This is my wife and I second visit to Proyecto Campanario, however this time we had brought more family members with us. Nancy the owner continues to make this place truly amazing. If you are looking for a place to stay that is off the beaten path where you really can experience nature and stay in one of the most sustainable lodges (I am developer that develops sustainable buildings) this is place to stay. The one thing this place allows you to appreciate is how lucky you are to have modern amenities. The rooms do not have electricity or warm water (its a very basic cabin with the bathroom outside the room), however we absolutely loved that about this property. It was nice to go to bed to the sunset and wake up to the sunrise without hearing the ring of a clock alarm. What wakes you up are the sounds of the macaques or the monkeys jumping around in the trees. In addition, we really enjoyed the cool fresh water that comes from a natural spring that you shower in. Actually the water that comes from the spring is cleaner that the water that comes out of our faucet at home.
Beyond the room, the property sits on its own private black sand beach with a small river running through it. It is one of the most beautiful properties I have ever come across. After hiking all day in the rain forest, it was so wonderful to take a dip in the ocean or sit and read a book at the lodge while watching the sun set in the background.
However the best part about staying at this biological reserve was the amazing guides and its proximity to the national park. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the rain forest and could spot every kind of animal you could ever dream of in the rain forest (the only thing we couldn't find was a jaguar or puma). In addition, the owner Nancy had made sure that my 13-year-old brother in law learned everything he can about the rain forest. She created a workbook for him to read about the rain forest and every night at our candle light dinner my brother in law had to talk about all the animals and plants he saw that day and Nancy would then go into a lesson about the rain forest.
Overall, if you are looking for a hotel where you get to appreciate your surroundings and really enjoy nature, do not mind living in basic conditions for a few days, have access some of the best guides and most knowledgeable people about the rain forest, a property that is on its own biological preserve with its own trails and want a place off the beaten path where the only way in or out of the property is either by boat or hiking through the rain forest, this is the place to stay. We cannot wait to return. Thanks for the amazing experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Campanario Biological Station is a remote environmental education center for students, families, and those adventurous individuals who would like to disconnect from "civilization". We offer the simple comforts of life - plenty of good food, clean facilities, and comfortable sleeping arrangements. Jungle living generally requires a change of habits. The sun rises early, and most everyone is up with the sun, be this for bird watching, for taking a swim at dawn, or for just having coffee on the front porch to watch the splendid colors over the ocean. Campanario is off-the-grid in most every way: no roads, no national system of electricity or water service, no mail delivery or trash pick-up, no internet service, no washing machines, TVs or air conditioners, etc. Etc., Living at Campanario is generally a life style change for most. We generally adapt to the environment rather than adapting the environment to suit us. We are doing everything possible to keep our ecological footprint small. ... more less