Rio Vista Lodge

The newest lodge on the Pacuare River

Completed in December 2022

Adventure & unwind at the Rio Vista Lodge

Completed in December 2022, this is the newest lodge on the Pacuare River. A short distance from our original Pacuare Eco-Lodge, Rio Vista has a stunning upriver view of the Pacuare and the jungle canyon. There is nothing better than completing a day of Pacuare river rafting and then sleeping in our first rate cabins.

An inside look:

Rio Vista Lodge Video

A sneak peek of the newest lodge on the Pacuare

Raft in, raft out

This is an experience-oriented lodge, meaning if you wish to stay here you must book one of our adventures: 2-Day Pacuare | 3-Day Raft+Zip, 4-Day Ultimate


Delightfully comfortable

The beds in our cabins are one of a kind: Custom built to our specifications and made by hand in Costa Rica. Complemented with both the softest cotton sheets we could source and the sound of the river, falling into a relaxing sleep won’t take long at all.


The view can’t be beat

Rio Vista Lodge was built facing south, directly upstream, giving you a long view of the Pacuare. Building Rio Vista higher up in the canyon is a key advantage of being immersed in the river and the canyon, something that only our sister lodge has and no one else has can do.


Rio Vista Lodge

Adventure or relax, Rio Vista has it all.

Raft or Zipline in. Either way, you’re home

We’ve connected our two lodges with a zipline, giving you easy access to our zipline course and Tarzan swing. Rio Vista is also close to our nearby creek – appropriately named Linda Creek – with fun hiking access to two private swimming holes and jump rocks. For the brave souls, one jump rock is 27 feet, and the other is smaller at about six feet.

  • Rio Vista Lodge is primarily accessed by raft. Your room is included when you book an overnight experience.
  • Lodge stays include meals which are prepared by your guides, using fresh, local ingredients.

Explore Rio Vista Lodge

We have 9 free-standing cabins located at Rio Vista Lodge. Each cabin has its own private bathroom and hot shower. The bed arrangements can be either two twins or a queen, which we’ve sourced locally in Costa Rica to find the softest most comfortable bedding material in the country.

Linda Creek flanks the lodge and our other lodge, Pacuare Eco-Lodge, just upriver. As we explored the creek, we 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.

Our Pacuare zipline is primarily located at our other lodge a short distance away. 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.

Our Tarzan Swing shoots you over a deep ravine in the Pacuare jungle on our 70-foot 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!