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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“What am amazing place and lifetime experience”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Stayed here with my brother for 3 nights at the end of a sixteen day tour of Costa Rica. I cannot praise this property, all the staff, rooms, food, grounds, surroundings, location, incredible wildlife, beautiful scenery and organised activities highly enough. Outstanding service and friendliness from everyone (Bar and restaurant team unbeatable). incredible knowledge of guides, we had Leo and Jacob (thank you), Pilots of boats wow!!!!! I thought the Royal Navy were good.

I will be back with more of my family.

Costa Rica and its people are incredible. Thank you so much.

Mark Smith UK

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
I'm happy thay Mark and his brother had such an excellent stay with us and I hope he comes back with the rest of his family someday [I hope he has a big family]. I'll pass on the comment about the Royal Navy to the captains of our boats, I'm sure they'll like it. Steven Lill / owner
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We had high expectations for the visit at the Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. Since the hotel is very high priced we expected a professional setting. This was unfortunately not the case. The staff had poor professional knowledge. We were happy to leave the place again after two nights. The only really outstanding experience was the tour at the national parque with the very competent quide Gabriel. Even though its a special place its not worth the money the money.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
I'm sorry that these guests were not completely happy with all of the details during ther stay with us, but I am glad that they enjoyed their guide and the location. Steven Lill / owner
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Did the three day package which included full board, half day trip to Cano Island and private beach, full day hike and morning bird watching. We stayed at 7 places during our 15 day trip in Costa Rica and this was overall one of our two favourite places.

If its possible to squeeze it into your itinerary and budget I would recommend staying 4 nights here - as three nights is, in effect just 2 days, given the time to travel there, and both of those are filled with organised trips - would have been nice to have a relaxing day doing our own things exploring the surroundings more.

The positives - high quality food, experienced and helpful guides Marlon who was great), lovely sunset cocktails (reasonably priced drinks), beautiful and private cabanas with 4-posters, hammocks and private gardens, very comfortable beds, good wildlife viewing (including Red Macaws and surfing crocodiles), remote and peaceful, very near to the National forest, free wifi (in some areas).

The negatives (none of these are deterants!) - the long trip getting there including a bumpy 2 hour transfer in a small boat, uninventive food for vegetarians (basically rice with beans or pasta with veg sauce), occasionally unclear or poor information, very low water pressure in the eco shower, tap water that makes your clothes smelly even when washed by hand with eco detergent.

The lodge does attract a mix of guests - older, younger, couples and families - but this works well as there are two pools (an adult only one in the rainforest) and groups for the trips are well thought out to ensure comparative abilities/interests.

For the rainforest hike into the National forest, you can do a half day ending at the ranger station or an extended full day hike (8am - 4.30am with a stop for lunch and a swim) including a swim in a waterfall and then upwards back to the lodge - medium/hard but doable for anyone of reasonable fitness and well worth it.

Overall a great experience that we would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
I'm glad that overall these guests had a good stay with us at Casa Corcovado. We are looking into the problems we have been having with water pressure and hot water. The low flow shower heads and gas heaters we use are made for normal systems that have more water pressure, we are adjusting them to work with our unique situation. Steven Lill / owner
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Prior to visiting Casa Corcovado I took the time and read all the other Trip Advisor reviews. My expectations were high because of the number of very positive reviews. My partner and I were especially interested in exploring everything the rainforest and the coast has to offer at a leisurely pace so we booked a full week, the ultimate jungle safari. I can start by saying our expectations were consistently met and in many cases our expectations were exceeded.

The trip from San Jose to Casa Corcovado was flawless. The transfers were on schedule and highly organized. As others have said, the adventure starts immediately with the boat ride from Sierpe. We stopped to see the crocodiles, heron and other animals. The ride on the sea was refreshing after a long trip from NewYork.

At Casa Corcovado we found a real oasis in the jungle. The garden is beautiful. The bungalows are charming and very spacious. Other reviews speak of the friendliness of the staff. I will add that they are kind, caring, sincere with a refreshing sense of humor. We really felt that we were being taken care off at all times. The food was excellent considering everything must be brought to the lodge by boat as there are no roads.

The extended property is beautiful and must be explored. There are well marked trails where we saw many monkeys, a sloth and all the beautiful plant life that a primary rainforest has to offer. The beach is extraordinary. It is vast and private. Most of the time we were at the beach we had it entirely to ourselves.

The excursions were amazing. This is not only because of the sights but because of the knowledgeable guides. We learned so much. We did the San Pedrillo, Cano Island, Sirena Ranger Station and kayaking excursions. Everyday was exciting with new appreciations. I also highly recommend a full day without a planned excursion so that the property and beach can be fully enjoyed at a relaxing pace.

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and most visitors choose multiple short stops in various locations. Casa Corcovado is a great place to spend a bit more time. There is so much to see and do and the perfect location to take a day to relax with no plan.

Visitors should keep in mind that it is a rainforest and a jungle. It is the place to go if you are adventurous and interested in biodiversity. If this is you, then I say Casa Corcovado is a must.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
I do think that people that stay for an extra day are many times more relaxed when they leave. I think that to have an extra day to explore the gardins and grounds and especially the beach is very rewarding. To have almost a kilometer of coastline to explore with a half kilometer long beach all to yourself is not something that is easily found in todays world. Many times you can have interesting sightings on the beach and feel like a true explorer. Steven Lill / owner
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North Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We started planning this trip 5 years ago, after we left Costa Rica after a stay near Puerto Jiminez in the southern Osa Peninsula. We debated 3 different ecolodges in the Drake Bay area before choosing Casa Corcovado, mainly due to it's proximity to Corcovado National Park and it's "remoteness" from the other lodges. This trip was for our 30th wedding anniversary and we had high expectations from previous reviews and the website. Not only were those expectations met, they were exceeded!!
Because our flight from San Jose was leaving a little later in the day, we arrived by flying into Drake Bay airstrip rather than Palmar Sur. We felt like adventurers, landing on the dirt airstrip and pulling up by the tin roofed "airport" with one guy in an orange vest standing by with his orange safety cone and lone fire extinguisher. This after a flight over the breathtaking scenery of the mountains and along the Pacific coast, picking out the Sierpe River mouth. We loaded up in the Range Rover for the trip down the potholed and muddy road into Drake Bay, through rivers and over bridges(?), down into the town which looked like the set of an Indiana Jones movie. There, we parked and walked down the beach to wade in the shallow water to board our boat, which would take us the rest of the way down the Pacific coast. The 30 minute ride viewing the magnificent Osa coastline made me feel like I was a contestant on Survivor!! On arrival, we were impressed with the skill of our boat captain. We are boaters, so appreciated the precision it took to maneuver the boat through the rock channel to the wet landing point, where we again waded from the boat to the beach. What a sight greeted us!! We loaded up on the trailer attached to the tractor to make the climb up the road to the lodge; looking behind, we had the beach with the Pacific Ocean, Cano Island, and the greenly sloping jungle down to the beach. On either side and to the front, the road uphill with lush jungle vegetation on all sides. We looked at each other and said "Oh, yeah!! We made the right choice!!"
We were blown away by the vision of the man who built this paradise in the jungle and is willing to share it with people like us. And, very thankful!!
The staff is beyond accommodating; Alejandro and Rudy, the waiters, always wanting to please; the tractor drivers like Wilbur and boat captains polite and smiling; the guides extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the chance to share their love and passion for nature with the guests. Steve, the manager, is determined to ensure guests have the best possible experience and it shows. Dinner is at 7 pm and the food was very good using fresh ingredients for preparation. It is even more impressive when you realize much of it has to be ferried in every day by boat from Sierpe. We especially enjoyed sharing our table with some of the people we met during the 6 nights we were there.
We had arranged for 2 days of sport fishing; they used a captain out of Drake Bay named Daydee and his mate, Dana. The captain was very responsive to fishing for what WE wanted and we were quite successful both days. We were able to share our catches with others staying at the lodge, as the chef arranged to cook the fish for dinner in place of another entree. It was prepared perfectly!! Daydee also managed to spot a humpback whale and her calf, even though it was not the right time of year for them. He allowed me on the T top deck to better see them and followed them for a ways so we could watch them surface several times.
The snorkeling trip to Cano Island was excellent, visibility about 20 feet, lots of tropical fish. We did the San Pedrillo hike and saw lots of wildlife with our guide, Gabriel. However, an observant person can walk the grounds at Casa Corcovada, especially down at the beach and by the Sunset Bar and see quite a bit. On the grounds we saw coati, agouti, toucans, scarlet macaws, capybara, red-lored parrots. No, you are not going to be inundated with wildlife every day you are there. They do not believe in feeding the animals as some lodges in Costa Rica do to attract the wildlife closer to their guests. One of the things that impressed us was how they practiced what they preached about sustainable tourism.
Which brings me to some cautions. This place is not for everyone. There is no air conditioning, but they do have excellent ceiling fans. The humidity is high and the temperatures average the mid to high 80's during the day, so it can be hot and sticky. It is, after all, the jungle in the tropics. At night, it cools off and is very comfortable for sleeping. The lodge has a combo of hydroelectric and solar power. Water is conserved, so showers have low pressure and the term "hot" really cannot be applied. I was very comfortable with my tepid showers and they did not bother me - actually felt refreshing - but not everyone feels that way. They have a "no blow dryer" policy - and really, if you think you need to blow dry your hair in the middle of the rain forest, maybe you want to rethink your vacation idea. We initially thought that the bed felt harder than we were accustomed to having. After 5 minutes, we realized they were very comfortable and I have to admit that we slept like babies and my back felt better than it had in years!! You may think you need to be in great physical shape for this adventure, but that is not exactly the case. One of the guests we befriended was a lovely "young" woman of 73 who snorkeled, kayaked, and hiked the rain forest!!
Tips and pointers - if you plan on hiking, use the rubber boots provided. Bring long socks to wear with them, they will chap your legs otherwise (they do sell long socks in the office). Take cotton or quick drying clothes if you plan on washing and reusing. They have clotheslines in the backs of the units, but it will take your clothes at least 36 hours to dry. They do offer laundry service, but in keeping with their philosophy. everything is line-dried, which takes longer. They supply flashlights for all guests, but we brought a "super light" that really showed things much more distinctly. Bring a waterproof pack for hiking if you want to bring water, camera, etc. Wet bags are provided for the snorkeling trips.
So, this is an amazing place where the nature lover can awaken to the call of the howler monkeys and parrots flying overhead; where you have fresh fruit and homemade bread for meals; where you can laze in a hammock on the beach while the scarlet macaws eat almonds from the trees overhead; where you can hike through one of the last primary rain forest jungles in Central America and cool off and get a "waterfall" massage while swimming in a pool along the way; where you can look up into the trees to watch the monkeys forage; where you can watch the sky change colors at sunset while sipping a margarita on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean while the parrots fly overhead going home to roost. I really did not want to leave. Nirvana!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
It is a real compliment that this couple selected Casa Corcovado for an important occasion such as their 30th wedding aniversary. I am very pleased that they found a little bit of paradice to make such a special event even more special. Many years ago I realized that I had an obligation to share my little piece of paradice with the world to increase awareness of the importance of protecting the rainforest and to make of my guests true ambassadors to speak for the need to save this incredible natural heritage for future generations. Steven Lill / owner
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

The lodge is location at the edge of Corcovado National Park, and the access is by boat. From the pick-up and return at Sierpe, I learned so much about the wildlife, the vegetation, the way to run an eco-lodge in a remote area. The lodge had all modern facilities, my cabin was absolutely fantastic, the surroundings, the hammocks by the beach, the birds, the spider monkeys, the toucans, the dolphins... and the guides - it was all worth the money and more! Thank you so much Marlo, Steven and the team! The only thing I missed, was the tapir...should have included a visit to ranger station Sirena!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
I do think we have a great team at Casa Corcovado. I think everyone from Steven, the manager, on down is commited to providing the best possible experience for our guests. I am also happy when I hear that our clients feel that they have learned alot about the rainforest, I feel that when they have glimpsed the beautiful complexity of such a magical place they will be strong advocates for the protection of the rainforest. I do feel that we have a responsabilty to educate as well as entertain our guests. Steven Lill / owner
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Bicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Stayed 3 nights in a tastefully decorated bungalow. Food was very good but may become a little repetitive if a longer stay is planned. We did the jungle walk with Freddie who was an excellent guide and very knowledgable on the local wildlife. Even though we were the only English speakers in a group of 8 he took the time to explain in detail everything there was to see in the Corcovado national park. The picnic was delicious. In general mealtimes were set; dinner was at 7pm and we were always told in advance when we should arrive for breakfast. One day we were told we would be doing the trip to Cano Island which included snorkelling - as my husband can't swim we were less than keen. We stayed behind and had the hotel to ourselves as everyone else went on a trip or checked out. The hotel cooked lunch for us at a time which was convenient to us. We did walk both if the trails. On the rainforest trail we saw Spider monkeys and heard Howler monkeys. We thought we would end up leaving without seeing Cappucins but spotted these on our last day down by the Sunset viewing spot. We also saw Coatis as we walked along the beach and we were advised that dusk is a good time to see Wildlife from this point if the property. Our trip was perhaps only tainted by our high expectations that we would see wildlife around every corner and since many reviews on tiripadvisor give the impression that wildlife is so abundant in this part of Costa Rica that a monkey may run off with your sunglasses if your not looking I thought it was important to correct this perception. We stayed in Costa Rica for 12 days and nearly didn't see Cappucins at all (and it wasn't for won't of trying)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
I always hope that my guests see lots of wildlife but that is obviously very hard to predict, I love it when we see something exciting like last year we had many Puma encounters and I remember one pic-nic lunch at our beach when a Tapir almost sat at the table with us, to have a salad, I imagine. I also love it when we see lesser known creatures like, Tayras, Grison, big groups of Great Currasow and Tinamou. There is always something interesting to see, great but many times small, such is life in the rainforest. Steven Lill / owner
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Property: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
Address: Peninsula de Osa, Corcovado, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Corcovado National Park
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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Set above a palm-fringed beach in tropical gardens, and surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, Casa Corcovado is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure - a place where you can spot big cats on jungle trails, have an entire beach to yourselves, snorkel with manta rays, and relax with a gin and tonic by the pool. The tranquil hilltop setting means awe-inspiring views and the best of the both ocean and rainforest breezes. The lovely bungalows are spaced throughout the lush garden for maximum peace and privacy. Casa Corcovado offers the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's extraordinary, world-renowned national park system. As the two protected areas lie side by side, guests are able to access the national park on foot via the hotel's private trails - just one of the many guided tours on offer. ... more   less 
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