My wife likes to sleep late so I was expecting her to be annoyed when the howler monkeys woke us up at 5:30. I didn't say anything, then she turned to me and said "Isn't that wonderful?" Yes, it was, but everything was wonderful at Aninga Lodge. The excursion started long before we got to the lodge. As soon as we had been picked up at our hotel in San José the friendly guide started giving us lots of information about Costa Rica, its landscapes, weather, agriculture and wildlife. After 90 minutes we pulled in to a private restaurant for breakfast and got to see our first sloth in the bushes nearby. What an experience! A further 90 minutes on we arrived at La Pavona from where the narrow boats embark for Tortuguero. The trip down the swirling river was one of the highlights of CR: lush vegetation, a water snake, several cayman basking by the shore and SO many birds. There was nothing about Aninga that we didn’t like: comfortable, clean cabin; friendly, helpful staff; excellent food; superb organisation. However, the best thing of all is the location — there are no roads, so no cars — absolute peace except for the distant roar of the Caribbean, the monkeys and the birds. You can’t walk very far but you don’t need to. Just strolling around the spacious grounds of the two adjacent lodges, Aninga & Pachira we got to see sloths, monkeys, toucans taking a bath, hummingbirds, a snake coiled up in a tree, large blue crabs and see (but mostly hear) all sorts of different birds. We added on an extra day (#3) so I got to do the walk (with guide) up the only hill in the area, the remains of a long-extinct volcano and we treated ourselves to a relaxing massage that afternoon. Our thanks go to all of the staff but especially to Lucy, our guide and Hancy, the skipper who both knew exactly where all the animals would be waiting for us. I didn’t wan’t to leave and if ever we make it back to Tortuguero, we wouldn’t stay anywhere else. Perfect!…
Beautiful immaculate charming rainforest cabanas, excellent guided trips, delicious meals and drinks. This was a high quality wilderness experience all the way through with a great deal of attention to small details to create a 5 star experience! This is a mid range property, not luxury but a 5 star experience none the less.
The individual cottages are lovely and private located in the rain forest but elevated to avoid damaging the ecosystem. The staff was very helpful and our guide Lily was knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. Pick up and drop off was very chaotic and there was a lot of hurry up and wait so be prepared. The place you depart from charges a buck to use the bathroom, they have a captive audience.
Staying in a Lodge in the rainforest? What's not to love? A very well run part of our tour - everything ran like clockwork and staff were excellent. The pool and grounds were superb, lots of amazing wildlife at your door (and waking you up in the night). Mosquito / bug protection was excellent. We used the spa which was fantastic too. A fantastic part of our trip.
The stay at Aninga was just fantastic for a jungle experience. Our guide Geraldo was excellent. Not only well organized but very knowledgeable and personable. The food was good and all the staff considerate and helpful. They treated us all with respect and it was very easy for English speaking people. We had a local sloth who kept us company.