The GPS coordinates are of the office; they have 6m accuracy.
We loved Danta Lodge. Other than game camps in Botswana, it’s probably the coolest place we’ve ever stayed. Titi cabin is like being completely alone in the jungle.
The “outdoor” bathrooms are a delight – they’re part of the cabin but the walls are open at the top and you can see the jungle while showering. But you’ll want to keep the door to the main part of the cabin closed – especially if it’s night and the light’s on in the bathroom. It’s the rainforest; there are bugs here.
There are miles of trails to explore on your own around the property. Pay attention, though; some of the signs are a bit vague. It gets dark very quickly.
The mangrove tour is fun but avoid the double kayak. It’s really hard to paddle and to steer. The single kayaks are lots better.
The zip line (canopy tour) recommended by Danta is an easy introduction to other canopy tours in Costa Rica. It’s fun and easy and includes a few nice walks through the forest with a guide. The guides are very safety-conscious; there was never a moment when I was not clipped to something. Make sure you look down as you’re sailing over the canopy. Take your camera(s) and let the guides take pictures of you.
Danta Lodge’s first appearance when you drive into the parking area belies how nice it is.
Do the night walk with a guide. He’ll find things you’ll walk right by.
Go to Los Patos Ranger Station (GPS = N8d 34.363’ W83d 30.59’) with a guide; let him drive. The “road” is down the river bed and involves numerous water crossings. Swim in the waterfall.
Danta provides rubber boots but you’ll be happier with your own hiking boots. A pair of water shoes or well-fitting flip flops are nice to have to protect your tender gringo feet when wading the streams on the Los Patos trip.
The unbelievably loud bird – the first one you’ll hear in the morning – is a spotted wood quail. Listen here: