- Renowned raft-in luxury eco-lodge
- Breath-taking rainforest location
- World Class White-Water Rafting
- Birdwatching, river adventures & cultural visits
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.
Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
Kind regards, Carol
Carolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022
It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
Kind regards, John
John B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022
Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
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