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South of Turrubares, Carara 60111 Costa Rica
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#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Carara
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Macaw Lodge is an authentic Ecolodge, ideal for yoga retreats, bird watching (neighbors Carara National Park), nature lovers, bird photography, mountain biking. Friendly atmosphere run by local people, owned by Costa Ricans. Macaw Lodge is located in the Central Pacific of San Jose Providence; just an hour drive from Jaco Beach.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Yoga room
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Picnic area
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Room features
Private balcony
Private bathrooms
Bath / shower
Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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A P wrote a review Mar 2020
London87 contributions60 helpful votes
Macaw Lodge is in a really stunning location with the cabins all spread out. The one we had was a bit of a trek away from the lodge but it had a great view as a result. The trails on site are good for a variety of birds and it's good to have a river close by. It was incredible hot while we were there - very muggy, so be aware. It was also very noisy at night bizarely (blame the cicades in the trees around us). I get the impression this would be a popular location for dedicated birders.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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henp744 wrote a review Mar 2020
Esbjerg, Denmark1 contribution
Our trip to Macaw lodge was a big surprise - positively. Fantastic natur - good service and a friendly . It was possibel to attend tours in the surrounding - Our cabin was located to a small lake - We could sit on the balcony and look at the birds and listen to FRogs - monkeys and cikades.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Rosie G wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions
Macaw Lodge is a truly special place and hopefully one we will return to in the future. Due to its remote setting the journey to macaw lodge was a little bumpy, our driver informed us they often call the roads a “costa rican massage for tourists!!” However don’t let this put you off as the scenery was amazing and it was well worth the drive into the mountains. The setting of the main lodge overlooking the ponds was beautiful and alive with lots of different birds including hummingbirds. A lot of thought has been put into making the lodge eco friendly and sustainable. All the staff were friendly and inviting and made our stay very pleasant. Most of the food served is grown on the farm and we had lots of lovely meals, a personal favourite being the chocolate ice cream made with the cocoa beans from the farm. As well as enjoying the serenity, the grounds and ponds are absolutely full of wildlife and we enjoyed visiting the natural and refreshing waterfall and natural pool whilst exploring the gardens and trials. We joined the bird watching tour, cocoa tour and the sustainability tour during our stay and our guide, Hugo was exceptional. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the wildlife and sustainability was incredible and he went above and beyond to answer all our questions and to help us spot the scarlet macaws, a major reason for our visit to Costa Rica. Seeing how the ecotourism and the cocoa agroforests all linked together was fascinating and the chocolate we sampled was delicious! For our room we chose to have a private bungalow in the grounds away from the main lodge which I would definitely recommend for extra tranquility. The rooms have a mesh rather than glass windows so we really got the feeling of being in the jungle! It was quite humid but cooled down nicely overnight! Overall, a genuinely amazing place to visit either to relax, enjoy the wildlife or to get involved with lots of different tours.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Pay the small amount extra for a private bungalow in the grounds
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Verulam wrote a review Mar 2020
United Kingdom182 contributions135 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night, as part of a small tour group. The lodge is quite remote, for while it is only 15 miles or so from the main coast road, it takes around an hour in either direction, much of it over steep, bumpy dirt roads (4 wheel drive not essential, but preferable). Once there, it is a lovely setting, with lush gardens, pond and forest, and a profusion of bird life. You can get a plan of the walking trails from reception Our room was simple but large, with just insect screening in the windows rather than glass, so noise carries easily between the rooms. Our bathroom was excellent, with plenty of shelf space, and a really good spacious shower. It was nice to have coffee available through the day in the lobby, and breakfast was simple but good. The quality of the food at dinner was, though, a little disappointing the evening we were there. All the staff were friendly and very helpful
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Date of stay: February 2020
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jvermeer2020 wrote a review Mar 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
It took a while to get there but it's worth all. Beautiful gardens and wood. Good place to spot birds and walk around on the trails. It is possible to have guided tours. Learn about chocolate and wildlife. Or just sit and enjoy.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Have a cabin in the woods. Wake up with nature.
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$129 - $197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of San JoseCarara
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Frequently Asked Questions about Macaw Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Macaw Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls (4.9 miles) and Catarata Bijagual (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Macaw Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Macaw Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Macaw Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Macaw Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a yoga room during their stay.
Does Macaw Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Macaw Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Macaw Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Is Macaw Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.