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In Costa Rica, near the Pacuare River, on 840 acres of private reserve in the heart of the Talamanca mountains, sits the Pacuare Lodge. Nestled under the canopy of the surrounding jungle, you’ll find the main house, along with 20 independently standing suites, villas, and a stunning spa situated peacefully along the river edge.

Guests are provided with a pair of rubber boots for each member of your group to encourage you to explore the garden areas around the property. The ionic infinity pool is one of the most famous features of this simple luxury hotel, with environmental impact top of mind. With one end of the pool along the river’s edge to take in the power of water, the other end trails into the depths of the Costa Rican Jungle gardens. You will feel relaxed and one with nature while blissfully floating.

Their story

A small boy, who was raised in the rural mountain regions of Costa Rica, knew from the age of seven that he was interested in business, and with his passion for nature, he came to found Aventuras Naturales in 1987. After he and some friends decided to raft the river with nothing more than a boat destined for a swimming pool and some wooden paddles, he later learned from another tour guide how to properly navigate the rivers, and later on, in 1995, he went on to build Pacuare Lodge.

Originally built on 14 hectares, they now have over 340 hectares of forests. This lodge is one of the oldest and also most admired eco-lodges in Costa Rica. Offering a sustainable option for guests is possible for them due to the large amount of land they have dedicated for the conservation of the jungle in its virgin state and the many efforts they take to reduce their footprint.

It is also important for them to have knowledgeable staff, so their guides are trained in first aid, CPR, and swift water rescue to ensure you feel safe no matter where you are. You will feel welcomed and taken care of among the friendly and personal staff here, who all share the same passion for educating others on nature and how we can protect it. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

Highest level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Using organic and chemical-free products

Actively protects nature and community

  • Whitewater rafting
  • Canyoning
  • Bird-watching walks to see many of the 20 Costa Rican birds.
  • Sustainability tours
  • Pacuare canopy adventures
  • Cultural experiences
  • Yoga retreats

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Best time to visit Pacuare Lodge

  • To avoid the rainy season, plan your visit outside May-June and September-October. 
  • If you want to enjoy this place the sunniest it can be, visit in March or December.
  • The humidity in Costa Rica is high all year around. 
  • Smaller showers or thunderstorms can be expected all year around, so please be prepared.

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