Pacuare Lodge

Location: Caribbean & Lowlands | Costa Rica

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Tucked away in the heart of Costa Rica’s most pristine rainforest environment, Pacuare Lodge is a nature lover’s paradise. An eco-retreat with impressive sustainability credentials, this is one of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World. Best accessed by raft, it combines attractive remoteness with an abundance of wildlife, fantastic activities and all-important luxury.

Perfect forActive couples and honeymooners, as well as families, looking for an authentic jungle eco-adventure with no compromise on five-star trimmings. Dedicated to sustainable and socially responsible tourism, the lodge has terrific eco-credentials - it causes minimal impact on the environment and is carbon-neutral.
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Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Pacuare Lodge is nestled in the lush green landscapes of central Costa Rica, a couple of hours by land from San Jose.

Rooms at Pacuare Lodge

The lodge's spacious palm-thatched wooden bungalows have been built using sustainable wood and traditional Cabecar building techniques. You might be in the middle of the forest but you're hardly slumming it: each room has a king-size bed, a private deck and a solar-heated shower, and some have their own spring-fed plunge pools. The rooms are screened, and at night they are beautifully illuminated by hundreds of candles. Enjoy panoramic views over the forest and river.

Accommodation options include the Jaguar Villa, which is accessed via a private bridge and has a spring-fed pool, an outdoor bath, hammocks on the terrace and an elevated viewing platform in the treetops.  

Food & Drink

As well as the views, the food at Pacuare Lodge is a true highlight, featuring delicious and sophisticated farm-to-table cuisine.

Dine in the open-air restaurant or zipline into the heart of the rainforest canopy and reserve a table at the spectacular El Nido (The Nest), perched 20 metres high in the trees. You'll enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest as you dine by candlelight.

For a taste of local culture, experience an authentic culinary treat by discovering the recipes of the local indigenous Cabecar people, using ingredients sustainably sourced from the Nairi Awari reserve and prepared in traditional style, with finishing touches from the chefs. 

Facilities

Activities and adventure taken their toll? Expert masseuses are on call to soothe aching muscles. There is also a beautiful 20-metre-long pool, fed by a mountain spring and heated by special radiating tiles, surrounded by rainforest. After a dip, enjoy a cold craft beer, a fresh fruit smoothie or a cocktail from the poolside bar. 

Activities at Pacuare Lodge

Exhilarating white water rafting, canopy adventure tours, ziplining through the trees, hiking to hidden waterfalls, horse riding and birdwatching are just some of the activities on offer here - it’s safe to say there’s not a chance you’ll get bored.

Hike to the Cabecar indigenous community and meet their fascinating Curandero (medicine man). Meanwhile, in keeping with Pacuare's eco-friendly ethos, you can also give something back to nature and take part in the plant a tree programme, or learn about the jaguar conservation project. 

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Hotel location

Pacuare Lodge is a 2-hour overland trip from San Jose, or go for the adventurous option, and arrive by boat - enjoy a 1.5-hour scenic rafting trip along the Pacuare River, through some of Central America's most exhilarating rapids. 

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