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Pacuare Lodge

Turrialba, Pacuare River 1000 Costa Rica
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2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
• The Pacuare Lodge is nestled in a rainforest overlooking the Pacuare River, which National Geographic has listed as one of the worlds top ten scenic rivers. • Getting to this exquisite eco-lodge is half the adventure, since you arrive and depart as part of a multi-day rafting tour on the Pacuare River. • The luxuriant rainforest that surrounds the Pacuare Lodge is a private reserve that forms part of the largest network of protected areas in Central America, covering more than 1.2 million acres of tropical wilderness. • All of the staff at the Pacuare Lodge are from local communities, and the friendly, casual atmosphere has been cited by guests as one of the most pleasant aspects of their stay. • 8 onsite experiences included during your stay
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Free internet
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Free breakfast
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Breakfast available
Facial treatments
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Non-smoking hotel
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Alonso E wrote a review Sep 6
Heredia, Costa Rica19 contributions3 helpful votes
Where to begin... if you want to be treated like royalty while being in the middle of the forest this is the place where you need to be! We drove our own car and arrived to the meeting point about 30 minutes early, no problem, the folks from the hotel were already there and ready for us to follow them to their private parking lot, they have sparkling clean rest rooms in case you need them. We moved our stuff to their pickup truck and they drove us down to the river, were the experiencing began by crossing the river on a basket hanging from steel cables. Alvaro was our driver and he was very nice, always respectful of COVID measures, just like everyone else in the lodge. Josue and Greivin were waiting for us on the other side of the river and took us to the main lodge and then to our room. Josue gave us an detailed explanation of all the activities they have in the hotel and created a full schedule for us, we were all set and ready for the adventure: zip lining, walk to the waterfall, night wild life walk, breakfast at the nest, birdwatching walk, etc! All of it in just two days. Everyone called us for our names and made every possible effort to make us feel welcome and delighted! I am sure I will forget some people, my apologies in advance, but Luis, Alex, Erick, Abigail, Josue, Adrian, Greivin, Giovanni, Esteban, Olman, and Ivan were amazing! The room was great, the food was to die for, the swimming pool is just spectacular and the spa in front of the river makes getting a massage an experience hard to forget. We are very thankful for 2 days of amazing experiences and will be back soon!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello from Pacuare Lodge! We deeply appreciate the recognition of our individual staff members: from the drivers, kitchen staff, naturalist guides, spa, etc! We are glad you chose our lodge for your birthday celebration and that you enjoyed your room, our jungle pool, activities and spa! We hope to have you again in the future at our lodge (maybe try out rafting!) or at any of our sister properties: Lapa Rios Lodge, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge. We treat all of our guests as royalty!
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MsKristyClaire wrote a review Aug 2021
10 contributions2 helpful votes
My best friend and I had a magical jungle experience at Pacuare! The drive to the lodge was great. Pepe was an excellent guide and our breakfast at Cafe Viñas was delicious. The owner of the cafe is incredibly sweet and taught us all about his home grown coffee. We didn’t get to raft into the lodge because the river was too dangerous (due to heavy rainfall) so we took a 4x4 vehicle to get in which was really fun too. The lodge itself is absolutely stunning, and the tours were so much fun. It’s the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. We went on waterfall hikes, did the canopy tour, and went bird watching. Our guides, Luis and Geovanny were absolutely amazing! They’re so nice and knowledgeable. They really made the tours special. The spa was incredible! We booked a river stone massage for two, overlooking the river, and it was so amazing that we got a second one the next day. Maureen, Milla, and Catia are fantastic! As far as getting around the lodge, you can walk or be driven in an electric vehicle. We had the pleasure of having Walter as one of our drivers, and he was so sweet. As far as the food goes, I fell in love with the French toast and pancakes for breakfast, the rice and beans for lunch, and their beef tenderloin for dinner. Huge compliments to Chef Fabian! Luckily, we got to raft out of the lodge, which was the highlight of our trip. Pablo and Kenneth were our expert guides who ensured that our float was perfect. At the end of the float, we were transported to our next hotel by Cristian, who made sure we were comfortable and could stop to get food or anything we needed along the way. Pacuare Lodge is absolutely spectacular, and the staff there truly go out of their way to ensure that you have a wonderful experience. We are so grateful to have met all of these amazing people, and we can’t wait to come back!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Claire from Pacuare Lodge! Thank you for your amazing review, it can only be a reflection of your and your friend's experience at our lodge. We are indeed the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure! Aside from experiencing our tours, spa, cuisine we sincerely appreciate highlighting our amazing staff members. They strive to provide the best experience to travelers to Costa Rica! Even though our lodge is rather isolated and local population is sparse we are committed to hire staff members from neighboring communities. We hope to have you back in the near future at Pacuare Lodge and/or at any of our sister lodges: Lapa Rios, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge.
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Nate B wrote a review Aug 2021
Marietta, Georgia134 contributions88 helpful votes
Perhaps our challenge here were the high expectations we had after a previous visit to CR where we stayed at a sister property, Lapa Rios. This lodge isn’t up to that standard - at least not currently. To begin, there are many amazing things about this property. First, it is beautiful. We stayed in one of the villas high up above the resort. The birding from our deck was very good. The villa was huge, comfortable, and difficult to leave. Second, with only rare exception, the staff are incredibly kind and genuinely interested in your enjoyment. We had many trips (night hike; zip line; waterfall hike; indigenous hike) with Luis - remarkable knowledge and enthusiastic to share it. We did a bird walk with Gio and he, too, is a pleasure to spend time with. We rafted out with Paulo (sorry if misspelled) and he was perfect. What a memory - best way to leave a hotel ever! Third, the hiking to the waterfalls, and the pleasure of a swim after working to get there, was a daily joy. Those are the amazing things - the good things were the food and the spa. The treatments at the spa (we went twice) were very good quality but in neither case did what we booked resemble what we received. As an example, and hand and foot massage usually involves some massaging of the hands. Not this time. But again, it just means I received that much better a foot massage. Certainly a first world problem! The not so good things is that while they make an effort to clearly plan how tours, etc., will go, it isn’t how they go. So you need to be prepared to be flexible. Don’t think you can be sure the day will go as planned. The one instance here were it was really frustrating is that it is pretty clear the hotel gave us a wrong time for a tour. When we arrived (too early, as it turned out) the manager on duty concocted what was clearly a tangled web of lies to try and make it seem like a simple miscommunication was the fault of bad weather (it was fine), guides stuck in transit (there were two guides working during our stay and they were both in sight), etc. Just tell the truth - it left such a bad taste in our mouths. This same thing happened on the day of our Covid test where the plans changed and what should have taken a short time down at the business office ended up requiring returning to our room and wasting much of our last morning waiting for the nurse (who did come and who was great) where if we had honest communication we could have spent a couple of hours doing another walk before leaving. Finally, I want to repeat what others have noted - Abby (sorry if misspelled) at the front desk was amazing! Again, so many kind and hard working people are here. I hope the few problems that exist are not something you experience when you go!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded Aug 16, 2021
Hello Nate, thank you for your thorough review of your stay at Pacuare Lodge. We are glad you liked your villa, and yes, they are hard to leave to explore the rainforest and take a dip at the waterfalls. Luis and Gio are two of our most knowledgeable guides, with vast insight of the flora and fauna that surrounds our lodge. As locals that live close to our lodge, they are proud and enthusiastic guides that want to share everything they know with visitors. We are lucky to have them as part of our staff, same as Paulo and Abi! Thank you for bringing up the issues with the timing of one of the tours and the test. We take very seriously the experiences at Pacuare Lodge and we always strive to be our best, to provide a personalized service to every one of our guests. Your feedback is indeed very valuable to us. We can only improve! We appreciate your visit to our sister property Lapa Rios Lodge.
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Kimberly9476 wrote a review Jul 2021
Carlsbad, California87 contributions32 helpful votes
This raft in lodge is a perfect adventure for couples or adventurous families with older children. After being picked up super early from San Jose (we stayed at Grano de Oro -very nice). we began the journey in a van with another family. The drive is absolutely stunning once you leave the city. The coffee plantation we stopped at was a surprise treat. The gentleman and his family (!) made us breakfast (typical food) that was delicious. The coffee is a real treat as he prepares it pour over style. And, the views as you dine and look over the valley are incredible! He has a dog and some chickens that are entertaining. And, I could not pull my teens away from the brand new black lab mix puppy. This scenery and very warm hospitality here really sets the mood. You start your raft adventure with guides who raft your luggage in a separate boat. The Pacuare River, voted one of the world’s most picturesque by Nat Geo, does not disappoint. It’s is gorgeous from start to finish. Arriving is also breathtaking. Nestled smack dab in the middle of the jungle, this is really luxury Glamping. Of note: 1. No A/C but cools down nicely at night. 2. Rooms are in the jungle so you will see bugs - but despite the rooms having some small openings for critters to get in - we haven’t seen but 1 or 2 in the room. And we are quite diligent about immediately securing the screened doors when we come/go. 3. The service is fabulous and everyone does our of their way to make you comfortable and cater to your needs. 4. Spa was a highlight. I highly recommend! No frills. Just a simple room with 2 tables (I did it with my husband and the teens did them together) with great massages! No need for spa sounds to be piped in! The River (which is only a few feet away) and the jungle sounds (which are very loud) are as soothing as it gets. 5. If you have good allergies or special requests, I encourage you to email the lodge prior to arrival. We have a vegan, food allergies and 2 extremely picky eaters. They’ve been very accommodating for us despite having a small/medium menu that does not change. (Tip: simple children menu type food is not on the menu. Yet, when I asked if they could possibly make chicken tenders for the one picky - they did - and they were delicious! 6. Everyone speaks English and Spanish. Out of respect, we use the local language as much as possible and make our kids do the same. But, we had zero issues communicating here. Tips: 1. Bring snacks, a small portable cooler and Yeti type cups. They will give you ice. It melts very quickly. Wish I had my collapsible cooler! No fridge. No minibar. No snacks or store if kids (or you) get hungry during day. 2. Look at menu online and decide what you will want. They will ask you before each meal (I.e. the lunch menu was read aloud to us on the drive the raft in - made it hard to remember all the options.) Email them if there are times that are no go for you. 3. Have your children/teens look at menu. If they’re not going to eat any of it - ask for special requests (chicken tenders, French fries, etc.) 4. Meals are as follows: Breakfast 7:30 - 9 Lunch 1-2 Dinner 7-9 Pastries and coffee are available mid day by reception. 5. There is an extensive bar menu (add to cost). The house made cocktails are very good - but they’ll make you whatever you want. 6. Do not keep open food of sweet drinks in room. You don’t want to attract the bugs. 7. We brought an expensive pair of binoculars. Great increment for anywhere you go in Costa Rica! 8. The excursions are included (zip line etc)! You’ll be asked what you want to do each day. The night tour was awesome! You will see animals that you would never during the day. It’s completely safe. 9. If traveling with older children, I’d suggest getting the River suites for them and booking parents in the Linda Vista Villas. We are in Naturi in this area and we all convene here together during the day. Private small pool in a Huge huge deck overlooking river with a large daybed swing (they love that) as well as a bath tub (which we use as a hot tub). So nice to have the family together when we want but our separate places at night for privacy and sleep. (The kids River suites are stunning too! 2 large decks, bedroom, large bathroom, indoor shower and huge outdoor shower which they think is pretty cool! 10. Bring bug spray with Deet. (I know - so unAmerican - but it’s been great at keeping them away from me). And anti itch bite cream just in case. My hubby is a mosquito magnet. So much so that if I am next to him, I don’t need spray. But, we have had zero issues with bug bites since being here. Insects - yes. But, not too many mosquitos at all. 11. They give you flashlights but we have headlamps from REI and feel these work much better. I’d say minimum age for kids to enjoy would be about 7/8. You have to be 12 to raft in, which is really a huge part of the experience. So, we waited until our little one turned 13 and it was the right decision. He is also very kid enough to participate in the zip lining and other activities now so the wait was worth it. (Kids under 12/13?? I’d suggest Isla Chiquita for Glamping first. Then come here as a couple or with teens). I was worried 2 nights wouldn’t be enough. But, for us, it is. We have had plenty of time to enjoy 2 days (arrive noon day 1 and still have time for lunch and activity and spa). An entire next day for same (and the same menu). But depart early day 3 after breakfast. Oh! And the raft times are set in stone. So most likely you’ll have to arrive San Jose, spend night (Grano de Oro was perfect for this - and the restaurant across the street was one of the best Spanish tapas we have very had! You’ll be picked up early. 2.5 hours to the raft in (broken up by the stop to the wonderful coffee plantation and unbelievable views) /2 hours raft in (class 1 and 2 rapids. Nothing scary. And a fun waterfall stop!). Arrive around Noon. Settle in - lunch- activity- dinner. Day of departure. Leave after breakfast around 9/10am. Then 3.5/4 hours raft our class 3 and 4 rapids. This is a must do if you’re an adventurous family or couple. (It’s very romantic for couples). It is truly Pura Vida!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded Jul 16, 2021
Hello Kimberly! The best from us to you and your adventurous family. Thank you for your detailed and very informative review of your rafting trip and experiences at Pacuare Lodge. We are sure many others will find your tips extremely useful when planning their visit to Costa Rica and our lodge: room types, what to bring, our menu, spa, activities! Indeed our lodge is a unique destination, with the added attraction of the Pacuare river, one of the top rapids in the world! A very warm Pura Vida from all of us at Pacuare Lodge. If you all plan to visit Costa Rica in the future, consider our sister lodges Lapa Rios Lodge, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge, all located in very distinct natural destinations.
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rterrell568 wrote a review Jun 2021
Indianapolis15 contributions17 helpful votes
my husband and I just spent 6 unforgettable nights at Pacuare Lodge. Words cannot describe the beauty of this place, the luxurious accommodations, top of the line service and excellent food. Not to mention the outstanding outdoor activities and guides that make them happen every day! Here are some tips, comments and recognition for the fantastic staff that keeps this place running with great work and effort. - Pack light; a carry on should be plenty! You will not need a lot in the jungle - Pack some water shoes with closed toe that can also be used for walks through the jungle. We found some at Cabelas for $40 a pair and were perfect. Dry quickly and have sole for walking through the mud and jungle. Don’t go fancy or pack your heavy hiking boots! - Bring some insect repellent. The bugs are not bad but they are around and will bite! - Bring some sunscreen as well. Lots of shade but when the sun comes out, it’s strong - Pack a night light, it will c9me handy at night or for the night walking tour - Pack a Go Pro camera if you have one and a plastic holder around your neck to hang your cell phone and protect it from water when rafting or capturing your pictures while canyoning, zip lining, etc - Pack clothes that are dry fit. Cotton and jean type material won’t dry! The lodge offers complimentary laundry but we did not want to abuse their generosity - Do the water rafting to get to the lodge and out of it. Both were so much fun and breathtakingly beautiful! - Food is really good and chef Fabian and his team do a tremendous job with fresh ingredients. The fruit is the most flavorful we’ve tasted in a long time! - Dilani makes mean cocktails and are so worth it, we recommend the Caminata margarita, the Don Juan mojito and the non-alcoholic agua de sapo - Fruit smoothies are made to order with any fruit you can think of. The papaya and watermelon and mango are awesome - We stayed at a Linda vista and it was a gorgeous room. Put real candles in your room every night, strongly recommend the Linda villas, since they have gorgeous views and are slightly higher, so you don’t hear the river as much, which is loud - Bring some ear plugs (cheap ones used for swimming that are made of waxy material). They will help you muffle the noises are night - Book a massage and facial at the sap. Best massages ever. Katia and her partner are the best! We want to thank the entire and wonderful staff at Pacuare: Ricardo, our amazing rafting guide and waiter, Olger and Alex who took care of us at morning and lunch; Forta, David, Susana and Giovani, for their outstanding help as they did hikes, zip lining with us; Abi from reception who was always so eager to help. A special thank you and shoutout to Luis, for teaching us so much about the Cavecar culture, his ability to spot toucans and sloths and show them to us, for how much he shared about the habitat and the animals and plants and for his absolute dedication to make our visit unforgettable. Do not hesitate! Book a trip at Pacuare and it will last a lifetime!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded Jun 27, 2021
Wow, this is more than a review! It is a useful and detailed guide as to what to pack and what activities to do when visiting Pacuare Lodge. Rafting is a must to have a complete Pacuare experience! We deeply appreciate the recognition of our individual staff members: from the rafting guides, kitchen staff, naturalist guides, spa, management! We are glad you enjoyed your Linda Vista Villa and our Jawa Juü Spa. We hope to have you again in the future at our lodge or at any of our sister properties! Pura vida from Costa Rica.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pacuare Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Pacuare Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Finca Integral La Luisa (3.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pacuare Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Pacuare Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pacuare Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Pacuare Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Pacuare River.
Does Pacuare Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.