“An idyllic riverside jungle lodge, hidden in the depths of the rainforest and reachable only by raft”
Pacuare lovely grounds hold various thatched wooden suites and villas, all designed to make the most of the verdant natural surroundings.
The River View Junior Suites have kingsize beds and verandas with cane chairs and a hammock. Bathrooms have ochre-plastered walls and copper rainhead showers with quaint copper taps - additional outdoor showers allow you to bathe in nature and water is heated by solar panels. There are stylish candle sconces and polished wooden floors, and the whole effect is surprisingly elegant.
The Linda Vista Suites sound like the cat’s pyjamas (though we’re yet to personally view them). Perched on a ridge, each has awesome Pacuare River and rainforest views and private dipping pools fed by spring water.
Honeymooners might well be contented with either of these, unless they see the Canopy Honeymoon Suite first. This extravagant cabin has a huge bedroom and sitting area, a wonderful open deck with grand views, and steps down to a private plunge pool, right in the heart of the jungle. There’s even a suspension bridge over to a secluded observation platform, perfect for declarations of love. The bathroom is luxurious, with a separate outside shower. It’s all extremely romantic.
More recently still, Pacuare Lodge has added the super-luxurious Jaguar Villa to its ranks. Well suited to families or groups, it sleeps 4 in a master double bedroom (with in-room tub) and a lounge-cum-second-bedroom where 2 single daybeds await. Similarly to the Canopy Honeymoon Suite, it sits on a treetop platform accessed via a private suspensions bridge (probably best for older children, in that case!).
All types of room are equipped with good towels, plentiful organic, biodegradable toiletries, and lots of candles. You’ll be given a torch too, to make wandering the paths through the garden easier at night (though these are lit).
From the delicious iced lemon juice you’re handed on arrival, you know the food and drink at Pacuare are going to be good. And despite the fact that everything you eat has to be brought here on a raft like the one you were madly paddling, chefs Warner and Alan manage to produce meals of impressive sophistication. Plus it’s all organic. Meals are eaten in the main building: a tall, open-sided wooden palenque, right by the river’s edge, with tables on the terrace outside or inside where you can watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
Breakfast is a buffet of fresh fruit, warm homemade bread, and freshly made banana pancakes, then eggs, rice and beans, fried plantain and yoghurt with homemade granola. Help yourself to coffee and a large selection of St Dalfour organic teas. Each table is given a big jug of juice and this is a lovely time of day to linger, sitting out on the terrace, watching birds flitting around and the river below you.
Lunch offers 2 choices for each course: our filo pastry parcels filled with goats cheese, pork tenderloin, and roasted vegetables were delicious.
Dinner is a real occasion here - and very romantic in the depths of the jungle. The whole palenque is lit by candles and waiters run around with head torches, emerging from the shadows to bring you a cocktail (the caipirinhas are superb) or serve dinner. We ate on the open terrace, the river lit by moonlight (you can request to dine al fresco). White linen on the tables, red napkins and pretty candle holders create a sense of formality. The waiting staff are friendly and attentive and the food is excellent. Our carpaccio of tuna was top-notch, followed by tilapia fish in a delicately spicy sauce, and the most decadent chocolate pudding imaginable. All washed down with a premium Argentine malbec - a far from rustic experience. You’ll certainly sleep well.
Those who want ultimate privacy and romance should eat dinner in The Nest, a wooden terrace attached to a ceiba tree. You get incredible views from the forest canopy, though as you are 60ft off the floor, and have to reach the platform via a zip wire, it is not for the fainthearted!
Rafting is only possible for children over 12, and families with children aged 7 to 11 must arrive and depart the lodge by land transportation. Younger children wouldn’t find so much entertainment here, however there is plenty on offer for families with older kids, including accommodation geared up to their needs. Extra beds can be added to some rooms on request.
Extra Beds Available