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“Wonderful tours, lodging was below average”
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Tirimbina Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Virgen
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Jacksonville, Illinois
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“Wonderful tours, lodging was below average”
Reviewed 19 June 2012

I stayed here as part of a school group for two nights. First of all, the tours that we went on were great and all the guides are really fantastic. You must do the night hike! However, the lodging left a little to be desired. The first evening around nightfall my room became home to many flying insects I was later told were termites. They were literally everywhere. Then I was stepping into the shower and found a two huge spiders. Now, you are in the middle of a rainforest, so a few bugs are expected. They all appeared to be coming from the gap under the door, so the second night I stuffed a bath towel underneath it and walla! no bugs. That gap is something that could be easily fixed with a piece of plastic. Also, the bathroom seemed worn-out and hot water was very unpredictable. Overall, the tours and educational experiences here are must-do, but the lodging is not the greatest.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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, General Manager at Tirimbina Lodge, responded to this review, 30 June 2012
Thanks for your comments! We will take care of the bug situation, but this region is full of life!
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

We are from Australia and we are wildlife photographers. We have been fortunate enough to visit Tirimbina before, but this time we made sure we stayed longer! The guides at Tirimbina are some of the best in the country. Their knowledge and passion is outstanding (and we have been out with tonnes of guides). I love Tirimbina because you could spend a week here without leaving the property. Do every tour you can and pay a little extra to do private night walks and day walks, as you can stop and enjoy every single thing when you are on your own with your guide. The trails (for walking on your own in the day) are well marked and easy to navigate. Do more than one night walk if you can. IT IS WORTH EVERY CENT! Of course, wildlife is wild, so there are no guarantees, but we saw 10 species of mammal in two nights including a sloth, kinkajou, mexican porupine and woolly opossum. LOTS of frogs including the Strawberry Poison frog and many reptiles, including a boa constrictor. I highly recommend the bat and frog tour. Now, FOOD! The food here is AMAZING. I would at least have dinner and breakfast here, but the lunch is also great value and completely delicious. It depends on whether you will be out walking all day or not. Pre-book dinners and breakfasts and let them know about lunch when you get there. Spend a MINIMUM of three days here (seriously) ... I stayed five and it wasn't enough!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

This lodge was a gem of a find. We were looking for a good place to stay while birding in the area. Tirimbina offers wonderful accommodations with access to its own private section of the nearby rainforest. Trails are well marked and laid out to access multiple types of habitat. The guided bird walk was quite affordable and led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide (Christhian). The accommodations are clean and well maintained. Staff are friendly and helpful. Rooms are quite affordable compared to other options. Food was OK but a bit expensive - we opted for the free breakfast and only paid for dinner. Don't stay in one of the "lodges" in Puerto Viejo and drive to the forest... take a short taxi ride ($15) to this place and wake up to the birds outside your window.

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California
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Stayed here for our first 2 nights in January. Saw more wildlife here than anywhere else in Costa Rica. The food was plentiful & good. The trails into the rainforest were well maintained and exciting to explore on one's own, but you see much more with a guide. I would urge you at least take the chocolate tour. The birdlife around the lodge itself is very impressive, and it is delightful to sit on your back porch while watching. In the guava orchard in back of the lodge there were many Oropendolas. We were only a few feet from a large group of howler monkeys approaching us on the cables of the suspension bridge at the beginning of the 3PM chocolate tour. We also took a night walk into the rainforest and saw a Fer-de-Lance as well as a multitude of frogs & insects. For what you get I thought it was an excellent value. Just avoid being there on New Year's Eve as most of the employees go home early to spend the time with their families.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

Nice guide Micheal, funny and entertaining.
The philosophy behind this organisation deserves the price. It's a little too much for the value of the tour.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Topsham, Maine
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

This was the high point of our trip to this area. My husband was reluctant to go, but we talked him into it. And he had a great time. The guide walks you back into the rainforest to an abandoned cacao plantation. There you sit and watch while you are shown the entire process of making chocolate - the original way without sugar ! And it was fantastic. They have designed a program that is enlightening, entertaining and hands on. You get to try chocolate at every stage of the process. If you are looking for a couple of hours of educational fun, you cannot go wrong.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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CALI
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Family Trip, 1st time Costa Rica (2 kids age 9 and 12)
Not 5 Stars, wanted the kids to experience a real rainforest and reserve
Right in the rainforest. Crazy noises outside at night.
Check in was fast, parking lot was guarded. Only issue we had was no pool and parking lot to the room/lobby was about 200 Meters. We did bat program, Cocoa Tour. Rooms had A/C and WIFI.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Tirimbina Lodge
Address: Tirimbina Biological Reserve, La Virgen 3069, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > La Virgen
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Virgen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Tirimbina Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Sarapiqui region, the Tirimbina Rainforest Lodge along the Sarapiqui River, is contiguous to a Biological Reserve of 852.5 Acres.We offer 12 comfortable rooms with A/C, safe deposit box, hot water, WI-FI, and phone. Enjoy our welcoming atmosphere and discover the exciting tropical forest, walking along several trails and suspension bridges of tropical forest and river discoveries from our study trails and bridges.Services (Restaurant, laundry , 24h security, a be-lingual staff welcomes)Facilities (souvenir shop, parking lot, A/C conference room, library, internet access) Attractions: (More than 9km trails, chocolate tour, bird watching, bat program, self walking tour, guided tour, night walking tour, eco education programs, volunteer and research opportunities and more) ... more   less 
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