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