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Tiskita Jungle Lodge

  • On road between Pavones and Punta Banco Map It
  • Pavones
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Unrivaled wildlife viewing and birding
  • Splendid natural isolation
  • Friendly, knowledgeable owners


  • Some steep walks to cabins in forest
  • No air-conditioning
  • Not a lot of privacy in joined double and triple cabins, which share verandas

Updated 04/24/2014

Fodor's Review

This last-outpost lodge is one of the premier eco-lodges in the Southern Zone, attracting nature lovers, bird-watchers, yoga enthusiasts, and people who want to get away from it all in comfort. Peter Aspinall, a passionate farmer and conservationist, and his wife, Lisbeth, moved here in 1977, and today the property includes a vast orchard with more than 125 varieties of fruit trees that attract plenty of wildlife. Surrounding it are 800 acres of primary and secondary forest, a habitat for the more than 275 species of birds, including more than 65 scarlet macaws, the result of a 10-year release program. A 90-strong troop of squirrel monkeys also roams the property, which includes a large yoga deck with an ocean view. Comfortable wooden cabins on stilts have rustic furniture and tiled bathrooms. Cabin No. 6 has the most privacy, with an outdoor rain-forest shower, screened windows on three sides, and a huge porch looking onto a beautiful ocean view. Trails invite you to explore the jungle

and a cascading waterfall with freshwater pools. Healthy meals using local produce are served in an open-air dining room. The beach, with swimmable waters, is a steep 15-minute downhill walk. Special packages include yoga teacher training and an inside look at the scarlet macaw project. Many guests arrive by small plane at the hotel's private airstrip.

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Hotel Information


On road between Pavones and Punta Banco, 6 km (4 miles) south of Playa Pavones, Pavones, 60704, Costa Rica

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Hotel Details:

  • Closed June–Nov.
  • 17 rooms arranged in 4 single cabins, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 quadruple
  • Rate includes All-inclusive

Updated 04/24/2014

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