Pacuare Lodge


Adventure and luxury in the rainforest

Nestled on the banks of the Pacuare River, you’ll find this beautiful lodge surrounded by 10,000 hectares of protected Costa Rican rainforest. With jaguars, monkeys, sloths and a myriad birds in close proximity, your stay here offers you unique wildlife viewing opportunities.

The thatched bungalows are raised and seem to blend with the canopy, while their interiors are all about comfort and convenience. When you’re not luxuriating in your suite or villa, there is plenty to keep you active in the region, including thrilling white-water rafting in the Pacuare, hiking through the jungle, going on breathtaking canopy tours and exhilarating canyoning.

The main lodge and bungalows were not built using the area’s protected trees, but rather, lumber was sourced from a local reforestation project. The thatched roofs were built from palm leaves by local Cabécar Indians in their traditional style.

As a telling insight into Pacuare's ethos, 20 years ago owner Roberto Fernandez hired his first staff member by finding the best poacher in a local village. That former poacher is now the lodge’s canopy tour supervisor and in addition to building and maintaining the course, he guides visitors. Almost all of the staff come from local villages.


At a glance

  • Seven suites and nine villas

  • Infinity pool and private plunge pools

  • Spa and gym

  • Unique dining experiences using locally sourced ingredients

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  • Family exploring the rainforest in Costa Rica, suited for all ages

    White-water rafting and canyoning

    Experience the thrill of white-water rafting in deep canyons, or spend a few hours canyoning surrounded by gorgeous scenery and rich wildlife.

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    Canopy adventure

    Discover the lush jungle canopy from a unique vantage point on canopy tours or zip lining through the tree tops.

  • Pacuare forest trails

    Trails and hidden waterfall hike

    Join a naturalist guide for shorter hike inside Pacuare Lodge’s private reserve or traverse more challenging trails on longer routes in search of widlife.

Community & Culture

Because the area in which the lodge stands is largely inaccessible, it has been poorly maintained by official bodies. The lodge’s Community Support Programme helps to enhance the living standards of people living along the Pacuare River.

Pacuare also supports local schools by raising funds to buy stationary and run sports and social programmes. It has also repaired the cable car service which residents use to cross the river.

Working with indigenous leaders, the lodge has set up the Cultural Rescue Committee which focuses on keeping the Cabécar cultural values alive. You can spend time visiting with Cabécar families in the Nairi Awari Reserve.


The lodge is actively involved in the study of the endangered jaguar, and it has supported a team led by jaguar expert Dr Eduardo Carillo. The team at the lodge also continuously engages neighbouring communities to get involved in various conservation efforts. Whereas once people in the area relied on hunting and deforestation for their livelihoods, Pacuare has helped to create sustainable sources of income that do not harm the environment. Previously wiped out by hunters, howler monkeys have been reintroduced to the reserve.


The environmental impact is kept as small as possible. A majority of the produce used at the lodge is grown at Pacuare’s own organic farm about an hour away, while meat and fish are sourced locally. Food waste is fed to the pigs and then methane is used to generate electricity. The lodge also makes use of solar power, and there is no electricity in the bungalows.

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