At times like this I wish I were a better writer so I could find the words to share what an exceptional destination we found at the Chachagua Rainforest Hotel. We spent a week there with our six year old and it was absolute heaven.
The hotel was everything we had hoped for. the grounds were lush and beautifully maintained. The staff, especially Ariel, Nacho and Jimmy at the restuarant were so friendly. We speak no spanish, but we had a blast trying to use our limited vocabulary with them, and they were very patient with us and spoke English well enough to understand everything we needed. We did a horseback ride there, fantastic. We had two nature walks with Christian, who is perhaps the hotel's best asset. He is a true naturalist, and we delighted in his tales of the rainforest and animals and he was almost like a professor, educating us about the region, sustainable farming and the lifecycle of the rainforest. If you want to teach your kids about the environment, you need to come here. Our son loved wandering the grounds, from the pool to the farm animals to just looking out our window and seeing a sloth in the trees. The food was great, we just loved the hotel. I know folks have mentioned the rocky road. It's somewhat rocky, but visitors should know many roads in Costa Rica are in this condition. Most places we went involved rocky roads and alos completely unpaved roads. At least the rocky ones stay dry in the rain. And though they are bumpy, the cobblestone streets in downtown NY are in at least as poor condition.
The area is great. We easily took day trips to the Arenal volcano, hiked the waterfall at La Fortuna, had a great morning fishing lake Arenal courtesy of a hook up from the hotel. The kitchen staff cooked our catch for dinner! There is a ton to see and do right there. We drove to a wildlife refuge 1/2 hour or so from the hotel where you can volunteer with animals call Project Asis, enjoyed the Paradise Hot Springs, the whole trip was just great. We like having a car, I would suggest renting one. But its all up to you. The hotel staff is there for as much or as little as you need. We saw tons of birds there and lizards, so bring your binoculars!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place to surpass your expectations of a positive interaction with the rain forest, pampered by the friendliest local staff and with fantastic organic food production highlighted with extraordinary cuisine. Rest and relax or experience all you want. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chachagua Rainforest Hotel And Hacienda