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2004

 

January 2, 10-day Itinerary

Hi Grettel. Scott and I wanted to thank you and all the people at Aventuras Naturales for a spectacular 10 Day Adventure Trip in your beautiful country. You and the staff at Aventuras Naturales really planned all of the details to make the trip a memorable experience. The tour guides Carlos and Kevin on the Pacuare River were wonderful and they also helped to make the stay at the Pacuare Lodge an unparalleled experience. We loved the Whitewater river rafting as well as the Canopy Tour. The food that Thomas, your chef, prepared was spectacular. We couldn't believe how romantic the honeymoon suite was even without electricity and hot water. Our trip to Arenal included both horseback riding which we booked through the hotel and the bike tour. Alex was our guide on the horseback riding tour and it was just magnificent seeing the volcano erupt. We were lucky that day since the weather was clear and we could see the volcano. Although the bike tour was a challenge in the rain, we enjoyed it nonetheless. Monteverde was just beautiful and the guided tour to Selvatura Cloud Forest was quite an experience. All of the drivers were wonderful and the accommodations at the Montana de Fuego and El Establo were beautiful and cozy. Scott and I both indulged ourselves and got Siamese massages at the En Gadi Spa at Montana de Fuego which were extremely luxurious and relaxing after our 3 hour horseback ride around the Arenal volcano. And of course, Tamarindo Beach and the Hotel Cala Luna were terrific as well. We enjoyed the boat ride in Tortuguero even thought Scott and I were not feeling well that day and there was some confusion regarding this trip but it all worked out in the end thanks to your efforts to make our visit and our honeymoon an unforgettable and wonderful experience. We recommend your company to anyone who wants to travel around Costa Rica and we are sure to visit your country again soon. We told our clients in Costa Rica about your company and they were glad to hear we were so pleased. Thanks again for making our honeymoon trip such a wonderful experience.

Alisa Jaffe and Scott Strochak

Boca Raton , Florida

 

January 4, Pacuare 2 days

Another outstanding adventure! I was consistently impressed with the quality of this trip! Amazing!

Piera Damonte

Oakland , CA

 

January 6, Pacuare 2 days

Everyone was so great! So much fun with great energy, attitudes & professionalism. We had an awesome time & would definitely recommend this tour to friends. Thanks to everyone of the staff who made our adventure stay so much fun & so delightful.

Marcelo & Maria Masif

Tucson , AZ

 

January 15, Pacuare 1 day

I have been on many river trips all over the world. This was quite likely the best. The river is of course beautiful and exciting. However, the true excellence of this trip, and your company, in my opinion, was Mario. Knowledgeable about the land, animals, plants, history + commerce of Costa Rica . Brilliant technically on the river, confident, witty, a true pleasure to be around. This man is worth his weight in gold to your company. I will be back.

Vince Booth

New Orleans , LA

 

January 21, 10-day itinerary

Hello Ana Maria,

I know some time has passed since my trip to Costa Rica in December, but I wanted to take the time and write to you about my wonderful vacation.

I never imagined seeing and experiencing so many colorful butterflies, birds, hummingbirds, frogs, flowers, and even a dragonfly. The wildlife and rainforests were just amazing. The food was wonderful as well, as were the amenities. Lastly, but equally important, the Costa Rican people were warm and friendly.

Thank you for taking the time to customize my trip with such short notice. I realize that most vacationers plan an international trip, many months or even years in advance and not weeks, like in my case. Unfortunately, I was scheduled to go else where with a friend, until they canceled. With the priorities of work and school, specifically final exams, I lost time, and decided to Costa Rica instead.

Your knowledge of your country has paid off, in the places that I visited and experienced. Hotel Bosque del Cabo was amazingly tranquil, even with the early morning howler monkeys wake up calls. I particularly enjoyed the four-wheel drive to get there. Selva Bananito Lodge provided a wonderful adventure, with the tree climbing and zip lines. The waterway surrounding at Mawamba Lodge (my last stop) were wonderful, as was the lodge. Lastly, I finally got to see two sloths in the Tortuguero canals, till then, I had not spotted any.

Lastly from the limited correspondence we had, you managed to plan an amazing experience that I will always remember. Hopefully, sometime in the future, I will be able to return to Tortuguero and experience ocean turtles laying their eggs.

Regards,

Laura Kriauciunas

Northbrook , IL

 

January 22, Pacuare 2 days

This was the most spectacular highlight of my Costa Rica trip. The service was excellent, and you went over and beyond our expectations for both the rafting excursion as well as our stay at the Pacuare Lodge. Our guides were very friendly and always seemed to go out of their way to accommodate us and make us feel welcome and comfortable. We’ll be coming back soon!

Jennifer Mc Gregor

Edmonton , AB Canada

 

February 5, Pacuare 3 Days

Absolutely everything was excellent + perfect. I have never enjoyed myself so much & Kevin our guide was better than excellent. He was quite polite, thoughtful, and informative. He was there for us in every way. If we could we’d do it over + over again.

Linda S. Burnan

Barneveld, WI

 

February 17, Pacuare 2 days

It was the highlight of our trip. The lodge, the food, the guides, just everything was way beyond my expectations. Thank you very much. Manfred was great.

Hedi Inauen

Rufi , Switzerland

 

February 23, Pacuare 2 days

This was a genuinely pleasant experience from booking to completion. Everyone involved was extremely helpful. I will definitely recommend this trip and Aventuras Naturales to all who inquire about Costa Rica . Thank you.

John D. Vaughan

Crestwood , NY

 

March 3, Pacuare 2 days

The most incredible overall experience I have ever had. The honeymoon suite was wonderful, the canopy tour great!! Everyone was very nice. Don’t ever get electricity + stay very small. I will be back!!!

Jeanette Croeneveld

San Diego , CA

 

March 9, Pacuare 3 days

Once in a lifetime trip – everyone was so kind & gentle. The Honeymoon Suite was breathtaking. We feel God’s presence all around us! Our God is an awesome God! Just check out Costa Rica !

Mark Heat

Half Moon Bay , USA

 

March 11, Pacuare 2 days

Definitely the highlight of our trip here. The Pacuare Lodge is spectacular. A rare combination of nature & comfort without a hint of commercialism. The food was fantastic, our guide knowledgeable & outgoing. The whole staff was wonderful. We had a blast! I wouldn’t change anything.

Pam Ortiz

Newport Beach , CA

 

March 14, Pacuare 2 days

It was just fantastic!!! Even better than what we could imagine. The Pacuare Lodge is a real heaven! Thanks for the Honeymoon Suite, it was gorgeous. Food was excellent and the staff so kind. Thanks for all!

Para su información: Vuestra organización esta considerada como “un golpe de corazón” lo que significa “una referencia” en Francia.

Laine Theo & Marie Alix

Paris , France

 

March 16, Pacuare 3 days

My husband and I had an excellent time. Our guide was very fluent in English and knew so much about the Costa Rican flora and fauna. He was very skillful on the river and an excellent guide. The lodge was clean and attractive. Thomas the chef was excellent – the quality, freshness and presentation of the food was even better than we anticipated. The people conducting the Canopy Tour were reassuring and safety conscious. We’d highly recommend you company.

Susan Stuard

Katy , TX

 

March 20, Pacuare 2 days

The trip and guide (Kevin) were excellent. The food and facilities were top notch. I will recommend this rafting trip to everyone. I was on two rafting trips before i the U.S.A. and this one was by far the best.

Dean Belisle

Sommerset, WS

 

March 26, Pacuare 1 day

Our river guide, Alexander, was very personable, and very skilled. My son, wife and I enjoyed the river trip immensely. Best tour in Costa Rica ! The river was beautiful, the rapids challenging, but we felt safe and comfortable the whole trip. We will definitely recommend this to our friends.

Rich Rasmussen

Sun Valley , CA

 

April 8, Pacuare 2 days

This trip far exceeded my expectations in just about every way. The service was superb, and our guide, Luis, was fantastic, personable, and a a lot of fun! We also did the canopy tour, which was great. The Pacuare Lodge was amazing, as were the people who worked there. We could not believe hoe nice everything was!!

Perry Dickay

Hollis , NH

 

April 20, Pacuare 2 days

Your guides are fantastic, professional, informative, and very much fun. The day at the lodge was much more fun than we had expected. The jungle hike was an adventure itself. The guides are experts in the local flora and fauna and that makes the lodge experience much richer. Keep the focus on environmental conservation, sustainable tourism and everything that you are already doing. Don’t change a thing!

Justin Gravatt

New York , NY

 

April 24, Pacuare 2 days

The tour was great! The staff was very friendly & knowledgeable! The honeymoon bungalow was awesome! We enjoyed the food $ the staff. The river & canopy trip were a lot of fun!! Thanks a lot!! We had a really nice time! Thanks for being so nice & helpful!!

Jerry + Joe Lemanski

Raleigh , NC

 

April 28, Pacuare 2 days

It was one of the best experiences I have ever had! The food was great! The lodge was great! The guides were great! I will definitely return for another trip. I will tell my friends to come here! The honeymoon suite is the room I request the next time. I can’t wait to come back. Thank you!

Bob Dolven

Phoenix , AZ

 

May 6, Pacuare 2 days

Hello,

I cannot thank you enough for the vacation of a lifetime! I'm still speechless about the two day Pacuare River experience! Everything was perfect! The adventurous guides are top notch in every way possible!!

I want to tell you Estephan (I may have misspelled) is a GREAT guide. I'm serious, of all my guides during my ten day trip to Costa Rica , he was one of the best. Very nice guy, who could have probably guided us along the river with his eyes closed. I felt very safe with him. Also at the Pacuare Lodge he was very nice and fun to talk with. You have a good guide who loves his job, so treat him well.

Tell him that Wesley and his dad said "hello from the United States, and that we had a great time white water rafting...oh and I'm moving to Costa Rica after college"! If he doesn't remember my name off hand, tell him we were the ones at the Lodge with GiGi. I appreciate it if he gets this message.

I recommended this company to everyone! THANKS THANKS THANKS!!!!

Wesley Breaux

USA

 

May 16, Pacuare 2 days

Esdras rocks! Every memory in Costa Rica is outshined by the wonderful service, food and adventure experienced with your team. Thank you

Tracey Copeland

Los Angeles , CA

 

May 16, Pacuare 2 days

Esdras delivered the third best experience of my life, behind my wedding & engagement to my lovely wife, Tracey.

Brad Copeland

Los Angeles, CA

 

May 26, Pacuare 2 days

Dear Ana Maria,

I just wanted to write to tell you just how much we enjoyed rafting on the Pacuare river during our trip to Costa Rica over the last two weeks.

I did not have enough time to really write as much as I wanted to on the evaluation form, and was hoping to convey a few more thoughts to you by email, and trust they will be relayed to the proper people who would normally be reading the feedback.

I cannot say enough about our guide, Louis Achoy. We enjoyed his company immensely, and he was not only an amazing raft guide, but was great on the canopy tour, trails through the woods, etc. He was funny, personable, and very knowledgeable. Just to give you one of several possible examples: he realized that the people in the group he was guiding (there were 5 of us) had a high interest in nature and wildlife (there were two naturalists in the group). He took every opportunity to point out various wildlife forms we would encounter, and surprised us by guiding our raft to shore, disappearing in the woods for a moment, only to return with a red frog that he captured for us to see. He seemed to do things like that because he truly enjoyed it, not because it was "just his job". Likewise, he was an amazing waiter at the Pacuare Lodge and during lunch on the river. If anything, my wife and I were a little taken back by the high level of service we received. We felt like we were being treated like royalty, and we are such simple people, it was almost a little uncomfortable for us. We would actually have preferred to eat with Louis and the other people working at the lodge, rather than us being treated in a special fashion. I don't really mean those comments as criticism, just that we are not the kind of people that are used to being waited on like that, and prefer that all people be treated equally. Anyway, we just wanted to make sure that Louis got the recognition we feel he deserved, he was exceptional in every aspect of his interaction with us. We always felt safe (rafting and canopy tour), and thoroughly enjoyed his company, humor, and companionship.

The Pacuare Lodge was an amazing place to stay as well. All of the people we met were just so wonderful, and seemed to be experts in everything they did (and they all wore many hats, doing many different jobs). The honeymoon bungalow was especially nice, and it was just an incredible place to stay while there.

Again, I hope you don't mind these extra comments, and can pass them along to whomever should see them. I honestly can't think of a single thing that I would like to have been different during those two days, and your company should be commended for its excellent service.

Best regards,

Perry Dickau

Hollis , NH

 

May 30, Pacuare 2 days

You made me feel so comfortable + safe the entire trip. I thought your service, food, equipment (river+van) were extremely good + much better than I thought it might be. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone. Thank you for a wonderful time. I am leaving with memories that will be with me a lifetime. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Diane Lewis

Rochester , NY

 

May 31, Pacuare 1 day

Professional staff, good lunch (especially the crackers), the instructions at the beginning were very helpful. I enjoyed floating in the water under the foot bridge. The guides were very knowledgeable about the plants and animals along the road and river. Since this is our only tour in Costa Rica I appreciated learning so much in one day. The bilingual staff was also a plus. Thanks for the trip! We had fun.

Rochelle Smith

Woburn , MA

 

June 13, 7-day itinerary

Dear Grettel,

We have been home over one week now and it is hard to believe what an incredible country you have. I realize that we only saw a small part of it and an incredibly exclusive part, but, it was such an amazing visit. I only regret that it was so short a visit; at least we will have an excuse to return. the Osa peninsula was so breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled. Having the dolphins swim with our boat to Caño Island , snorkeling with schools of fish in warm clear turquoise water,

and hiking through parts of the rain forest in Corcovado was overwhelmingly beautiful. Our insect tour at Aguila de Osa at night was not to be forgotten.

We all had a fantastic time and it was in no small part thanks to your assistance with the arrangements. even when we went to the wrong airport on the Osa peninsula, the lady was able to have the plane pick us up at the other location. It would not happen in this country in a million years. Our pilot for the flight from north to south was experienced and calm and got us there safely. We were picked up on time and with courtesy throughout. It was a very special trip and we thank you for helping us plan it.

Word of mouth is the best reference. So, please know that as the opportunity arises, we will refer people to you. Thank you again for making our trip so pleasant.

Gary Angel & and family

San Francisco , CA

 

June 14, 6-day itinerary

Grettel, Andy and I just wanted to thank you for planning such a memorable vacation for us! We thoroughly enjoyed everything from river rafting and the canopy tour, to the bike ride and the hot springs . All of our accommodations were full of personality, and all of the tour guides and drivers were knowledgeable, friendly and professional. We truly think this was our best vacation ever! Thanks again for all of your help.

Best regards,

Cheryl Halpern

Dallas , TX

 

June 20, Pacuare 2 days

Your Company is supremely well-organized from booking the trip, the pick-up, to the guides; everything seems to fall right into place but it must take a lot of coordination behind the scenes to make it so seamlessly easy for your guests. Our guide, Luis, was incredibly skilled, knowledgeable about the natural wonders, and friendly. A FIRST class experience from start to finish.

Kara Block

Jamaica Plain , MA

 

June 21, Pacuare 2 days

This trip was very intense, it was an amazing experience. If I ever come back to Costa Rica I will be sure to do this trip again. I will recommend it to everyone. Thomas made an incredible dinner and we loved the chocolate mousse. Thank you for an adventure I will never forget.

Stephanie Reames

Loxahatchee , FL

 

June 22, Pacuare 2 days

Phenomenal!

Danielle Linden

Deerfield Bch , FL

 

July 3, Pacuare 2 days

The trip was an awesome adventure. It was an “adventure of a lifetime!” The guides were wonderful, fun and confident. I felt very safe at all times. The lodge was incredible, very natural. Food was great and huts were very clean. Everyone went over + above to make sure our family enjoyed our stay. Well worth the money.

Michelene Wittmer

Fremont , CA

 

July 3, Pacuare 2 days

The trip was overall an awesome experience. It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been in the world.

Eric Wittmer

Fremont , CA

 

July 4, Pacuare 2 days

Hello Grettel - we have returned from our trip to

Costa Rica and I wanted to share with you how amazing

our rafting experience was. This was a cornerstone for

our trip and more than we could have imagined. Both

Andres and Luis were incredible guides and hosts. The

Lodge was a paradise unlike any we had ever seen.

We will definitely be returning to Costa Rica and the

Paquare in the future. Thanks for all of your

assistance in making this vacation more than memorable.

Regards,

Don Frisbie

San Francisco , CA

 

July 5, Pacuare 2 days

Me ha parecido una experiencia inolvidable tanto por la belleza del paisaje como por el trato recibido por parte de los guias. Espero que nunca pierdan esa atención tan excelente que ustedes tienen hacia los turistas.

Atentamente,

Ana Belén Bettrán

L’Alcora (Castellon), España

 

July 7, 18-day itinerary

HI everyone. We have been hawing quite an adventure here. Monkeys stealing bananas from the locals at Manuel Antonio National Park . Pristine beaches with warm water. Josh learned to swim! We saw Olive Ridley turtles nest and we got to hold the eggs. Saw them drop in the sand 80 to 110 at a time. It was a lightening filled night with no moon so it was very exciting. We have seen Arenal Volcano erupt during a lighting storm while we dined by candles at an open air type restaurant. We saw all kinds of frogs red blue poisonous! We went horse back riding up the volcano and to the waterfalls in La Fortuna. Thank you Grettel for your wonderful assistance in making our trip a adventure of a lifetime.

Love, Clara and the boys

Clara D’Agostino

Los Angeles , CA

 

July 7, Pacuare 2 days

This was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. From the canopy tour to the hike up to the waterfall, everything was an awesome adventure. Kevin, our guide, went over and above to make this trip an incredible one. The lodge grounds were absolutely beautiful, and the food incredible. Everyone was very friendly. I highly recommend the Pacuare Lodge for your Costa Rica adventure.

Gina Constantino-Wilson

Lacombe , LA

 

July 16, Pacuare 2 days

I thought the entire trip from start to finish was amazing! Esteban was a wonderful guide – guided us through beautiful hikes to the waterfalls & was excellent on the river. All of the guides were very helpful and friendly. I had just a great time – everything was perfect – from all of the meals, to the river to the excellent guides. I will definitely recommend your company to friends & family.

Liz Gorey

Seattle , WA

 

July 19, 6 day itinerary

Hi Grettel, Just wanted to thank you and let you know we had a great time in Costa

Rica. You have a beautiful country and provided us with reliable and very

professional service. We were able to see and do a lot in the short time

that we were there. Thanks again and I look forward to my next visit.

Take Care,

Melissa Garcia

Miami , FL

 

July 19, 7-day itinerary

Dear Grettel: Although you communicated most frequently with my friend Melissa, I

truly wanted to thank you for the wonderful travel itinerary you provided for my

five-day stay in your country. Only two words can sum up my experience:

PURA VIDA! I have highly recommended your company to many friends and

will share my pictures with my new classes of high school juniors. I hope the pictures could

capture the unique and beautiful landscapes protected in your country.

Many thanks,

Gladys Rodriguez

Miami , FL

 

July 26, Pacuare 2 days

This tour was as great as the description said it would be. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly and the accommodations at the Pacuare Lodge were superb. We enjoyed the cabins and especially our night stay in the honeymoon suite. The food was the best we have eaten here in Costa Rica . Tommy was an excellent chef.

Pweter Gebhard

Oak Harbor , WA

 

July 29, Pacuare 2 days

The lodge is incredible. It is nature at its maximum expression. I hope it stays like that. Usually, hotels try to sell comfort and facilities rather than nature itself. I think Pacuare Lodge has been able to mix nature and the ecology with nice & comfortable facilities without harming the environment and it surroundings. I will definitely recommend this to my friends. I’ll see you next time!

Pedro Garcia

Guaynabo , PR

 

August 3, Pacuare 2 days

This tour was very well organized and the guides were so excellent! Everyone was friendly and respectful. The location of the lodge was beautiful and the meals were delicious. The canopy adventure was so amazing + exciting. The staff of the tour really made this experience so memorable. Congratulations on having an amazing program!

Anne Marie Girard

La Cañada , CA

 

August 3, Pacuare 2 days

At first I had no idea what to think. Then the beauty of the river and jungle had me at awe! This place is so awesome! From start to the finish we were treated like Kings and Queens from the staff!

Eric J. Worden

San Antonio , TX

August 6, 9-day itinerary

Dear Ana Maria, I want to take this opportunity to thank you and Aventuras Naturales for a spectacular Costa Rican vacation back in August. Everything you arranged for us was top-quality -- the person who met us at the airport, the tour guides, the drivers, the adventures, the hotels and the lodges. The level of safety incorporated into the outdoor challenges was wonderful, and on-the-road your van drivers were very responsible and friendly. We were especially impressed by the group of people associated with the Pacuare Lodge accommodations and its rafting, and zipline activities. Great personalities running a great operation.

Raul & Maureen Matamoros

Connecuticut, U.S.A

 

August 10, Pacuare 2 days

This has been an awesome experience. The guides, the lodge staff, the scenery, the food and the overall service have been entirely enjoyable. Laura & Chamo were amazing on the river and made the trip exciting and fun. Jorge was always extremely helpful, pleasant, and enjoyable to be around. Thanks for such a great trip!! We hope to be back again. Many thanks!

Jenny Bacon & Mike

Oakland , CA

 

August 10, Pacuare 2 days

Hi Ana,

I thought you might be interested in my clients comments after their return from Costa Rica :

The rafting trip and honeymoon bungalow were perfect and the best highlight of the trip! We were thoroughly challenged with the rafting and felt as one with nature when we stayed in the secluded cabin in the jungle. We had our on bridge to the treetops from our bungalow. A gourmet chef cooked for us during the stay at the lodge, and he was one of the best chefs that has ever prepared meals for us!

As you can read, they were very pleased. Thank you for all your help.

Janet

JAN'S TRAVEL

Janet Robertson Travel Consultant

Associate With Incentive Connection Travel, Inc.

Phone 225 356-6816

Email jantravler@i-55.com

 

August 18, Pacuare 2 days

The 2-day Pacuare River Tour was amazing. The lodge is beautiful and relaxing. The staff is so friendly and helpful. Jorge was a fabulous guide. It was wonderful spending time in the lodge playing back gammon, or going on hikes in the forest surrounding the lodge. It exceeded my expectations in every way. Thank you

Liz Donahue

Richmond, VA

 

Agosto 21, Pacuare 2 días

Kurt no pudo ser mejor guía. El es una enciclopedia andante. No solamente goze las riquezas en rafting que ofrece este país pero también aprendí mucho de la vegetación, la fauna y especies, gracias a Kurt. Me encanto el viaje y espero volver muy pronto y repetir este viaje. Gracias!

Liliana Gabriel

Fairfax , VA

 

August 29, Pacuare 2 days

I can’t really think of any thing that you could possibly do to make it better. Thanks.

Michael Connors

Harbor City , CA

 

September 4, Pacuare 2 days

This tour was fabulous! I would definitely return and use this agency again. The guides, Jose-Luis & Andrés were knowledgeable and excellent guides. I saw another lodge on the river, but the Pacuare Lodge is much better! I am really glad I choose the 2-day trip. I am just sad it is over.

Erica Ortiz

Falls Church , VA

 

September 7, Pacuare 3 days

Dear Grettel, Mark and I just returned home and we had to let you know that

our rafting trip and stay at the lodge was the highlight of our trip. The

honeymoon suite, food and scenery were outstanding, but what we remember

most are the staff and guides. Not only was Jorge's cooking extraordinary,

he took the time and effort to communicate how he prepared the meals so that

I might try them at home. Jose's rafting skills on the water were superb.

He explained the technical aspects of coursing through the rapids all while

keeping us in stitches with his wit and humor. As for Jose Reese, stoic,

calm and steady...we ask that you try to make sure he is home by 2:00 as he

is an engaged man now!! Finally, we remember Esdras as the most beneficial

employee with your company. We recommend you give him a raise...he is worth

it!! His knowledge of the local flora and wildlife taught us a greater appreciation of the wonders of the jungle. He served as translator with the local employees who taught us much of how the lodge was run and maintained.

What a wonderful learning experience, we can't wait to come back!!!

Marolyn Matthys

Seattle , WA

 

Setiembre 15, Pacuare 2 días

Una aventura irrepetible, con una compañía entrañable y en el lugar más impresionante de mi corta estancia en Costa Rica.

Beatriz Díez López

Burgos, España

 

September 22, Pacuare 1 day

Absolutely amazing – A fantastic trip. The views were beautiful, the ride great and the guides were all wonderful. Thanks so much for a great last day in Costa Rica .

Freya Geall

Callington, PL

 

October 5, Pacuare 2 days

Loved the tour. Thought the entire package at Pacuare was amazing. Lodge was fantastic, the hike and scenery was beautiful and the rafting was spectacular. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. Will definitely recommend. Great group, great job!

Lisa Fox

Edmonton, Canada

 

Ocober 27, Pacuare 2 days

AN guides are wonderful professionals, fun, and knowledgeable. They are great teachers – patient + forceful + kind! The lodge stay was “out of this world” Wow!! The food was beyond our expectations!! AN is a first class rafting company. I would recommend it to friends. Jorge was very helpful and knowledgeable on our hike. He is a very patient guide – we couldn’t have asked for a better guide! Esdras vas very skillful on the river – fun and excellent river guide. Mauricio was awesome too for our 1st day. He was fun and upbeat and got us ready for our adventure trip!!

Karen Hagberg

San Francisco , CA

 

October 27, Pacuare 1 day

I thought that your guide, Esdras was exceptional! His friendly, approachable + easy going manner was well suited for his field of work. He possessed obvious in depth knowledge about the rainforest around the river and shared it with the group in a wonderful not overbearing nor overwhelming manner. Esdras has a wonderful sense of humor which played out well with the raft dynamic. Overall, this was an excellent adventure, a fun way to spend a full day in the wilds of Costa Rica . Bravo!

Kelly Zibrik

Vancouver BC , Canada

 

October 28, Pacuare 3 days

Saludos desde Chicago ! I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your kind hospitality at Pacuare Lodge from October 28-31. My husband and I were extremely impressed with the lodge, the setting, the river, and most of all with the quality of the people we encountered along the way.

Kurt Studt was a wonderful guide – his knowledge of the outdoors and his love of interaction with people made the forest come alive. When I told him I hadn’t seen any frogs or toads, he immediately found several along our hike to the Cabecar families. He coached us on class 4 rapids, helping us to understand what we would find on the final day of our experience. He gave us tremendous insight into life in Costa Rica , answering all my questions about culture, customs and people very patiently! What a fabulous person and resource.

Coqui and Rosa were another highlight, and given their mastery in the kitchen, one would never have known the regular chef was not in residence if someone hadn’t told us. They were lovely people, and even with all our exercise I am sure we managed to gain weight.

The canopy crew, at the lodge for the construction of the canopy tour, were a lot of fun to meet. Special thanks to Luis and Ronald for their patience with us on the zip lines and platforms, especially since my husband is afraid of heights.

Alex was our rafting guide on day 3 – his energy, enthusiasm and sense of humor had us laughing the whole way, while learning from his insight and knowledge of the river and the forest around it. We really enjoyed his company.

I’m sure there are many others to thank as well (Grettel, Laura, the drivers...) – Aventuras Naturales runs a very efficient operation that we will certainly recommend to all our honeymooners going forward. I can’t say enough good things about our experiences over the 3 day trip; only that we are so thankful for your kind invitation and for the memories we have as a result.

Thank you again Daniel – I very much look forward to collaborating with you and your staff in the future.

My best regards,

Carrie Wallace

President

Moonrings Inc.

www.moonrings.com

 

November 3, Pacuare 2 days

We had a wonderful time, and are so happy that we came on this trip with your company! Jorge was a very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable guide. I can’t imagine a better guide for this trip. Andres was also incredibly helpful and fun to have around. Tommy was a gracious host and a GREAT cook (and he let us watch the election returns on his TV – way above & beyond his call of duty!). We loved our cabin and we were very impressed by how pretty the camp area was.

Abigail Hankin

San Francisco , CA

 

November 5, Pacuare 2 days

Loved every second of the trip! I will definitely recommend your company (and the Pacuare Lodge) to my friends. I hope we can come back some day and do it all again. Kurt + Luis were excellent! Tommy at the Pacuare Lodge is definitely a gourmet chef!

Kathryn A Ramire-Aguilar

Boulder , CO

 

November 18, Pacuare 3 days

Jeffrey and I extended our stay 1 day to run the river. Wow! We had a blast. The entire team/staff took great care of us on & off the river. The setting @ Pacuare Lodge is beautiful, don’t change it!!

The canopy tour was safe, fun & exciting. The best in the country. (Gerardo & Andres did a great job)!! Tommy prepared exquisite meals in a beautiful setting. Carlos & Alex took care of our training and were very thorough and made us feel very safe. Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful place.

Karen Weinstein

New Hempstead , NY

 

November 23, 12-day itinerary

Ana Maria --I meant to write sooner and intend to write more, but we wanted you

to know now, not later, that we had a GREAT trip during our two weeks in Costa

Rica --thanks for the itinerary that you assembled for us --it was splendid.

There was nothing that disappointed us. I guess if I were to name a highlight,

it would be the stay at Casa Corcovado for there we were able to experience

Corcovado and its wildlife and plantlife --and we were also able to kayak and

snorkel and relax on the beach...it was a great four days. However, we enjoyed

it all, the Pacuare River Adventure, our nights and days in San Jose , Arenal

volcano --and we saw it plenty during our days there, horseback riding there,

and Monteverde, canopy walk and all! You put together a great trip for

us...THANKS so very much.

Sometime we might write again to tell you some details and make some

suggestions --but know that bottom line, we had a great time.

Thanks again...and shalom

Thomas E. McWhertor

Grand Rapids , MI

 

November 28, 7-day itinerary

Hi Ana,

I just wanted to tell you that we had an absolutely wonderful time on our trip. Our accommodations were very nice and all of the tours were fantastic. The drivers were always right on time and our guides, Randal, Darren and Donald were outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute and look forward to coming again.

Next time we want to spend more time in Arenal - what a beautiful place. Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful itinerary for us.

Pura Vida!!

Beth Walker

Austin , TX

 

December 24, Pacuare 3 days

I will most definitely recommend your company to all my friends. Your staff, -river guides - canopy guides - staff at the lodge- were so incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and fun. They really made a huge difference in the fantastic Christmas experience we had. Your Lodge + camp were so beautiful. We did not want to leave. These accommodations were the best we had in Costa Rica . I can not say enough how grateful I am we were able to book this trip with you guys.

Marylyn Ellingson

San Marcos , TX

 

December 25, Pacuare 3 days

This was a great adventure. The guides were outstanding – they took good care of us on the river, on the hikes and at the lodge. Thomas is an amazing cook. Christmas at the Pacuare Lodge will be one I always remember!

Thank you

Karem Wieda

W. Richland , WA

 

December 26, Pacuare 3 days

This was an awesome tour! Everybody (the guides) did so much to make it a wonderful stay. The river rafting was perfect as well as the canopy tour + the food was incredible! Thank you for the great time!

Mariel Ellington

Kodiak , AK

 

December 28, 10-day Adventure Package

Dear Grettel:

We loved Costa Rica and look forward to returning again. Thanks for putting together such a great vacation for us!

Richard Brown-Whale

 

2003

 

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,

Laura Fulton

Pollokshield , Scotland

 

January 7, 10-day Package

Hi Ana, Wendy and I wanted to thank you VERY much for helping us out with our Costa Rica trip. We had a GREAT time and really liked it. Thank you for the great and very well organized trip. Everything went smoothly and all was being take off. This was a great experience and we will recommend you to anybody we know who is interested in visiting Costa Rica . We had a lot of fun, met a lot of interesting people and had the time of our life at the Pacuare River .

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.

Muchas gracias,

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!!

Diane Schmaus

Idaho Springs , CO

 

January 11, Pacuare 2 days

This tour 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 Kauai ! Thank! Mil gracias.

Leticia P. Lopez

San Diego , CA

 

January 12, Pacuare 2 days

A very memorable and worthwhile trip to be well recommended to one and all.

Rory Donnelly

Paris , France

 

January 14, 7-day Package

We are just back in the Netherlands . But I can't stop thinking about the great two day trip rafting we had with you're organization. Everything was great, the food, the hikes and the rafting (and not forget the guides, they made this trip unforgettable !!!). If we ever come back to C.R. we will come back again.

Floor Balkestein & Tiennot van Dilst

Rotterdam , The Netherlands

 

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

Bonie , MO

 

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.

Jeannie Cameranesi

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!

Thanks again!

M. Lindsley

Henniker , NH

 

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!

Michele Bosse

San Antonio , TX

 

February 17, Pacuare 2 days

Our 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 Costa Rica . Max was extremely knowledgeable many eco-type things – but then they all were. The lodge + the food were superb.! We will highly recommend this to friends!

Leslie Reardon

Chicago , IL

 

February 17, Pacuare 2 days

The trip 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 Costa Rica . Thank you very much!

David Reardon

Chicago , IL

 

February 19, Pacuare 2 days

Thanx for an excellent trip – everything exceeded my expectations!

Trisna Clauson

Seattle , WA

 

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!

Bunny Wagner

Baltimore . MD

 

March 13, Pacuare 2 days

We were 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 travelling to Costa Rica within the next year! Thank you

Meagan Webster

Marshfield , WI

 

March 27, Pacuare 2 days

From all my adventures in Costa Rica you tour exceeds all my experiences. Your guides are friendly, professional & a lot of fun. The service at the Pacuare Lodge is phenomenal. Thank you!

Orlando Montoya

Las Vegas , NV

 

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!

Kerry Hemstad

Brandon , Canada

 

March 30, Pacuare 2 days

This tour 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 visiting Costa Rica . The 2 day tour met + exceeded all of my expectations.

Antony Porto

Bronx , NY

 

March 30, Pacuare 2 days

I can’t imagine a better way to end an extraordinary 10 days in Costa Rica . In a vacation full of highlights, this was the highlight. The food, the other people on the tour, the scenery, the guides & especially the trip down the river were better than I could have imagined.

Katheryl Gayner

NYC, NY

 

April 5, Pacuare 3 days

I thought this tour was very, very good. It ranks in with the top tours I have had in Central America . I really enjoyed the “bonus” information from Mario about the types of trees, birds, Costa Rican culture... It is always the best to have guides born and raised in the country of origin. I felt very safe, especially as a first time rafter, so I would definitely recommend your company to anyone looking to raft. Thank you!

Alicia S. Kerns

Chicago , IL

 

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!

Gretchen Ludeman

Grand Rapids , MI

 

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

Salt Lake City , UT

 

April 9, Pacuare 3 days

The best trip ever! I will tell all my friends. Can I get a job? Will work for food!

Kevin Dunkak

Telluride, CO

 

April 13, Pacuare 2 days

The Pacuare Lodge was wonderful. I took my son, Adam, to Costa Rica for his 13th birthday. We were amazed that the cooks made a birthday cake as a surprise. Arturo was very good to us on the rafting trip. My son left his glasses at the waterfall we hiked to and Arturo climbed up river to retrieve them. The food at the lodge was wonderful and the accommodations were great. Hard to believe we were in the jungle! Thanks for as great vacation!

James Millard

East Greenwich , RI

 

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

New York , NY

 

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!!

Kathy Sheldan

Modesto , CA

 

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

Guacan , Mexico

 

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.

Sally Quinn

Salt Lake City , UT

 

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 Caribbean Sea , and to the chirping and whistling of birds deep in the jungle.

This small Central American nation, sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama , has 850 species of birds – and you seem to be among them all.

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 Pacuare River , one of the world’s top whitewater destinations, ...

Pete Thomas

Beauty Flows From Pacuare, for now.

Los Angeles Times

 

May 10, 11-day Package

Hi Anna,

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

Binghampton , NY

 

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 Bermuda and I can't stop talking about my adventure.

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 !!

Bobbi Roper

Southampton, Bernuda

 

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.

John Dougherty

Atascadero , CA

 

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.

Leslie Spalding

Maquoketa , IA

 

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.

David Studer

New York , NY

 

June 12, Pacuare 2 days

Fantastic! 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 Costa Rica .

Nicky Davenport

England

 

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!

Kristy Bend

Wewoka , OK

 

June 25, Pacuare 2 days

Quite possibly the best 2 days of my trip – thanks!

Rebecca Hornstein

New York , NY

 

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.

Kelly Reid

Phoenix , AZ

 

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.

Stuart Gregg

Houston , TX

 

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!

Clayton English

Needham , MA

 

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 return to Costa Rica with this company again.

Laura Martin

Greenville , USA

 

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!

Betsy Smith

Saluda , N.C

 

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.

The lodge 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 Trinidad and Tobago .

Wendy Yawching

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

 

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!

Judy Hall

Ontario , Canada

 

July 15, 14-day Package

Hi Grettel,

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.

Take care,

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.

Erin Barringer

Washington , DC

 

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.

Kelly Griffin

Natick , MA

 

July 24, Pacuare 2 days

It was wonderful! Wish it could have been longer! Thank you very much to everyone...you made my time in Costa Rica a most incredible and memorable experience. Can’t wait to come back!

Ciara Leonard

Belfast , N. Ireland

 

July 27, 8-day Package

Der Anamaria,

Our family would like to say a hearty thank you to you too for your great job in helping us see and experience wonderful beautiful Costa Rica . We so appreciated all of the prompt service, the competent drivers, excellent places to stay and of course, the destinations themselves.

We were educated, thrilled and captivated by Costa Rica and its wonderful people. Thank you for going above and beyond in your efforts to make our trip trouble free. Our memories are priceless. Warm regards,

Elizabeth Maring

 

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!

Auriana Koutnik

Journalist

Heredia , Costa Rica

Koutnik@racsa.co.cr

 

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.

Gabriel Kopp

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.

Robin Brickman

Williamstown. MA

 

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!!

Courtney Kopp

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.

Candy Zamboni

Santa Barbara , CA

 

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

Alicia Blumenfeld

Farmington Hills , MI

 

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

Jeff Chandler

Washington , MI

 

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.

Buzz McClain

Overnight Success

In Costa Rica , a Class IV Hotel

The Washington Post

 

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 vacation in Costa Rica . Thank you very much.

Steve & Eva Moon

Ottawa , Canada

 

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.

Didi Mantecon

Miami Beach , FL

 

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!

Mel George

Columbia , MO

 

September 9, Pacuare 1 day

I’ve been on two other raft trips, including the Grand Canyon – This river was the best!

Steve Cook

El Lajon , CA

 

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.

Lisa Horve

Annapolis , MO

 

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.

Heather Squims

Seattle , WA

 

October 7, 11-day Itinerary

Dear Grettel,

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 Costa Rica , and the tremendous job Adventuras Naturales did in making our trip a very special one. From the minute we arrived in San Jose ( 11:56 PM ) to the final pickup to return to the airport for our trip home everything was perfect. Everyone involved should be commended on the professionalism of your company. We especially enjoyed the river rafting and the canopy tour. WOW! The hike was a little arduous but we got through it ok. The hotel Tabacon was a real treat after spending a few days in the jungle and we took advantage of the hot springs to sooth our aching bonesJ. We enjoyed the hotel Capitan El Suizo in Tamarindo, but due to our short stay there we probably would have preferred an extra day at the Tabacon.

Please say 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 San Jose that night. It was a long trip but it worked out ok. Don’t be surprised if you get a lot of calls from United Airline employees, we put the literature in the travel folder and have mentioned the trip to many of our friends there.

Please feel free to use us as a referral to anyone considering a trip to Costa Rica .

Thanks again for everything!

Greg & Donna Megas

Ft. Lauderdale , FL

grsr@aol.com

 

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

Grand Junction , CO

 

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 Costa Rica and visit our friends. Muchas gracias mis amigos.

Greg Megas

Ft. Lauderdale , FL

 

October 12, Pacuare 2 days

Perhaps the very best, most exciting excursion I have ever been on!

Danny Bears

Mendon , NY

 

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.

Naomi Obrien

Kalispell , MT

 

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!

Nina Gompels

Savannah , GA

 

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!

Greg Ronlov

San Diego , CA

 

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.

The Don Carlos Hotel was very nice. We really enjoyed our stay there. The staff was extremely helpful. We did go to Pueblo center for an evening--what fun!

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.

Patricia Zimmerhanzel

Houston , TX

 

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

Gantong , South Africa

 

December 21, 15-day Itinerary

Ana Maria, Just a quick note to say how much we loved Costa Rica ! We had an absolutely wonderful experience experiencing the diversity of the landscape and meeting many great people - locals and fellow travelers. We could not come up with a favorite spot as each destination had it's own charm. Your company should be very proud of your staff as they were friendly, courteous, honest and extremely helpful at all times - right from the bus drivers to the guides on the river trip. Thank you very much for all you did for us in the planning stages. You were truly a valuable asset to our whole experience. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to meet you while we were in San Jose . We loved the Hotel Don Carlos and the Sunset Reef in Malpais also suited our style very well.

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!

Sincerely,

Gayle and Greg Andrews,

Calgary , Alberta , Canada

 

Mario & the other guides were great fun and informative. The lodge was stunning. We all enjoyed ourselves very much & will look forward to returning.

Jason Chapin

San Francisco , CA

 

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January 2, Pacuare 2 days

Guides were helpful, considerate, knowledgeable and wonderful. I thank you for an experience of my lifetime!

Linda Shoesmith

Bettendorf , IA

 

January 4, Pacuare 2 days

It was a blast, the guides were great and the atmosphere was awesome. Great job.

Robert Baumgart

Encinitas , CA

 

January 12, Treasures of Costa Rica

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!

Kelly Dolan

Nahant , MA

 

January 12, 9-day Package

Just wanted to let you know that we had an absolutely fantastic holiday

in Costa Rica . Every part of this trip was fantastic and we want to

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

Toronto , Canada

 

January 14, Treasures of Costa Rica

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.

Best wishes,

Mark, Marianne and Brian

Rodney and Gail

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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

Providence , RI

 

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

England

 

January 27, Pacuare 2 days

Thomas, 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 Costa Rica another time.

David Kupiec

Publisher, MensJournal

 

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.

Amnon Rasin

Israel

 

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

Fairfax , VA

 

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.

Lisette Bobrich

 

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!

Sean Sixberry

Savage, MW

 

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

Oakville , Canada

 

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!

Stasha

Adventure & Dive Tours

http://www.aventuredive.com

 

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 Costa Rica in general. I will highly recommend this trip to anybody travelling to Costa Rica . The food was absolutely delicious. I would not have expected it to be that good in a 5 star restaurant. The Jungle Lodge was unbelievable. The website did not do the place any justice. It was incredible all around. Thank you!!

Kerri Ahern

Bronxville , NY

 

March 16, Sarapiqui 1 day

This was 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 Costa Rica . This is such a beautiful place, I hope to return soon. Thank you for a wonderful time. I was a little scared at first but I felt safe once we started down the river. Thanks again.

Megan J. Daum

Dallas , TX

 

March 16, Pacuare 3 days

It was the most fun we’ve ever had on vacation. Thanks

Rick Chadwick , TX

 

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!

Jane Perrin

Santa Barbara , CA

 

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

Chicago , IL

 

March 28, Pacuare 2 days

Fantastic – Paradise found! We will go back. Best meals on our entire trip. Pablo was an excellent tour guide – very accommodating, entertaining & informative.

Dale Fasenmyer

Tampa , FL

 

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!

Jenna Scarafone

San Diego , CA

 

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!

Sincerely,

Tim Erikson

Minnetonka , MN55305

 

April 6 and April 14, Pacuare 1 Day and Treasures/Sarapiqui 1 Day

Both of 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 Costa Rica ! Pura Vida!

Thumbs up and I’ll definitely suggest AN!

Thanks

Heidi Haas

Schaumburg , IL

 

April 23, Pacuare 2 days

Excellent!! Our dream come true!! Lifetime experience!!

Thank you!

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.

Jennifer Morales

Chelsea , MA

 

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!

Pura vida!

Jerome Malinowski

Revere, MA

 

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!

Florencia Halperin

Brookline , MA

 

May 18, Pacuare 2 days

The tour 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 Chicago . We’ll be making this a repeat vacation. Thanks again!

Jason & Heidi Pfetcher

Chicago , IL

 

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

Houston , TX

 

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.

Rosario Montero

Malden, MA+

 

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.

Tom Gomez

Malden , MA

 

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!

Lisa Doucette

Oviedo , FL

 

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

Mark Bishop

Chicago , IL

 

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!

Grace Paterall

Toronto , ON

 

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!

Teresa Molina

Gandia, España

 

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!

Raj Vazirani

New York , NY

 

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

Miami , FL

 

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!

Brian Majoy

Worcester , MA

 

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

Matthew Davenport

Bolton , England

 

July 21, Pacuare 3 days

This is a trip we will remember for the rest of our lives!

Dan Nicholson

Hanwell , NB

 

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!

Kimm Blackwell

Oakland , CA

 

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.

Diane Curtis

Mill Valley , CA

 

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 San Jose , I can hardly wait to tell my friends about this adventure. We would like to tell our readers about your facilities but running a short article on your lodge in a future edition, with your permission.

And I can hardly wait to get back into the wild to really experience Costa Rica .

Sincerely,

Peter Majerle

Editor

Costa Rica Informer

http://www.costaricainformer.com

 

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.

Paul Dickey

Mesa , AZ

 

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

those in the jungle were spectacular - lush, romantic and exotic. Indeed, all the arrangements made by you were first class. My wife and I both found Costa Rica to be a wonderful and beautiful country. We have traveled all over the world and without question our rafting/hiking/kayaking adventure in Costa Rica rates right up at the top of our list. The Pacuare river rafting was exceptional- it clearly is one of the great white water rafting trips. We will definitely return one day. Again, thanks for all your assistance. Please feel free to use my comments as a letter of recommendation or should anyone be seeking references you can offer my name and email address. Best regards,

Temple and Vivian Harris

Thornhill , Ontario , Canada

tharris@tcanetworks.com

 

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!

Anita Muratori

Miami , FL

 

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.

Thanks again,

Mary O'Connor

Sierra Club

 

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.

Len Kopec

 

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!

Beatrice Goeldi

Illnau , Switzerland

 

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!

Katrin Hartmann

Bogart , GA

 

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.

Jeanne Cannon

Ramona , CA

 

November 17, Pacuare 3 days

This was a highlight of my life! I have participated in about 40 rafting trips including the Grand Canyon and this was among the very best! Quite a change from desert canyon country! The guides were excellent. Jose is an outstanding boatsman but not to good at soccer, (ha-ha). Also I loved the canopy tour. Thanks so much!

Ann Wheat

Phoenix , AZ

 

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

Ulaanbaatar , Mongolia

 

December 30, Pacuare 2 days

It was beautiful, fun, exciting, adventurous. The lodge is incredible. I would encourage any friend to go with you!

Mary Harris

Carbondale , USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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