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Pacuare Lodge

3.5 out of 5.0

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We have just returned from a holiday of a lifetime to Costa Rica and spent our first week at Pacuare Lodge. What can we say - stunning location in the heart of the rainforest, staff that were so welcoming and friendly they felt part of the family by the time we left, food to die for and an experience the whole family will never forget (especially the adrenalin seeking white water raft in and out!) The trip was to celebrate 3 milestone family birthdays (husband's 50th, daughter's 21st and son's 18th) and it certainly didn't disappoint. A special thanks to all the staff but in particular Max (our expert rafting guide and waiter), Diego (very informative restaurant Manager) and everyone else who made our stay so very special xx

We went to Costa Rica for my 40th birthday this was stop 1.. A great start, all the staff are really really good.. Yes it's expensive but you get what you pay for. The service is great, the people that work there are really nice and the food is good too. We had a room with a pool we had sunny days and rainy days. It was fine. The rooms are amazing. Henry and the guides were really helpful, the rafting team made it fun.. Thanks guys!

Pacuare Lodge speaks to my soul! It is an escape from the hustle of reality. True luxury in the jungle. Be ready to disconnect, and enjoy the rainforest and it's beauty! Pacuare Lodge illustrates the importance of maintaining the health of the rainforest, including every plant and animal that resides there. The staff is outstanding! Too many to mention by name, but Diego will take care of your food and beverage needs with a big smile, while Maureen is making sure everything is running smoothly. Your guides, who are also your servers, bellman, excursion leaders, (and hopefully new friends) are exceptional and professional! Thank you OG, Michael, Carlos and Little Louis, Luis and Giovanni! Pamela and Ana give a great massage in the fabulous spa!

We booked an adventure package and all we got was a free trail to a waterfall - imagine spending 3500$ for 2 nights and all you got is a lousy trail - keep your money and spend it somewhere else!!! The staff was friendly and the food was good - but keep in mind what to you could get for 3500 $ - adventure package means to my understanding 'that all the activities are including - rafting, canopying, trails etc.' - we may haven't read all the details on their webpage but if you book a package than you expect a package everything else is cheating, misleading and making fun of honored guests! Please think twice before you make a regrettable step by booking this lodge and whatever they call package!!

Pacuare Lodge is just a little bit special. Arriving by raft has to be one of the best ways to get to your destination. From the moment you arrive, to the moment that you leave, Pacuare doesn't put a foot wrong. We were a family of 5 (with three boys aged 18, 16 and 13) staying in 2 lodges (Toucan and Colibri) for 3 nights. We spent our days ziplining, rappelling, canyoneering and hiking to hidden waterfalls. The food is exceptional (especially given the remoteness of the location), and the cocktails equally as good. Perhaps the most memorable aspect however are the staff. They all take the time to get to know you by name, and go out of their way to look after you. The fact that it is the same staff helping with activities and working in the restaurant means you get to know them quickly. Despite being sad to leave, Pacuare saves it best to last! The three hour raft down river to Siquirres being the highlight. Class 4 rapids (and the location of the 2011 world rafting championships), stunning scenery, expert guides and a picnic lunch to die for make for a special day. Perhaps the best way to leave a hotel ever! With thanks to everyone at the Lodge for making our stay special.

A perfect place - we started our family adventure There are 20 rooms at the lodge all well designed. No electricity in rooms. Two showers - an inside and outside shower. Food is very nice - you have a choice of breakfast, choice of main at lunch from two, choice of starter, main and pud at dinner ( two options). Activities - white water rafting fab - guides know what they are doing, waterfall hike good with swim half way round. We also did canopy adventure which was very safely done - had three guides with us, always attached to the tree or wire. Watch out for Bullet Ants! Guys who do rafting and activities are also the waiters at breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are a team of 14 guides. They are very friendly. Lunch on rafting out was lovely and totally unexpected! Towels provided at the end of rafting out also an unexpected surprise. You need to pack a small bag for the lodge, the rest of your luggage is stored in a lock up securely. Pack on basis of clothes getting wet and not drying. Pack practically. Pack games for evening. Pack a torch. Suitable for teenage children. In summary a fab place - probably the highlight of our holiday Thankyou all at lodge, your staff are your greatest asset.

We stayed two nights at the Pacuare Lodge. It was the highlight of our excellent 2 weeks in this beautiful country. Our room was something out of a dream; mosquito netted comfortable king bed, two lovely wood decks with lounges and hammock, jungle all around, outdoor shower candlelit at night, just magnificent. The staff became personal friends who we did not want to say goodbye to. They were so attentive and caring, especially of my husband and I, both senior citizens. The food and the lounge were absolutely first rate, both the settings and the offerings. The rafting in and rafting out were professionally handled, fun and exciting. My only suggestion for improvement would be a swimming pool. A few of their rooms have pools attached, but many do not. My son and grandson reported that the zip lining and canyoning experiences were awesome. My husband and I report that the spa services were extremely nice as well. We ate in The Nest one night, 80 feet in the air. A memorable experience.

My partner and I had an AMAZING experience here. We stayed in the jaguar villa- which was to die for. It was spacious, clean, stunning, and just so relaxing. The bridge to the river was amazing.Our plunge pool was freezing-- but we still went for it. We did the zip lining canopy tour, which was SO fun! The gentlemen who took us were wild and funny. Ended with lunch in the nest. We had breakfast and lunch in the nest two other times as well. It was amazing. We did a 16 mile hike with a group of guys and 2 girls who were cousins. OH MAN... I warn you. This was harder than any marathon you could run. It was intense. But the feeling after you finish was amazing. The food was great-- clean, simple. Servers were amazing too. I can't wait to come back!!!

2 1/2 hour shuttle bus by road from San Jose, then a 1 hour white water rafting trip to get TO the lodge.They bring in all supplies for the entire resort and arriving guests daily. The adventure started by our raft almost overturning on the way to the lodge. I was thrown from the raft and snatched (literally) out of the water by the guide manning the supply boat approximately 75 yards downstream. "Little Luis" Achoa is one strong man to snatch me out of quick moving water with 1 hand and hurl me up to safety in the supply boat! Zip lining, numerous guided tours and bird watching were but some of the daily activities offered. We signed up for a package that offered "x" activities per per that I would recommend. ALL the guides were good to excellent. The guides work 12-14 hour days. When they are not guides they are your servers at your meals. The service from everyone encountered here was excellent! The accommodations and food were OUTSTANDING, especially considering that all the supplies had to be white water rafted in daily. Each meal provided at least 2 options for appetizer, entree and desert, and all were prepared in a style customary with upper end restaurants. None of the meals was below very good, and most were excellent. Snacks and adult beverages were available... I cannot say enough good things about the food or the service. The very knowledgeable guides were able to pick out toucans and 3 toed sloths (among many others) from barely visible, far away places that the average person would definitely miss, until they showed you what/where to look. We saw a couple of Fer-de-lances and our son saw a coral snake. they offer short and long, almost AD guided tours that were excellent but only for the physically fit. After 3 wonderful nights, we white water rafted 2+ hours down the river and took a 2+ hour shuttle back to San Jose. They provide a picnic lunch about 1/2 way through the white water part of the trip that is surprisingly good with many menu choices considering they are bring in all the supplies by white water raft. This is NOT a place for kids younger than teenagers or the elderly. It is remote and white water rafting to/from is not for the faint at heart or those not in at least average physical condition. If you want adventure, I would HIGHLY recommend this place.

We stayed at Pacuare Lodge for 3 nights and it'll be a vacation we will never forget. We were picked up at the Crowne Plaza in San Jose at 6am and started our transfer to the river. We stopped about mid way and had a really good Costa Rican breakfast buffet. The views at this restaurant were awesome! When we got to the river, we had a safety debriefing and our luggage was put in dry bags and off we went. We learned that Pacuare River is ranked 5th our of the top 10 rivers to raft in the world. Our guide, Michael, was absolutely amazing and funny and we all fell in love with him. We weren't avid rafters but we felt safe the entire time and went through some pretty amazing rapids. We stayed at the Jagur Villa which is their mot luxurious villa. It was beautiful. If has a separate master with an indoor and outdoor shower and an outdoor tub. It had a spring fed pool but we never got in it because the water was pretty cold. Two of my children slept on what they call sofa beds but they are really way more comfortable then I expected. They brought in a roll away for my third child. There was also another bathroom on the other end of the villa with an odor and outdoor shower. The villa was very comfortable. The porch that overlooked the river with the hammock was awesome and the wooden bridge/walkway type structure that put you on a perch almost over the river was awesome too. (Sidenote: we didn't have a lot of hot water and really didn't complain but when we did call the manager, it was fixed right away. There is no AC. Guess that shouldn't have been surprising since it's an eco Lodge. My husband was hot at night and I wore a sweatshirt so go figure!) The adventures we did were all aweosme. Once again I would say the guides like Luis, OG, Luis's father, and so many more that I can't name them all are the reason our trip was so awesome. It was obvious that safety was a priority and they made sure we were all having a good time too. We zip lined, canyoned/repelled, and went on one short hike to a waterfall and one long hike to the indigenous community up too. That was a much more strenuous hike. It was very muddy in places and could get pretty challenging. Luckily they give you tall rubber boots to hike in and they were an absolute necessity. They offer an even longer more difficult hike than that one but we were not at that level to be able to try that one. We started our journey at the Crowne Plaza in San Jose. Our transfer came on time at 6am for our drive (very scenic) to the river. The guide with us in the van was extremely informational and we learned so much about Costa Rica on our transfer. We stopped about midway for an amazing Costa Rican breakfast buffet. When we got to the river, we were given a safety briefing and our luggage was put in wet bags. I was so concerned about the 25lb weight limit per person that it took me a week to pack and get the weight right. Turns out no weighed it! Lol! The rafting was amazing! This river is ranked #5 of the top 10 rivers to raft in the world! Our guide was Michael and we all fell in love with him! We even asked the maabger if there was any way he could be the guide to raft us out when we departed which ended up happening! We stayed in the top villa called the Jagur Villa. It advertised that it sleeps 4 but they brought in a very nice rollaway and we were all very comfortable. Our children are 17, 16, and 13. There were outdoor showers on each end of the villa. The master and bathroom were very big and the villa was appointed very nicely. The hammock on the porch was a favorite place to hang. The small spring fed pool was beautiful but cold. The bridge out to the perch that almost hadn't you sitting over the top of the river was an amazing place to sit and take in the abundant beauty that surrounds this entire place. The adventures we chose were the zip lining, canyoning/repelling, a short hike to a waterfall and a much more challenging hike to the top of the mountain to visit the indegenous community. That hike was very muddy and slippery at times but luckiky they supply you with tall rubber boots that help! There is an even more strenuous hike than that one but we were not up for that challenge. The Lodge never felt super busy and there seemed to be a really good guest to staff ratio. The people of Pacuare make this experience! Don't get me wrong, the setting is completely awesome but the staff that went above and beyond to take care of us was the high light. The food was very high quality and good and the presentation was always first class too. The same guys that helped you on the adventures become your weight staff--all cleaned up of course! We are not really a gourmet eating family but my husband and I and one child enjoyed most everything. My other two children who are picky eaters ate a lot of chicken fingers or plain steak. No one starved! Lol! The upstairs bar at night was one of our favorite places to hang. The cocktails were AMAZING and all used the freshest ingredients. Best mojito I've ever had! It amazed me how cool that bar was in the midddle of a rain forest. Random thoughts: -The wifi at the Lodge worked great. -Problem charged their phones at the Lodge. -The mosquitoes at the time we were there really were not an issue. -The packing list helps. Don't count on things drying out though bc maybe it was the humidity but our wet clothes did not dry out. -Pack for comfort. -WATCH OUT FOR THE DREADFUL BUKLET ANT. My 16 year old daughter was stung on her stomach when one got in her tank. Luckily the awesome guide was fast acting and got it out of her tank but she was in A LOT of pain. This ant bite is ranked #1 on the pain chart of all insect bites in the world! I was so thankful she did not have any adverse reactions but was just in a lot of pin for a couple of hours. One of the guides said the sting is like being stung by 2 scorpions at the same time. :/ -There is a tipping guide we used located at the Lodge. They supply envelopes and you can obviously tip whatever you want but the guide was very helpful. -3 nights is plenty of time in my opinion to do most if not all of the adventures. Our kids were 17, 16, and 13 and they were great ages. I see why it's not really an ideal place for younger children. They would be very limited to what they could do. Thank you everyone at Pacuare Lodge for making this one of the most memorable trips we've ever been on. The experiences were so unique! The employees and guides are what make this place special. The villas and pubic areas were all amazing too! Pura Vida!

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