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Selva Bananito Lodge

San Pedro, Cahuita Costa Rica
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#1 of 58 Specialty lodging in Cahuita
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English, French, Spanish, German
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
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Shuttle bus service
Mosquito net
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San Pedro, Cahuita Costa Rica
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport78 miSee all flights
Limon Airport10 miSee all flights
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Sue F wrote a review Mar 2020
Stroud, United Kingdom85 contributions37 helpful votes
A n experience from the moment you meet the truck from the lodge to the time you pick up your car again. The access is along a dusty winding dirt track to a secure parking place where you transfer to the lodge's truck to traverse a river and more dirt roads. The ecolodge comprises of small cabins which are spacious with large balconies with hammocks which are ideal for birdwatching. The place uses very little energy although there are lights and a fan in the rooms which also have a fresh water cistern for drinking water. Recycling is paramount and solar panels are used for electricity and hot water. All meals are provided and are very good. There is a communal dining room that is lit by candle light by night. Jurgen the owner gives talks in the evening to explain the ethos behind Selva Bananito which are inspiring. Their aim is to educate and inspire people to appreciate the primary and secondary rainforests and to back efforts to maintain this vital resource There are a number of activities available as well as self guided trails around the grounds. The stuff were amazingly knowledgeable and provided the best guided walks we had in three weeks in Costa Rica. The staff are all friendly, helpful and welcoming. Harvey and Alan were great guides we only stayed two nights but would have loved to stay for longer. Definitely a place to return to. We loved it
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Date of stay: February 2020
RItraveler13 wrote a review Mar 2020
17 contributions10 helpful votes
When you drive to a lot and have to wait for a truck to pick you up to cross a river to get to your cabin, that's remote and this is what you want in Costa Rica! It's a place that was once a banana plantation turned palm plantation and turning back into primary and secondary rain forest/jungle. Very educational, exciting, as adventurous as you want it to be. A must visit when in CR! A true appreciation and respect for the forest. Harvey is a great guide!
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Date of stay: November 2019
WorthingFranni wrote a review Jan 2020
Worthing, United Kingdom32 contributions9 helpful votes
At first I was a bit cross about this place. An eleven km “ride” in a truck along an extremely rutted and wild track introduces you to the lodge. The organisation is chaotic, all the guides were away or ill. But...... the staff are utterly delightful, we had a temporary guide who took us on an 8km hike through the rainforest in TORRENTIAL rain and taught us things and showed us things I will remember forever. We slept in a lovely lodge looking down the hill. We shared with lizards and a bat. There are mosquito nets so you don’t have to get too intimate. We were woken by the howler monkeys and the orapendulas. I was persuaded to go on a horse trek. I’m 63 and have never sat on a horse in my life. If you get the chance to go here - do and definitely go on one of those wonderful, clever, patient horses. The food is fresh and healthy - there is no choice but it’s all very good. This is an exceptional place, you will go to more comfortable and better organised hotels and they will definitely have better access. But you may never love one as much as we loved this place.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Karen O wrote a review Jan 2020
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom68 contributions22 helpful votes
This is a fabulous get away from it all place. A fully functional Eco lodge that tries to recycle waste and uses very little energy. It's only accessible by 4x4 as you cross several small rivers to get to it. We had to stay an extra night as unseasonably high rain fall caused these rivers to swell. The lodge owners looked after us so well, and made sure we were fed well and kept safe. They got us to our onward hotels the next day safely in a massive high wheeled transporter.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Susan M wrote a review Dec 2019
Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica66 contributions13 helpful votes
From the moment you arrive you are treated like family . The journey to the lodge is an experience in itself . The lodges themselves are beautiful and comfortable. The shower was lovely and hot . There is limited electricity but sitting on the balcony with no light and watching fire flies makes everything worth it . It was so nice not to have to use your phone and dress down and get back to nature. The conservation that is happening here is so enlightening and worth while . The food was delicious and that comes from a very fussy eater . The guides are great so helpful and informative. If you get the chance go in the gyrocopter the views are amazing and it’s not scary at all. Juergen and Isabelle were great hosts and We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The only negativity was a group who tried to dominate every meal and every guide but that can happen any where . I definitely want to come back here with my grand children when they are old enough !
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$102 - $440 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Selva Bananito Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Selva Bananito Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Selva Bananito Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Selva Bananito Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Selva Bananito Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.