Chef George Belesis Creates World Class Menu for Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge prides itself on giving our guests the most exclusive and luxurious local experience. The facilities are built to harmonize with the surrounding river and rainforests. And, our food is all locally sourced and prepared fresh daily. Recently, Pacuare Lodge invited a world class chef, George Belesis, to help our local chefs prepare our wonderful ingredients in a new and exciting way.

World class experiences at Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge is full of world-class experiences. We’ve got world-class whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River. The rainforest is packed with majestic wildlife, from the Jaguar to the Blue Morpho. And, we’ve got a world-class sustainable luxury lodge where our guests are pampered by a world-class staff. And, now, with the help of George Belesis, we’ve got a new world-class menu.


Preparing a new menu

George has been with us once before, and we knew that his food and his culinary skills were amazing. We are always looking to treat our guests to new things. Food is a universal language that everyone understands. Food is a great way to share our culture with our guests. Food plays with all senses and is a great bonding experience. So, we set out to create a new menu that would show off our local ingredients in new ways.

“We wanted to surprise our guests with a meal that met top international standards, but remain local and authentic to our Costa Rican traditions.”

Locally sourced ingredients

The first step to a new and exciting menu is to find the best ingredients. The first ingredient in anything we do at Pacuare is sustainability. Therefore, George and our kitchen staff visited the farmer’s markets and our personal farm in Tuis to gather the best ingredients. Shopping at farmers markets and growing our own fruits, herbs, and veggies means always cooking with the seasons.

A complete culinary experience

George happily shared his culinary knowledge with our staff. He worked with us on everything from time management to decorative plating. And, he taught invaluable new cooking techniques to enhance our menu. We also upgraded our kitchen to include a Rational oven, sous-vide, and a Thermomix. Now we have all the tools and the knowledge to continue to create world-class cuisine for our guests.

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A taste of our new world-class menu

  • Salmon with beet sauce.
  • Yuca balls with green papaya salad and spicy mayonnaise.
  • Octopus bean salad, pickled onion and salsa verde pesto.
  • Rice & beans.

For a world-class sustainable luxury vacation in Costa Rica, stay at Pacuare Lodge. Nestled on the banks of the Pacuare River, the Pacuare Lodge offers a luxurious stay, with exquisite scenery, luxury accommodations, and world-class cuisine.

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  1. My friend and I, both senior citizens thoroughly enjoyed our stay st the lodge. The food was amazing, especially considering it had to be floated in on the river, and the accommodations were excellent! I wish I could return, but I’m no longer able.

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