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“Best Hostel In The World (Like stepping into Avatar)”
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Bolita Hostel
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Best Hostel In The World (Like stepping into Avatar)”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

First things first: You must go to Bolita. If you go to just one place in Costa Rica, Bolita is it.
Starting with the journey to the hostel, it is a quest - you ford a shallow river and hike up into the jungle. This is where the magic starts.
But it's only just begun.

I went to Bolita for 3 days. Two weeks later and I finally escaped. Paradise is hard to escape from.

I can't begin to describe the beauty of the rainforest - you'll have to go and lie in a hammock, watching the vibrantly coloured Scarlet Macaws, hearing the Howler Monkeys roar, and feeling affection for the dopey sloth in a nearby tree. Once you're thoroughly chilled out, it's time for an adventure - get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Bolita has many hiking trails through the untouched rainforest, and it truly is like stepping into Avatar. Your senses will be basked in awe.
With something like 14 waterfalls to reach, each hike comes with a spectacular reward.

Bolita is unique, and I have to say that in nearly 40 countries, this was the most profound experience I've had at a hostel. The other guests were all great people. Boring people don't cross rivers. Ron, the owner, is a great guy and quite a character - be sure to get to know him.

"You are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora."

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

I had a great time at Bolita. I'm a real newby when it comes to any backpacking or hiking but I made it up the mountainside just fine. Loved the billions of bright stars at night, the forest waterfalls and the little poison-dart frog who showered with me in the mornings. What a pretty, jewel-like fellow. Loved the little green lizard with mega-attitude - and the 2 lizards who were fighting/loving(?) underneath my hammock while I dozed and read. They skirmished like tiny, scaly cats in the dirt while a line of leaf-cutter ants marched endlessly past with enormous sail-like slabs of leaf in their jaws and the occasional bright pink petal. Muy bonita, Bolita!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Bocas Town, Panama
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We stayed in Bolita for 5 days. It is a relaxing atmosphere and a nice hostel located on the top of a mountain in the jungle that connects to Corcovado National Park. There are amazing scenic trails, although the landslides make crossing difficult at certain spots. We saw howler monkeys, toucans and a lot of other unique wildlife right from the hostel. Luckily the howler monkeys stay far away most of the time so they don’t wake you up with their crazy howls.
There is a nice kitchen, and everything is composted, reused for projects or recycled. No electricity at the top of the mountain makes for a fun, rustic hostel experience. You can charge your iPods and phones with a usb chord. Ron, the owner has an internet stick, so you can get some internet connection if you bring your computer. We loved hanging out in candlelight at night. I’ve only seen stars like that a few times in my life. It’s a perfect way to start the day by watching the sun rise from the mountain. Thanks Bolita!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2013 via mobile

Bolita is a very nice place for Backpackers. Near the border of Corcovado you have a lot of hikes and wildlife to see for a budgetprice. Because there are no borders for animals you can see a lot of the wildlife you also see in the more expensive places to stay in Corcovado. Ron (the owner of Bolita) does a great job. I will remember him as a friendly man with a strong vision for nature, green energy and recycle materials we don't use anymore. I really enjoy Bolita!

Michiel, The Netherlands

  • Stayed August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

I really enjoyed my one-week stay at Bolita. The hostel is adjacent to Corcovado National Park, but there is nothing separating the two, so staying there is no different to staying in the actual park. There are many different trails to explore, with many beautiful views of the surrounding forest (including primary forest), waterfalls, and rivers. There is also an abundance of wildlife. Whilst there i saw many species of birds (including Toucans, Manakins, Trogans, Hummingbirds), Spider Monkeys, White-faced Capuchins, Mantled Howler Monkeys, bats, and many species of frogs (including poison dart frogs and tree frogs), and reptiles. The hostel is comfortable, clean and practical, and is one of the only places I have been to which is making a very real effort to minimize their impact on the environment. The owner is very friendly, considerate, generous and helpful. If you like using fruit and veggies in your meals you should get them while your in Puerto Jimenez, as the two shops in Dos Brazos don't always have them; but they do have most of the other basics. There is also a small selection of ingredients (rice, noodles, snacks, drinks etc) available for purchase at the hostel. Definitely worth the trek to get to it!

Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

We stayed at Bolita Hostel for 2 weeks, and would have loved to stay longer! The tree house has everything you need to make your stay comfortable, pretty impressive in the middle of the jungle. Clean kitchen, fresh drinkable spring water, solar powered chargers for camera and phone, nice showers and toilets. The views of Golfo Dulce, el Rio Tigre, and Corcovado National Park are incredible, and seeing them from your own private trail can't be beat!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

This is a fantastic place to see one of the last remaining lowland jungle rain-forests in Central America. The place has everything you need to comfortable and still truly enjoy the great nature around you. This place cannot be beat for value. The Hostel is practically in Corcovado and you will see all the same animals and views and then some. Good kitchen even has a small honor system bar. Also has an extensive system great trails to hike with some breathtaking views. Its a bit of a trek to get here but its worth every minute and every dollar!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Bolita Hostel
Address: Town Of dos Brazos Tigre | right beside Corcovado Park, Puerto Jimenez 8204, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Puerto Jimenez
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Jimenez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE ONLY HOSTEL RIGHT BESIDE CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK:15 km of amazing trails, fascinating wildlife, and excellent bird watching. Bolita is a semi sustainable eco lodge on 61 hectares, 150 acres, in the forest reserve of the Osa Peninsula. Surrounded by rain forest, with spectacular views of the Golfo Dulce and Corcovado Park, with the ocean and beach in sight 14 km away. With special attention placed on reusing and reducing all waste products, no garbage has been taken off the land for the last seven years. We recycle and compost it all. Emersion in language and culture in the town of 191 people. Gold mining, horses, bird watching, and guided tours are available; all served by the local community at no profit to Bolita. Explore Rio Tigre and take a swim. There are many waterfalls including the well known Bonanza. Visit the neighboring village of Dos Brazos (Tigre) for gold mining, bird, and horse tours, or just relax in a hammock. Gas stoves, pots, pans and dishes provided with fresh spring fed drinking water. Bring food. No refrigeration or food on site. ... more   less 
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