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Pacuare Lodge

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9/10

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Highlights

- Renowned raft-in luxury eco-lodge
- Breath-taking rainforest location
- World Class White-Water Rafting
- Birdwatching, river adventures & cultural visits

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Overview

Tucked away in dense, untouched rainforest is the exceptional Pacuare Lodge, an amazing eco-hotel well suited to anyone with an adventurous spirit. It’s highly luxurious and very well run, and while it must be said that it’s on the expensive side, the property offers a superb all-round experience and we highly recommended a stay here to anyone who can afford it. Arrival at the lodge is via either ground or raft transfer – there’s a pick-up and drop-off service running at set times between various points in San Jose and Siquirres. The Pacuare River is known for being particularly picturesque; it’s a top destination for white water rafting because of its series of thrilling rapids, not to mention the unspoiled rainforest scenery that runs along either side of it.

Accommodation at the lodge consists of 20 thatched roof bungalow suites, each one of which stands apart from the others, affording plenty of privacy. All bungalows are positioned to make the most of the scenic views, and they all come with a private veranda. There are five categories of suite to choose from including Garden Suites with lush views of the exuberant rainforest, River View Suites which as their name suggests look out on to the Pacuare River, the Canopy Suite located high up in the treetops and the Linda Vista Villas which are nestled up on a ridge. Finally, there’s the impressive Jaguar Suite, the lodge’s largest and most luxurious. Some of the amenities common to all suites include indoor and outdoor showers, hammocks out on the veranda, an en-suite bathroom, bathrobes, a fan and luxury bedding. Some suites have fully tiled bathrooms and standalone bath tubs, and a laundry service is available. The lodge is committed to building with sustainable materials and all of the suites have a natural yet upmarket feel.

This stunning property provides first class access to all the wonders and delights of the rainforest. While it’s perhaps best known for its exhilarating, lengthy white-water rafting tours which pass through class III and IV rapids for unforgettable river adventures, there’s so much more on offer. There’s a multi-activity canyoning experience set in a rugged gorge, and an exciting treetop canopy tour. There’s also a more relaxing kayaking adventure down a calmer portion of the river, along with a number of less strenuous activities to enjoy such as relaxed waterfall and birdwatching hikes, and nature walks. For chilling out after a busy activity, the Jawa Juü Spa offers a tempting array of treatments based on centuries-old techniques and organic products.

Children aged 7 and above are welcome and there are some excellent activities tailored specifically to families. Parents should note that for safety reasons there are age restrictions on some of the excursions and activities, for example children under 12 years of age are unable to participate in white water rafting. There’s plenty, however, to do for all ages. Families can enjoy a huge range of adventures from exploring the tree tops to rafting in parts of the river best suited to novices, visiting local villages and classrooms and meeting the local Cabecar Indians who will share their knowledge of local traditions. Parents are reminded, given the rural nature of the lodge, to ensure that their children are under adult supervision at all times.

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