Redesigned and Expanded Rios Lodge Zipline Over Pacuare River



Pacuare, Costa Rica, June 14, 2023 – Rios Lodge, an award-winning eco lodge and pioneer in sustainable travel and ecotourism, is renowned for its exciting adventure activities deep in the remote Costa Rica rainforest. The Lodge recently amped up its adrenaline thrills with a fully redesigned and expanded cutting edge zipline canopy tour flying 50-60 meters above the mighty Pacuare River. The course has quickly become a favorite of adventure seekers in Costa Rica.

Hiking in or rafting on the Pacuare River is the only way to access Rios Lodge. Its remote location adds to the excitement as it borders the largest indigenous preserve in Costa Rica. The Pacuare River is considered a quintessential tropical river with its warm waters surrounded by lush rainforest and a roster of exotic wildlife.

The new full-length zipline course is unique in its kind, as it flies high over the Pacuare no less than 8 times. Rios Lodge’s zipline course is the only one that crosses over the river. The adrenaline-fueled experience offers a unique and memorable perspective of the Pacuare River and surrounding rainforest. The last zipline travels up the river, and 90% of that almost 300-meter long zipline is over water. In fact, this might be a record in Costa Rica for the longest cable flying over a river!
Safety is at the core of Rios Lodge’s zipline canopy tour. The course was constructed and redesigned in 2023 by Linea Vertical, to Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) standards. The course construction was completed in March and is pending certification. The course undergoes regular monitoring and maintenance. Guests can enjoy the thrills of ziplining knowing that the course and guides follow the highest international standards of operations and safety.

Rios Lodge operates zipline canopy tours daily only for guests staying at the lodge. The zipline course is not available for day visitors at this time. The morning tour is the Dawn Patrol Zipline Canopy tour and is a great way to experience the jungle waking up with birds singing, howler monkeys talking as they roam through the trees across the river, and mist flowing through the river corridor. The afternoon tour is equally exhilarating as zippers fly high above brightly colored rafts and kayaks paddling the river below.

Everyone joining a zipline tour must participate in a safety briefing before each tour. There are tours operating daily. Zippers get geared up with safety harnesses, helmets, and gloves at the Rios Lodge dining pavilion, and then hike about 10 minutes past the lodge up into the hillside for the first zipline. From there, all 8 zips are either tree platform to tree platform, or involve a short hike (under 5 minutes) to the next platform. Guests are in good hands with Rios Lodge’s expert, bilingual tour guides.
Having the opportunity to experience Rios Lodge from the rainforest canopy is simply memorable.

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*Note to editors: Technical facts: There are 8 ziplines in this all-new redesigned and expanded Rios Lodge’s Pacuare River zipline course. All 8 ziplines go across the Pacuare River. The longest zipline is about 280 meters (915+ feet). The shortest zipline is around 80 meters (260+ feet). Price: US$50. Min Age: 8 & 60 lbs. Max Weight: 250 lbs.


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More about Rios Lodge – Rios Lodge is a remote private eco lodge located on the riverbank of the Pacuare River in Limon Province, Costa Rica. It was founded in 1989 as Rios Tropicales Lodge, as part of Rios Tropicales, an award-winning adventure company co-founded by Rafael (Rafa) Gallo, who was a pioneer in conservation and adventure tourism in Costa Rica and abroad. Rios Tropicales Lodge was sold to new eco-stewards after the founder’s passing in 2021 and operates as Rios Lodge.

Rios Lodge is located 3-4 hours drive from San Jose, on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica in Limon Province. The remote lodge is accessible only by rafting on the Pacuare River or by hiking trails. It is fully off-the-grid, powered by hydropower, and with satellite WIFI services. The lodge offers 17 deluxe, classic and suite rooms in addition to a new ecohostel lodging and dining center that can host groups of up to 64. Guests enjoy a diverse adventure activities program led by local guides that is founded on principles of sustainability and conservation.

Almost two decades ago, Rios Tropicales won the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth award by National Geographic Adventures (2006), and Rios Tropicales Lodge won the first ever National Geographic Geotourism Challenge: Celebrating People and Place, in 2008. The Lodge with its extensive private, protected Rainforest Reserve has received the Blue Ecological Flag for Protected Natural Spaces since 2007. Rios Lodge, formerly Rios Tropicales Lodge, has been a leader in sustainability and conservation since its inception in 1989.

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Pacuare River History
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