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2022 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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Alexandra Cross wrote a review Aug 13
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom13 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a once in a lifetime stay here. As a group of 8 we were well looked after by all staff, and within minutes of arriving we had already seen a wide variety of wildlife. The swimming pool is absolutely gorgeous and there are many activities available. We took part in the waterfall hike, the nature walk at night, and the jaguar talk. In addition to this, the highlight for me was the the white water rafting. This was such an exhilarating experience and our guide Ricardo made our time both exciting and safe. We also had the opportunity to swim in the river during our journey. I would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling in Costa Rica, you will not be disappointed!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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We're very exited that we met the expectations of your group of 8 during your stay at Pacuare Lodge! Yes, rafting in and out of our lodge through the class 3 and 4 is an experience in its own. Thank you for hightlighting our amazing staff who are always eager to make our guests feel right at home, from the guides of the hikes to our kitchen staff. 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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E Beattie wrote a review Aug 3
Kent, United Kingdom34 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed here for 3 days and I wish it had been 2 weeks! It was the most incredible, gorgeous place, with beautiful lodges and swimming pool. It had the most lovely attentive staff - by dinner on the first day they all knew our names! The meals were all 3 courses of delicious fresh food and dinner was eaten by candlelight. There was so many activities included to choose from, including a waterfall hike and night hike. The rafting out down the river was amazing fun - although I was scared at first, our guide Ricardo was so experienced and friendly, I quickly lost all fear and had the best time. Overall a really incredible place. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 1 week ago
We are so glad that your stay at Pacuare Lodge surpassed your expectations! Thank you for your kind words about your experiences during your stay: Our rainforest adventures, rafting the Pacuare River, our villas, our dining experience and last, but not least our amazing staff such as Ricardo. We hope to have you again in the future and that hopefully you can visit our sister properties: Lapa Rios Lodge, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge, all located in unique destinations in Costa Rica.
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logandale925 wrote a review Jul 2022
Gilbert5 contributions
Pacuare Lodge is as well maintained a place can be while keeping the genuine vegetation around it pristine and original. Our river raft guides were experts that kept us safe and having fun even when we were nervous. The "rooms" were clean and open and really showcased the beauty of Costa Rica. Every tour guide, waiter, staff member in general was kind, attentive, caring, friendly and helpful. They answered every question, got to know us and we got to know them and they felt like friends immediately. Dennis, Dave, Elqin, Raphael Aidol, to name a few. The spa was clean and relaxing the food was phenomenal and our stay was absolutely perfect. In our group we did zip lining, indigenous tribe tour, night hike, waterfall hike, bird watching and massages. Highly recommend, I wish I could give it 10 stars!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded Jul 4, 2022
On behalf us all of us at Pacuare Lodge, I would like to thank you for sharing this great review about our lodge! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experiences: dining, spa, rafting, zip lining, Cabecar tour, waterfall hike, etc. What we appreciate the most is your mention of our amazing staff who always excel at making our guests feel right at home. We hope to have you back in the rainforest of Costa Rica in the near future and/or at any of our Böëna Wilderness Lodges!
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liketoeatWestchester wrote a review Jul 2022
Westchester102 contributions74 helpful votes
Pacuare met and surpassed our very high expectations. The setting, experiences , guides, food, lodging all 5 star. In the rainforest. Unique and special We had a small water issue in our original lodging and were upgraded to the magnificent Puma villa. Never slept better with the roar of the river. And the guides and very safe and expert. Can't wait to return
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Recommend staying at least 3 nights. And bring all quick dry clothes as everything stays damp. ...
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded Jul 3, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at Pacuare Lodge. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the hospitality provided by our team, guides and staff. And we concur, sleeping with the sound of the river is the best! We're happy that you're happy, and we're looking forward to a future visit at our lodge and/or at any of our sister lodges, all part of Böëna Wilderness Lodges.
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Beachismyhappyplace wrote a review Jun 2022
Waxahachie, Texas7 contributions
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We arrived via white water rafting on May 29, 2022. I was a little bit nervous for the adventure but our guides (who’s names I do not remember) explained what was going to happen in excellent detail. During the lulls in action, places of interest along the astoundingly beautiful river were pointed out. They took extremely good care of us and this was the first time (of so many) that complete pride was shown for (their country) Costa Roca, the people and for Pacuare Lodge. Once we made it to the lodge the best experience started. Nia at reception explained how the lodge works and all that was available. The activities are all included with your stay. Do all the things. The first day I stepped completely outside my comfort zone and we did the Waterfall Rappelling. David and Dennis were AMAZING. Dennis stayed right by my chicken self. At one point I must have looked terrified as he looked at me and asked if I was okay. David is the trickster of the two. Watch for him to sneak up and give you a little fright. He’s also the one running the ropes at the bottom and again took amazing care. The food is authentic and healthy and also abundant. The Tuna Poke bowl was by far my favorite. Every person who waited on us knew our name, who we like our coffee and what our favorite juice was. The room….we had Heliconia and it was just perfect. The rooms are screened in and AC isn’t needed. There is a magic ceiling fan that kept the room perfect. The balcony is huge, the bathroom huge, and the outdoor shower is the perfect addition to the room. Privacy like no other. The plunge pool was also magnificent. We had coffee delivered first thing in the mornings. Perfect. The night walking tour and the water fall tour with Kenneth and Eric is where the real magic was. Kenneth has so much knowledge about the property, the birds, lizards, history and every single a deck of wildlife there. Eric spotted sloth and an owl that was easily 500 yards from where we stood. These two gentleman were perfect examples of being proud to work for this amazing lodge, in this amazing country. Ask for them and you will be smarter for it. The relationship the lodge has with the land is a gift. Nothing is taken for granted and I feel like the lodge equally gives back to the land, the indigenous people from the area and appreciated all of it. Well done, Pacuare Lodge. We could all learn from you. The rafting out are class 3 and 4 rapids. Not going to lie here, I was a nervous belly again. Ricardo was our raft captain and OG was our spotter. They were awesome. We were also served lunch a little more than halfway down the river. Best lunch ever. Safety was key here for everyone. It was fun and the perfect ending to our stay. 1000% would visit this spectacular lodge again! If I could sum this up with just a word or two if would be that Pacuare Lodge and everyone who works there is happy to share their love of Costa Roca with you. They have everything you need for an amazing stay.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded Jun 6, 2022
We deeply appreciate taking your time to share this amazing review of your stay and experiences at Pacuare Lodge! Rafting the rapids is a must even if it is your first time. As you mentioned, our knowledgable guides focus on your safety first and then on making the trip an enjoyable experience. Not only action but plenty of rainforest and fauna that they will be glad to point out. Our lodge provides all the comfort that traveler’s need: amazing cuisine, informative tours, restful nights, all in the middle of the rainforest! Our staff do love our home country, including right down to the neighboring indigenous communities. 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 and sharing the same values of conservation and community: Böëna Wilderness Lodges. Please visit Boena.com to learn more.
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Penny C wrote a review Jun 2022
berkshire21 contributions5 helpful votes
There are almost no words to describe quite how lovely the Pacuare lodge is. It all starts with the pick up from San Jose. We were met by the lovely Ivan who drove us to the drop in point for rafting via the most delicious breakfast on a local small holding. Ivan then transformed into our raft pilot. My incredibly nervous husband who had never rafted before and was adamant he wouldnt raft out down the more challenging stretch of rapids was so filled with confidence from the care he received on the way in that he did it and is so pleased he didnt miss the even more gorgeous stretch of river on the way to Squirres. Rooms are very comfortable and nestle in nature. We stayed in a river suite and slept the best i have in a long time, lulled by the sound of the river. Theres no need for aircon as the fans do a perfct job of just keeping you at the right temperature. Loads of activities to do and the team who run them are knowledgeable, very safety conscious and fabulous fun. Spa was an amazing experience, Infinity pool divine. Need at least 3 nights there in our view to do the place justice. Food was simply amazing. Great quality and more than enough choice. When you think of the logistics of building and running a place of this quality in such a remote location I am in awe. Totally blown away by the speed of the wifi too - never expected that! Lunch on the way out was quite something too on the up turned raft. How they spirited together such a delicious picnic on an upturned raft was very clever. Amazing burritos! Love how the lodge involve the local indigenous tribesfolk too . Shout outs must go to Ivan, Kenneth, Erik, Lewis, Idol, Elkin, Nicole, David and Olher. I am positive there were many more who helped to make our stay so magical and i am sorry I cant remember more names. Would go back in a heartbeat. Worth every penny.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded Jun 1, 2022
Thank you Penny for taking the time to post a review of our lodge. We are so happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the Pacuare River rapids, dining experience, our service, rooms, infinity pool and spa! We are the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Indeed sleep is deep when surrounded by the sounds of the nearby river. We hope to have you both back in the near future at Pacuare Lodge and/or at any of our sister lodges Böëna Wilderness Lodges.
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cheryl s wrote a review May 2022
Jerusalem, Israel14 contributions15 helpful votes
Review of Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica May 18, 2022 ONE PICTURE WOULDN’T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE!!! If you’re planning on a trip to Costa Rica, this is a MUST GO TO stop. Check out their web site, but the pictures don’t paint the full picture. From the time we met with Nicole, our Experience Designer, the excitement mounted. Everyone we were involved with were so helpful and gracious. When every single person told us how much they loved working there, you could feel their sincerity. I have no idea how almost everyone knew our names by the next morning. It is an all inclusive thingie, except for drinks. When they say “Eco”, it’s no joke. Don’t bring your hair dryer or electronics. Also, the weight limit duffle stuff? Mind it!!! Eco however doesn’t mean that a single thing was missing. Our river front lodge was 5 star (at least in my eyes), luxurious and so comfortable. No AC, so dress accordingly. Screens on 3 sides gave plenty of breeze. (no windows!) Lighting was fine, but if you need a bright light to read, better bring something. There is wifi in places and satellite reception was pretty decent. You can send pix to family, but I wouldn’t bring your laptop. (there was enough power to charge our phones and my camera.) On other hand, when you can sit and drink and listen to the sounds of the rain forest, and the rapids in the river, why would you be using your laptop or reading anyway, right??? Ok, some details: You really need 3 nites to fully experience this adventure. Really!!! This was a splurge, no question, but if you can, just do it. Getting in and out is by raft. The arrival we were told was amazing. The departure was major class rapids and was a total thrill. Think about getting a waterproof housing for your iPhone or camera! Plan to jump off during some of the quiet runs and just float. At the end, there are showers, nice soft towels and drinks for purchase. Our arrival was messed up by a late flight so we had to drive in. This was a worthy second choice, but not for the faint hearted. The driver they arranged was full of history. 2.5 hours from San Jose, with a stop for a ‘traditional’ breakfast with a fantastic vista. Then more driving to some roadside place where a 4x4 clearly all wheel and well used shortly joined us. Then 35 minutes down a mountain goat trail to the side of a river. Up onto a metal cage hanging over a river that was a one man-rope-power. Then into an electric cart to finish the trip. Daily activities, or adventures, as they say, are amazing. Again, you really need 3 days to get to all of them and still have some time to unwind. I can’t begin to rate them, just do them all. They have a slew of staff: main hotel, food service, river guides, naturalists and adventure staff. All great at what they do. The beauty of Costa Rica and it’s preservation is clearly a national passion. You really do want to get up at 0530 at least once, and don’t miss the night hike. btw, while it all can sound like this is a trip for super in shape adventurers, it’s really not. Definitely not for significant handicaps, but if you’re able to walk uphill at a slow pace, you’ll be good to go. If you have time to relax, and have a river front cabin, save time to swing on the hammock on the front porch. We didn’t have time for a massage but folks we met had rave reviews and smelled out of this world!!! There is even an exercise room for those of us that can’t go without additional torture. Basic, but everything you need for a good workout. Food was everything the web site described and then some. We did the full vegan/veggie option and each meal outdid the one before. You don’t want to miss a meal and make sure you save room for dessert! We fell in love with a “Tico Sour” made with local liquor and lots of lime. A pre-dinner drink upstairs can come with some guac, salsa and chips and shouldn’t be missed. OK, enough of all this. Put this on your must-do list and start day dreaming.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded May 20, 2022
Hello Cheryl, this is more than a review! It is a useful and detailed guide with tips as to what to pack and expect and what activities to do when visiting Pacuare Lodge. Rafting is a must do for a complete Pacuare experience! Our commitment is to provide an immersive rainforest eco experience without losing any comforts during your stay. We deeply appreciate the recognition of our staff members such as Nicole, they are an integral part of our lodge and most are from nearby communities Hopefully you’ll again in the future to try out our spa and more Tico Sours. Also consider any of our sister properties, all part of Böëna Wilderness Lodge: Lapa Rios Lodge, Tortuga Lodge and Monteverde Lodge. Pura vida from Costa Rica!
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Audrey L wrote a review May 2022
Toronto, Canada34 contributions27 helpful votes
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We visited Costa Rica and chose to stay at three Böëna wildlife lodges. Pacuare was our second lodge and the most unusual. Getting there was not your usual drive up the door and jump out of the car. You have to cross a river and doing so is part of the fun. Arriving at this beautiful lodge and unpacking in our private, well appointed "suite" was a treat. The room was so comfortable and the outdoor area so special overlooking the river. We were surrounded by wildlife. We went birding and zip lining and ate gourmet meals that were as good as we have eaten anywhere in the world. The day we zip lined with our guides Dave and David we ended that adventure by having our lunch on a platform in a tree 25 metres in the air called the Nest. We were served hot food and cold margaritas. It does not get better. Arriving at Pacuare Lodge was fun but leaving was a whole other experience. White water rafting out through gorgeous scenery and a picnic lunch topped it all off. We had a wonderful three days at Pacuare.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded May 8, 2022
Hello Audrey from all of us at Pacuare Lodge and Böëna Wilderness Lodges! Thank you for your kind words about your experiences during your stay: Ziplining to your meal (The Nest), rafting adventures (to arrive and depart), suite, and last, but not least our amazing staff. We created the brand Boena Wilderness Lodges that encompasses our sister lodges Lapa Rios Lodge, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge, all located in unique destinations in Costa Rica and each with its own unique flavor and character.
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Jon S wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
Amazing place. Love the activities available. The apartments are really well done. The overall logistics of creating a place like that in the middle of nowhere is incredibly impressive. As someone who finds that interesting, I wished everyone who worked there understood the growth of the place from bell tents to stunning lodges. The raft down was good fun too, though I think we were unlucky with our guide who had a bit of an ego and thought it was a military operation, which did take a bit of the fun out of it all with the shouting and constant corrections compared to the raft in front who seemed to be having more fun, but you can't win it all! And we still enjoyed ourselves as a group regardless! The pool area is incredible also, with a stunning area. The manager was great and welcoming. Staff, especially Dennis and Eric were great on the hike. Great knowledge and passion for where they are and their environment with a genuine interest in their surroundings and nature.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The trek is long but worth it. Don't wear a white cotton t shirt unless you are comfortable...
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Pacuare Lodge
Responded May 2, 2022
Hello from Pacuare Lodge! Thank you for your thoughtful review of your stay and experiences. As you mentioned, we have come a long way from being a tent camp, more than 30 years ago! We sincerely appreciate highlighting our amazing staff members such as Dennis and Eric. They strive to provide the best experience to travelers to Costa Rica! Regarding your feedback of the rafting experience, please keep in mind that every raft, guide and paddlers are unique team in unique conditions and it is the guide's responsability to ensure the safety of our guests. 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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Sabir T wrote a review Apr 2022
New York City, New York97 contributions83 helpful votes
One of best experiences in Costa Rica. The fact you can come and go in white water raft is very unique. The staff is friendly. The activities are great. The food is fulfilling and pretty good but not par to the price paid. Service is a bit slow at the restaurant. This is an intimate resort and for to know a lot of the guests as we were doing activities together. We stayed on vista villa and this was the best part of the hotel. The room is grand and unique, albeit the plunge pool is cold. Loved the candles at night but lighting was minimal at night, which is understood as you are in the jungle after all. Will come back here in 10 years again with our kids. Tip: get the Linda vista. It is what makes this experience unique.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Apr 26, 2022
Thank you for your kind words about you arrival navigating the rapids of the Pacuare River plus our rainforest adventures, villas, our dining experience and last, but not least our amazing staff. We hope to have you again in the future and that hopefully you can visit our sister properties: Lapa Rios Lodge, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge, all located in unique destination in Costa Rica.
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$1,211 - $1,543 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of LimonPacuare River
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20
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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.
Does Pacuare Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pacuare Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Pacuare Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Pacuare River.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pacuare Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Pacuare Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.