Before you hire a taxi to drive you UP to the Biological Reserve, make CERTAIN the driver will bring you ALL the way to the top...some drivers let you out at the stream, NEVER do that. The walk up was a religious experience in itself, they knew we were coming, our cries for help were heard & they were coming after us with flashlights! We could've died that night for being incredibly stupid! Just have a driver that will take you the entire way! The cost up to HEAVEN is worth ANY price!!!! They had Tofu w/noodles in a lovely sauce, waiting for us upon arrival. The people that live here dedicate their lives to helping the indigenous tribes with medical care. ALL of their profits go into the People & the Earth of the Durika Mountain. The next morning they said that we had brought them luck, because they just had twin goats born. After a celebration breakfast, they brought us where all the goats are kept. They were burning their little stubs where the horns would grow. We held the little kids, crying like babies, while we had an experience of a lifetime! The people here were so warm & compassionate. They don't allow cigarettes & booze, I went without for a week! It was such a natural high being up in the clouds! In the morning, you'd wake up to clouds rolling thru the cabin. The knowledgeable staff would take us on DayTreks!!!! Once to the waterfall, taking notice to all the hummingbirds nest dangerously hanging by a thread in the midst of the falls! Another time, to the Indian Burial Grounds & the lone Eagle circling the Indian Graveyard, making small shrieks across the crisp sky! Plus, the Animal Awareness Trek....watch out on this one!!!! He told us to stand back & with his stick he barely touched a round-tunnel-like web...and, a huge tarantula came CHARGING out!!!! The walks along these small trails are NOT for the faint hearted. No stores, no sodas, no booze, no cigarettes....we were busy everyday, so much was going on, we even worked the garden. My daughter & I loved this place! It's so unique & a learning experience. Everything is vegan & delicious!!!! And, the people are the best around! Looking forward to return in the future, to see how their productivity has grown. Melissa (my daughter & I) love this place!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Durika is a private biological reserve that protects approximately 8500 hectares, localized in the top of the Talamanca Mountain Range, in the south west part of Costa Rica. The reserve is protected by the Dúrika Community, a self sustainable community that offers to the visitor the possibility to live in harmony with nature, together with breath taking views of the mountain, a comfortable place to stay and an excellent quality of service during their stay. ... more less