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Costa Rica is a thrill seeker's dream. With so many diverse ecosystems and terrains, it is the perfect adventure playground. With hiking, horse riding, snorkelling, rafting, zip lining, and surfing, there really is something for everyone. With so much variety on offer, we’ve helped you out and narrowed down our top five adventure activities to help you get out and explore the country’s natural wonders...
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Tucked between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica has a diverse range of beaches to suit all tastes. From palm-fringed golden sands and lively resorts to rocky coves and unspoilt shorelines, many of the beaches are backed by lush rainforest with plenty of activities to enjoy. Here are our top ten…
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Turrialba District, Costa Rica
Best for: Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Family
Pacuare Lodge is a stunning jungle lodge nestled within Costa Rica’s most pristine rainforest. Remote and luxurious, Pacuare is an ecological paradise and a real treat for nature and adventure lovers alike.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Pacuare Lodge is a wonderful jungle hideaway set deep inside virgin rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River, one of the most beautiful and exciting stretches of white water in Central America. It's blend of exclusivity and luxury make it one of Imagine's favourites for a romantic honeymoon.
What makes Pacuare so special, is it's hidden location and inability You can arrive at the lodge either by river or by land, or a combination of the two. Arrival by river takes you along scenic rapids, and departure by river allows you to experience the magnificence of this zone’s canyons and primary rainforest. You may also plan your arrival by ground transportation through impressive scenery and cross the river on a hanging gondola. A departure by ground transportation is also available, providing an alternative for families and others guests who prefer dry land, or would like to avoid the more challenging rapids.
Sitting beneath giant tropical trees and the ground floor, the main lodge holds the restaurant, which prepares delicious gourmet meals everyday using naturally sourced ingredients. The lodge’s upper level is a spacious lounge/bar area set with wicker sofa chairs, board games, and plenty of colourful flowers. It’s an area that invites evening relaxation, as guests kick back and swap stories of the day’s adventures. Pacuare has its own massage therapist, and can coordinate a number of activities which include hiking, fishing, rafting and more. Owner Roberto Fernandez takes responsible tourism seriously: no trees were felled during Pacuare’s construction and there's no electricity in the rooms – at night the lodge is lit with candles and lanterns making for an exceptionally romantic atmosphere.
The lodge consists of 21 palm-thatched spacious and attractive suites and bungalows all constructed from sustainable hardwood, and featuring canopy king size beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, leather chairs, a terrace and hammock, a spacious bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. Each has a long deck and private spring-fed plunge pool with beautiful views of the lush vegetation of the forest reserve in which it sits. There are also two beautiful riverside Vista Suites which are the property's ultimate luxury accommodation.
When to go
Year round destination, although November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.
Rafting is possible all year round, though the river might be slightly colder during the green season.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Pacuare Whitewater Rafting Class III-IV
Enjoy an exhilarating and unforgettable journey travelling over the rolling white water rapids of the Pacuare River, one of the top five in the world for rafting, surrounded by the natural beauty of cascading waterfalls and lush tropical rainforest.
Night Walk Tour at La Tirimbina
Take a stroll under the moonlight with an experienced guide and discover the rainforest at night time, when most wildlife species are active. Frogs and other nocturnal species are common sightings and you will also learn about sloths, insects and spiders.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Tortuguero, Turrialba, Arenal, Granada and San Juan del Sur
See the best of both Costa Rica and Nicaragua in this two week trip. Let us take you away to explore the pristine nature and beauty of Costa Rica and uncover the hidden secrets of Nicaragua. This trip is unique and one not to be forgotten.
Heredia, Turrailba, Tortuguero, Corcovado National Park and Uvita
Discover the incredible wildlife, beautiful beaches and scenery that make Costa Rica such an exciting destination!
Alajuela, Tortuguero, Turrialba District, Arenal and Manuel Antonio
This is the perfect itinerary for an adventurous couple in search of a honeymoon with a difference! Be spoiled by rich flora and fauna, and indulge in a splash of luxury.