Fodor's Expert Review Bosque del Río Tigre Lodge

Riverside, in Dos Brazos del Tigre, 12 km (7½ miles) northwest of Puerto Jiménez, Dos Brazos del Tigre, Puntarenas, 60702, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

You can't get any closer to nature than at this off-the-grid lodge, famous for its excellent birding and hiking trails, wedged between forest and the banks of the Río Tigre. More than 390 bird species have been spotted on the property, including 255 species from the lodge porch, placing this lodge in the top three hottest birding sites in the country. Four second-story rooms have chest-high walls, and above that, they are open to nature (no screens, just mosquito nets over the beds), the better to spot visiting birds. You're at eye level with the trees and, despite the almost-alfresco rooms, you'll sleep comfortably, with linens and pillows that always feel fresh, and natural air-conditioning provided by the rushing river. There is also one private cabin, steps from the lodge along a garden trail, with an ensuite bathroom. Electricity is solar generated, but there's enough power to recharge batteries and power a Wi-Fi connection. On-demand gas heaters provide plenty of hot water in the garden showers. The gourmet fare here rivals that of the best luxury-lodge kitchens. At dinner, guests gather around a communal table with owners Liz Jones and Abraham Gallo to plan the next day's birding. Abraham, a lifelong local, can show you hidden mountain trails into Corcovado National Park, less than a mile away. Phone service is patchy so it's best to communicate by e-mail.


  • a birder's paradise
  • great hiking trails
  • fabulous food


  • shared bathroom and outdoor showers
  • limited electricity
  • must love living very close to nature


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Phones: -8705–3729-leave text messages only


4 rooms with shared baths, 1 ensuite cabin
Rate Includes: Closed Sept. and Oct., All meals

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