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Pacuale Lodge

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Additional Info
  • Location: Limón
  • Hotel Stars: 4 Star
  • Address: Turrialba, Limon. Costa Rica.

General Information

Pacuare Lodge is one of NatGeo’s Unique Lodges of the world located in Turrialba, in the Limón Province of Costa Rica. Besides being surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, the rushing river, the lush green rainforest, and the unique intimate experience of lodging in a luxury treehouse.

The Pacuare Lodge was built with a minimum impact on the river and rainforest site where it is located. Lanterns and candles provide light, as there is no electricity at the lodge. No trees were cut to build the bungalows and main lodge. Lumber was purchased from a sustainable reforestation project operated by small farmers. The roofs are made from palm leaves installed by Cabecar Indians living in the area using their traditional style.

A spirit of adventure and true concern for the environment are just two of the driving forces of the staff at the hotel and Aventuras Naturales. The bilingual guides embody this spirit of adventure and demonstrate their concern for our precious environment on every trip to the wilds of Costa Rica’s tropical rainforests, pristine beaches and beautiful rivers. They are some of the best in the field, highly experienced, professional guides who are certified in first aid, CPR and swift-water rescue training. Its professional office staff can develop custom programs and itineraries to meet the needs of the most demanding clients, whether couples or larger groups.

Safety is its primary concern, and they spare no effort to provide the highest quality standards and equipment, while striving for the most enjoyable experience possible. Its excellent track record reflects this profound concern for the safety of the guests.

The lodge’s food is simply the product of its own love of cooking, a sentiment that they transferred to the jungle and emulsified – to use a culinary term – with the talent of the local staff.

The Pacuare Lodge’s kitchen staff is made up of young people from nearby communities. This hotel don’t really have a chef; meals are simply developed by the talent of local people. They like to surprise its guests with combinations of flavors, local ingredients, innovative recipes and presentations. It isn’t fancy, but it’s delicious enough to warrant opening a bottle of good wine. The results are reflected by the hundreds of comments in the Pacuare Lodge’s guest book from people who were amazed to find outstanding food in such a remote and wild place.

Pacuare Lodge is dedicated to sustainable tourism, which means limiting the negative impacts of its operations while supporting conservation and providing benefits for nearby communities. The following are some of the steps they’ve taken, or are taking to improve its relationship with the environment. Also, soap and shampoo and the water for their showers is solar heated. All the lodge’s wastewater flows into state-of-the-art septic systems to avoid pollution of the nearby river. They use organic products as much as possible in meals served at the lodge and on rafting tours. Its rigorous recycling program extends from the main office to the lodge, they compost organic waste and separate recyclable materials for transport to recycling companies. For lunches served during the Pacuare River trips, they use reusable plates, cups and cutlery rather than the disposable plates and cups used by other rafting companies. In the company’s laundry, they conserve water and use only biodegradable detergents, also the company are trying to get the Costa Rican government to award the Pacuare River a Blue Flag, in recognition of its clean environment and we are in the process of obtaining the CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism).

The Most Outstanding

  • ü  The luxuriant rainforest that surrounds the Pacuare Lodge is a private reserve that forms part of the largest network of protected areas in Central America, covering more than 1.2 million acres of tropical wilderness.v
  • ü  Guests have the opportunity to experience an unforgettable meal in the Nest: a platform 60 feet above the jungle floor in the branches of century-old Kapok tree - considered a sacred tree by the ancient Mayans.
  • ü  Pacuare Lodge was built with a minimum impact on the surrounding forest and river. No trees were cut to accommodate the bungalows and main lodge.
  • ü  The thatch roofs were made by local Cabécar Indians in their traditional style using palm leaves.
  • ü  Bungalows are illuminated with lanterns and candles and what little electricity used at the lodge is clean energy generated by a turbine in a nearby stream.
  • ü  Wedding, Tropical House, The Financial Times UK, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, The Tico Times among others are some of the magazines that Pacure Lodge is mentioned.
  • ü  Pacuare Lodge is "One of the World´s 24 Top Ecolodges" - National Geographic.


  • ü  Spacious master bedroom.
  • ü  Tastefully decorated living room equipped with two daybeds.
  • ü  Luxurious bathrooms, each with two showers - internal and outdoor.
  • ü  Private waterfront terrace with sitting area and hammock.
  • ü  Private, spring-fed pool overlooking the river.
  • ü  Simmons Beautyrest Mattresses.
  • ü  Hot-water showers and tub.
  • ü  Safe-deposit box.
  • ü  Bathrobes.
  • ü  Telephone communication at main lodge.
  • ü  Private bridge and treetop platform with river view.