Campanario offers the most amazing rainforest experience! Our family loved it. The journey starts with a beautiful 1.5 hour boat ride from Sierpe for Campanario. Pulling up to shore, we were amazed by the beauty and remoteness of the biological station. The beach is gorgeous and you can watch the monkeys play in the trees while relaxing in the waves. This is definitely not a resort, but it does have clean and comfortable facilities. Our cabins were very roomy and had a nice view of the ocean. However, they are up a pretty steep path, and don't have electricity or hot water. We thought those added to the experience, but other people may not think so. The food is delicious and we all enjoyed the dinners lit only by candle light.
Our hikes were incredibly memorable and our guide, Arnulfo was incredibly knowledgeable. We learned so much about the flora and fauna of the rainforest and saw many animals that we would have missed if we were just hiking on our own. We saw monkeys, sloths, a boa constrictor, anteater, and numerous others birds, reptiles and animals. We also loved swimming in a waterfall in Corcovado National Park.
Our whole family highly recommends Campanario for a truly unique off the beaten path experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Campanario Biological Station is a remote environmental education center for students, families, and those adventurous individuals who would like to disconnect from "civilization". We offer the simple comforts of life - plenty of good food, clean facilities, and comfortable sleeping arrangements. Jungle living generally requires a change of habits. The sun rises early, and most everyone is up with the sun, be this for bird watching, for taking a swim at dawn, or for just having coffee on the front porch to watch the splendid colors over the ocean. Campanario is off-the-grid in most every way: no roads, no national system of electricity or water service, no mail delivery or trash pick-up, no internet service, no washing machines, TVs or air conditioners, etc. Etc., Living at Campanario is generally a life style change for most. We generally adapt to the environment rather than adapting the environment to suit us. We are doing everything possible to keep our ecological footprint small. ... more less