Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, Limón, Costa Rica
If you’re looking for some “Guess where we stayed!” bragging rights following your return from Costa Rica, this lodging option high in a tree provides them. There’s some choreography required to get to such a place. A 30-minute hike into the forest—you’ll be met and accompanied—takes you to the site of a níspero (medlar) tree. Strap on a secure harness, helmet, and cables and hoist yourself to a platform 70 feet above the ground. (The construction has nailed nothing to the tree.) With bed, chairs, shower, sink, and toilet, this is your surprisingly comfy wall-less “room.” Room service hoists up three meals a day. Carefully consider if you're up for the adventure; if you are, it can be great fun.
- definitely has the "wow" factor
- the ultimate in seclusion
- not for those with fear of heights
- cannot come and go as you please
- hoisting to the platform requires physical strength
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