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Ashford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on a bird watching trip from Playa Conchal with Oliver Esquivel, who we have used previously. Prior to getting to the lodge there is some superb birding to be done on the road leading to the lodge. Once at the lodge it was off round the trail, the paths are very well maintained and the 3 hanging bridges are...

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Florida
Reviewed October 3, 2016

We chose this lodge to be close to the Rio Celeste. The website indicated there were ceiling fans ... no fans and you couldn't open the windows and door for all the bugs. We reserved two of the Superior Cabanas ... upon checking in, one of the cabanas had dirty towels on the floor and the beds were unmade. Lucky...

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Reviewed August 29, 2016

This is a rustic hotel. There is no TV nor WiFi in the rooms. It is very clean and has great views of Lake Nicaragua. The trails seem pretty well kept and the hanging bridges are great. Stayed there with my son and we both had a great experience.

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Reviewed August 18, 2016

We stayed 2 nights at the hotel with our 2 children. The bedrooms are spacious and the view amazing. Be careful to close the window properly during the day or monkeys will come and mess with your luggage! The ecolodge is nice, people very helpful, and the restaurant good. The only thing is that we had to choose the meal...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed July 18, 2016

...is an experience like no other. My wife and I arrived there after spending the morning at Volcan Tenorio. It was around 1 pm. I was starving so we went straight to the person in charge of the lodge and order two Casados with meat (one beef and one pork). Food was excellent. After that, we paid $17 each to...

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Reviewed July 14, 2016

I did not stay at the hotel but spend an enjoyable day there looking at their grounds. We had lunch in the restaurant and WOW. It was INCREDIBLE. Totally fresh, glorious food you might get at an organic spa. The vegetarian plate (I asked for this, it is not on the menu) has beans, rice, sqash saute, hearts of palm...

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Los Angeles
Reviewed July 5, 2016

We did not stay at the lodge but we hiked their fabulous hanging bridges trail. What an amazing find! It was pouring rain but that didn't stop us from seeing a sloth in the beautiful rainforest. We felt like we were in the true Costa Rica! We only saw one other group of people on our hike (some American students...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed May 25, 2016

We didn't stay in the lodge but the view from there is amazing and the grounds are beautiful. We took the loop with the 3 hanging bridges. The view from the hanging bridges is incredible and is worth the 1h 45 min drive one way that we did to get to the lodge. We've seen other hanging bridges including the...

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Costa Rica
Reviewed May 4, 2016

Like other reviewers, we didn't stay at the lodge, but only came to do the hiking on the Hanging Bridges Trail. This is a wonderful nature walk that is relatively easy on very well-maintained natural trails (about 1.5 hours if you go at a relaxed pace and really . You will cross 3 very long and very high hanging bridges...

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed January 4, 2016

The Waze the hotel provides is wrong, it made us drive an additional 20 miles to a dangerous location, the first night they gave us the wrong room (A cheaper one), it was full of bugs and had a nest of giant wasps in the balcony, the restaurant doesn't have trained staff, no one was on the front desk after...

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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest a magnificent unspoilt tropical destination set in the foothills of Tenorio Volcano close to Rio Celeste in Northern Costa Rica. Located between Miravalles Volcano and Tenorio Volcano, our eco-lodge offers spectacular views over the town of Bijagua and Lake Nicaragua offering you the opportunity to experience eco-tourism and nature at its finest. Here you will find a quiet and peaceful atmosphere that provides an opportunity to explore the incredible biodiversity in over 73 hectares of rainforest in our protected private reserve which adjoins Tenorio Volcano National Park. Completely owned and managed by Costa Ricans we are proud to be pioneers of tourism in the Tenorio and Upala region, engaging in eco-tourism for over fifteen years. We are committed to sustainable development and provide opportunities of employment and development for members of our community whilst sharing our knowledge and traditions with visitors from all over the world. Today, the most important activities of the lodge are the ones that help visitors understand the incredible natural beauty found here.More than 300 species of birds have been identified in the immediate area of Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest including five species of toucans and eighteen species of hummingbirds. The Ornate Hawk Eagle, Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo and Tody Motmot can also be found in our private reserve as well as an enormous variety of insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Naturally an incredible diversity of flora is found here. We are your gateway for exploring the local region including the spectacular Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park. Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest offers you the opportunity to:Discover the incredible beauty of lush primary tropical rainforest and transition forest with more than 5km of trails extending though our 73 hectares of protected rainforest.Observe birds, butterflies and bromeliads of the forest canopy from our spectacular suspension bridges with our specialized bilingual guides during the day or night! Explore the mesmerizing beauty of Rio Celeste in the Tenorio Volcano National Park on horseback, with its breathtaking celestial waterfall, lagoon and natural hot springs. Take a tour of the local area including an organic farm, butterfly garden, Bijagua waterfall and the tallest tree in the region.Plant trees with our local youth cooperative (see community page) in order to offset your carbon emissions and engage in carbon neutral tourism. Do a day tour to Cano Negro, Palo Verde or Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Discover the thermal springs of Volcano Miravalles or go rafting in the Corobici River.Or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking view from Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest from your balcony or the restaurant. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Heliconias Lodge

Address: | 3 km southeast of the Bijagua Highschool, Bijagua de Upala 21304, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Bijagua de Upala
Price Range: $79 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Heliconias Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Heliconias Hotel Bijagua De Upala
Heliconias Lodge Costa Rica/Bijagua De Upala
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“Only went on the Nature Trail”
 of 5 bubbles Perek24, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Avoid any cabana on stilts ... the floors are wood with large gaps between the planks allowing all sorts of creatures to crawl in your beds.”
 of 5 bubbles FibroJo, Oct 3, 2016 | Read review
“Easy nature hike for families with 3 suspended bridges in the rain forest near Papagayo”
 of 5 bubbles BTortella, Jan 2, 2016 | Read review
“Bungalows on the N side have view over Bijagua and Volcan Tenorio with Nicaragua in the distance. From the terraces of bungalows 7-8 we observed Toucans, Picaflores, Monkeys.”
 of 5 bubbles justinod68, Apr 12, 2015 | Read review
“If you have much luggage (as we usually do), it's best to try to get a room close to the parking lot.”
 of 5 bubbles GregoryM785, Aug 30, 2013 | Read review
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