This was our 3rd trip to Lookout Inn (having visited twice in 2010) and we are already planning a return trip as soon as we can! We first found Lookout Inn after returning from another resort on the other side of the Gulfe Dolce and seeing scarlet macaws in some of the trees around Puerto Jimenez. After researching the best options for viewing them we settled on Lookout Inn for our next Costa Rica trip and have just kept coming back ... it's that good!
Terry and Katya have created what must be the finest place on the planet to observe "flying rainbows" -- scarlet macaws! Lookout Inn is the closest quality lodge to the end of the road at Carate -- next to Corcovado National Park. It is not by chance that numerous internationally known wildlife photographers visit their place year after year -- including Roy Toft who runs a tour to Lookout Inn every year; and Nick Fucci who we met on our most recent trip. For those who try to photograph these magnificent birds by looking up at them in the trees or against the sky (seeing just a dark form against the bright background), you will be in for a real treat as you look down from the deck of Lookout Inn and see these birds displaying all their vibrant colors soaring below you through the beach almond trees.
For those who are not into birds ... how about treating yourself to capuchin monkey troups who put on a complete show at least twice a day?! Not to mention the chance of seeing Tapir, puma, coati, ... and the many colorful iguanas scampering over the grounds. The gardens are a wonderful place to wander and see humingbirds, tanagers, and butterflies in the day; and those colorful Costa Rican big-eyed tree frogs in the evening (during the "wetter" seasons). For the more adventurous, they offer the full range of tours including walks up the "stairway to heaven" (a long steep stairway to the top of the mountain); a waterfall trail, lagoon kayaking with birds and crocs, horseback riding, and many other options ... or simply kick back like us, sit on their deck and watch the humingbirds, macaws, and monkeys put on a show all around you. We were in for a particular surprise this year as Terry introduced us to a wild macaw (Herba) that started visiting Lookout Inn and spends mornings and evenings visiting guests at the lodge. He/She often flys in for an evening meal down the main walkway at waist level past guests on her way to munch on sunflower seeds and fruit. During the day He/She spends her time flying around with the other wild macaws ... but you can often pick her out at the top of a tree looking back at Lookout Inn.
Both Terry and Katya welcome you into their part of the world with open arms. There are never a lot of guests since there are a limited number of units, and everyone gets to know almost everyone else -- particularly during the included meals that are a real treat in themselves. We particularly like visiting with world travelers who appreciate nature and all its rewards over a great dinner. Terry can certainly find a follow-on career as a top chef -- and whips up some great local feasts that employ many of the fruits grown on their property. The feeling we get is like being part of a big Swiss-Robinson-like family.
Of the various units at Lookout Inn our personal favorites are Blue Butterfly and Monkey House. These are the 2 highest units on the side of the mountain and look out over a magnificent vista of black sand beach, surf, and tropical foliage. They also enjoy regular visits by capuchin monkeys who troup through the trees, look into your room, and jump from tree branch to tree branch to announce their arrival in the morning. You also get to observe regular fly-bys from scarlet macaws from the chairs or hammocks in your room.
Katya, as others have mentioned, devotes countless hours to turtle preservation work and enjoys taking guests down to the sea in the Winter months to watch the babies scamper from their nests to the surf. We saw this spectacle for the first time on our visit in January and it was a real treat! You have to wonder how those little turtles have the energy to burrow out of their nests through a foot or more of sand, then run 10 or 20 meters down to the sea.
Blue Butterfly and Monkey House are the highest and most remote of the units for those that want to...
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February 6, 2013
hello my wonderful milk people anne & steve -- nice book ya wrote about us.. thanks so much and every one out there trust them this place is beautiful - wonderful - wild - friendly - fun-loving- family style life- home away from home - off the grid - great views of the pacific ocean and finger tips away from the rain forest leaves-- the lodge sits 100 feet above the ocean - and about 200 feet to the black sand-- the place is full of SCARLET MACAWS & MONKEYS all day and a tapir that roams the area at nite -- so like my friends anna and steve--- come on down and enjoy the real rain forest of costa rica -- its still remote isolated and tropical -- perfect -- thanks again every one and love to ya all .. lookout inn team
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