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Fodor's Costa Rica 2014
Rio Tico Safari Lodge
At a Glance
- gorgeous natural setting
- dry and airy tents
- helpful hosts
- some steps to climb up and down from main lodge to tents
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Rio Tico Safari Lodge Review
You'll feel as though you're on a luxury safari when you step inside one of these spacious South African-made tents. They're perched on sturdy wooden platforms that are cantilevered over a rushing mountain river. There's lots of head room, electricity for reading lights and fans, comfortable beds, and—even more civilized—a private, spring-fresh bathroom with hot shower just a zippered compartment away. You can enjoy bird-watching and river views from your own verandah, hike forest trails to a nearby waterfall or follow the stepping stones to explore the other side of the river, bask on a sun-baked rock in the middle of the river, or go horseback riding. This camper's paradise is the creation of an energetic, eco-minded Dutch couple. Breakfast ($7 per person) is excellent—tropical fruits and Dutch pancakes are highlights—served in a stylish, open-air lodge with Wi-Fi connections. For guests who prefer to stay in the lodge, there are three comfortable rooms. Tea and coffee are available, along with healthy snacks. There's no lunch or dinner, but Tilapias del Pavon is just down the road.
- Address: 4 km (2 1/2 miles) up dirt road between Ojachal and Vergel de Punta Mala, turnoff just before bridge in Punta Mala Vergel de Punta Mala
- Phone: 8996–7935
- Website: www.riotico.com
- Location: Ballena Marine National Park
- 9 tents, 3 rooms.
- Rate includes no meals.
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