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Costa Rica Eco Lodges – Introduction

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Costa Rica Eco Lodges | Comments Off on Costa Rica Eco Lodges – Introduction

Welcome to the best site for finding a great Costa Rica eco lodge. We have them all listed here, organized by area and type. One of the world’s most beautiful and eco friendly countries, Costa Rica’s travel industry has almost become synonymous with eco lodges, and you’ll find them in all areas of the country, from the beaches, to the cloud forests and mountain tops. Many are run from green-minded foreigners who fell in love with Costa Rica and never left, instead choosing to stay and build their dream. Others are run by Costa Ricans, from wealthy land owners who have built stunning adventure hotels on their family’s land. Some are small, run by Costa Rican families, with the help of their children. One thing for sure, staying in an eco lodge is guaranteed to be a much more rewarding experience than in a standard hotel. Expect far more connection with nature, people, and local culture.

The eco resort term has slowly become a rage among environmentally responsible tourists who seek to explore the beauty of a destination without damaging its natural resources. Often used ubiquitously and inserted more as misnomer for plain nature resorts, the term eco lodge in Costa Rica is at times misused and wrongly assigned. The lush tropical nature retreat boasting of a rich topography comprising thriving rainforests, pristine beaches, serene rivers, gushing waterfalls and adventure packed mountainous valleys features abundant authentic eco lodges. These resorts dexterously combine the best of Costa Rica’s blessed natural landscape and its sustainable practices. Since their inception, most genuine eco resorts in the country have been frontrunners for responsible sustainable practices such as local reforestation programs, recycling programs, energy conservation, water conservation, land conservation, toxic reduction and local community development efforts. Some of the more popular and well known resorts have also had the distinction of winning several green awards and certificates by the country’s tourism departments.

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Maquenque Eco Lodge

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Central Valley Eco Lodges, Costa Rica Eco Lodges | Comments Off on Maquenque Eco Lodge

maquenque eco lodge

Located to the north of Boca Tapanda in San Carlos, Maquenque Eco Lodge is a lush 60 hectare nature reserve that offers easy access to the recently created Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge. The lodge has been created with the purpose of maintaining/conserving the region’s natural habitat, while offering tourists world class service and comfortable accommodation options. Maqueneuq’s unusual framework promises a memorable rainforest experience in a naturally privileged region. The low-key yet relaxing and comfort-inducing setting allows guests to commune with nature and enjoy its pristine beauty at their own pace through a bunch of organized tours and self-guided trails. Surrounded by abundant tropical ecological resources and the splendid San Carlos River, Masquenque Eco lodge is excellent for wildlife observation, birding and adrenaline soaring adventure activities. The eco lodge is also responsible for initiating several sustainable tourism policies for the protection of its bio-diverse surroundings.

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Rancho Margot

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Central Valley Eco Lodges, Costa Rica Eco Lodges, Front Page Featured | Comments Off on Rancho Margot

Rancho Margot at La Fortuna Costa Rica

Owned by the local Sotheim family, Rancho Margot is a sparkling example of sustainable tourism and self-sufficient development in the region. The Sotheims have tirelessly strived to go beyond standard sustainable practices and spearheaded several conservation projects in the area along with an arrangement with Monteverde Conservation League for creating the Rancho Margot Ranger Station within the Children’s Eternal Forest. Seductively located on the shores of Lake Arenal and the Cano Negro River Valley, and encircled by a lush rainforest, this thoroughbred eco-lodge is also hailed for its wide assortment of education, wellness and adventure activities. The owners are constantly doing their bit for sharing their vast knowledge on sustainability and eco-conservation with visitors through countless creative and educational environmental programs. Apart from being a working ranch, this quaint countryside charm sporting property also features a full working dairy farm, a tiny pig farm, an organic vegetable/fruit garden, a medicinal plant area and a chicken farm. Rancho Margot is also involved in Animal rescue and reintegration with an on-site center dedicated to the cause. This unassuming holiday retreat with a heart trims the more extravagant frills offered by other eco-resorts, while concentrating on offering its guests an intimate, family style environment and an unadulterated natural experience.

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Samasati Nature Retreat

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Caribbean Eco Lodges | Comments Off on Samasati Nature Retreat

Samasati Eco Resort in the Caribbean / Puerto Viejo

Samasati Nature Retreat is a one-of-its-kind 250 acre back to nature retreat for eco-tourism buffs, adventure seekers holiday and yoga practitioners. Set amidst virgin rainforests in the backdrop of the Caribbean Coast, the lodge offers the right blend of seclusion and access to top attractions around the region.It combines the best of the eastern philosophy of yoga and ayurveda with principles of sustainable living and environmental conservation. An ideal romantic hideaway, Samasati is an unpretentious nature retreat that boasts of high eco-tourism service standards and an ecologically rich, tranquil environment.

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Whales and Dolphins Eco Lodge

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Caribbean Eco Lodges, Southern Pacific Eco Lodges | Comments Off on Whales and Dolphins Eco Lodge

Whales and dolphins eco lodge

Strategically located opposite the Parque Marino Ballena at Utiva de Osa, Puntarenas, Whales and dolphin combines natural elements and spectacular marine wildlife treasures with world class hospitality and top-notch amenities. The surrounding regions of this incredible marine park are home to secluded beaches, jungles, pristine waterfalls and rich reserves of marine ecology. The marine park was originally created in 1989 for preserving costal marine habitats of the area (including beaches, mangroves, estuaries, islands and coral reefs) and protecting endangered marine life such as the humpback blue whales. Offering the best costal view of the breathtaking Marine Whale National Park, this lodge is dedicated to upholding the principles of ecotourism, sustainability and conservation. Whales and Dolphins Eco lodge carries out several laudable sustainable initiatives such as energy conservation (in the form of air-dried laundry) and waste/toxicity reduction (in the form of a chlorine-free pool that is treated with salt). The blends the best of action-packed water adventure, marine wildlife viewing and thrilling rainforest exploratory activities. In a nutshell, the lodge captures the most striking natural details of Costa Rica to help its guests enjoy a truly enriching ecological experience.

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