The wake-up call is a symphony of bird songs, which means its time to get ready for a short hike to an ancient indigenous culture. Since time immemorial, the Cabécar Indians – Costa Rica’s largest tribe – have lived in harmony with the rainforest in the mountains near the Pacuare River. These indigenous people live in small family groups scattered across the jungle, which has helped them to maintain their customs and language. The Pacuare Lodge offers an opportunity to experience their way of life without invading their privacy. We helped members of a clan in the nearby Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve build a typical Cabécar Rancho (thatched house) a short hike from the lodge. The son of a local shaman will give you an introduction to his people’s culture and customs while you enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast. You’ll have the rest of the morning free to enjoy your suite and the lodge’s luxuriant grounds. During the afternoon, you can choose from two outdoor adventures: the Canopy Adventure Tour, which takes you sliding along cables between treetop platforms for a dramatic, bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy, or the Tropical Canyoning Tour, which includes an exhilarating rappel down a 30-meter (90-foot) rock wall in the lodge’s private rainforest reserve. You’ll be back in your suite with plenty of time to enjoy the colors and sounds of sunset, and get ready for another amazing dinner.
Begin your day like never before on a platform high in the branches of a massive Ceiba: a tree that was sacred to the ancient Mayans. The adventure begins as you glide down a 130-meter cable to the platform, perched 60 feet (20 meters) above the ground, where your table awaits. You’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast in an unforgettable setting , the delicate rustle of a breeze in the surrounding foliage, the sound of the river below and the aroma of jungle blossoms.
This day is dedicated to rejuvenation, with a 60 minute River Spa Ritual at the Pacuare Lodge’s Jawa Juü Spa. Enjoy this ritual at our breathtaking riverside spot, where the rainforest meets the Pacuare’s rushing waters. Integration with nature is at the heart of this ritual, where the lush tropical forest and rushing river offer more than gorgeous scenery. The views and the rhythms of the jungle and river stimulate the senses. This technique also employs assisted stretching in between aromatherapy sessions, which blend aromatic essential oils and are selected for their therapeutic properties. All of the elements in this treatment combine to help prolong the positive effects on health and relaxation. End your day with a romantic dinner by the riverbank ( weather dependent ). We’ll set up an elegant, private table for you near the river’s edge, lit by a fire pit and candles.
After another hearty breakfast, you’ll depart by raft for a fun-filled day of whitewater rafting (approximately 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids) down the Pacuare River’s most impressive section. Downriver from the lodge, the Pacuare winds its way through lush canyons and pristine rainforest, past crystalline waterfalls, emerald streams and an array of birdlife, providing plenty to admire on the quiet stretches between rapids. A tasty picnic lunch will be served on the riverbank along the way, and you’ll be able to change into dry clothes at a private facility at the river take-out, before you’re driven back to San José.
• Welcome cocktail
• 4 day / 3 night Adventure Package in a Dbl Jaguar Villa, Linda Vista Suite or Canopy Suite with arrival and departure by river rafting
• Breakfast in the Cabecar Rancho
• River Spa Ritual
• Breakfast in The Nest
• Choose from 2 daily activities: Early Morning Birdwatching, Pacuare Canopy Adventure, Canyoning - El Tesorito Creek, Cabecar Indigenous Hike, Rural Experience - Bajos del Tigre, Ancient Trail & Hidden Waterfalls Trail, Sustainable Tour.
• Bottle of sparkling wine & table of cheeses in your Suite
Additionally package includes:
Transportation from San José (at regular hours / 06:00 am), bilingual guide, typical Costa Rican breakfast in route, Pacuare River rafting tour, professional guides and equipment, all meals, accommodation, hot beverages, sustainability tour, hike to the waterfall, lunch along the river, use of private installations at river take-out, return transportation to San José with guide (at regular hours / 05:30 pm) and taxes.