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Pacuare Lodge

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Pacuare is a magical place! The staff are so kind and warm, providing excellent service and guidance. Here you will find the perfect balance of luxury and peaceful isolation surrounded by nature and beauty. It's easy to see why this resort is ranked among the top in the world. We were able to relax by the river, participate in the guided hikes and enjoy superb meals daily. Amazing location, people and experience!

My husband and 16 year old son stayed here last spring break, and it was the most amazing experience I could have ever imagined. The river raft in, the guides, the forest, the gorgeous river side room, the afternoon zip line canopy tour, the evening candlelight dinner on the riverside deck, the evening fireside, the early morning birdwatching walk, it all took my breath away. It's nearly a year later and I still get overwhelmed with emotion thinking about this place. My only regret is that we stayed only one night, the reservations person strongly suggested at least two nights and she was absolutely right. I was trying to save money but that was a mistake, one night is just a taste. Take my word for it and stay at least two nights, it is absolutely worth the money!

I am not sure if I can put into words how magical this place is. My husband and I stayed at Pacuare Lodge for 3 nights in late Jan-Feb and never wanted to leave! We arrived by land, which was a very bumpy ride, but we forgot about it as soon as we took the cable across the river and were taken up to the lodge. I’m not sure how they can make 5 star food, service, and rooms in the middle of the jungle, but they do it! We stayed in a river suite and it was breathtaking. We showered outside daily; why would you shower inside when you’re in paradise?! The food was fabulous and they always had vegetarian options for me. The soups and desserts were some of the best I’ve ever had. We did the included canopy tour, which was fun but scary for us as first timers. The guides were very professional and skilled and we always felt safe. After zip lining one of the guides had to hurry and shower to make it to serve us lunch! We also did two hikes with Luis, one of the Naturalist Guides, and they were both excellent. He took us along his and his father’s daily commute (a very steep and strenuous hike) to his village and showed us his house. It was very appreciated by us that he would bring us to his home and show us how he lives. We paid extra to have dinner by a huge bonfire on the beach - worth it in my opinion. My husband rafted out and I drove (back issues); he said rafting was exciting but a little scary (it really rained the night and day that he rafted out, making the river higher). I never once felt like the staff was expecting tips, but we always tipped because all service was top notch. Everyone knew our names too which was nice; we never had to tell anyone who we were or what room we were in. I would return in a heartbeat and I really hope to one day!

The pick up, in San Jose, was bang on schedule and the narration as we travelled was informative and interesting. The weather meant that our breakfast stop was shrouded in fog and, unfortunately, recent heavy rain meant that the river was flowing too fast for us to safely raft in to the lodge. Instead we travelled on a very bumping road, which was an adventure in itself. We were very warmly greeted at the lodge and provided with a hot drink. The room was delightful, large and well equipped but simply decorated so as not to detract from the amazing surroundings. The service throughout my stay was exceptional and the fact that the guides for the activities were also our waiters was great for building rapport. The food was delicious and that activities thoroughly enjoyable. Sadly we were unable to raft out, again due to unseasonably heavy rain, but I was not unduly disappointed. I had such an enjoyable couple of days that it didn’t really matter.

I have been searching for a hotel experience like Pacuare my entire life. The rafting trip in, our spectacular room, friendly helpful staff, fun activities, wildlife, making friends for life, jungle , bonfire romantic dinner and finally rafting trip out! I will go back and stay longer. Experience of a lifetime!

We arrived by car and were then transferred to a Pacuare Lodge land cruiser down a very steep, rocky muddy road for half an hour. Then into a wire cage and hauled across the Pacuare river. This lodge is REMOTE! I would not like to have a stroke, bad fall or anything else that required a quick get away, especially at night. The river suites are stunning and the river roars by sounding like air Con. they produce very good food considering the logistics for getting the ingredients. I am 66 and a bit old for the activities which are zip wiring, very long hikes, white water rafting and canyoning. We settled for a gentle stroll to a beautiful waterfall. The staff are efficient and friendly and there are excellent masseurs. A great experience.

This is an incredible lodge. Extremely comfortable, amazing rooms. Good food. The activities, are really for longer, fitter people. I loved it, despite being neither fit or young! We had a river room (really a small house) which i strongly recommend - so comfortable, even an outside bath tub! Some of the rooms are quite high up hill so are more difficult to get to, although they do collect in golf buggy's. A very special place indeed

Pacuare Lodge is set on the banks of a river in deep rainforest. My husband and I rafted in - a journey of about 45 minutes. The lodge itself consists of individual cottages and villas dotted around the grounds. We were lucky enough to stay in a Linda Vista Suite which was high up with lovely views of the forest and the river. It was a Streep walk down so we often availed ourselves of the hotel's electric buggy service. Our villa was beautifully appointed with a huge bedroom, an enormous bathroom with a large shower, free-standing bath and an outside shower. We also had a large deck with a small plunge pool, sun beds, chairs and a hammock. The main lodge has an office, external covered lounges and a restaurant. Both lounge and restaurant overlook the river. We found the food averagely good bar one night of the three we spent there when we had a delicious meal. The staff are all lovely and the management were always more than helpful. There are several activities for guests here. An early morning bird-watching walk at 06.00 was enjoyable. Guests can enjoy the zip wire experience, white water rafting or hikes of varying length and difficulty. There was a lot of rain whilst we were there so we were unable to leave by raft as planned. Instead, a buggy drove us a short distance along the river where we crossed the river in a sort of open-topped cage which was hand-winched across to a waiting vehicle. The road leaving the river is very rough for about 20 minutes and it's a very bumpy ride. If guests want to raft out, it's a 14km ride which takes about 3 hours. This is a lovely place which I would highly recommend but would be challenging for the disabled.

This is really something special: Getting in by raft. All wet. The staff offers towels and a hot tea. The rooms are lit by candles. Not much electricity. The nights are noisy in the Rainforest. No windows, We aleays felt save. Great experience.

Pacuare is a wonderful adventure! The remote location and the rafting makes getting there and leaving a lot of fun. Our accommodation, a new structure right on the river, was absolutely stunning. It was sprawling and luxurious in every way. The outdoor bath tub and shower were really well done. The food was great and served in a spectacular setting right above the river. The activities were great too. We enjoyed a lovely massage, went birdwatching (plenty to see on property), went zip-lining, and did a great hike with a guide. We got to see birds, a sloth and some monkeys from a distance - although the wildlife viewing in other parts of Costa Rica is more plentiful. While the activities were fun, It was also enjoyable to relax in the incredible room or on the expansive personal deck and take in the view. I devoured a book in just a few days on the very comfy deck lounger. The only downsides were that (i) the plunge pool was freezing as it is spring fed and (ii) I felt that the staff is constantly hustling for tips. The waiters repeatedly reminded us when their shift was ending. While we wanted to tip and be generous, it can disrupt the mood sometimes of just being on vacation. Management might want to consider a less aggressive tipping system, such as a group tip or providing envelopes so that guests can tip at the end of their stay.

Pacuare River, Turrialba Siquirres Limon

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Pacuare Lodge places you 20 mi (32.1 km) from Catie and 27.4 mi (44.2 km) from Monumento Nacional Guayabo. This 18-room, 3.5-star lodge welcomes guests with free breakfast, a full-service spa, and a fitness center. Monumento Nacional Arqueológico Guayabo is 31.1 mi (50 km) from the lodge, which is on a river.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a bite to eat at the lodge's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 18 recently renovated accommodations feature sitting areas. Free bottled water and safes are also standard.

Property features

Renovated in 2013, Pacuare Lodge offers a full-service spa, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa lodge include a meeting room, coffee/tea in a common area, and a library.

Room options

Standard Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

96% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 577 reviews