I don't even know where to begin with my review of Chachagua Rainforest Hotel. It was the most incredible vacation experience I have ever had. My boyfriend and I arrived just before 5PM on Saturday after finding the hotel quite easily with our GPS, it brought us right there when we discovered the right selection, wish I could remember for you all! I think it was something like Chachagua Hotel 1071T or something to that extent. We drove up the infamous dirt road, and got a wave hello from everyone in the neighborhood on our bumpy ride. Upon pulling into the resort we were stunned, before the gates we saw the horses roaming around looking like they were in total paradise. We pulled up and checked in, and asked about a room upgrade, which has been suggested. He gave us the keys to some different rooms and let us take a little tour on our own!! As a real estate agent in the city it was so fun to play agent to my boyfriend and convince him to open up the budget! We spent our first night in our original rainforest room, it was an end unit so it was great, but with 7 nights there we wanted to change it up a little. We spent 2 nights in the Jacuzzi bungalow which was a blast. We were right on the edge of the resort and had 2 toucans outside our window every morning. The Jacuzzi does take a little patience to fill with hot water, but we had nothing but time to relax and fill it slowly! The porch and hammock is so worth it on those rainy nights with a book and a bottle of wine. The other nights we took a regular bungalow as someone had booked the Jacuzzi one we were staying in, and moved to the other end of the resort near the restaurant and creek. We had a wonderful time finishing our trip there. I feel like the porch is almost mandatory! When you want to enjoy the torrential rain, which was daily for us, there is no better place than from the comfy couch or hammock. The rooms were very spacious, and the rain shower head in the bathroom was amazing, and you can look right out into the jungle from the shower! The beds were comfy and the rooms stayed cool with just the ceiling fan at night. We absolutely loved the food and opted to eat there almost every night, the typical with tilapia was our favorite meal of the trip! All the staff were more then helpful and kind, and the waiters and bartenders were also wonderful. We also met Christian who gave us some great advice on pacific coast beaches, and also invited us on a photography trip he was taking on the property. This was probably one of the most amazing experiences we had, he took us through the stream with the water above our waist! It was a blast and the water was gorgeous. He shared with us his true passion for the rainforest and his goals of preserving it, as well as teaching others to preserve. We did drive out to Guanacaste for a night, and went to Playa Hermosa, it was nice to have a little sun, but we honestly couldn't wait to get back to the rain in Chachagua. I think we got about 20 minutes total by the pool, but the water was crisp and clean! We honestly couldn't be more pleased with our trip and loved the independence we experienced there. There are no phones in the room, and the wifi can be a little spotty when the rain picks up, so you really experience being in the middle of the jungle with only the sounds of the creek and wildlife. We did get to see the sloth, always exotic birds, and some lizards. We've never been more sad to leave a trip, and hope to get back. Don't be nervous about the drive from the airport, I spent months panicking about it, the driving is half the fun of Costa Rica in my opinion. It took us a little over 3 hours in the afternoon to get there, and to the airport early in the morning it was a breeze at about 2-2.5 hours. We started driving around in the evenings after a couple of days getting used to the roads, but its much better to drive by day. Those huge tour buses will go up the little roads and one way bridges around the country too! Scary! Experiencing Costa Rica in the off season with all the rain was so fun, we were the only ones at the La Fortuna Waterfall for an hour in the morning. Christian said there are lines to get in there and you have to take turns in March. We did a fair share of activities, but a fair share of relaxing too. The resort was very quiet, because of the season I'm guessing, so we got up early and had breakfast, went back and hung out on the porch and then a few activities before it got dark around 5 and we would head back. We were never bored, and I know a lot of people have these extreme itineraries, but we wanted to absorb the tranquility of the surroundings. The waterfall is a must, the hot springs were great, we went to Ecotermales and it was very nice. We did the evening trip which is from 5-9, I would suggest waiting til about 6 to get there, you wont do the full 4 hours, and if there is a tour there they will be wrapping up by then and you can enjoy a little more privacy. Hanging bridges were a blast, and a great way to see some wildlife. We did some other tours too that I'll review on there forums. I hope everyone who visits really appreciates what Chachagua has to offer! I know not wearing make up and not blow drying my hair for a solid week was a total delight for me!
Upgrade to a bungalow at least for a couple nights if you can! Find Christian!
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