The Talamanca reserve is located 1 kilometer from the entrance of the Chirripo national park, and is in my opinion the best option to stay at if you want to go hiking into the national park. There is a hostel closer by, but that offers less quality and service. The Talamanca reserve has however it's own hiking trails, of which some are very beautiful and challenging. It also includes some of the primary forest.
The cabins itself are basic. I booked the new cabin. The bed is quite hard, and there is no air conditioning. The 'riverside cabins' don't provide a view on the riverside. You can hear it though! In my room I could hear both the clatter of the small waterfall nearby and the stream of the river. I liked both a lot. Internet is not available in the cabins.
The lobby is a few hundred meters from the new cabins (the old cabins are more adjacent to it). The people who run the place call it the ‘living room’, and I can see why. It has some nice and cosy corners (including a fireplace). It altogether breaths a nice atmosphere. The food was very good, and non-fat. They have some nice steaks, and also a menu that changes every day. The service was excellent. Very friendly, and very much ‘according the rules’.
Initially we intended to stay only 2 days, but we changed it to 4. If I had more time, I would have stayed much longer. I surely can recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome To The Cloud Forest! Come See The Ten Fabulous Waterfalls of Talamanca. Over 4,000 acres of tropical forest in the mountains, at the foot of Central America's highest mountain, Mt.Chirripo, and the Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica. Miles and miles of inexplicable Beauty. Hiking tours to any of our Ten Waterfalls are available. For people who like to hike, we have different trails that take you to each of our ten waterfalls. You will see an extraordinary variety of flora. We also have verry comfortable accommodations; Cabins, Tours, Internet, and excellent restaurant and bar. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Talamanca Reserve Costa Rica/San Gerardo