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Welcome to Pacuare Reserve

Pacuare Reserve is a wildlife haven and conservation research site in the remote tropical lowland forest of Costa Rica. The Reserve offers one-of-a-kind activities and accommodations for solo travelers, couples, ecotourists, families, and anyone else looking for unique travel adventures. If you're searching for a hidden getaway and the chance to engage with and protect the incredible wildlife of Costa Rica, this the experience for you!

A wildlife wonderland awaits

Imagine a place hidden in the dense tropical forest along Costa Rica's Caribbean Sea, surrounded by ocean and canals, only accessible by boat. An off-the-grid oasis with no electricity, crowds, or distractions, allowing you to experience the incredible wildlife, landscape, and people of a magical place without interruption. This is the Pacuare Reserve experience.

The Experience


Your choices for accommodation at The Reserve include the Casa Grande Eco Lodge, which houses five rooms and a massive balcony offering prime views of the sea and wildlife of the surrounding tropical forest. Casa Baulas is a separate beachfront bungalow with two bedrooms and a small living area, ideal for families on vacation with children. Traveling with a group? Several rustic cabins are also available at The Reserve. Check out our top-rated reviews!


Our rates include:

  • Boat transportation from a dock near Matina

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Census and night tour to observe sea turtles and participate in research gathering (March-August)

  • Daily guided rainforest hikes

  • Visit to the agami heron sanctuary (May – September)

  • Wildlife boat tour through the canals

  • An introduction to The Reserve's natural history

Activity Highlights:

On the beach you may encounter a larger-than-life, 800-pound female leatherback sea turtle, or a nest of tiny hatchlings ready to take on the open sea. You'll tag along with research assistants from all over the world as they collect the data that contributes to preserving vulnerable sea turtle species.


Back in the tropical forest, knowledgeable staff will guide you along jungle trails where you'll observe and learn about some of Costa Rica's iconic wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, and eye-catching lizards. The rare and beautiful agami heron also nests seasonally in a small lagoon within The Reserve, the only known nesting colony in Central America, and one of only a few accessible nesting sites in the world.



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