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“A True Eco Lodge Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Danta Corcovado Lodge
2.5 of 5 Lodge   |   La Palma, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica   |  
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“A True Eco Lodge Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Danta Lodge provides an amazing jungle experience. The bungalows are built with local, sustainable materials by local artisans who take a pride in their work. Not only are the bunglalows comfortable, they are very creatively designed. The open ceiling bathrooms are amazing! Heavily netted walls keep unwanted critters out of the bungalows. The jungle noises are wonderful to wake up to. This is a birders paradise! Individual trails lead from the Lodge to each bungalow. The open air Lodge itself is another amazing building very artistically designed. The food here is amazing and locally sourced. There are some wonderful trails on the property which backs up to Corcovado National Park. Merlin has taken the family farm and recreated a sustainable Lodge that many people can experience and learn from. The family continues to involve the community in all they do by providing work opportunities, encouraging local businesses and giving back to the community. I recommend a trip to the ranger station and taking a guided hike from there. You will need water shoes or old boots for water crossings. The transport to the park consists of riding in the back of a flat bed truck on the river beds and water crossings - this is a great part of the experience. I also recommend the mangrove kayak tour (Merlin will advise you the best time to go). Another tour I really enjoyed was the Chocolate Tour at Finca Kobo. Not only did I learn about the process of making chocolate, I learned so much about organic farming and also providing food and safe passage for the birds and animals of the region. Ask Merlin to tell you about his vision for Danta Lodge and the community and also request a viewing of the video "Cracking the Golden Egg" and compare what you are experiencing at Danta Lodge with what is happening in other parts of Costa Rica..

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  • Stayed February 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Logan, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

"Rooms" are really individual open-air cabins, each separated by jungle from one another, and enclosed in heavy netting. All furnishings are handcrafted from local materials. The bathrooms are truly unique, large, and comfortable. The main lodge and bar are comfortable. Owners are friendly, food is very good. Icey cold beer available after a hot jungle hike. We saw so much wildlife while there right from our cabins and on the walkways to our cabins. Danta Lodge is an example of eco tourism at its best. Don't miss the opportunity to experience these accommodations.

Room Tip: All rooms are separated from one another by jungle. Plan to be awakened to the sounds of the wildli...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

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:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/CDTGHVBGZP/Wood-quail2009-3-22-1part1.mp3

Room Tip: The bungalows give the impression of being entirely alone in the jungle -- we loved Titi. You will...
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  • Stayed January 2012, 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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6 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

I stayed here with a group for 3 nights. The staff are so courteous and helpful and remembered all the names in my group of 14! Merlin the owner talked to our group about the history and his passion for sustainability. You will be amazed by all the wood work and creative furniture and the wooden snake on the path to the dining area == looks so real! This place is a slice of paradise. The individual rooms are so creative and you feel as if you are truly in the rainforst. Don't miss a hike on the trails or seeing the great documentary "Cracking the Golden Egg" about responsible tourism in Costa Rica. This place is pure "pura vida!"

Room Tip: Every room has its own charm and individuality!
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Danta lodge is a beautiful place, clearly built by creative people. The surroundings are superb (not only rainforest nearby, also beach and mangrove forest!!). With our young kids (6, 8 and 11 years) we decided not to go for a daytrip into the National Park. But we enjoyed the Danta own forest. And we went on a kayakking trip with a guide into the Mangrove forest. This was really great and so was the night tour at the lodge with guide Andre. We saw many animals during the 3 days that we stayed at the lodge (frogs, snakes, caiman, turtle, monkeys, sloth, etc). Prices for lodge, food and tours are relatively high.
We stayed at one of the bungalows in the forest. Really unique and with a true rainforest experience. For the children, the nights were a bit stressful: dark, many noices, but mostly the big spiders in the bungalow. They came through the holes in the wall (via a rotten pillar). Not dangerous, but huge!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

Unfortunately, my experience was quite unlike these reviews. Yes, the ambience was wonderful and the cabins truly unique. The staff were excellent and most helpful. However, the owner did not even bother to greet me but just called over one of the staff when I showed up at the reception desk. I was there for 5 days and only did Merlyn bother to even acknowledge my existence and that was only because the reception attendant at the time did not speak enough English or me enough Spanish to be understood. I was the only guest the entire time so one would think he could have extended himself a little. The food was outrageously expensive with prices comparable to prices in the US. No where else in Costa Rica did a local beer cost $3.50. Lunch was $11.00 and dinner was $16.00. Since that was far too expensive for my pocketbook I took a taxi to a small store a few miles away and bought some non-perishable items to eat separately. Then I would eat the gratis breakfast and skip lunch and dinner at the lodge. Eating at the lodge was not very pleasant in any case since there was some construction going on was extremely loud. Even in my bungalow I could hear all the noise of hammering, sawing, and pressure washing so a quiet jungle experience was not to be had. Since I was solo was forced to pay double for any of the tours. This meant I only took the two least expensive since I was paying so much for them. I did enjoy the night tour and the guide was extremely knowleable. I was fortunate in that there eas an independent tour guide on the Osa shuttle from San Jose to the lodge so I was able to get onto one of his tours for less than it would have cost me for a regular double tour price ($65.00 versus $98.00) at the lodge.

If you have lots of money to spend on food then by all means stay here. Otherwise, find somewhere else since there is nothing else to eat anywhere close by. Be sure you are not solo or plan on paying over $180.00 for a single tour.

Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Washington DC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

If you're going to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, this is a must. Friendly, wonderfully helpful staff and guides. Teresa's food is delicious and plentiful. Oh, the coffee! All served on the charming covered, open air deck. My favorite spot - one of the hammocks hanging just a few yards from the stream.
The rooms are clean and cute. We stayed in a separate bungalow. Loved the open air outdoor bathroom.
There's several miles of great trails to hike. We saw toucans, blue crowned mot mots, laughing falcon, & so much more! and they offer night tours of the property to see wildlife, and 2-3 day tours into Corcovado National Park as well.
This is not the place for everyone. This part of the country is VERY hot and humid. It's for hikers, birders, wildlife nerds and nature lovers. There is no a/c or hot water (trust me, you won't want any). There's no nightlife. They have cold beer and a full service bar.
WE LOVED IT.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: La Palma, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Puerto Jimenez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Jimenez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Danta Corcovado Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Danta Corcovado Lodge is a uniquely designed lodge with Costa Rican flair and a concern for the rain forest. Nothing goes to waste because Merlyn is the wizard of creativity and design. step into a world of tranquility, and be amazed by all of the natural touches of the lodge. ... more   less 
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