My wife and I stayed in the Observatorio last week and it was the most amazing experience I have ever had in nature. From the hike in to the climb up the tree to the guided hike the following morning, everything was perfect. Peter hiked in a pizza for us for lunch, let me tell you that having pizza delivery this deep in the jungle is a thing to behold.
As everyone else has already mentioned, the place is amazing. You are on a beautifully designed, completely open observation platform, in the canopy of a primary rainforest. Nothing else could compare. The actual lodging there is quite nice as well, from the hammocks and beanbags to lounge in to the super comfy (tempurpedic?) mattress. Getting up to the tree shouldn't be a problem for anyone even modestly in shape, my 6 month pregnant wife made it up the ropes twice with no issues.
You can come here for a day trip or stay the night, opt for the lattter... Leaving before nightfall would be such a bummer as spending the night in the canopy is not a thing to be missed. Before we booked we thought it sounded expensive but after staying there and experiencing it all, this was an absolute bargain compared to some of the other places and things you can spend your money on in CR.
Peter and his team have a real and deep passion for saving this unique rainforest and it shows in everything they do. It was truly remarkable to see what they have done to save the land so far and I look forward to visiting again in the future. On top of it, Peter takes all the money from the Observatorio and is using it to buy and protect additional primary rainforest before the loggers or banana barons get to it. While we normally don't like to visit the same place twice, we are already plotting our return to the Observatorio.
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