(Previous review: May 18, 2013) This was my 2nd stay at Danta Corcovado Lodge, and I just absolutely adore this place. If you appreciate the natural beauty that the tropical rainforest has to offer, enjoy jungle wildlife (some of which will almost undoubtedly appear in your open-air bathroom/shower at some point,) can handle high temperatures and humidity, and are up for some vigorous and challenging hiking on 4 kilometers of well-marked (if at times quite steep and rugged) trails through breathtaking primary and secondary forest that adjoins Corcovado National Park, then this is the place for you. I stayed in the most remote bungalow (Cherenga,) about a 5-minute walk from the main lodge/dining area, and just steps from the trailhead, and I loved it. The food at the Lodge is delicious, and the accommodations are simple, yet artistic, and well worth the price due to the gorgeous forest setting, and the proximity to excellent hiking. If you are unfamiliar with tropical American flora and fauna, you may wish to hire a guide to take you into Corcovado National Park itself; (if so, I would recommend Andrey, one of the excellent Danta Lodge staff,) but I personally prefer to guide myself, which the Lodge's well-marked trails easily allow one to do. If you do choose to hike the Lodge trails (which I highly recommend,) here are some tips: bring a walking stick - you'll be glad you have it (they are available near the front desk area, by the rubber boots, which are also free to guests - I haven't yet needed to use the latter;) bring your own headlamp or flashlight, you'll need it for navigating the trails (even just to your lodgings) at night; wear good walking/hiking shoes; carry at least 40 oz. of water with you (4 kilometers doesn't sound like much of a distance, but with the heat, humidity and steep elevation gains, you'll be amazed at how much sweating your body is capable of;) stay on the trails; go slowly, cautiously (watch where you are stepping, lead with your walking stick - there are several lovely species of venomous snakes, both pit vipers and coral snakes, endemic to the area) and quietly (listen for the sounds of falling fruit/rustling leaves, which often indicate a troop of Squirrel or Howler monkeys, or birds like toucans, are in the canopy above.) The wildlife is spectacular, but often small and well-camouflaged (easily missed if you aren't paying attention,) so stop, look and listen frequently, and you should be rewarded with some amazing sights. Happy trails!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Danta Corcovado Lodge Costa Rica/Puerto Jimenez