Pacuare Eco-Lodge

Our original lodge set in the Pacuare river jungle

Relax and unwind on the Pacuare

Jungle bliss at the Pacuare Eco-lodge

2023 Update: With our new Rio Vista Lodge complete, most of our guests are staying there now, which is just downstream of our Pacuare Eco-Lodge. With student travel back from the pause of 2020, we are now using this lodge exclusively for student groups unless specifically requested.

Built in 2011, we were thoughtful with our design and property location to fit in with the Pacuare river and surrounding jungle. And we’ve been delighted with the result. Our Pacuare Eco-lodge is comfortable and captivates with activities. This lodge is included with the booking of one of our experiences such as the 3-Day Adventure or 2-Day Pacuare River Trip.

An inside look:

Pacuare Eco-Lodge Video

See why this lodge is so popular

Thoughtfully designed

The Pacuare River is located in the jungle and is full of biodiversity. We designed our lodge to immerse you in that experience. Resort-style lodges found elsewhere would be out of touch with what makes the Pacuare River corridor so special, which is why our rooms are open air (with screens) and our main area encourages a shared experience.


Relax or explore

Our Tarzan Swing is jaw (and stomach) dropping, the zipline course is the longest on the Pacuare and we even have our own waterfall that you can jump off of. If any of that sounds like a bit much, then curl up with a book in your room or in a hammock with a warm cup of tea. The day is yours.


Pacuare Eco-LOdge

Very few river trips have what we have: Hot showers, flush toilets, and soft beds. This is adventure luxury.

Relax, Adventure & Enjoy

Our Pacuare Eco-Lodge offers a lot and it’s important that you select the right experience based on what you’re looking for.

  • The 4-Day Ultimate spends two nights here and includes all the activities.
  • If you’re looking for the waterfall jumping, zipline course, and Tarzan swing, then our 3-Day adventure offers everything.
  • For those on a tighter schedule than our 2-Day Pacuare has enough time for our Tarzan swing towards the end of day one.

Explore the Pacuare Eco-Lodge

Linda Creek flanks the lodge and our other lodge, Rio Vista. As we’ve explored the creek, we’ve found two wonderful swimming holes and jump rocks. One we call Salta Falls, a 27 foot jump and waterfall into a deep swimming hole. The second is called Macaw Drop and has a bigger swimming hole and a smaller jump. You’ll have the opportunity to check one of these swimming holes out if you are booked on our 3-Day Raft + Zip or 4-Day Ultimate.

Our Pacuare zipline crisscrosses the lodge. The course has 9 different zips of varying heights, lengths, and speeds. Experiences that get the opportunity to explore our zipline course are the 3-Day Raft + Zip and the 4-Day Ultimate.

Our Tarzan Swing shoots you over a deep ravine in the Pacuare jungle on our 70-foot swing. Our 2-Day Pacuare, 3-Day Raft + Zip, & 4-Day Ultimate all complete the Tarzan Swing.

Why the Pacuare

“ …perhaps the greatest, family-friendly jungle raft trip in the world.”

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Brian Hahn
Brian Hahn
May 7, 2024.
Trip was so fun. Matteo made us feel really safe and was great conversation. Would go again. Really unique experience to raft in and out of a jungle lodge!
Mike Gebhart
Mike Gebhart
May 4, 2024.
This one is a little late but here goes. Apologies for the long windedness but if it helps you decide to go, its worth the read. A few weeks ago we went on an adventure put together by the Pacuare Outdoor Center for the Hike Like a Woman group. They allowed spouses on this outing so it was my privilege to tag along. From beginning to end this was a completely amazing trip. Our daily guide was Imilay, and she was nothing short of outstanding. Always there to provide bits of information and knowledge about the areas that we traveled through. Never met anyone that can spot native wildlife as adeptly as she did from a moving tour vehicle. Our adventure was scripted with heaps of fun ranging from horse back riding, canyoning, rafting, ziplining and a super fun swing (Tarzan swing is a must!!!!!). Our guides for each segment were superb and they were experts at what they did. Dayron was excellent with the canyoning, our two day raft guide was Arturo and he made our entire raft of first timers feel comfortable and confident. David, Luis and Arturo all made the ziplines and tarzan swing events to remember. There were so many people involved with this that I couldn't catch all the names of the POC staff, but thank you for the truly fabulous meals and entertainment. All of the lodgings for the trip were fantastic and uniquely one of a kind experiences. To cap it all off when the trip ended, I forgot my phone on the tour bus. Any other time I would have written this off as lost for good. Tom (founder of POC), is making sure that the phone is getting returned to me, can't ask for much better service than that. Top notch all the way around. If you are thinking about a Costa Rica adventure, then these are the people you need to set it up. You won't be disappointed!!!!
Melanie Fry
Melanie Fry
April 25, 2024.
This is a top-notch company that treats you like family instead of like a client. Kenneth and Andre were outstanding guides who made us feel at home, treated us with respect, watched out for our safety, and above all made it a trip to remember. All of the staff is outstanding. I really enjoyed the guys singing while they fixed the meals and I appreciated their sense of humor and easy-going ways. You won't regret booking with Pacuare!
Sheila Sullivan
Sheila Sullivan
April 23, 2024.
The Pacuare Outdoor Center was an amazing experience! The staff were kind and helpful, the rooms were comfortable and clean, and the setting was breathtaking! The meals were excellent, and the activities were safe and fun. Highly recommend!
Rebecca Walsh
Rebecca Walsh
April 22, 2024.
We had so much fun last year that we came back a second time...and this time we brought a group of friends. There are a lot of things that make the POC special - but it really comes down to the staff and guides who treat us like family. They go out of their way to make sure that everyone is comfortable, taken care of, safe and happy. The activities offered by the POC are fun and amazing - from the tarzan swing to rafting. Adventure travel brought us to Costa Rica but we'll keep coming back again and again because we feel like we're part of the POC family. We highly recommend the POC if you're visiting Costa Rica and looking for an ethical, friendly, and professional guiding company.
Jacqueline Baumeyer
Jacqueline Baumeyer
April 22, 2024.
Adventurers, look no further - book your trip with Pacuare outdoor center now! Our 4 day adventure was THE trip of a lifetime and the guides were a huge part of that. Raffael (Raffa) was our lead guide and Johnathan was our adventure guide. Between the two, we learned and experienced so much in the most fun, immersive, and cultural way possible. The Rio Vista lodge was outstanding and such a perfect location to disconnect and take in the surroundings…what a view!!!! The safety precautions and equipment for every single adventure were top notch! The food and hospitality was absolutely unbelievable! The river sounds at night and the amazing little bungalow style rooms were icing on the cake. I will DEFINITELY be coming back! Thank you to Raffa for your organizing everything and to Johnathan for your amazingly fun personality! Wouldn’t wanted to experience Costa Rica in any other way!
robert deedman
robert deedman
April 8, 2024.
Great 3 days with "Kookie", Diego, and Luis🤙🏻 Accommodations clean and comfortable and staff friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended and looking forward to coming back when the river runs 'higher'
Psyd Wise
Psyd Wise
April 5, 2024.
I go on holiday twice a year and out of all my experiences ranging from all inclusive resorts to 5 star hotels this is absolutely the most memorable and enjoyable experience out of all. If you enjoy adventure and looking for an authentic but still luxurious jungle experience look no further! The guides are so incredibly friendly and knowledgeable while spoiling you. 10/10 PURA VIDA!!
Jeffrey Franklin
Jeffrey Franklin
April 5, 2024.
We had a great time with max, manfred, Mario and chainey. Highly recommend!