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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Hotels

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

  • Near the village of La Gamba Map It
  • Casual Chic

Pros

  • Top-notch trails and wildlife-viewing opportunities in unique natural setting
  • Excellent meals

Cons

  • No air-conditioning and it can get hot here
  • Some trails are challenging, and you need to be steady on your feet
  • Lodge is geared to nature lovers who aren't looking for luxury

Updated 04/24/2014

Fodor's Review

This well-managed eco-lodge in a 35-acre nature preserve is run by Austrians who have tried to instill a sense of Teutonic order (which might be why more than 80% of the guests are from Germany and Austria). Rooms have tile floors, reading lamps, and airy bathrooms with plenty of hot water. The rooms are a little dark, but are brightened by colorful, appliqué curtains and woven cotton bedspreads made by Guaymí and Boruca artisans. The tidy gravel paths winding past wooden

cabins are constantly being encroached upon by wild forest, with the garden looking a bit wilder and more beautiful every year. A spring-fed swimming pool is cool and refreshing, and fragrant white ginger and ylang-ylang encircle a pond. Another nearby pond has a lookout for bird-watchers and is home to contented, well-fed caimans. Local guides lead visitors along thrilling trails to the waterfalls and primary forest of Piedras Blancas National Park. The dining room, lighted by romantically flickering candles, serves huge portions of wholesome and delicious local food. For families or foursomes, there is a fully equipped Jungle Villa with two bedrooms with forest views (minimum stay four nights). The per-person rate of $128, double occupancy, includes all meals and taxes.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Near the village of La Gamba, 5 km (3 miles) west of Villa Briceño turnoff, Golfito, 60505, Costa Rica

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Phone:

/2741–8001

Hotel Details:

  • 14 rooms, 1 two-bedroom villa
  • All meals

Updated 04/24/2014

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