We traveled to Costa Rica at the end of May. After a night in San Jose we flew to Puerto Jiminez then took the bus to Suital. The bus ride was unexpectedly pleasant and dirt cheap. We used the bus again and were very pleased on another leg of the trip. We arrived to the complete serenity of the lodge mid-afternoon. Carlos greeted us with Osa, the lodge dog (we met her daughter Canela later) after Osa had noted our arrival. He introduced us to our cabin (blue--farthest from the dining/gathering area and great view into the jungle), told us when dinner was (always 6:30) and what we were having (fish, if that was OK with us as the other--just 3--had indicated that was fine). Within an hour we were out of our cabin and on the trails. Within minutes we'd seen things we'd never seen before--leaf cutter ants, pale billed woodpeckers, toucans, hummingbirds that are never seen on the US east coast, plants, flowers, just amazing! Dinner was absolutely fantastic--corvina in a light, slightly spicey tomato/onion sauce. Our time on the deck of our cabin before and after dinner was wonderful--just no other way to put it--both nights we were there. Breakfasts were great too--we didn't do lunch, just snacked until dinner and that was fine.
Our fellow guests--2 from Switzerland and one Swiss ex pat from San Jose--were great company and we enjoyed their company at dinner. I suspect in this environment you'd have a great time with just about anyone because it is all about what you did and what you saw. All of it is puncuated with Carlos' insights and experiences. He is a wonderful host, extremely nice, polite, interesting--all you could ask for!
We gave this 5 stars because it was precisely what we'd hoped for. We were wet, dirty and sweaty within minutes of our arrival and that is just what we'd hoped for! We watched bats fly in and out of our window, slept under mosquito netting and drank the warm beer/booze we brough from Puerto Jiminez. We were left alone but never ignored. We had a fantastic place to stay in the jungle. We would go back in a heartbeat!
The trails throughout the property are just unbelievable. We saw all kinds of birds and other wildlife. Pretty much every step of the trails there was something new. We also got our first glimpse of the howler monkeys here. If you don't have a great time here then it is simply not your kind of place. But if you like a great adventure with some great food and company (oh, and hot water shower!) then this is absolutely the right destination!
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- Suital Lodge Costa Rica/Osa Peninsula