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If you really want to get away from it all - including TV, mobiles and electricity - then this Costa Rica Eco Lodge in the Pacuare Protected Zone is the perfect backdrop for your getaway. The lodge is literally right in the middle of the lush green canopy, close to meandering rivers with more wildlife than you could imagine in one place. And the best bit - access is by white water rafting down the Pacuare River!
The Pacuare Protected Zone lies just east of the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. This is what you picture when you think of Costa Rica: dense, green jungle; beautiful views from the high-reaching canopy; exotic flowers and colourful birds all visible from a handmade hammock swinging in the jungle breeze! The protected zone covers about 25,000 acres and encompasses the Talamanca Mountains and the Pacuare River. This is a prime location to experience an amazingly complex natural system of trees, plants and animals all working together to keep the environment going. While you're white water rafting or horseback riding you may just spot monkeys, sloths and parrots.
The highlight of the trip has got to be getting there! After being picked up from your accommodation in San Jose, you will be driven to the river and will paddle for one and a half hours down the river to reach your accommodation! Once you’ve reached the lodge, you’ll probably never want to leave. You can opt to stay there from two to five days and while you’re there you can either spend the time chilling out at the accommodation listening to the sounds of the jungle, or you can be a little more active. Choices include more white water rafting, a day exploring the rainforest canopy on zip wires or a day’s hike to meet the Zutkia or shaman of the local Indian-Cabecar tribe who will teach you about the local plants and animals and will give you the history of the Cabecar in the area, a horseback ride trip to Bajo del Tigre community or a Canyoning tour.
The first question to ask yourself is if your idea of relaxing is staying in a five star hotel with a flat screen TV or if you truly want to get away from the modern world. There is no electricity here (there is running water so don't worry!) and it is truly a natural experience - your hot water is solar heated. That does not mean you'll be "roughing" it - there are luxurious pools, beautiful furniture and comfortable beds. But if you can't imagine spending time away from your hair dryer, laptop or TV then you should not book this tour. But if you want your green holiday to have a touch of luxury, if you want to really get to know an exotic place and the people and animals that populate it, you will have an amazing time at the Pacuare Lodge.
Families are very welcome at the lodge (although it is not recommended for children under 8 years old). The emphasis here is on laid back, eco tourism, so best to warn the teenagers in advance that there is a serious lack of bright lights and pumping music!
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