Pacuare Lodge

One of National Geographic’s ‘Unique Lodges of the World’, Pacuare Lodge provides Costa Rica’s most intimate rainforest experience.


Pacuare River, Turrialba.

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Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.
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Pacuare Lodge

Hidden in the remote rainforest above the Pacuare River this lodge provides unexpected levels of luxury and comfort. Sumptuous suites have top quality beds, linens and bathrooms and each has a private terrace with your own view of the rainforest. Meals are a showcase of local produce prepared by food lovers and during your stay you can share a romantic, candle-lit meal by the river with a loved one or dine in The Nest, a platform in the branches of a might kapok tree 20 metres above the forest floor. Activities include a choice of rainforest hikes, exciting river rafting and visits to local Cabecar Indian communities. Back at the lodge you can enjoy a swim in the infinity pool and indulge in soothing, restorative treatments at the spa, leaving you feeling deeply relaxed.

Why go to Pacuare Lodge?

From the moment you arrive – either by raft on the river or gondola over the water – you know you’re in for a treat! Pacuare Lodge is in a private reserve that is part of the largest network of protected areas in Central America. Daily excursions on foot and by boat enable you to penetrate the rainforest. Thrill seekers will love the canopy zip wires and the canyoning adventure which combines hiking, climbing and abeiling, while others may opt for birdwatching and walking along paths used by native Indians for hundreds of years. This activity is balanced by time to unwind at the lodge, enjoying the secluded luxury of your suite, surrendering to the expert ministrations of spa therapists and savouring fine food in some a variety of locations including 20 metres up in a tree!

Wildlife around Pacuare Lodge

The luxuriant rainforest that surrounds 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. With all this cover mammals are extremely hard to spot, though they are here and include the jaguar. Pacuare Lodge actively supports a project to study jaguars in the Pacuare Protected Zone, with the aim of developing conservation policies to protect this endangered species.

Pacuare Lodge is a great birdwatching location due to the variety of bird species in the area. These include many exotic birds such as the sun bittern, red-throated ant-tanager, black-cheeked woodpecker and a variety of colourful toucans and hummingbirds. The rainforest is also rich in butterflies and exquisite tropical flowers.

Pacuare Lodge Highlights

  • Accessible only by raft or gondola
  • Setting deep in a private rainforest reserve
  • Mix of nature and adventure activities
  • Superbly sited and equipped suites
  • Private dining in The Nest in the branches of a tree
  • Staffed by people from local communities
  • Relax with a massage at the spa or a swim in the infinity pool
  • Committed to sustainable tourism

Pacuare Lodge Location

Pacuare Lodge


  • 20 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Pacuare Lodge’s adventure package includes:
    • Transport from San Jose.
    • Services of a bilingual guide.
    • Breakfast en-route on the first day.
    • Pacuare River rafting trip with professional guides and all equipment.
    • Accommodation and all meals at the lodge.
    • Hot drinks.
    • Sustainability tour.
    • 1 hour hike to the waterfall.
    • Transport back to San Jose with guide.
    • Lunch on the last day.
  • Children over 7 years are welcome. The minimum age for rafting is 12 years. Younger children need to travel to and from the lodge by ground transport, accompanied by an adult


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Jawa Juu Spa
  • Infinity pool
  • The Nest treetop dining deck
  • Charging points for batteries in reception
  • Free Wi-Fi in reception


  • Canyoning tour
  • Canopy adventure tour
  • Cabecar cultural experience and rainforest hike
  • Dawn birdwatching trip
  • Choice of hiking routes
  • White water rafting grade III-IV
  • Paddle an inflatable kayak through grade II rapids

Pacuare Lodge Rooms

There are 19 suites (8 River Suites, 4 River View Suites, 1 Canopy Honeymoon Suite and  6 Linda Vista Suites)  and 1 Jaguar Villa all together.

River Suites

Linda Vista Suites

Jaguar Villa

Rana the frog likes this because…

“The lodge is fully committed to sustainable tourism and strives to limit any negative impact their operations may have. They operate programmes to support conservation and benefit nearby communities. The lodge was constructed using sustainable timber, they generate their own energy using a water turbine, showers are solar heated and toiletries are biodegradable.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Costa Rica Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of latin America through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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