Fodor's Expert Review Cabañas y Senderos Las Cataratas
3 km (2 miles) from main hwy., along road to San Gerardo de Dota, San Gerardo, Cartago, 11702, Costa Rica
One of the best deals—and fresh-trout meals—in the valley is at this family-run restaurant and bed-and-breakfast with simple cabins, set beside a series of scenic trout ponds in gardens filled with flowers and hummingbirds. The four simple lodgings, one with a wood-burning fireplace, are inexpensive and comfortable with homey furnishings and lots of blankets to keep you warm. There are some short, steep forest trails to explore, including one to a waterfall ($2 for non-customers at the restaurant or cabins). At the restaurant you can dine on fresh trout—pulled directly out of the adjoining pond when you place your order—with salad, vegetables, dessert, and juice for about $13. Breakfast is included in the room rate and cabin guests can also choose to have all their meals here. If you haven't got the time or the courage to face the steep road all the way down to San Gerardo, this is a good compromise, only 3 km (2 miles) in from the highway.
- excellent fresh trout
- authentic Tico culture
- very steep driveway, 4X4 required
- call ahead on weekdays to make sure someone is there
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