Pacuare Lodge: Plan Your Stay

Located in Limón Province, Costa Rica

How to Get There

Pacuare Lodge guides pick up guests at specific downtown San José hotels (Hilton Garden Inn Sabana, Park Inn by Radisson San José, or Grano de Oro Hotel) for a drive through the countryside to the banks of the Pacuare River. Then guests gear up for a white-water rafting adventure, journeying 1.5 hours through gorgeous scenery to the lodge. For guests who do not want to get wet, there is a dry-land alternative that includes a ride in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, a hand-pulled cable river crossing, and a short hike. These shared transfers are included in the rate.

What to Expect

While the main lodge is fully equipped with wireless Internet and hydroelectric power, the individual suites rely on candlelight, flashlights, and lanterns for light. Guests can use the main lodge electricity to charge devices, recharge batteries, etc., but the limited power cannot support a hair dryer. Be prepared to tune out the rest of the world and fully appreciate the beauty and mystique of the jungle.

Weather and Seasons

Pacuare Lodge is open year-round, but the most popular times to visit are December to April (dry season) and June through August. During the rainy season (particularly September to November), the river levels are higher, which creates a more challenging white-water ride.

What to Bring

Because Pacuare Lodge is best reached by raft, it is necessary to pack lightly. Luggage may not exceed 25 lb/11.52 kg and should be no larger than 22”x 16” x 8”.

Suggested Packing List*

  • 1 pair of shorts to wear when rafting
  • 1 T-shirt or light cotton long-sleeved shirt for rafting
  • 1 pair of outdoor shoes for hiking and for use on the lodge grounds
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes or sandals suitable for rafting
  • 1 light cap with wide brim or visor for sun
  • 2 light shirts—cotton, long sleeved—for lodge
  • 2 pairs of light cotton hiking trousers (jeans okay, but not recommended because of weight and drying time)
  • 1 sweater or fleece
  • 1 windbreaker (unlined Anorak or shell that can be tied around your waist)
  • 3 sets of underwear
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 spare pair of glasses, if you wear prescription lenses
  • sunscreen and sunglasses
  • insect repellent
  • toiletry kit with no aerosols
  • medications
  • refillable water bottle
  • plastic bags of various sizes (heavy-duty zipper storage bag for film, books, and small items)
  • binoculars
  • head lamp—please note that after 5 p.m. it is dark and rooms operate without electricity
  • waterproof camera (for rafting) or regular camera with waterproof case (for hiking and lodge)

*Please add one or 2 changes of clothes for a 3-,4-, or 5-day tour.

Traveling with Family

Pacuare Lodge welcomes children ages 7 and older. Children ages 7 to 11 staying with two adults receive a discount off of the per person rate.

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