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1.6 km following Papagayo Street 200 km away from San Jose, Ojochal 60501 Costa Rica
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
Updated 10/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 14 in Ojochal
Yabá Chiguí Lodge is a small lodge with 4 bungalows. The lodge offers personalized service, breakfast included, pool, free WiFi at Satú Ranch and parking. All bungalows have: king bed, ceiling fan, coffee maker & electric kettle, mini-fridge, hair dryer, safety-box and reading lamps. Brunka, Cabécar and Maleku bungalows also have a small sofa, an outdoor deck and an outdoor shower. Teribe bungalow has a additional queen-trundle bed.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Car hire
Pool / beach towels
Saltwater pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
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Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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girl222 wrote a review Mar 2022
Chicago, Illinois358 contributions5 helpful votes
My husband and I were booked at a different place but found out three days before our stay that a 4x4 was required. I quickly looked online and found Yaba Chigui Lodge had one unit left for our dates. I booked it without even reading reviews. Juan and Ana were so welcoming! We were there for three nights and felt like we were family being welcomed into their lovely home!
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Date of stay: February 2022
Grace wrote a review Mar 2022
Christchurch, United Kingdom25 contributions1 helpful vote
A car is essential for this lodge but due to circumstances outside our control we didn’t have that luxury. However the owners were totally amazing arranging taxis and even taking us to and collecting us from restaurants. (Lodge doesn’t have a restaurant) The rooms were stylish and spotless. Each room was detached and it felt as if you had a little bit of the rainforest to yourself as you sat on the balcony. Nice little swimming pool. The owners were hands on and really wanted all their visitors to have the best experience possible. Loved the outside shower.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
Julie R wrote a review Jan 2022
6 contributions
It’s hard to know how to start, it was such a very special experience here. Juan and Ana have created a small but beautiful slice of paradise! Our individual lodge room was the most comfortable place we stayed on our trip, it looked out on the creek, and had a little terrace also overlooking the creek. From there we watched toucans, a slaty-tailed trogon, and a kinkajou as the sun went down. The gardens hosted a sloth and a troupe of howler monkeys swung by one day. There’s a litre pool in the garden that we really enjoyed lolling in at the end of our day’s adventures. Ojochal has a lovely atmosphere and there’s a great deli and several really good restaurants nearby. Juan’s breakfasts were incredible and he’s such a friendly and gracious host. We hope you and Ana enjoyed the English tea bags Juan and the reminder of Norwich! Hope to see you here in the UK 😘
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: The road up is rough for the last mile or two so a 4 wheel drive is helpful. It’s well worth it...
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Response from Juan Fernando Cordero, Propietario at Yaba Chigui Lodge
Responded Feb 10, 2022
Julie, many thanks for your generous message. It was a real pleasure meeting and having both of you as our guests. We enjoyed a lot sharing with you our memories from our marvelous three years in England. Our after breakfast conversations took us back to such wonderful time. Warm regards, Ana & Juan
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ValerieChristine95 wrote a review Feb 2021
Wallisellen, Switzerland18 contributions12 helpful votes
We had the luck to stay for 3 days at Yaba Chigui Lodge. First of all Ana & Juan are the best hosts ever. They are such warmhearted people and we wish them all the best for their future. It was such a pleasure to spend time with them in the morning and talk about all different topics. Whatever we wanted to know, they provided us with the best possible information (day trips, Covid-Testcenter for our flight back, restaurants and our upcoming trip to Corcovado) and helped us tremendously. Me and my partner stayed in the Cabécar Bungalow (one of the four bungalows) and it was really nice. The bed was very comfortable with a stunning view into the jungle. It is equipt with two showers (indoor and outdoor) the best was that the bungalow is designed to hear the wildlife during the night and that was magical. In the morning you can enjoy a marvellous breakfast which is prepared freshly from the hosts. Thank you Ana & Juan - we hope to see you again. Best Mehdi and Valérie
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Juan Fernando Cordero, Owner at Yaba Chigui Lodge
Responded Sep 21, 2021
Medhi and Valérie, thank you for your lovely review. You have put into words what we enjoy the most as hosts, which is sharing a little of our home and experiences. But most importantly, allowing Costa Rica's wonderful nature to be the main highlight of your stay. Best, Ana & Juan.
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UC2002 wrote a review Jan 2021
Goettingen, Germany46 contributions4 helpful votes
If you’re looking for a beautiful, peaceful and welcoming haven to kick back and enjoy nature, look no further. This place is incredibly gorgeous, also because of its wonderful and caring hosts. Extraordinarily kids-friendly and filled with knowledge on the environment, the region - and life itself :-) We enjoyed every minute here!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled
Response from Juan Fernando Cordero, Owner at Yaba Chigui Lodge
Responded Feb 12, 2021
UC2002, thank you for such a lovely review! Hosting your family was a joy for us. Ana & Juan
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Girlfromtx wrote a review Dec 2020
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I have so many wonderful things to say about Yaba Chigui. Juan and Ana are fabulous hosts! They even provided me local transportation since I did not have a car. The breakfasts were delicious, the room was amazing and so unique. The property has lush gardens and I truly felt at home here. My only regret is that I didn’t get to stay longer. You will love being here right in the middle of the rainforest. The outdoor private bridge patio was so cool. I got a special surprise as Howler and White Face monkeys visited the property while I was there. Truly an amazing experience and I can’t wait to come back!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled
Response from Juan Fernando Cordero, Dueño at Yaba Chigui Lodge
Responded Jan 8, 2021
BackPacker646553 thank you for such lovely words. Knowing you felt at home is most valuable for us, as it is the core element of our philosophy as hosts. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Best, Ana & Juan
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Amalia I wrote a review Mar 2020
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This small lodge is full of big attributes. It is cozy, warm, comfortable, airy, bright and exciting. On this my second visit to the place the congos (monkeys) and the chicharras kept a symphony of sounds that made you feel in the middle of the jungle. The pool is warm and delicious. Ana and Juan are so willing to make you feel at home and they certainly do! Breakfast includes everything fresh, eggs, fruit, bread and coffee. An unforgettable experience you will want to repeat!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from AnayJuanYCL, Owner at Yaba Chigui Lodge
Responded Mar 30, 2020
AmaliaIbarra, thank you for giving us the honor of hosting you again and for describing your second visit as nicely and vividly. It certainly brings a big smile to our faces. Best, Ana & Juan
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rseg99 wrote a review Feb 2020
56 contributions122 helpful votes
Beware of this hotel. At your own risk. They do not do as they say. They break promises to hold rooms. They are incompetent at every level. Firstly their reservation system doesn't work. Refused both my Visa and MC, but both cards working fine with other merchants. Then they made a reservation for me manually said they would hold for me until 8pm. While I was 5 minutes away at 7:11pm they cancelled. Shame to this hotel. No ethics.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from AnayJuanYCL, Propietario at Yaba Chigui Lodge
Responded Feb 28, 2020
It was very unfortunate we could not meet Mr.rseg99’s needs but his account of facts is incomplete. Even though we have two different secure online payment processing systems (2checkout and Paypal) and we can also be found on Booking and Expedia, in his case he could not complete the payment of his reservation not because of his credit cards but because of a technical problem. Given this, as he recognizes, we made a reservation for him manually. We are also sorry to know Mr. rseg99 considered us to be incompetent at every level, even though we emailed him seven times with general information and extra details regarding his reservation. Furthermore, we attended his request to have an early check-in (9-11 AM) because he insisted, he needed to sleep. We offered to store his luggage and prioritize the cleaning of his room. The room was ready before the regular check-in hour (2 PM), and as promised we immediately phoned him to let him know. Since we did not get an answer, we also emailed him. After not hearing from him almost all day, we tried to reach him at another hotel we understood he had booked in the area. Through them, at almost 5 PM, we were informed Mr. rseg99 would check-in around 6 - 6:30 PM. Since he did not show up, past 6:30 PM, we contacted him again via email to let him know that the latest we could wait was 8 PM. His reply implied pushing once again his check-in to a later time, 9 PM. Last, he mentioned they were a party of three, when the reservation was made for two (in a room that has double occupancy). At this moment, we cancelled the reservation based on our policies and principles. While we appreciate open and direct feedback, and take it very seriously; we do not accept rude and disrespectful treatment towards our employees.
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Josie wrote a review Nov 2019
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
We really enjoyed our two night stay at Yaba Chigui. Ana and Juan, the Costa Rican couple who live and run the B&B, are very warm and welcoming hosts. They really made us feel at home, and gave us great tips for how to spend our time in the area, including a highlight visit to the Whale's Tail at sunset. We stayed in the Cabecar room which was lovely. It has a modern, intelligent design with a clever use of space, and the room always felt light and airy despite the humid environment. The bed was enormous and comfy, and it faced the wide windows overlooking the forest and river below. Such a nice view to wake up to! Our room also featured both an indoor (hot) shower, an outdoor shower and a balcony. We had space to hang our clothes, and a hairdryer. The breakfasts were delicious. One day we had a Mexican style egg dish with homemade tortilla, sunny side up eggs and different sauces. The next day we had an Indian-Costa Rican fusion version of Chapati bread with delicious raita yoghurt. Juan also went to the effort of explaining the dishes which added a nice personal touch. Plus, each day we had fresh fruits, juice and delicious European style bread with jam. The pool has salt water instead of chlorine which is much better for the skin. I loved having an evening swim in the pool - very calming, and the water had been warmed by the sun throughout the day so it was a very pleasant temperature. Highly recommend for a couple!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from AnayJuanYCL, Owner at Yaba Chigui Lodge
Responded Mar 26, 2020
Dear J0siePhina, First, our apologies for such a delayed response. Reading your review, written so nicely and detailed, is very fulfilling. It also reminds us of all those little details we may sometimes take for granted due to the daily routine, but were of such importance to complete your experience. We have fond memories of your time with us and hope you are well. Best, Ana & Juan
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Radu B wrote a review Oct 2019
Bucharest, Romania51 contributions2 helpful votes
Ana and Juan are a lovely couple that have built a little piece of heaven and are very happy to share it with their guests! We greatly appreciated that the family is highly dedicated to sustainable tourism. Our cabin was beautifully designed and very welcoming. Everything was perfect down to the smallest details. We loved having the view of the nearby creek from our bed and going to sleep with the sound of water. The breakfasts at Yaba Chigui were a delight! Each morning brought a new delicious surprise. Juan and Ana also offered us valuable information about the available activities in the area depending on the time of day, tides and weather conditions and spared no effort to make our stay perfect. Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled
Response from AnayJuanYCL, Owner at Yaba Chigui Lodge
Responded Jan 29, 2020
Dear radub118, It is wonderful to read that your experience in the lodge and Ojochal's surroundings was unforgettable for you. Sustainable tourism is an ongoing effort and we are grateful to know it is appreciated even in the smallest details. Warm regards from Ojochal, Ana & Juan
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Frequently Asked Questions about Yaba Chigui Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Yaba Chigui Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Playa Ventanas (2.6 miles), Cascada El Pavon (1.5 miles), and Stam Café (0.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Yaba Chigui Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Yaba Chigui Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Yaba Chigui Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Yaba Chigui Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bamboo Room, Citrus, and Restaurant Exotica.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Yaba Chigui Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Yaba Chigui Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Ojochal.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Yaba Chigui Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.