Eco Vida Pacuare


Eco Vida Pacuare is a small community project located on the beautiful Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We are next to the mouth of the famous Rio Pacuare, halfway between Limón and Tortuguero and we are lucky enough to have the jungle, the sea and the river right on our doorstep. Although it is an idyllic place, it is very remote with very few opportunities for work and therefore it is a place which needs a helping hand from those who are willing to give it - which is where we come in!

The project has been officially running for less than a year but the ideas and principles of our founders have been implemented in this area for over 30 years! Of course, everyone has to start somewhere, and the project is now at a point where we can start to see some real impact and change by bringing in volunteers from around the world. Our previous volunteers have been integral to the work we do here in Pacuare and share our values for creating an ecologically-conscious way of living whilst making a difference in our small community. There is unlimited opportunity for social development in this area, as well as for the project itself, and we are excited to continue our adventure with like-minded people who share the same vision; that starting small can lead to big things!

Our main project aims are to:
* look after the local people - by providing opportunities to work directly with us, purchasing local goods and services to help provide income, and providing volunteers to help with other projects such as building repair and land maintenance
* look after the local environment - by implementing ecologically conscious ways of living, maintaining clean and safe spaces within the local area, and preserving the environment for future generations
* look after the local animals - by cleaning the local beaches and rivers, informing and educating people about how to protect the local animal population, and improving the natural ecosystem of the area.

Social Impact

Eco Vida Pacuare is committed to improving the lives of the people living in our local community, preserving and maintaining the natural environment and looking after the local wildlife which is what makes this area so special.

Over the past 8 years, we have been by running a small coconut fibre production business which has provided work opportunities and has generated income to pay for local goods and services from the people living in our area. 

We have been expanding our social impact in the community by bringing in volunteers who have helped to; maintain the grounds of the local school, rebuild and repair neighbours houses after bad weather, clean the beaches of waste which has been sorted and recycled, assist neighbouring animal conservation projects in the area, build and maintain common areas for public use such as a football/volleyball field, plant fruit trees and other native plants that contribute to the well-being of the local animals and the natural environment.

We are also aiming to develop a ecologically sustainable project site which so far includes the use of solar panels to provide electricity, conscious water usage from the groundwater supply, and using recycled/reclaimed or building materials to construct our buildings. 

Si te gusta la naturaleza, los animales, el mar, la playa, lagunas y ríos, deseas desconectarte del mundo ?... este es el lugar perfecto para compartir y ayudar a nuestra Madre Tierra. Realmente es un lugar mágico alejado de la civilización. Para llegar a él, necesitas pasar por el parque Braulio carrillo (uno de los parques nacionales más grandes de Costa Rica), tomar un taxibote por aproximadamente 30 minutos disfrutando de los canales, muchísima naturaleza y escenas panorámicas que nunca olvidaras. Nuestro proyecto comenzó hace algunos años. Soy un ex alumno de la escuela de Pacuare, mitad herediano mitad limonense. Mi familia tuvo algunos terrenos en este pequeño pueblo por muchos años, como un lugar para vacacionar, con el pasar de los años cada visita me hizo enamorarme mas del lugar, tuve la oportunidad de visitar varios países de Europa y América latina compartiendo y aprendiendo de cada lugar. Al regresar a Costa Rica, comencé con varios proyectos tratando de mejorar mi vida personal, dando mi granito de arena a nuestra madre tierra, finalmente comenzamos con una pequeña fabrica familiar de abono orgánico de cascara de coco que producimos y vendemos a empresas comprometidas con el medio ambiente, Ever Green, Bio Eco y algunos agricultores de Cartago, zona agrícola de nuestro país. Pacuare es un pueblo pequeño , alejado de la ciudad y comodidades, donde sus habitantes sobreviven de la venta del coco y la pesca artesanal. El rio Pacuare es el encargado de mantenernos trabajando todo el año, nace en los cerros de Talamanca con una longitud de 133 km ,recogiendo en sus aguas desechos naturales, basura y una increíble cantidad de plástico. Nos comprometimos a limpiar nuestra playa y comunidad con el objetivo de conseguir una bandera ecológica. Al mantener la playa limpia ayudamos a las tortugas marinas (laud, verde, carey). Al reforestar ayudamos a nuestros monos cara blanca, congos y un sin fin de animales. Aprenderemos mucho juntos ya que toda experiencia en la vida es un aprendizaje que compartiremos y una aventura que nunca olvidaremos. Nuestro equipo esta feliz de compartir nuestro trabajo, amistad y cariño,asi como aprender de los viajeros .Los esperamos pronto

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Estuve un mes en Pacuare y fue de las
mejores experiencias de mi vida. Conecté con la naturaleza como nunca y aprendí muchísimo. Además conocí a mucha gente de diferentes partes del mundo y fue muy enriquecedor. Roberto y los locales de ahi son lo mejor, se volvieron familia para mi.
Siento que hablar español ayuda bastante a la hora de integrarte con los que viven allí.
Muchas gracias por todo, espero volver a veros 🥹❤️ Experiencia súper recomendada

8 days ago

Roberto alonso replied

Hola Xenia, nos alegra tu experiencia haya sido muy buena, estamos muy contentos por haberte conocido, una persona increíble y maravilloso, esperamos nunca olvides las experiencias y las personas, esperamos volverte a ver 💚



Eco vida was amazing! Roberto and his team are so welcoming you feel at home all the time! The work is hard but it is very nice, the place is amazing, you get in so much contact with nature and animals 100% would recommend

14 days ago

United States


This was my first Worldpackers and it was such a fun time! Everyone is so friendly and we all worked beautifully together. Cleaning up the beaches, collecting coconuts, painting a boat, and more; all the work was flexible and the girls made it a fun experience overall. I speak very little spanish so talking with Roberto and other spanish speakers helped me gain more confidence and understanding for my learning of the language. Roberto is the best! Lalalalalala🎶 Ciao for now! Will most definitely come back for a longer stay:)

15 days ago

Roberto alonso replied

We are glad that you enjoyed and lived this beautiful experience, that you met many people and locals, thank you for the support you gave us, we hope this experience is unforgettable💚💚



Volunteering at Eco Vida Pacuare has been an incredible experience! Roberto shows us around the place with passion, and helps us with our morning tasks. Even though he doesn't speak much English, he always takes the time to explain and exchange with us. I'm glad I was able to contribute and learn so much about this sustainable way of life. I'd recommend this experience to anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature with locals and build beautiful friendships !

25 days ago

Roberto alonso replied

Hello Pauline, it's great that you enjoyed your stay, you made friends and enjoyed nature and animals. We hope the experience was unforgettable.💚

United States


I had such an amazing time at Eco Vida Pacuare, I wish I could have stayed longer! Everyone was so welcoming I instantly felt comfortable. Roberto is an amazing host, he was constantly looking for ways to make our experience better whether it be having fresh coconuts to crack for us after working or looking for animals to point out for us. Truly a life changing experience, a little piece of Pacuare will always be in my heart.

25 days ago

Roberto alonso replied

Hello Jameson, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay, we hope you saw many animals and enjoyed yourself with other people, we hope your experience was unforgettable, Pura Vida💚🌴

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