyon. We ended up being the only 2 there for our 2 nights as we were there in the middle of November so it was a little quiet there which was both good and bad. We did get personalized attention but would have been nice to have a few others there to talk to during our meals. There are several trails around the lodge you can hike that lead to waterfalls and through the jungle. You can spend lots of time relaxing in the hammocks above the river. We also did the canyoning through the waterfall with Roy on our second day which was a blast.
The 3rd day we re supposed to raft out but overnight we had some very heavy rains which brought the river up very quickly and forced them to cancel our rafting out which included the better parts of the river. We ended up having to hike out of the river canyon up 820 steps (they are numbered) through a pouring rainforest storm. It added a bit of adventure but it was a bummer we didn't get to do the last part of our rafting trip. I would have rated our trip a 5 if we could have rafted out and there were more people at the lodge although both of these things were outside their control. We did ask at the operations center if they could credit us since we did not get to raft and they did take about 10%off our bill which we were happy with.
All in all I would highly recommend Rios Tropicales.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our multi-day trips treat you to an exceptional adventure vacation experience combining rafting on the Pacuare with a stay at our remote "Eco-Lodge", tucked in the rainforest on the banks of the river. A trip of pure magic, unsurpassed beauty, wildlife and ravishing rapids; Pacuare is the quintessential tropical river. Along its course lay several densely vegetated gorges, which shelter, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths and an incredible variety of birds. Also found within these gorges, is some of the best whitewater in the world. "at its lodge, hammock-filled, thatch-roofed huts, offering dorm and honeymoon style rooms, surround an even larger thatch-roofed lodge net to a gurgling waterfall linking the huts to the lodge’s open-walled dining room, bar and reading room are bamboo-railed boardwalks that make wearing anything but river sandals sacrilegious. Don’t get so comfortable in the reading room’s hammock; however, that you miss the cocktail-hour bell; in true jungle fashion, all apres-paddle drinks are served in coconut shells." (Paddler magazine article, jan./feb.1999, edb). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rios Tropicales Hotel Siquirres
- Rios Tropicales Lodge Costa Rica/Siquirres