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.