We only had a few days left in Costa Rica, and our original plan of going to Corcovado National Park was not going to happen. Still in pursuit of the scarlet macaw, we checked out our alternatives. It turned out that Carara National Park was a great place to see them.
As far as lodging, we wanted to avoid Jaco, and there didn't seem to be many options in Tarcoles. Then I came across Cerro Lodge. I emailed the owner, Federico, who promptly responded to my email. We booked a standard room for three nights.
We didn't have a car, and getting to the lodge seemed a bit tricky, but it actually worked out just fine. The shared shuttle services (Interbus, Greyline, etc.), will not drop you off at Cerro Lodge. We took the shuttle to another hotel, gave Federico our approximate time of arrival, and Marcos from Cerro Lodge was waiting to pick us up when the shuttle dropped us off!
Rosie had dinner ready for us within 30 minutes of our arrival. She was super friendly and accommodated all of our requests. After dinner we retreated to our room, which was clean and had an electric showers that worked well.
Since we arrived after dark, we didn't discover the true magic of this place until the next morning. We woke up at 5 in the morning to go on a walk (turn right out of the property for a picturesque stroll) and discovered how beautiful the lodge was. We must have seen around 50 scarlet macaws over the course of our three days here. Guess how many we saw at Carara National Park? Zero!
I highly recommend this lodge for a couple days of relaxation and bird-watching. We just spent our days walking around, swimming (the pool is cleaned a few times a day, and I recommend going right after since obviously there are going to be bugs), and chilling in the dining area (which has wifi).
The bungalows have super cool bathrooms.
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