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Inside Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica's luxury eco-haven

White-water raft into an eco-lodge set deep in the Central Highlands’ rainforest. There, you'll enjoy Costa Rica's treetop views, unique wildlife, and its approach to sustainable tourism...

Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica's Central Highlands (Pacuare Lodge)
The entrance to Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica (Pacuare Lodge)

The entrance to Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica (Pacuare Lodge)

There are few ways to make a grand entrance in the jungle, but arriving at Costa Rica’s Pacuare Lodge via a white water raft is one of them.

Set deep in the Central Highlands’ rainforest, no roads lead to this eco-lodge, so if you decide against navigating the Pacuare River’s rushing rapids, you might drop in from above by helicopter, or even cross the river by a hanging gondola.

But the lodge packs in an itinerary designed to thrill naturalists as well as adrenaline hunters. Go zip-lining over the forest canopy for an unbeatable view, before having breakfast or dinner on a treetop platform; meet with indigenous communities and glimpse Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife on rainforest hikes.

White water raft by Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica (Pacuare Lodge)

White water raft by Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica (Pacuare Lodge)

You’ll stumble across all types of exotic birds: toucans, red-throated ant tanagers and black-cheeked woodpeckers are all hot spots. Listen carefully and you’ll even hear the loud gurgle of the Montezuma oropendola.

Some of the wildlife is less shy than others. The lemur-like kinkajou is adorable, but mischievous, too, often making for an unlikely dinner companion as they nonchalantly stroll into the lodge.

Look out for tracks of ocelots, jaguarundis, pumas and jaguar – learn all about the latter from the camera-trap footage taken from the lodge’s decade-long jaguar research programme.

Pacuare Lodge's interiors show its commitment to sustainability (Pacuare Lodge)

Pacuare Lodge's interiors show its commitment to sustainability (Pacuare Lodge)

This commitment to sustainability is evident throughout the whole site. Clean energy is the big focus, with electricity generated by a turbine in a nearby stream. No trees were felled to house the bungalows, which are lit up with lanterns, creating a natural warmth.

You can then wash off the day with the solar-heated water – or take a dip in the infinity pool, framed by rainforest and the sounds of nature.

For more info, visit Pacuare Lodge's website

How to get to Pacuare Lodge

Your rainforest adventure begins... (Dreamstime)

Your rainforest adventure begins... (Dreamstime)

British Airways offers direct flights from London Gatwick to San José, from £537; flights take around 11 hours.

Pacuare Lodge schedules transfers from the Hilton Garden Inn, Park Inn, and Grano de Oro hotels.

What it costs to stay at Pacuare Lodge

A kinakjou may join you at Pacuare - if you're lucky (Dreamstime)

A kinakjou may join you at Pacuare - if you're lucky (Dreamstime)

A three-day adventure at Pacuare Lodge costs from US$985pp (£778) per night.

This includes full board, transfers and activities. You do have to stay for a minimum of two nights. 

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