This ecolodge has 10 cabins, each with two double beds with mosquito nets. The shower has two large high windows, so you can look out at the jungle wildlife whilst you're in there. There are two balconies and a hammock for relaxing in, after a day out or spent just walking aroung the jungle trails.
We walked all the trails, there is one close to the hotel that is quite easy, the other trails include some steep parts. That said it was worth the effort to reach a clearing with views down the hillside. We spent a log of time alone here, at a look out point, watching hummingbirds, butterflies and other birds, whilst the vultures circled overhead. It's worth taking a picnic to spend more time enjoying the scenery and nature.
Staff were helpful, just two of them cooking, cleaning and serving us at the bar. The bar had swings, to sit and enjoy the evening. The dining area was set in the jungle, open at all sides...which did make it a little chilly when we were there. Depending on the time of year you travel (we were there in December) you might want to take warm clothes for the evening and for sleeping in. Food was local, home cooked and fairly simple, at very reasonable prices. The local Casado with fish or beef were excellent value. One evening, as there were a group of us, we had a buffet for $12, including soup, 3 mains and vegetables & rice, mango juice & cake.
If the jungle wakes you early, white faced capuchins on the roof, it's worth a stroll to the small wooden platform near the restaurant to see the wildlife at its best.
There is no electricity in the rooms, there is a torch and two lamps, which provide a basic amount of light. if you don't like the silence of the jungle, made all the more quiet without the electricity, this is not the place for you! If you want a peaceful get away, where you can experience nature at it's best, then we'd thoroughly recommend Wagelia Espino Blanci Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Wagelia Hotels property, located in North Verbena Turrialba at its own name reserve; on a land of primary and secundary forest of 269.000 square meters. Just 8 km north from Turrialba downtown and 65 km from San Jose.10 bungalows equipped with private bathroom, two queen beds, table, hallway, private terrace in the company of the forest sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wagelia Espino Blanco Lodge Costa Rica/Turrialba