My wife and I extended our Costa Rica trip in January 2010 so we could visit this lodge and hike the Rio Celeste trail. I don’t understand why more people aren’t reviewing this great place! We only had time to stay one night, but we are so glad we were able to visit Tenorio Lodge! The pictures, while pretty, do not do this place justice!! The lodge is only about 2-3 years old. The room had a spa-like smell and feel. The grounds (and the views) were absolutely gorgeous! The owners were very nice and made us feel like we were at home. We used the hot tub that evening (we wish we would have gone in the hot tubs while it was still light to enjoy the views). The weather was probably low 80’s during the day, and maybe high 60’s at night - which was perfect! The whole experience was so relaxing, I just wish we had the time to stay another night or two. The price was beyond reasonable for what you get!
The Lodge was about an hour and a half drive (or less) from Liberia Airport. However, it felt like we were a world away! We were able to get drinks and snacks in town (less than 5 minutes down the road). The drive to Rio Celeste was a little challenging since we did not have a 4WD vehicle (the last 11km is unpaved, and that section took us 45 minutes!). But the hike was well worth the challenge of getting there (and the drive was an experience in itself…we managed to escape with zero flat tires!). However, if you can, I would recommend a 4WD (again - not necessary, but it would cut your trip to Rio Celeste in half…at least), or perhaps book a guided tour with the Lodge and they will drive you there (note that you definitely do not need a 4WD to get to Tenorio Lodge - the entire route from Liberia is paved…you just need to watch out for potholes along the way).
I could not believe how blue the Rio Celeste water actually was. I thought some of the pictures online had to have been enhanced, but it looked even more amazing in person! Also keep in mind - even though we visited during Costa Rica’s dry season, it was raining a little during the rainforest hike (not too hard or too much - off and on followed by sun) - but bring appropriate clothing and shoes. The hike was very muddy, even in dry season. We didn’t get any rain at Tenorio Lodge, the clouds seemed to just linger over the volcanoes (which seems typical in Costa Rica).
I would without a doubt recommend Tenorio Lodge to anyone wanting to have a relaxing getaway with one of the most beautiful hikes nearby!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located between the Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes at an altitude of 1,640 ft, each one of our 12 bungalows has an exceptional view towards the Tenorio volcano. Rooms are spacious, elegant, and perfectly set out for your greatest comfort. Built on our 17 acres property, in the middle of Heliconias gardens, of fruit trees and tropical vegetation surrounding two natural ponds, the Lodge was designed to offer its guests quietness, relaxation, and serenity. In this peaceful environment, along our trails, you will observe hundreds of birds, learn about native trees or take a dip in one of our two red cedar hot tubs. Among the activities we suggest, you should visit the heart of the Tenorio Volcano's National Park, the "Rio Celeste", well known for its astonishing and enchanting turquoise-blue colour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tenorio Lodge Costa Rica/Bijagua De Upala