My husband and I recently visited Pacuare Reserve. We were the only guests as it was before the turtle season starts but were curious about the work of the organisation. We subsequently spent several weeks travelling around Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with an evident commitment to environmental tourism. Our stay at Pacuare though was definitely the highlight of our trip. We stayed at Casa Grande at the reserve for two nights. The accommodation is simple and very comfortable. There is no electricity which meant using candle light in the evenings without the usual interruption or noise from gadgets, phones etc. It was also lovely just to go to bed when it got dark to the sound of the ocean and wake up to natural light and sounds of the surrounding wildlife.The staff at Pacuare are very knowledgeable and friendly. We walked into the rainforest with a guide and were fortunate enough to witness sloth, capuchin and howler monkeys, bright red frogs etc. There was also the option of going out onto the river to spot more wildlife which was wonderful. Each meal was provided and was delicious!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pacuare Nature Reserve is a magical place inside a tropical rainforest with 6kms of beach and next to a fresh water lagoon. We are the most important nesting site in Costa Rica for the giant critical endangered Leatherback turtle. Your adventure will start as soon as you board the boat and go along the Tortuguero canal. The journey usually takes twenty minutes or more depending on the wildlife we find along the river bank.You will stay in Casa Grande, a beautiful timber house built on pillars to give commanding views, from a huge three sided balcony, overlooking sea and lagoon. It has 3 bedrooms. One has a queen size bed & single bed with ensuite half bathroom. On the other end of the house there is a double and a twin bedroom sharing half bathroom. Solar heated shower is on ground floor. Open plan wood panel kitchen, dining and sitting room located between the bedrooms, with big windows front and back. Often you can see monkeys just behind the house.We have no electricity so it is all candles, lamps and solar lamps in certain areas -very low carbon footprint- Romantic candlelit dinners on the balcony! Enjoy the experience of going to bed to the sound of the ocean and waking up to natural light and sounds of the surrounding wildlife. It's incredible.If you feel like it you can patrol the beach at night with our biologists and beach guards and witness the Leatherbacks nesting process, a life changing experience for some... Or protect the hatchlings when they leave their nest and find their way to the sea. ... more less