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Danta Corcovado Lodge
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Hudson, Wisconsin
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Campers' Delight”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

If you don't want creature comforts in 100 degree heat this place is for you. Although the staff was friendly and the food good, the accommodations are spartan. There are no comfortable chairs on the property unless you are over six feet tall. We found the heat oppressive with no relief. Be sure to ask for an extra floor fan as the ceiling fan does little to abate the heat and humidity. The bungalows are also quite far from the lodge which makes the night trip to your cabin a somewhat frightening experience for us city folk. If you like to camp in extreme conditions, you will love this. If you are used to a conventional room with amenities, move on down to Puerto Jimenez.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed for 1 night in this lovely lodge and felt like we were sleeping in the middle of the rain forest -- and actually, we were! We stayed in a little bungalow in the forest with no walls or windows (there were screens, so it was pretty much insect and critter-free). The wood carved furniture is simple and beautiful -- even the toilet has a carved wooden seat! The bungalow was hot during the day, but fine at night -- even a little cool! But it was noisy! The forest is not still and silent -- we heard cicadas, geckos, birds, and rustlings of other things throughout the day and night. There are good trails for hiking on the property of the lodge and we saw toucans, macaws, frogs, and beautiful flowers and trees.

I loved staying here -- would recommend it to everyone coming to Osa and would come back!

Room Tip: There are standards rooms in the lodge with walls and windows, but the bungalows are much more fun!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Well, perhaps not way in the jungle! There are residences nearby but the lodge has a large holding of property laced with trails that take you into the "jungle".
This is also a starting off place for trekking into the park, which was a little beyond our physical ability.
Shortly after we arrived, the resident sloth dropped out of a tree to entertain us.
We were in "the house" which is close to the lodge. Bungalows are set back further into the jungle and offer more privacy, although the house was just fine. It is large and can accommodate as many as five people. It has a kitchen, great open shower, and plenty of jungle noise!
Food was not exceptional but certainly adequate—the dinner menu is house choice and we ended up with chicken (two different ways) both nights we were there.
The small pool was not filled while we were there.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Canada
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

OMG, the most amazing experience of my life! I have to say I wasn't prepared for having no windows or doors to open and close and only having netting as a covering around the structure. I stayed here 4 nights Feb 9 - 12 and just being isolated and hearing all the birds and other animals around you is amazing. There was a sloth near the front desk. Tons of monkeys travelling in groups of 20 or more swinging from tree to tree all around the place.

Highly recommend the night tour as you will be shocked at the things you don't see while walking to your bungalow at night. Saw tarantulas, caiman, fireflies with 2 bright lights at the front and a red light at the back (nothing like the north american version) birds sleeping in crevices of trees, bats and other insects and this is all all around the lodge. Lots of trails to explore around the lodge in the daytime.

Breakfast is included with the room charge and it was great and keeps you full until dinner time which I did there a few times and costs about $12 and was worth it. Also went into the local town for dinner and great food everywhere.

Sleeping was very different as you hear animals and sounds all night and you are never really 'dry' and the sheets feel damp but was just something to get used to.

The staff were very nice and if you are booking anything make sure you get them to do it right then and there because even if the front desk guy is also serving the dinner and you mention you want to do some tours it won't be booked, you have to see him later at the front desk to confirm it. We almost missed out on a tour of the Corcovado National Park because of this and this is a must. Just the drive there through the river beds was an adventure.

There is so much to do and see.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Louisville, Kentucky
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47 reviews
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed 3 nights here during our visit to the Osa. Highly recommended. The lodge is very neat and the food is nothing short of amazing. We bungalows are creative and comfortable and the bathroom is something to behold. So much fun! Highly recommend a trip over into Puerto Jimenez for dinner and some sightseeing. The birding in the area is what we were there for and were never disappointed. If you are traveling to the Osa, don't miss this place!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

I would encourage anyone who is travelling down to the Osa Peninsula to stay at Danta Lodge. The lodge really is like all the pictures that you've seen. I had high expectations of this place prior to going there and I was not at all disappointed. After one night in a previous hotel in Domincal due to the unfriendliness of the owner, I was keen on having a better experience at Danta Lodge - and the fact that we were staying there for 3 nights too.

My corresponding with Nelson, the reception manager, weeks before we were going to Costa Rica was always quick and friendly. He, and absolutely everyone in the lodge was SO hospitable and friendly towards my partner and I. The lodge is small (max 20 guests I would say) in comparison to Lapa Rios which is the more up scale lodge next door (max 100 guests I was told) but this was the beauty of our experience there. The small community and guest made us feel so comfortable (and romantic!)

We stayed at their new cabana which was located near the restaurant (the name of the cabana is Tiger's face, in Spanish) and it was enormous, with beautiful hand carved wood furnishings, just like everywhere else in the lodge. I hadn't seen what the other bungalows looked like but the cabana is perfect for a couple, even though it has a spare single room with a sing bed and a bunkbed. Plus, I appreciated the space and our large veranda with hammocks outside.

Whilst we stayed in the Osa Peninsula, we did one day of zip-lining and another day of a full guided tour of the Corcovado National Park. These and quite a few other tours are available to book at the lodge (they have a whole file on all the tours you can do). Our highlight on the tour of the Park was seeing a sloth hanging from the trees and trekking to the waterfall. You must bring your bathing suit to the hike coz when you see the waterfall you really will wanna change into it and jump in! It was exhilarating! Our jungle guide was actually from Danta Lodge (he was also a barman and made us wonderful cocktails in the evening!) and he was awesome, walking slowly though the jungle and stopping to look in his telescope (we wouldn't have seen the sloth otherwise).

The meals were really good there too and we stayed at the lodge every night (it's very rocky getting to the Lodge so you'd wanna stay there anyway).

Thank you to Danta Lodge for making our stay so wonderful!!!

Kim

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We stayed here one night on the way to San Jose. We were amazed at the artistic construction and the attention to details. The cabin we stayed in was a raised platform tent but not really. I have never seen a tent this huge with a full bed and a sofa so big it could be used as a bed as well. A huge open air bathroom 3 steps down with unique artistic details and hot water was a pleasure.
On top of this the meals were delicious and nicely presented, the property and trails were beautiful and the owner and staff very helpful.
We would love to come back and spend more time in this unique eco lodge.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Danta Corcovado Lodge
Address: La Palma, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Puerto Jimenez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Jimenez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Danta Corcovado Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Danta Corcovado Lodge is a uniquely designed lodge with Costa Rican flair and a concern for the rain forest. Nothing goes to waste because Merlyn is the wizard of creativity and design. step into a world of tranquility, and be amazed by all of the natural touches of the lodge. ... more   less 
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