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Overlooking the Pacuare River, Pacuare River 1000 Costa Rica
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2020 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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Overlooking the Pacuare River, Pacuare River 1000 Costa Rica
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport45 miSee all flights
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2011Italy wrote a review May 2020
New York City, New York137 contributions59 helpful votes
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We stayed in the NUTRIA (Linda Vista) villa and it was SPECTACULAR. Cannot recommend it highly enough. More than one staff person told us it was their favorite. It is right ON the river so you have an amazing view - we watched rafters go by every morning from our own private infinity pool. It is also very close to the main lodge and meeting area so you don't have to hike up trails or too far to get anywhere. LOVED it. The meals are SO good - we especially LOVED the rice pudding, the fruit smoothies, gazpacho, and the lunch salad. I regret that I cannot remember the exact dinner options but we truly enjoyed everything we ordered. One of us eats vegetarian and we had no trouble finding appropriate choices. Some people have said they felt the menu was rather limited; we did not. We noticed that nearly everyone who visits the Pacuare Lodge stays for 2 or at most 3 nights. We were the exception and stayed a week. Even after 5 days, we looked forward every day to our delicious lunch and splendid dinner. We ordered wine and that rosé at lunch was so decadent! The kitchen/bar will hold your open bottle for the next meal. Staff is outstanding at Pacuare Lodge. Warm, friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. We did bird watching almost every morning (we did get shut out one day) and it was SO worth it - we aren't birders but by the end of the week, we were spotting and naming them like pros! A highlight was the Indigenous Village Hike - WOW. Epic. It is every inch the strenuous hike it's advertised as. Now to be fair, it was very rainy when we visited so the hike was basically one giant mud slog all the way up and all the way down -- but it was magical to be up in the rainforest canopy, to see different birds, butterflies, a woolly opossum (!!!), dancing frog, and of course the visit to the Cabécar village. Truly memorable and once-in-a-lifetime. We also did the Hidden Waterfall Hike - it was a lot shorter and very manageable and the little waterfall was a real treat. You also get a feel for the entire grounds this way. The sloth sighting was a highlight! And the strawberry poison dart frog!! We were amazed by the innate knowledge of the staff who could identify wildlife - whether a bird or a frog - just by its song. We whitewater rafted IN and OUT - the trip out was a little harrowing but with the skillful assistance of our guides, we were left with a memory even on our way out. We were looking for the unusual in a trip to Costa RIca - a 1-stop resort so we wouldn't have to keep packing and unpacking along the way. In the Pacuare Lodge, we found it - we ziplined, we birdwatched, we saw a sloth, we hiked, we were in the rainforest, we whitewater rafted, and we ATE oh did we EAT! And all in the lap of luxury (from our private infinity pool!)! Cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Rachel186342 wrote a review Mar 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom22 contributions18 helpful votes
This was undoubtedly a unique experience and the highlight of our recent trip to Costa Rica. White-water rafting in and out was amazing (if a little scary at times, especially signing the waver on the bus!). Zip-lining and rappelling were other wonderful, exhilarating experiences. Thoughout all the activities, the guides/rangers were exceptional . Clearly safety was of paramount importance but they made all the activities fun and developing a rapport with everyone. Our river villa was lovely, spacious and comfortable. The food excellent and service very attentive. A wonderful experience all round.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Wrldadvent wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada351 contributions100 helpful votes
I want to share with you that we arrived at Pacuare Lodge under the extenuating circumstances of the coronavirus. We were there during a turbulent time where the lodge was going to close one day after we left, heartbreaking for all the service staff and could have been uncomfortable for us. However, the staff were amazing!! Service was first class and everyone made us feel comfortable and welcome. Each and every guide and waiter we connected with was amazing. However, Alex, our white water rafting guide was by far the best! He took great pride in his country and was knowledgeable about the river, the animals and the birds. And was upbeat even though our trip out of the lodge was his last one for some time (coronavirus closing). Truly thankful to have the opportunity to spend the day with him! We stayed in the Canopy room overlooking the Pacuare River high up on the trees. Such a treat! Stunning oasis! Truly breathtaking and the hike up to the top a few times a day gets your heart going (cannot be done with anyone with mobility issues although they do have golf carts to assist, we did not use them) Food was very fresh and delicious with many options for every eating style. Most of the activities are included, except some well off the property.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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winstonteaka wrote a review Feb 2020
Madisonville, Louisiana300 contributions175 helpful votes
Solo female trip,exceptional experience I will never forget! 3 meals a day/5 days, upscale menu, real veg options. The hikes were moderate to hard. The staff is trained to ensure guests of any activity level can partake. Rafting-I was nervous. The ride in was easy, great warm up. Ride out was absolutely gorgeous and exciting, I felt totally safe. WATERSAFE PHONE POUCH-YOU WANT THOSE PICTURES! Staff - Made treasured friends. Most staff have been there for 10+ years. They work hard and they seem genuinely happy. THE PEOPLE ARE THE EXPERIENCE, NOT THE ACTIVITIES. Shoes:water shoes, Keens, slip on sandal for dinner. They supply boots/socks for muddy days so don't lug hiking shoes.Clothes: read their packing list,bring quick dry material **Tipping: Get some colones,tip as you go. Take care of the guides who make the experience special, usually 2 per activity so $10-20/guide ($40 US or 22K CR). My envelope for general staff, which I had taken the time to write a personal note on for several individuals,was dumped into a tip container without a second glance. You have spent a decent amount to come here and I genuinely felt I got my money's worth - don't forget to budget for tips and plan to tip well for those who earn it! Tip generously, they earned it. I am an experienced traveler. I highly recommend Pacuare Lodge. You can go cheaper, but if you can afford this why not enjoy a little more luxury and comfort in the jungle? Some of my best toucan photos were taken from my bathtub:)
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Raindrops O wrote a review Feb 2020
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Just returned from a solo female trip to Pacuare. Exceptional experience I will never forget! Rooms - beyond exceptional, some are distant from reception but golf cart service was readily available. Immaculate, not a single bug inside. Low lighting ladies, no chance of putting on makeup so leave it at home. No hair dryers so just accept it and enjoy a few days off from hair care and let your natural beauty shine! Food - I have HIGH expectations. Ate 3 meals a day for 5 days and every single meal was great and I never ate anything twice! Fresh upscale choices (very surprised-as good as any upscale restaurant in US) with plenty of options for vegetarians or meat lovers, every bite was perfectly executed. Favs were the avocado roll for dinner app, curry add shrimp, beetroot risotto add seabass, tofu poke bowl. Yep. In the jungle. Cocktails are HUGE and tasty - the margarita spin was my favorite. Wine selection good not great but they have it!! Activities - I am 44 and in great shape. The long hike to the Cabecar home was a great hike but may be too much uphill for bad knees. I also hiked to the village, less aggressive but great hike. First time ziplining - the staff did a great job ensuring I was comfortable after a rough first run. I did every activity except canyoning. Rafting In/Out - I was nervous, never white water rafted before. The ride in was easy, great warm up and fun. The ride out was absolutely gorgeous and I felt totally safe because the guides are so good..we got stuck a few times and had some dicey moments because not everyone in the boat listens to instructions - despite that it was an incredible journey..lots of calm breaks between the short spurts of rapids. Absolutely glad I did it. BRING A WATERSAFE PHONE POUCH WITH A NECKLACE BAND OR YOU WILL REGRET IT - YOU WANT THOSE PICTURES! Most important part: The People - as a solo female traveler, you want to feel safe, have your alone time but also have company when you need it. The Pacuare Family became treasured friends over my 5 day stay (most stay 2-3 days). With only 1 or 2 exceptions, the staff had been there for 10+ years. They work hard -your raft guide will also serve your lunch most days -but they seem genuinely happy to be there and want guests to have a good time. I felt completely safe. Met one other single one night for dinner company but was invited nearly every night to join couples I had done activities with and gathered tips for future travel from people all over the world. International crowd for sure, honeymoon couples to highly seasoned travelers. On nights when I was sitting alone, my Pacuare friends practiced my Spanish with me. This was my 3rd visit to Costa Rica and the property itself has less wildlife than others I've been to, however, I did see sloths and as a bird watcher I did have plenty of new sightings. No monkeys here, but if you have other stops on your journey you will see them somewhere else. If this is your first rainforest trip, this would be an excellent starting point to ease in if you are nervous. Tip: Shoes - I had a pair of close toed, open sided Keen sandals, 2 pairs water shoes and one slip on sandal for dinner. The hikes can be muddy so they supply wellies and socks which I found more comfortable than expected and I was glad I hadn't lugged my heavy hiking shoes. Clothes - read their packing list - bring ONLY quick dry material clothes so you can rinse things if needed and dry on your outdoor clothesline in the sun. Maybe one cotton outfit for relaxing in your cabin at night, but not for daily activities as humidity makes it impossible to dry if you want to rinse and reuse. Laundry was available for a fee. Tipping - this was the part I heard many guests talking about - I would recommend changing some money to CR colones before you arrive so you can tip the guides along the way. You can use US dollars but this is a remote area and they probably have to figure out how to exchange for local currency. I made sure to take care of the ones who really made my experience special which was usually 2 people per activity so $10-20 per guide for the long hikes (so $40 US or around 22,000 colones), canyoning or ziplining and don't forget you will want to tip your raft guides on the way in and out! I am not convinced that if you leave tips with front desk that your guides will know. My envelope for general staff, which I had taken the time to write a personal note on for several individuals whom I did not tip directly, was dumped into a tip container without a second glance. You have spent a decent amount to come here and I genuinely felt I got my money's worth - don't forget to budget for tips and plan to tip well for those who earn it! I am an experienced traveler and would highly recommend Pacuare Lodge.. You can go cheaper, but if you can afford this why not enjoy a little more luxury and comfort in the jungle? Some of my best toucan photos were taken from my clawfoot bathtub:)
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: The nicest rooms are up a steep hill requiring drop off/pick up in golf cart. Riverview, Jaguar...
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$916 - $1,606 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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pacuare hotel turrialba
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of LimonPacuare River
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pacuare Lodge
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 mountain view available here.