Fodor's Expert Review Tiskita Jungle Lodge

On road between Pavones and Punta Banco, 6 km (4 miles) south of Playa Pavones, Pavones, Puntarenas, 60704, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

This last-outpost eco-lodge, near the border with Panama, is a draw for bird-watchers as well as nature lovers, yoga enthusiasts, and adventurers who want to really get away from it all in relative comfort. The property includes a vast orchard with more than 125 varieties of fruit trees that attract plenty of wildlife. Surrounding it are 800 acres of primary and secondary forest, a habitat for the more than 275 species of birds, including more than 65 scarlet macaws, the result of a 10-year release program. The best–-and most relaxed–-birding is from a deck chair beside the pool. Two guided tours are included in three-day package rates; other bird-watching and night tours start from $20. A 90-strong troop of squirrel monkeys also roams the property, which includes a large yoga deck with an ocean view. Comfortable wooden cabins on stilts have rustic furniture and tiled bathrooms. Cabin No. 7 has the most privacy, with an outdoor rain-forest shower, screened windows on three sides, and a huge porch looking onto a beautiful ocean view. Trails invite you to explore the jungle and a cascading waterfall with freshwater pools. Simple, healthy meals using local produce are served in an open-air dining room. The beach, with swimmable waters, is a steep 10-minute downhill walk. Special packages include yoga teacher training. Many guests arrive by small plane at the hotel's private airstrip.

PROS

  • unrivaled wildlife viewing and birding
  • splendid natural isolation
  • friendly, knowledgeable owners

CONS

  • some steep walks to cabins in forest
  • no air-conditioning
  • not a lot of privacy in joined double and triple cabins, which share verandas

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Green
Quiet
Near the beach
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2296–8125

HOTEL DETAILS

17 rooms arranged in 4 single cabins, 3 duplex cabins, 1 triple cabin, 1 quadruple cabin
Rate Includes: May–Nov., open only to groups of 8 or more, Free breakfast, All-inclusive package includes all meals

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