Guests at Rio Tropicales Eco Lodge will be surrounded by pristine primary rainforest. The lodge sits within a 975 hectare private reserve which has over 60kms of hiking trails and several waterfalls, streams and pools. Whether you're feeling active or you want to relax and take in the natural beauty of the area, you can do both at Rios Tropicales.
The lodge offers rustic, simple accommodation in a delightfully natural setting, forget thread counts on your sheets and gold plated taps, that's not what it's about. The comfortable rooms vary in size, some large enough to sleep three people. You have an en-suite bathroom with hot running water and a shower. There are also dormitory style rooms which have two bunkbeds and a shared bathroom.
The beauty of the lodge is that it was founded on strong sustainable principles. It was built using reclaimed wood and hydro-electric power. Most of the employees come from the local community and wherever possible, food is sourced from nearby farms supporting the locals. You won't find TVs here, nor mobile coverage or Wi-Fi - this is all about re-connecting with nature. Leave your worries behind as you relax in a hammock and enjoy the views of the Pacuare River or dine overlooking the gardens and forest as you watch for wildlife and listen to the sounds of the forest.
While you're here why not join one of the Rainforest Restoration Tours. Hike to the top of the Pacuare gorge and plant a tree. So far this ongoing reforestation project has planted over 20,000 trees and they have increased the pledge to 28,000. There are guided and self-guided trails on the reserve along with a superb 9-line zipline course that crosses the Pacuare River, what's more the tour starts just 10 minutes from the lodge.
If you're hanging out at the lodge, you can enjoy a spot of bird watching, play a board came, take a stroll to the nearby waterfall, read a book or just simply 'be'.
Open: Rio Tropicales Lodge is open all year.
Location: Rio Tropicales Eco Lodge is located in a large private reserve at the mouth of the Pacuare Gorge.
Rooms: The rooms come in several types from dormitary style rooms with shared bathrooms, to single, double and triple en-suite bedrooms. Each option comes complete with bed linen and towels. The dorm style rooms are rather small so we recommend the en-suite rooms to our guests. The simple rooms are pleasantly decorated and have views of the river. The en-suite bathroom houses the toilet, basin and shower.
Activities: There are several guided tours on offer - the Rainforest Reforestation Tours involves a hike to the top of the Pacuare Gorge where you plant a tree. Take a guided tour in the Pacuare Protected Zone. Go ziplining or enjoy a canyoning and canopy combo tour. To see a little more take to horseback and visit the local community.
Facilities: There lodge has a restaurant serving delicious cuisine made from local produce. There's also a bar, lounge area and hammock deck.
Dining: The kitchen team provide excellent meals starting the day with a breakfast buffet. There's even a cocktail hour before dinner. Evening meals are served overlooking the river as the sun sets.
Children: Children over 12 years old are welcome in dry season and in the rainy season it becomes 14, this relates to the minimum ages for rafting. Younger children need to travel to and from the lodge by ground transport, accompanied by an adult and in this case the minimum age is 8.
Communication: There is no Wi-Fi, internet access or mobile phone coverage in this remote location.
If you're an adrenalin junkie and love nature this holiday is for you. A rip roaring coast-to-coast adventure across Costa Rica!
"This was the most basic hotel we stayed at but loved the remoteness of it and had an amazing view of the river. We walked through the neighbouring very expensive Pacuare Lodge when leaving the lodge and I think we had much better views of the river than the did. Food was basic too but good and plenty of it. Our guide here, Esteban, was great!"