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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pacuare Hotel Turrialba
- Pacuare Lodge Costa Rica/Turrialba