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Chachagua Rainforest Eco Lodge
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

First, let me be clear. You will see birds at Chachagua Rainforest Hotel. Full frontal. Yellow, red, blue, mottled green and yellow, big bill, waddling, darting like missiles, hovering, diving. Hey, it's Costa Rica.

Still, even if you can see birds everywhere, and even if you don't really need a private balcony facing terrific birding locations, some of us like to know as much as we can about the view options. A room's important, especially for its covered porch where we can sink into the hammock with our binoculars, or settle into a leather rocking chair. And depending on its view, we can add to the life list without straying much from the porch.

So here's some information on the situation and views from each of the bungalows and nine hotel rooms.

First the hotel rooms, 301 - 502.. The cheapest accommodation option, these rooms each have one big picture window and air conditioning and are a bit smaller than the bungalows. Also, you don't have a private balcony. There are three buildings on a hill above the restaurant, each with four, three and two rooms respectively which can be interconnected for families. The buildings have a covered porch running the length with a bench for each unit. You can set up your tripod here and just sit and wait although you share this space with the neighbours.

301-304 are situated so that your view is directly into a grove of palm shrubs. If you're lucky, you might see a small, venomous viper disguised as one of its leaves.

401, 402, 403 have a good open view down the hill but overlook a parking lot as well. You still have a lot of open space to observe birds flitting about the fruit trees.

501, 502 have a big tree directly in front that may be helpful in attracting birds at close range. There is also a good long view of the huge trees against the sky on the far edge of the property and therefore good for a telephoto lens on a tripod set up on the porch.

Now the bungalows: These are generally the same but some will have two double beds and other a single queen or king bed. Two of them however 114 and 112 have a jacuzzi and are more luxurious and priced accordingly.

There are four bungalows (201-204) grouped in an L-shape off a side path from the restaurant. 204 and 203 face the woods and you have a strong rushing water sound all the time from the river. If you like the white noise, these are for you. Regarding birding, since you're close to the woods here, it's a bit dark, and less opportunity for fly-bys. The upside is that they are away from other bungalows and quiet.

Note however that 204 is directly next to the restaurant. Most times the music is a soft blend of new age and fusion guitar but a few times it perks up.

201 is my favourite bungalow. The view is a long one down the side of the hill to the stream. You can sit there all day watching birds.

There are three bungalows on the side of the hill that abut the main walking path to the Lobby and therefore will be more active: 101, 102, 103. Bungalow 103 has the benefit of a good view down the hill but it's busy here.

105 has an excellent open view down the hill.

The luxury bungalow 114 is the best for view and privacy. It's on the far edge of the bungalows and it has both a short and long view, big sky, and full view of the far away ridge. Set your telescope lens here.

115 the long view is blocked by some big trees however the resident guide tells us that there is a good sized green basilisky lizard (Jesus Christ Lizard) that lives in these trees. 112 has a good long view.

109, 111 have lovely views down the hill to the river. In February-March, a huge yellow poui tree is in full flower and this tree is next to bungalow 109. The bird activity is frantic.

107 is dark since it faces a strand of shady trees. However you could luck out still because there's a wooden railing running this part of the walkway and birds enjoy hanging out there when it's quiet.

104, 106, 108, 110, 112 all look at the back of other bungalows although there's lots of small tree planting to attract birds for the short view.

116 is the worst situation as its in the middle of a cluster of bungalows.

Having said all of the above, and identified the various view aspects of the accommodation, it really doesn't matter. You'll see lots of birds on the property, everywhere. It's delightful.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We stayed here with our five month old boy, my sister's family and her two children and their grandmother. We each had lodges right next to eachother which was convenient. The hotel is a bit off the road but its worth it. Not quite the rainforest advertised but more like an hacienda. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Our flight was delayed and with the 2.5 hour drive from San Jose, we arrived at 11pm. The staff were waiting for us with flashlights and gave us our room key.

The hotel is set on a farm. We were invited to see the livestock which was a treat. There is even a resident puppy named Canela who was very cute.

There are lots of tree and tropical birds like tucans were everywhere. We loved being near the river as well. It made evenings very tranquil to hear that river.

We loved this place and will go back. I don't remember having rested so well.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Fernando B
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natguide, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Chachagua Rainforest Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2012

Thank you very much!
Your family and you are the most important reason to keep improving our service and acommodations.
We hope to have you here again.
Pura vida!

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This was place was heaven. . It is a out of the way place but so worth the experience. The property was beautiful and tranquil. The food was amazing.. I loved it.. The staff was amazing and the bungalows were awesome!!! I will be back..

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank katloveszumba83
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natguide, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Chachagua Rainforest Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2012

And we love you!

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

I love this place. It's absolutely amazing. Waking up every morning to the sound of birds singing can't be beat. The property, right in the middle of the rainforest is lush and rustic. The staff is amazing, they're all incredibly friendly. The food was wonderful - incredibly fresh.And Cristian - well, what can I say? His knowledge and dedication is awesome. We did some walks together (a night walk is a must), and he pointed out stuff I never would have seen.

We stayed in one of the cabanas - definitely worth it, especially traveling with a little one. The local area is just chock full of great stuff to do and things to explore. Simply put - I can't wait to go back.

For more pics, please feel free to visit my photostream:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sparkstalker/sets/72157631995696653/with/8206460237/

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Three or four days here is nowhere near enough time to truly experience this area.The hotel itself is unrivaled in regards to service and attention to detail but its the backdrop that is unsurpassable.Set amist the cloud forest and infused by wildlife its an area that words cannot.......
The eco feeling can be felt and seen throughout(on site stables and gardens) and what is trying to be accomplished by the hotel is definetly present....complete senerity!!
The staff are great and service better but we did not go here for that,we went for the jungle,we were not disappointed.The biologist Christian is amazing,he and I had a great time together and talked about every and anything,he has a great vision for the future of the area and I hope he suceeds!
Please visit this area but please treat nature as it is supposed to be treated,with admiration..

Room Tip: The villas closer to river and rainforest are excellent
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank TAT2011
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natguide, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Chachagua Rainforest Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Thank you very much!
We are glad knowing that you had fun in Chachagua Rainforest!!!!!!!
See you soon!

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