Pacuare Lodge: About the Destination

Located in Limón Province, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge and the surrounding reserve lie alongside the banks of the River Pacuare just north of the Talamanca Mountains. The tropical wilderness that surrounds the lodge is almost entirely untouched and undeveloped and sustains a wealth of biodiversity, including many endangered species. To minimize disturbances to these pristine forests, the lodge is best accessed not by car or plane, but by white-water raft.

The lodge offers numerous ways to explore the reserve, from adventures like canyoneering, zip-lining, and rafting to nature walks and wildlife observation.  

Wildlife and Natural History

Perhaps the most famous inhabitants of the Pacuare area are its big cats, the elegant jaguars and ocelots. Unique creatures like sloths also call the rain forest home, and thanks to a reintroduction project sponsored by the lodge, visitors can now spot howler monkeys, a native species that had disappeared from this wilderness.

Birdlife is profuse and full of color: species include the agami heron, sunbittern, red-throated ant tanager, black-cheeked woodpecker, and a several kinds of toucan. Exotic tropical plants fill the forest here, from orchids and lush ferns to an array of wild bromeliads.

People and Culture

The Talamanca Mountains are home to the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, the Cabécar Indians. Instead of settling in villages like many other indigenous groups, the Cabécar live in small family units throughout the remote Pacuare zone. While staying at the lodge, guests have the opportunity to visit a Cabécar family and learn about their lifestyle and customs. 

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