At Esquinas you really feel a part of the rainforest - because you are. From the moment you arrive, the sights and sounds (and humidity!) of the forest envelop you. The main lodge building is open-sided and the individual cabins have mesh windows and delightful furnished verandahs. At night, the cacophony of chirruping frogs, crickets and cicadas is so loud you wonder if you'll be able to sleep but actually it's the perfect lullaby, especially if you've spent a hot sweaty day hiking the trails. You'll probably see more wildlife around the lodge than on the trails - just sit back with a cool drink and enjoy the show - but I would definitely recommend the guided night walks and strolling along the dirt road to La Gamba village where you are likely to see toucans, caracaras etc. If you don't like snakes or creepy crawlies, Esquinas may not be for you - there were venomous fer-de-lance snakes, and a very protective mother caiman with babies in the grounds while we were there (no problem if you don't threaten them) and large basilisk lizards near the bar. I'll leave others to comment on food and accommodation in detail but we were more than happy with both.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Esquinas Lodge in southern Costa Rica, only 3 miles off the Interamerican Highway and 30 minutes from Golfito airport, is part of a model project combining conservation, ecotourism, research, reforestation and community aid. The lodge is 100% carbon-neutral and has 16 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a pool. The 35-acre private reserve, surrounded by 2500 acres of untouched rainforest, attracts many mammals and over 200 species of birds. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, and boat and kayak tours in nearby Golfo Dulce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Esquinas Rainforest Hotel Golfito
- Esquinas Rainforest Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito