January 5, Pacuare 2 days
Having just returned from my 2-day rafting trip with Adventures Naturales on the Pacuare I wanted to email to thank and congratulate your organization for such a fantastic trip. Both my sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience, your guides and staff were excellent in all areas both on and off the river. Kurt, Mario, Arturo and everyone at the lodge were first class. You have wonderful staff and a really special place in the river lodge. Many thanks, keep up the good work.
With best wishes,
January 7, 10-day Package
Wendy and I wanted to thank you VERY much for helping us out with our
We were very happy to have Snyder as our guide. Needless to say that our stay overnight at the Pacuare Lodge was one of the highlights of our trip. Miguel did a wonderful job preparing the delicious meals. I won't go into everything, but please know that everything was great and we really appreciate your help, in planning this unforgettable trip for us.
Best wishes for 2003!
Erik and Wendy
January 6, Pacuare 3 days
The Pacuare Lodge has given me a lifetime of wonderful memories. The staff was incredible – Miguel was a wonderful cook. Andres is the best! I will highly recommend this trip to friends and family! Thank you for a wonderful experience!!
January 11, Pacuare 2 days
was out of this world. It was worth every bit of my time. The guides were
polite, friendly, and very helpful. Had I known it was going to be this good, I
would honeymooned here over
Leticia P. Lopez
January 12, Pacuare 2 days
A very memorable and worthwhile trip to be well recommended to one and all.
January 14, 7-day Package
We are just
back in the
Floor Balkestein & Tiennot van Dilst
January 22, Pacuare 2 days
We had a very lovely time – all the people working for your company are very good with people + very personable. The meal was lovely, and the honeymoon suite spectacular ! Also the gardens everywhere are very nicely done.
Max + Irma Cripe
January 25, Pacuare 2 days
A very memorable experience all-round. Staying at the lodge for 2 days gave us time to get to know the wonderful staff, learn all about Costa Rica’s rich bird, insect, animal + plant life. Kurt was a wealth of information, Gerardo’s family took great care of us, Jose was a goofy, fun guide, and Max was fun to throw Frisbee with and play “band”. EVERYTHING was fantastic.
Newburg Park, CA
February 1, Pacuare 2 days
This trip was one of the most exciting, action-packed adventures I have experienced. I did not want the trip to end! Thank you so much for all your efforts to make this weekend run so smoothly and all your encouragement as I tried something new. I definitely want to return and raft again!
February 12, Pacuare 2 days
The river guides made our rafting experience fun & challenging. The accommodations at the Pacuare Lodge were absolutely beautiful + all the meals were delicious. The candlelight dinner was a wonderful way to end an adventurous day. Thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us! I will recommend you to everyone!
February 17, Pacuare 2 days
experience with A.N. exceeded our expectations. The guides were wonderful –
competent, congenial and very, very attentive. Compliments to
them all. Luis, our guide, was superb. They were happy to give us their
time to explain things about
February 17, Pacuare 2 days
was absolutely outstanding. Our guides were very, very special young men. They
were smart, had great personality, and were extremely helpful. The lodge was
awesome. We loved everything about the trip and will recommend it to friends
who are coming to
February 19, Pacuare 2 days
Thanx for an excellent trip – everything exceeded my expectations!
March 6, Pacuare 2 days
Fantastic! Guide was very knowledgeable – whole staff was very friendly – food was incredible. Canopy tour was the best! I would highly recommend this to anyone! Thank you!
March 13, Pacuare 2 days
extremely impressed about everything. We can’t wait to get home to show off
what we got to experience. We will also highly recommend to friends who will be
March 27, Pacuare 2 days
From all my
March 29, Pacuare 2 days
This trip was amazing. Jose was entertaining and knowledgeable. The staff at the lodge were friendly and accommodating. The food was amazing. It was paradise! Thank you!
March 30, Pacuare 2 days
was amazing. I was looking forward to river rafting on the Pacuare but I
enjoyed so much more than rafting – the service was great, the food @ Pacuare
Lodge was phenomenal. The lodge was beautiful + tranquil.. The conversations at the lodge with other guests + staff is something I will always remember. I would recommend this tour to anyone
March 30, Pacuare 2 days
imagine a better way to end an extraordinary 10 days in
April 5, Pacuare 3 days
this tour was very, very good. It ranks in with the top tours I have had in
Alicia S. Kerns
April 5, Pacuare 3 days
This has been the best vacation of my life. The guides were awesome & the facilities and activities provided were excellent. I would definitely come back. Thanks so much!
April 6, Pacuare 2 days
We loved the tour & service. We will recommend this tour to other friends, especially to tell them about the scenery, gourmet dinner, & family atmosphere, & well designed lodge
Susan & Jason Lai
April 9, Pacuare 3 days
The best trip ever! I will tell all my friends. Can I get a job? Will work for food!
April 13, Pacuare 2 days
Lodge was wonderful. I took my son, Adam, to
April 15, Pacuare 2 days
Every single guide was excellent. The Pacuare Lodge was everything we hoped for and more. The accommodations, food & family who ran the facility were first class. Not a minute passed that we did not enjoy. Fernando was an excellent overnight guide who really made an effort to make sure everything ran smoothly. The family was terrific and Fernando & Luis did and outstanding job guiding us through the canopy tour – felt very safe & looked after. I believe that out of our 10 day stay, the past two with Aventuras Naturales were our most memorable & best! Thank you! Oh, also – Kurt did an amazing job as both river guide & naturalist.
Anne & Geoff Teillon
April 22, Pacuare 2 days
The guides (Manfred & Andres) were terrific and the staff at the Pacuare Lodge could not have been more helpful! A fantastic experience!!
April 28, Pacuare 2 days
Excellent trip! Great stay, excellent delicious dinner, the best canopy ever, and most important the treat and kindness of the guides and all the personal was what made our trip incredible. Thank you very much and hope to return with you guys again some other time.
Rodarte & Wheatley
May 8, Pacuare 3 days
It was an amazing, beautiful, perfect trip. The lodge was truly idyllic. I only wish we could have stayed for 10 days at the lodge! Our guides, Jorge & Fernando were perfect. I have been on many river trips and they were the best guides and hosts. The cooking was truly first class, 5 stars. All the staff were super friendly. I will recommend Aventuras Naturales to everybody! What a great trip. Muchas gracias, we will see you next year.
May 9, Pacuare 2 days
Between the rollicking rapids of this country’s most beautiful river, on the long calm stretches coursing through lush canyons, the scenery and serenity are almost dreamlike.
Laughter and screams that fill the air as the rafts tumble and twirl through the turbulent zones give way to a collective hush, during which you are left in awe, compelled simply to look and listen.
You tune to
the sound of water rushing from the mountains to the
Central American nation, sandwiched between
A tiger heron tries to blend into the bank, striking a statuesque pose as it waits to pluck an unsuspecting fish from the river.
The pendulous Montezuma oropendolas form colonies in the branches of tall trees. The brightly colored birds are darting from tree to tree, nest to nest.
The Female of this species chooses her mate based on the size and safety of his nest, your guide, Andres Vargas Sanchez, says, pointing above the trees to one of many enemies of the oropendolas, a large-beaked toucan, jokingly referred to as “that Froot Loop guy” in flight over the river. Onward you go, charging through rapids one minute, looking for monkeys the next, immersed in a universe so vibrant and green that you can hardly believe your eyes.
Your on the
Beauty Flows From Pacuare, for now.
May 10, 11-day Package
We just got back from our trip this morning and I wanted to let you know that everything went very smoothly. All of our reservations were set just as you said. You have a beautiful country! This was the best vacation my wife or I have ever taken! We didn't want to come home.
The staff on the overnight Pacuare River Rafting and canopy tour was the best. Kurt, Luis Andres, Hedras, Luisita, Ricardo, and Jose were great! It was the highlight of our trip. Your entire staff was very professional and we felt safe the whole time. The accommodations were superior and very welcoming. The meals we were given were delicious. We have absolutely no complaints what so ever.
Please feel free to use this letter on our site. We are very comfortable recommending you to anyone, and in fact already have.
Please give our best to Kurt, Luis Andres, Hedras, Luisita, Ricardo, and Jose.
With sincerest gratitude....
John and Shannon Tinder
May 19, Pacuare 2 days
A HUGE HELLO, From Andrew ,Bobbi ,Tim & Madalena.....
We had the pleasure of staying at the lodge on the 20th May. We had a blast, what a great bunch of people. The guides where wonderful to say the least, they new there stuff and seemed to be having as much fun as we were. On the rapids they were our saviors and in the Kitchen our hero's.
The food was great, Carmen is going to be a star she may even out shine Tomas.
It was a pleasure to dine with Roberto, how very interesting and motivating.
I work in
the largest busiest hotel in
And I still believe I'm the bravest woman in the world to have concord your canopy tour
Thanks to all of you, we had a fantastic time !!
June 4, Pacuare 2 days
I thought that the service was excellent and everyone was very professional. Accommodations were so beautiful. My wife and I had an excellent trip and would recommend this trip to many. Thank you very much.
June 5, Sarapiqui 1 day
I had lots of fun! I had never been white water rafting before. Our guides were nice & very funny! They gave great directions for us to follow. I hope to go white water rafting again sometime.
June 11, Pacuare 2 days
I thought Kurt did an unbelievable job commandeering the raft as well as ordering us a plethora of information. He made the trip both exciting + educational.
June 12, Pacuare 2 days
What really stood out was the Pacuare Lodge as well as
the people. Our guides were welcoming, knowledgeable, responsible and fun. Really benefited from Kevin being bilingual. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone coming to
June 24, Pacuare 2 days
Your staff went out of their way to ensure our safety + comfort while showing us a good time. Jose brought coffee to us in the honeymoon suite on our 2nd day. It’s that kind of service that will keep people coming back and telling others about you!
June 25, Pacuare 2 days
Quite possibly the best 2 days of my trip – thanks!
June 28, Pacuare 2 days
The entire trip was amazing. We will recommend the Pacuare Lodge to everyone. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime.
June 28, Pacuare 2 days
We thought the trip was wonderful. The lodging was above and beyond any expectations, as was the food. It’s been a long time since we’ve been rafting, and we really enjoyed the river trip also. This has been such a great trip for us.
June 30, Pacuare 2 days
Aventuras Naturales was absolutely amazing! Everything was wonderful. The guides are great, the food is fantastic! The guest rooms are fantastic. Keep it up!
July 4, Pacuare 2 days
We had a
fantastic time on the trip and the guides went above
& beyond to make us feel welcome and ensure that our stay was a great one.
The lodging was gorgeous & the food was fantastic. I hope to be able to
July 4, Pacuare 2 days
Kurt, our river guide and naturalist was exceptionally good at sharing information that our whole group found fascinating. He took us on a nature hike that was labeled by several in our group as “the best nature hike I’ve ever been on”, As our river guide he was the best possible combination of kind encouragement, humorist, and, when called for, “comandante”, In short Kurt made the trip!!!
(The others as well! All guides, cooks, support staff were wonderful). I’ll be back!
July 9, Pacuare 2 days
It was a fantastic tour – well organized, well guided, fun, good food, nice people at the lodge. Special mention to our guide, Jose who inspired confidence + was lots of fun. The canopy tour was top class and the guides very professional in this element as well.
was most beautiful & well maintained, the dinner excellent. I have nothing
negative to say about the trip, which is high praise
given that I am a tour operator myself (see http://www.wildways.org) – we run
adventure tours in
July 12, Pacuare 2 days
We had a great trip! Your staff and guides are very nice and care about making sure that we all have a very good time! It was a great lodge with great meals and facilities!
July 15, 14-day Package
I wanted to thank you for planning a lovely trip for Raphe and I. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in your wonderful country and recommended it to all of our friends and family. We will pass your name and organization along if any of them need help in planning their vacations.
Thank you for everything! The arrangements were perfect and we really enjoyed all of the activities that were scheduled.
Nancy and Raphe Schwartz
July 16, Pacuare 2 days
The trip was phenomenal – a definite once in a lifetime experience. The guides and the river were perfect, the lodge is gorgeous, and the food delicious. Thanks for a great trip.
July 16, Pacuare 2 days
I thought it was excellent! Everything was so well organized and planned out. The food was abundant and excellent. The cabins were beautiful. I would recommend this tour to anybody planning to come to this beautiful country. Thank you very much for your time and service to us. It was wonderful.
July 24, Pacuare 2 days
wonderful! Wish it could have been longer! Thank you very much to
everyone...you made my time in
July 27, 8-day Package
would like to say a hearty thank you to you too for your great job in helping
us see and experience wonderful beautiful
educated, thrilled and captivated by
August 4, Pacuare 2 days
Dear Aventuras Naturales:
The overnight Pacuare rafting trip was great! My partner and I really enjoyed the new honeymoon suite. Waking up to the sounds of all those birds was a rare treat.
The entire trip was a success. The river was clear and beautiful, the guides were helpful (and humorous!) and dinner was unexpectedly exquisite. My only complaint is that your website does not really reflect the absolutely fantastic experience of the overnight Pacuare trip. The time passed far too quickly. If we had known, we definitely would have booked the three-day excursion so we could have enjoyed another day at the Pacuare Lodge before continuing on down the river.
Next time, I guess. Until then, keep up the excellent work!
August 10, Pacuare 2 days
Our guide Arturo was excellent and gave a great ride. We were able to make our time and explore. That was nice. The lodge was amazing...once, hopefully twice in a lifetime. The food and happy hour was superb. There was always something to do. The guides and equipment were both safe and reliable. I would recommend this service to any who asks.
Red Bluff, CA
August 12, Pacuare 2 days
Mario and all of the staff for this part of our vacation were wonderful. Our family has had a spectacular two days on the Pacuare, learning about the country, nature, and the people. Thank you so much. Gracias.
August 13, Pacuare 2 days
This trip hase gone beyond my expectations. I’m so glad I went with you guys instead of ... .......... The professionalism of the guides was extraordinary and the food was exceptional. But the greatest of all was Pacuare Lodge – what a treat. I will definitely recommend this outfitter any time!!
Red Bluff, CA
August 14, Pacuare 2 days
What a wonderful and exhilarating experience from beginning to the end! It was a pleasure to get to know all the guides and especially our raft guide Jose. What a delightful person with so much knowledge about his job. He was pleasant, funny, fun and very informative and professional. We enjoyed the food, the working people along with our groups! We had a blast and will look forward to doing this trip again. It was definitely an awesome adventure. Thank you.
August 17, Pacuare 2 days
I had the most amazing time. I loved every aspect of the trip. The meals were exceptional, the lodge was beautiful and the rafting was amazing. Than k you so much for providing such a wonderful experience
August 18, Pacuare 2 days
Could not have been happier with everything. Fantastic job. Would recommend to others and do it again myself. Mario, Luis Andres and Fernando were great. Thank you
August 24, Pacuare 2 days
....if I’d woken up five minutes earlier, a snake may have fallen onto my head before my first cup of coffee.
August 24, Pacuare 2 days
This was my
first white water rafting trip. The guides were exceptional, both with their
knowledge and attitude. The lodge exceeded all expectations. The food and
accommodations were excellent. This trip was unquestionably the highlight of my
Steve & Eva Moon
September 6, Pacuare 2 days
I was thoroughly impressed of the facilities. They were above my expectations. The highlight of the trip was definitely the service. I have traveled to many places and have to say that it was top of the line. Most of all our tour guide was the best! Everyone on staff was wonderful and made this adventure memorable. Thank you Jose and Aventuras Naturales for an experience of a lifetime.
September 7, Pacuare 2 days
Excellent in all respects. Andres & Esteban were not only extremely competent & professional, but they shared their extensive knowledge and had a great sense of humor. The lodge was much nicer than I expected and the meals were terrific. You have a quality staff and a quality product. Thank you!
September 9, Pacuare 1 day
on two other raft trips, including the
September 25, Pacuare 2 days
Mario was incredible + I trusted his judgement + experience. The facilities were excellent. The rooms were clean + I really appreciated the flowers throughout. Meals were beyond excellent + evening was fun. Thank you for a great adventure.
September 25, Pacuare 2 days
This trip exceeded every expectation. Fantastic guides, great river, beautiful facilities, exciting canopy tour and some of the most incredible food I’ve ever had prepared by Thomas at the lodge. I would recommend this trip highly to anyone.
October 7, 11-day Itinerary
Donna and I
wanted to take this opportunity to write and thank you for the great job you
did in arranging our first trip to
hi to Alejandro, Macho, Harry, Mario, Fernando, Tomas, and all the rest of the
gang. They’re all great guys. Our mailing address is listed below for the
flight refund. We wound up sharing a van with another couple to get back to
free to use us as a referral to anyone considering a trip to
Thanks again for everything!
Greg & Donna Megas
October 9, Pacuare 3 days
Everything we hoped for and more! Your website convinced us yours was the organization to book our entire trip. Grettel was so friendly and helpful to custom design our trip by e-mail. Adventure, comfort, and the food all exceeded our expectations. (Tommy is a chef extraordinaire)! Rafting, hike, canopy, canopy tour were all well beyond our expectations. But the most rewarding part of our trip is the new friendships: Mario, Luis Andres, Tommy, Arturo, Fernando, Kurt – all interesting, professional, and wonderful at what they do.
Thomas A. Thyer
October 10, Pacuare 2 days
The stay at
the lodge, the river trip and the Canopy Tour were beyond our expectations.
Everyone involved was very helpful and very professional. Everyone worked
together very well and everyone did everything they could to male our trip a
great one. We will be telling all of our friends what a tremendous experience
we had and encourage them to come to
October 12, Pacuare 2 days
Perhaps the very best, most exciting excursion I have ever been on!
November 5, Pacuare 3 days
We have traveled many places in the world and this tour was by far the most outstanding romantic and peaceful of them all. Thank you to all of the staff and crew that made it worth coming back. We will tell our friends that we recommend this for all. # 1 tour of all time.
November 14, Pacuare 2 days
The whole experience was absolutely fabulous. The staff was attentive and very concerned about what we needed and accommodated all requests. They were very knowledgeable and were great about being patient with us on the canopy part. Kevin made our trip – his humor + concern for safety and wanting us to have a great experience built our confidence + catered to our every need!
November 15, Pacuare 2 days
Excellent trip – our guide Louis was superb! The chef, Thomas was simply beyond compare, our food was amazing, a four star gourmet feast in the middle of paradise – I could go on and on – Would do again!
November 13, 6-day Itinerary
Dear Grettel, I hope this finds you well. I just wanted to thank you for helping me put together a most wonderful trip! Everything went smoothly and your people were so very nice and hospitable.
Alex, our guide for the white water trip was wonderful! He and the driver, I think his name was Miguel, and Lil were so much fun. Miguel helped me keep up with my stuff without a problem.
The Hotel Paradisus Playa Conchal was awesome. The food was excellent and the staff was very helpful. Although we did not catch any Marlin or Sailfish, our day of fishing was a lot of fun. We did catch a yellow tail, a red snapper and an amber jack.
This trip went beyond our expectations.
Your country is truly beautiful. There are other things we would like to do so we will have to do a return trip.
All of the people (Ricas) we talked to and met were so friendly.
Thank you again for helping me put together an unforgettable trip. I will be calling on you again.
December 10, Pacuare 2 days
It is always enjoyable to live a moment in time through a persons passion and enjoyment in what he does best. The last two days even though I had the flu I experienced a slice of heaven.
Warren Jonathan Stone
December 21, 15-day Itinerary
Just a quick note to say how much we loved
I look forward to recommending your services to any friends wanting to travel to your beautiful country. I have also adopted your country's saying "Pura Vida" as it sums up our whole experience.
Thank you again and I hope someday we can return!
Gayle and Greg Andrews,
Mario & the other guides were great fun and informative. The lodge was stunning. We all enjoyed ourselves very much & will look forward to returning.
January 2, Pacuare 2 days
Guides were helpful, considerate, knowledgeable and wonderful. I thank you for an experience of my lifetime!
January 4, Pacuare 2 days
It was a blast, the guides were great and the atmosphere was awesome. Great job.
This was the most fantastic adventure I have ever had! Everything about the day was amazing. The food was great…Silvia & Paolo were THE BEST! I can’t wait to go on another trip with your company!
January 12, 9-day Package
Just wanted to let you know that we had an absolutely fantastic holiday
thank you and your fine organization wholeheartedly. A special thanks to
your staff at the rafting trip, please let them know their cooking was
superb and the care they showed made the trip lots of fun.
We shall most certainly come back! Thank you again for all your help.
Coral and George
Hello to Snyder and Laura,
Thank you for a very nice tour. We had a good time and enjoyed everything from the waterfalls to the river rafting. You all did a great job.
Mark, Marianne and Brian
Rodney and Gail
January 16, Pacuare 3 days
This tour was just great. I have to say, our guide Paolo (a/k/A Boo Boo) really made the difference. He was energetic, friendly, knowledgeable. His English was great, he gave great instructions on the river. His attitude was everything. We are honeymooners and we shared the lodge with another honeymooning couple + he set up a very special dinner for us on an outside table by candlelight + a special bottle.
This is a great company – we had a blast – will be back. Thanks for being here.
Mary Angel Blount
January 17, 3-day Package
Just a quick note to say thank you for organizing our stay at the lodge in Sarapaqui - it was fantastic. However disappointed we were for not being able to stay the extra night at Pacuare, the night at Sarapiqui certainly made up for it - the staff were so friendly and helpful, the resort was amazing and the food was wonderful - thank you so much once again. Also, to let you know that the 2 day rafting trip was also fantastic – with a brilliant guide and excellent rapids - our stay at the Pacuare lodge was really brilliant too with excellent guides and wonderful food. Thanks for all you have done.
Jane and Jeremy Murch
January 27, Pacuare 2 days
what can I possibly say but thanks! We just had the trip of a lifetime. The
hotel was perfect, the rafting was awesome, the Lodge is unbelievable, the guides were so much fun (especially Jorge). My friends
and I will never forget this experience. All the best to you and your whole
team, we hope to see you again in
March 2, Pacuare 1 day
The tour was fun. The guides were very good. The boats are really nice and nature is your god given best present. We enjoyed it. Thank you.
March 2, Pacuare 3 days
This will be the best part of our Costa Rican vacation! We loved the food, service – the company was outstanding. Our guides were fabulous, they all had great personalities and made our time with them one that we wi8ll never forget. We will be back soon. Thank you Andres, Edgar, Jorge and Carlos for a great time.
Vincent & Marsha Defaid
March 9, Sarapiqui 1 day
What a wonderful time I had with my family. This was definitely a weekend venture that we will all remember. Thanks to Silvia my kids could both feel comfortable in a raft in the water. We will highly recommend this venture to all our friends. Thanks again.
March 9, Pacuare 1day
I want to thank you so much for a ride of a life time. Our guide Max, you couldn’t ask for a better guide. When I come back I want to request him. You are very lucky to have him as a guide. Overall it was the best thing I have ever done. Thank you very much!
March 11, Pacuare 2 days
This tour was very well organized. Your staff / guides are excellent. The stay at the Pacuare Lodge was perfect. We will recommend this tour to our friends. We will come again. Don’t dam the river!
Tom Duttton & Bunny Scott
March 14, 5-day Package
Hi All: Just want to thank all of you from myself and our clients the Tony Franks booking.
They called to say what a great time they had, due to your efforts of making all clients feel special and want to return again.
They mentioned each of you with special mention about the great service, wonderful and friendly staff and fantastic guides on tours & rafting. Pura Vida!
March 15, Pacuare 2 days
If I could
do it again I would not have asked for anything to be different from how it
was. Guides were excellent. Pablo answered every question asked of him &
was so incredibly knowledgeable about everything from flora & fauna to
March 16, Sarapiqui 1 day
absolutely wonderful, very fun & excited plus good exercise for the arms.
Silvia was a very good guide, humorous and was able to let us know more about
Megan J. Daum
March 16, Pacuare 3 days
It was the most fun we’ve ever had on vacation. Thanks
March 17, Pacuare 2 days
What a fantastic voyage through the Pacuare rainforest! We couldn’t have asked for a better guide – we want to take Mario with us the rest of the trip – he is most delightful! We all thank you for a fabulous time!
March 19, Pacuare 2 days
The Pacuare Lodge is absolutely beautiful. The grounds were stunning, and you thought of everything to make our stay comfortable – from umbrellas to candles and flashlights in the room to backgammon at the lodge. Kurt’s tour was fabulous + we learned about walking trees, hallucinogenic tea (angel trumpet) and more! The food was great as well. We felt very pampered when we expected to be “roughing it”. Carlos also was such a great guide – we felt safe yet adventurous at the same time! Nice back trip off the cliff, by the way – very impressive! We loved the hikes to the waterfalls as well, thanks Luis! All in all – excellent – we’ll recommend you to friends & hope to be back soon!
Drew & Andra Nelson
March 28, Pacuare 2 days
March 30, Pacuare 2 days
I was very impressed with the overall organization, professionalism + courteousness of the guides. Everyone was very polite and friendly. The lodging was even nicer than the photos! Very beautiful + natural. The food was delicious. I would do this trip again with Aventuras Naturales + I will tell friends about it. “Thank you” Kevin!
April 12, 8-day Package
Thank you very much for the wonderful job you did in planning our vacation. The itinerary you set up made it a special time for my teenage daughter and me – nice variety, incredible sights, good accommodations. The 2-day Pacuare rafting trip was the centerpiece. All hotels were interesting, clean, and well-run. Every single transfer you arranged was there at the specified time. Gretchen Kling did an excellent job for us. We are planning to recommend you to our friends. Thanks again!
April 6 and April 14, Pacuare 1 Day and Treasures/Sarapiqui 1 Day
these trips were awesome, the rapids were never-ending on the Pacuare and the
jungle surroundings whisked us away to another world. Paulo manned our raft and
went out of his way to "surprise us" with waterfalls and great photo
ops with our waterproof, he really went the extra mile to ensure a great trip
on the Pacuare. We requested him again for the treasures tour and again we had
a splendid time. We requested duckies at his suggestion and were overjoyed with
the experience. Being beginner kayakers we weren't quite ready for our normal kayaks
but duckies make the Sarapiqui much more fun for us (boosting our moral maybe
too). Again Paulo was an excellent guide and we even got to see a poisonous
frog, toucans and monkeys! A great way to end our wonderful trip to
Thumbs up and I’ll definitely suggest AN!
April 23, Pacuare 2 days
Excellent!! Our dream come true!! Lifetime experience!!
Sandra Martinez & Lee Moore
April 25, Pacuare 3 days
This tour was much more than expected. I was trilled with the facilities & amazed with the preparation of the meals & how efficient & well informed your guides are, they made my stay exciting & wanting to go back real soon. I hope you have V.I.P. offers. I will definitely recommend it to my friends. Thank you.
April 25, Pacuare 3 days
I believe we had the best guide in your company. (Luis Achoy) He knew the river very well and gave us the best fun we could have. Andres was also excellent. Food and lodging were superb. Your company handled everything very professionally and all 5 of us had a great time. Gerardo also is a very valuable employee for your company, his dedication is unmatched and was very friendly. We will remember our trip forever and recommend it to all our friends!
May 17, Pacuare 2 days
This was incredible! Moises, our guide, was magnificent! He handled the boat so well and he was so much fun. The service was amazing from start to finish. The food was phenomenal and the overnight lodge was beautiful and perfectly clean. I would come back myself and recommend it to all my friends. Thank you!
May 18, Pacuare 2 days
was the highlight of our vacation. Kevin was a fantastic guide. You definitely
need to keep him around as long as you can. We can’t wait to recommend your
company to everyone in
Jason & Heidi Pfetcher
June 4, Pacuare 2 days
I have been thoroughly impressed with the entire trip. The lodging was beautiful + immaculately clean, but the trip would not be the same if it was not for the guides. They were fun, enthusiastic and great cooks. I could not believe the food and the presentation of the food. I didn’t know men could cook so well. The bathrooms were great. I felt completely safe with the staff. They were great fun. Everything was wonderful and well done. I hope the government does not dam the river. Keep up the great work!
Denis Lee & Trudi Fahey
June 10, Pacuare 2 days
It was a spectacular trip with awesome views. The level of service at the lodge can only be compared with a 5 star hotel. Danly and Fernando were excellent guides and very knowledgeable. As a first time rafter, it gave me a lot of confidence that guides with their experience were with us.
June 10, Pacuare 2 days
This trip exceeded our expectations. The lodge was spectacular but our guides Danly and Fernando really pampered us. Although I knew Pacuare Lodge would be nice, the service was a pleasant surprise. I would have liked to stay a little longer but will definitely return to do it again as well refer friends looking for a great time, excellent service and lodging.
June 15, Pacuare 2 days
This 2-day excursion was fantastic! It went beyond my expectations and more – every person associated with this company was extremely pleasant and very easy to talk with. We felt like the people we met and the employees at the lodge were family. They created a very easy going type atmosphere and the grounds were beautiful. The lodging was very clean and decorated very creatively and neat. The food was spectacular – excellent…delicious and vent beyond our expectations. I would recommend this to everyone! Thank you for a wonderful time – it was fantastic!
June 21, Pacuare 3 days
The river rafting was excellent, and the stay overnight made it a special & wonderful experience. I will recommend your services to all my friends. The guides were friendly and went out of their way to make this a wonderful & tasty experience
June 24, Pacuare 2 days
The guides are top-notch. They were knowledgeable, funny, patient, skilled. I had been nervous and they made me feel confident and safe. I forgot my fears and paddled hard! Andreas took care of us well – good food, great happy hour. Kurt thought us a lot about the river, its plants, trees & its stories. I would recommend this trip to everyone!
June 26, Pacuare 3 days
Destacamos la atencion muy cariñosa y atenta del personal del Pacuare Lodge, en especial de nuestro Guia Fernando. Por cierto, la comida que tomamos dudo que ningun hotel de 5 estrellas lo supere… seguro que engordamos!! Gracias por todo!
June 28, Pacuare 2 days
Kevin + Kurt were absolutely fantastic. They were both very patient + thoughtful. We were in a very small group and they added a lot to the trip and made the experience exceptional! Meals were great, the lodge was wonderful. Kevin took us of on an exhilarating hike near the Pacuare Lodge – he took the time to get to know us, and cater to our interests. Two thumbs up!
July 5, Pacuare 2 days
This was easily the best rafting experience I’ve ever had. The beauty of the Pacuare combined with the amazing River Lodge was just great. You guys have done a great job. The Lodge is so peaceful and wonderful. Thank you for a trip that I’ll never forget.
Shalin & Rajni Agarwal
July 10, Pacuare 2 days
An unbelievably great trip! You guys run a first class business. The staff is very friendly, fun, courteous, knowledgeable and safe. The river trip and the canopy tour are going to be great memories! Thank you!
July 17, Pacuare 2 days
Tour was very good, the lodge facilities were above excellent, the food was very good along with the presentation. The lodge and rooms were very clean and nice. I cannot really think of anything that could make this trip better. Our guide Jose was very accommodating and patient, and excellent member of your team. Thanks
July 21, Pacuare 3 days
This is a trip we will remember for the rest of our lives!
July 29, Pacuare 2 days
We’ve been here 8 days and 7 nights and I must say staying at the Pacuare Lodge and the river trip was the best part of this vacation! Fernando and the family at the lodge treated us like special guests, which was extra meaningful since it was just the two of us in the entire lodge! The bungalow, food, happy hour & hosting was more than we could have asked for! Muchissimas gracias!
August 1, Pacuare 2 days
The trip, canopy tour, accommodations & meals couldn’t have been better. Jose, Fernando + Andres had patience & humor & skills beyond what could be expected. The Pacuare Lodge was idyllic. It couldn’t have been a better vacation. Thank you.
August 4, Pacuare 2 days
I would like to express my sincere thanks for your invitation to the Pacuare Lodge overnight trip.
I figured we would have a good time, but I honestly didn’t expect the attention to detail and professionalism of your 2-day overnight adventure. The trip down the Pacuare is always spectacular: verdant hillsides away from the “civilization” make a striking contrast for the tumbling freshwater cascades that fill the river. That impressive backdrop coupled with heart-racing rapids makes for a memorable experience. But Carlos and Andres really made the trip unforgettable. Funny and good spirited, our knowledgeable guides took us down the river, told us jokes, and made us feel at home in your beautiful facilities. And the food: it’s amazing to have a five-star gourmet meal in the middle of the jungle.
Now back in
And I can
hardly wait to get back into the wild to really experience
Costa Rica Informer
August 8, Pacuare 2 days
I want to say I was very impressed with the organization, the facilities, the food, and the crew. We were treated like royalty and since this was my wife and myself’s honeymoon it will be an unforgettable experience. Thank you very much.
August 20, 15-day Package
Good morning Gretchen. Just a wee note to say we had a terrific time! The adventure pkg. was just that including the 4x4ing over the 'goat path'roads to get to some of the locations. The lodges, especially
the jungle were spectacular - lush, romantic and exotic. Indeed, all the
arrangements made by you were first class. My wife and I both found
August 25, 5-day Package
Hello Gretchen, Carol and I wanted to tell you what a great time we had. Thank you for all of your help!!! The country is beautiful and we had some wonderfully fun experiences!! Also, Grace, all of the drivers and guides were helpful and very accommodating to our needs. Thanks again!
September 28, Pacuare 2 days
Dear Ana and Roberto: Thank you so much for inviting me to rafting and staying at Pacuare Lodge. I had a great time! It's really good that the other tour didn't work out because I don't think just seeing the pictures would give me the full idea of what a lovely place the lodge is. I think it would be just perfect for a Sierra Club group. I found it so simple but beautiful and very comfortable. I loved the natural feeling, the way the cabins are so spread out for a feeling of privacy and minimal impact on the environment. The whole project was obviously designed with much thought and care. I can't say enough in praise and commendation about Kevin as our head guide. The river was higher than I'd seen it before so I was happy to be with such a competent boatman. He is a top rate professional in every aspect of that demanding job.
It was good to meet you and I hope we will be able to schedule some groups to you as we develop our schedule for 2004.
October 1, Pacuare 2 days
Hola! Had a great trip. Everything was perfect--from your hotel recommendation to the good weather. No rain, but then a big storm blew in the second that we hit the take-out point. How'd you do that? Talk about perfect planning!
Manfred, Mac, Gerardo, Jose--and the rest of the crew were all very competent and a lot of fun. I am not real fond of heights, but Mac and Gerardo were so good at what they do that I trusted them completely on the canopy tour and had a blast. The hike to see the Cabecars with Manfred was tough but very worthwhile. I will never forget it. The rapids were great fun and exciting. The lodge area was wonderful and very well-tended. The food was great, the bungalows very nice. I suppose that you hear this stuff all the time. I'll be back. Next time I'm bringing a date, though. It was too good to do alone.
Thanks for running a good business.
October 24, Pacuare 2 days
Great organization, luxury lodge in wilderness but with awareness of the nature + preservation of the wilderness! Enough time to relax! Guides doing it with their whole hearth! I enjoyed it a lot!
October 28, Pacuare 2 days
This was the most wonderful and amazing day and adventure I ever had! Thank you for the perfect organization. “Big Luis” was the best!
November 2, Pacuare 2-days
This will be one of the highlights of our trip! Your personnel were all wonderful. Thoughtful, funny and thorough. I was in awe of the grounds and the atmosphere of the lodge. I will long remember the romantic room with the candles and the sweet smelling flowers. The food was outstanding! The river trip itself was exhilarating! I loved all the rapids! This was a trip full of wonderful memories + new friends that I will treasure forever.
November 17, Pacuare 3 days
This was a
highlight of my life! I have participated in about 40 rafting trips including
December14, Pacuare 2 days
Really impressive. Well organized. First class people. Well thought – out. Nice package! The guides were so efficient and caring for the beginners like me. I appreciated it very much.
John + Mandah Karlsen
December 30, Pacuare 2 days
It was beautiful, fun, exciting, adventurous. The lodge is incredible. I would encourage any friend to go with you!