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“Peace on earth” 5 of 5 stars
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18 kms NE from Buenos Aires | Apartado Postal 9-8100, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica   |  
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“Peace on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Durika is exactly the way life should be in the best of worlds. The nature of course is at its best. But it is the people that made it perfect for me. The kind, loving and compassionnate atmosphere they created in Durika moved me very much. That is the most precious memory I brought back with me.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stow, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Durika was like no where I have ever been! I was not sure what to expect when taking the winding roads to Durika but I was not disappointed upon arrival. The scenery is breath taking you can actually touch the clouds! The story behind Durika is amazing in its self. Everything from growing their own foods to the man made road. We were lucky enough to experience Dr. German's birthday celebration while we were there. We had so much fun. The founding family is beautiful and accommodating. This is a wonderful place to take in the surrounding beauty, as well as analyzing the way we live in our own countries. I highly recommend this location for those nature lovers and those interested in alternative medicine! I hope to someday return!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

I return time and again to Durika. There is so much peace to be found there. And the community continues to evolve. To mature and to become even better. I like to think that some of their evolution has rubbed off on me...that I am a better person for having shared the wonder that is Durika. In the year since I was last there, several of the cabinas have been renovated. New trails have been mapped. New menu options and items in the gift shop also. Change is good. Durika is always special and now even more so.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

We loved to stay at Durika. Beautifull surroundings, great walks and explanation of nature by the inhabitants of Durika, lovely people, very good food: a great and unique experience. We were happy and grateful to be in this community and this close to nature for a few days!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

Although i spent there only one full day, I was amazed of the positive vibrations I received from the people and the nature. I will go back for health reasons in November and will stay 3 weeks. Dr German and Dana were very helpful and I am looking forward seeing them again. If the Dr cannot cure me then the nature will. Already feel very good about it.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

Durika was one of our most amazing experiences during our Costa Rica round trip. There is no comfort at all but you can feel the silence of this place. We stayed for 3 days at the "honeymoon cabin" - very simple, with cold water in the small private bathroom only. You get very nice vegetarian meals together with all other guests. If you want there are guides included in the price, all of them knows so much about the environment. Ask for Eugenio who knows Costa Rican birds as no one else we met! The community of Durika planted one million trees around the reserve and their enthusiasm can infect the visitors very easily! More you can read at our homepage "wehr-reinhold.com".

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2006

We decided to visit Durika as we wanted something a bit off the beaten track. We were also lured by the vegetarian food as we are vegetarians ourselves. The trip to the reserve is interesting - an hour in a four wheel drive uphill from the hot lowlands to cool cloud forests. Come prepeared with woolies! The accommodation is basic - clean twin/family rooms but no hot showers. We found this a pain as the temperture outside was cool and we would have appreciated hot water.

The reserve allocates you one of its residents to organise a programme of activites for you during your stay. We did a couple of nature walks, observed cheese making and shepherded the goats. Our children age 9 + 10 really loved the goats and spent several hours out on the hills with them.

The whole reserve is involved in 'good work' - reforestation, preserving local indian culture, alternative medicines and alternative energy which is interesting and commendable to see. The residents are all highly educated and clearly passionate about their mission to preserve this corner of costa rica and spread their message to the wider community.

If there was a down side to our stay (other than the showers) it was the food. We found the food quite limited - virtually vegan and not a lot of it. We were dying for a bit of 'rubbish' by the time we left!

In all it was an interesting experience for a couple of days though we wouldn't have stayed longer.

  • Liked — mountain views were spectacular
  • Disliked — cold showers and small portions of vegan food
  • Tips/Secrets — 2-3 days is plenty to get a feel of the place
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Durika Biological Reserve

Address: 18 kms NE from Buenos Aires | Apartado Postal 9-8100, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Buenos Aires
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Durika is a private biological reserve that protects approximately 8500 hectares, localized in the top of the Talamanca Mountain Range, in the south west part of Costa Rica. The reserve is protected by the Dúrika Community, a self sustainable community that offers to the visitor the possibility to live in harmony with nature, together with breath taking views of the mountain, a comfortable place to stay and an excellent quality of service during their stay. ... more   less 

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