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“3 Day Pacuare White Water Rafting Adventure” 5 of 5 stars
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Pacuare Lodge
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Pacuare River, Turrialba 1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Turrialba B&B and Inns
Farmingdale, New York
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“3 Day Pacuare White Water Rafting Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2006

Adventuras Naturales operates the Pacuare Lodge and its various river excursions. We chose and highly recommend the 3 Day Pacuare River Adventure (class III & IV rapids) as it affords ample opportunity to raft, hike into the rainforest and have some "down" time.

This was a "Seamless" experience from start to finish. Expert guides (Kurt was ours...top notch...and my favorite...he saved me from plunging into the rapids. See the photos!)Very comfortable accomodations....linens and orthopedic beds!(No electricity in the huts...did we miss it??!!!...no way!!!...(flash lights were provided..you might want to bring one of your own... as well as candels) Gourmet food at every meal!....Imagine that!!...and being from New York we are VERY particular about food.

Kurt knew the river like the back of his hand and imparted his knowledge during "smooth" sailing through the twists and turns of this amazingly beautiful river....one of the top 5 white water
rivers in the world!

Don't miss the opportunity to hike up the mountain to see "The Indigenous Medicine Man"....about 5 hours round trip...but worth it to get to spend some time to see how they live and for questions and answers. Once again, Kurt was our guide. His knowlege of the flora and fauna of the rainforest is staggering.

This was my first rafting experience and beleive me...I had some trepidations about it prior to our trip. Well....guess what????!!! The Pacuare was the best part of my 10 day vaca to Costa Rica. Thanks to Adventuras Naturales, their staff, guides and chef at the lodge! Kudos to all at the Pacuare Lodge! If you've rafted before....do the Pacuare Lodge for the ultimate experience...if you've never rafted....go for it with the crew at the Pacuare Lodge. I'm glad I did!

We were told that the power authority in Costa Rica, ICE, is attempting to damn the Pacuare to harness electricity from it. Costa Rica already has a surplus of electricity which it exports. This is an outrage, as the Pacuare runs through Primary and Secondary Rain Forest and much of the land belongs to the Indigenous People that still inhabit it.

If ICE is successful, the Pacuare as we know it will cease to be. Once again the enviroment will be sacrificed for the almighty dollar. Those that sustain their livliehoods from the Pacuare will face hardship. Tourism and businesses will be impacted which will have a domino effect on other industries.

Once on the Pacuare River, you will understand my outrage. Take action. Contact environtmental protection agencies. One person can make a difference.

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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2006

A trip down the Pacuare will likely be the highlight of your trip to Costa Rica. Be Absolutely sure to do the 3 day (2 night)package for $359 per person. The Pacuare is rated as one of the top 5 rivers in the WORLD!
The day trip of nearly 18 miles is just too much and the one night 2 day trip allows no "Down" time (Something that you'll really need in Costa Rica!) Be sure to do the 4-5hr hike to see the indigenous peoples on top of the ridge. Carol and Chucks river and hiking guide was Curt Studz. This person was top notch! Oh, the food and accomodations were 4 out 5 stars as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2005

This is a great place. We had the honeymoon suite even though it wasn't our honeymoon and that was definitely worth the extra money. You get your own private suspension bridge to a tree platform. You do have to walk about 5 minutes up a hill to get to the suite, but worth it.
No electricity, but they provide candles and flashlights. The staff was excellent. We stayed one night after rafting, but met some others who stayed an extra day and hikes to waterfalls and relaxed. We did the canopy tour which was thrilling. It is more of a ride than a tour, but we loved it and it felt safe. The Aventuras Naturales raft trip was also top notch. My husband is a former raft-guide and agreed that the professionalism was outstanding.
The food at the lodge was also great. We saw toucans and several other birds on the property. But the butterflies were particularly beautiful. The big blue morphos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2005

Luxury camping is the best way to describe this experience. The bungalows have beds with linens, indoor plumbing, but no hot water or electricity. The location right on the river, the beautiful landscaping, and layout were amazing. The staff was very friendly and the food was the best we had the entire vacation. They feed you well and often.

If you are looking for a fun rafting trip, check out the Pacuare Lodge.

Although you have the option to arrive by ground, I recommend that you raft both days. We are not avid rafters and Day 1 is a pretty relaxed trip.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pacuare River, Turrialba 1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Turrialba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pacuare Lodge 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A visit to the Pacuare Lodge is a journey to a magical place where the beauty and diversity of tropical nature delight the senses, authentic Costa Rican hospitality makes you feel like part of the family and the outdoor adventures range from exhilarating to sublime. The lodges comfortable bungalows and elegant suites are nestled between a pristine wilderness reserve and the Pacuare River Costa Rica`s most spectacular white water route. It is surrounded by tropical rainforest where colorful birds and butterflies flit through exuberant foliage and the songs of toucans and oropendolas complement the soothing sound of flowing water. ... more   less 
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