This is a beautiful relaxing place in a remote location. The lodge and reserve,a non profit making family business, is run by family members who couldn’t be nicer. They work hard and are always smiling, nothing is too much trouble.The food was great and a good price, the place is clean with tastefully decorated rooms. We stayed in the rooms slightly down the hill, only a short walk away but if you have mobility issues it might not be for you although staff are on hand to take you and your luggage up and down by buggy. Lots of lovely walks throughout with an abundant of wildlife. A pool or hot tub would be a great addition. We loved this place, one of the nicest during our whole trip around Costa Rica.
The trails are amazing, the staff are so kind and hospitable, the food is absolutely delicious. The mountain water is so fresh and clean - best I've ever tasted! We stayed in a Garden Cabin, and loved it. They are a little older, but spotlessly clean and so well maintained. It's quite impressive the amenities that you have at hand in this remote mountain location. Discover the town if you have time, there's lots to see and do....just be ready to hike like a champ - the inclines are a great workout!
We can’t say enough about Talamanca Nature Reserve. Friends had recommended it, but advised us to stay longer than the 3 nights that they did. Are we ever glad we did. It was one of the most relaxing and invigorating weeks we have spent in years. We are not veteran hikers, but were happy to exert and challenge ourselves on seemingly unlimited paths through tropical rainforest, gaining and losing hundreds of metres of elevation. In between walks, hanging out at the restaurant meant non-stop bird activity in the garden, with exceptional service. Every staff member went out of their way to make sure we were looked after. We stayed long enough (8 nights) to have a huge variety of hiking and walking experiences. By starting early several mornings, we got to enjoy the forest waking up. Over the week, we identified more than 50 bird species, most of them completely new to us. We stayed 6 nights in the Mountain House, with a lot of space to spread out. The upside of this was that we were so much closer to some of the more spectacular scenery. The downside was that it’s 800 metres up a steep path from the restaurant. This generally worked well, although walking home after dinner was a slow process, not only because of the climb, but also because of the fascinating bugs to look at along the way. For our last two nights, we stayed in a Garden cabin, not as deluxe, but easier at the end of the day. An absolute must is a guided ATV tour up to the old forest, where the trees are whole ecosystems, epiphytes winding up and around, bromeliads perched on every branch. Truly breathtaking. The many established tropical gardens offer real insight to all those North American houseplants: seeing them in their natural environment is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Basic things: very fast internet, excellent coffee, all-day breakfast. Dinner specials included more food than we sometimes wanted, but soup and salad more than enough. Entire place is clean and comfortable. It’s the tropics, so up early, exercise, siesta, walk, dinner, early night. Repeat. Enjoy!…
We stayed two nights in a riverside cabin. Room is a bit basic but comfortable extra pillows and hairdryer available if needed. It’s a 5 min walk down to the main reception and restaurant and you can hear the river all night so perhaps pick a garden cabin if heating running water makes you want the loo! Dinner was lovely and breakfast was cooked when you arrived. No choice on breakfast but scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and pancakes were very good. Guided walks are available but remember it’s all uphill but worth going on at least one. The gardens around the lodge are very nice and there is lots of birdlife by the main house. Staff very friendly and helpful
From the moment you arrive at Talamanca Nature Reserve, you are welcomed and pampered by Kenneth, Gina and the rest of the staff. Meals are delicious, beds comfortable, hiking options are rigorous or relaxed, gardens fascinating and the birds are glorious! The ecotourism effort is admirable and the frogs and birds sound happy!