Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare River, Río Pacuare, Costa Rica
18 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Secluded
Starting at:
taxes included per/nt

MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

If you like, you could arrive at Pacuare Lodge in a chauffeured Jeep. But why go overland when you can roll up to the hotel’s entrance in an inflatable raft, your suitcase secured in a waterproof bag, dripping wet and triumphant after a rollicking whitewater journey through the jungle? The adventure of getting to this elegant eco-lodge is half the fun, and the trip, which is apt for novices, is a spectacular introduction to the lush tropical landscape of this remote region of central Costa Rica.

But don’t expect a thrill a minute from the moment you settle in with a welcome cocktail. The exhilaration of the whitewater approach is the opposite of the relaxation you’ll experience while actually staying at Pacuare Lodge. This is an extremely peaceful place, tranquil and treehouse-like, with nineteen rather lavish suites and villas. Standard features include canopied king-sized beds made up with Egyptian cotton linens, beautifully tiled bathrooms with jungle views, and private terraces with hammocks overlooking the river. The Jaguar Villa has its own spring-fed swimming pool and outdoor shower and is accessible, like the nearby Canopy Suite, only by a private suspension bridge high in the trees.

There’s limited electricity at Pacuare Lodge, and the wi-fi only works in the lobby. (Consider it a blessing.) That’s because the hotel was founded on the tenets of sustainable tourism and environmentally conscious practices. It’s staffed almost entirely by locals: members of the native Cabécar tribe constructed the bungalows’ palm-thatched roofs, and the kitchen staff is made up of young people from nearby communities. No namedrop-worthy chefs here, just fresh farm-to-table cuisine and candlelight, served, on request, at “The Nest,” an intimate treetop venue reachable only by zip line.

Who said there’s no adventure after the welcome cocktail? Whether you plan a jungle hike or a canopy tour, or just plan to glide, in a harness, down a 400-foot cable to your dinner table, there’s plenty to keep you entertained at Pacuare Lodge. But no one will blame you for just swinging in a hammock all afternoon: the wildlife spectacle, starring a cast of colorful toucans and playful monkeys overhead, is free.

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Pacuare Lodge
Pacuare River, Río Pacuare, Costa Rica

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Free parking
  • Bar
  • Wine Cellar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • Doctor on call
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Parking
  • Shuttle service

Need to Know

  • Payment before arrival via bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.
  • Children under 7 years old are not welcome at the property.
  • Please note that an extra cost must apply if you want to get in by boat to the property.
  • Rooms cannot accommodate cribs or extra beds.
Check in: 11:00
Check out: 10:00

Credit cards accepted

Sustainability Measures and Certifications

We ask every hotel in our selection how they are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. This hotel has confirmed the following measures are in place.
Certifications and Sustainability Programs
  • Costa Rica Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), Elite
Guest Rooms and Public Spaces
  • Conserves energy when rooms are empty
  • Uses renewable energy
  • Uses energy-efficient heating and cooling
  • Uses energy-efficient lighting
  • Cleans with eco-friendly products
  • Stocks eco-friendly shampoo and soap
  • Gives guests the option to reuse linens and towels
  • No single-use plastic straws
  • No single-use plastic toiletries
  • No single-use plastics
  • Sources produce from local farms
  • Creates seasonal menus from locally sourced produce
  • Offers vegan menu options
  • Composts food waste
  • Reduces food waste
Community and Environment
  • Purchases from locally owned businesses
  • Hires locally with fair wages, benefits, and advancement
  • Actively supports the needs of the local community
  • Trains staff in sustainability best practices
  • Trains staff in local cultural heritage
  • Provides volunteer opportunities for guests and staff
  • Restores and protects natural ecosystems and wildlife
  • Measures and reduces water waste
  • Measures and reduces carbon emissions