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Bosque del Rio Tigre
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

This is for sure a wonderful place with dedicated, engaged hosts and top-notch birding! Smack in the rain-forest at the end of a long, bumpy gravel road and stream crossing.
It is a mixture of luxury with the very few guests and constant attention and acitivity when you have it included, and at the same time fairly rough with shared toilet (8p), outdoor shower, limited electricity and wi-fi. Very hot and humid, although the planning of the building helps to minimize it.

We spent 3 nights here with a group of eight, half of whom are dedicated birders. We knew that this was mostly for them, which turned out correct. Everything centers around rain-forest trails and local area birding, not very much mammals or other wildlife. We (non-birders) did go to Puerto Jimenez for kayaking, the kayaking itself was magical, but it is really too far to go somewhere else while you are here.
I must add that Liz did a wonderful job booking our kayaking and also arranging everything around us going to Sirena directly from BrT. This included Ulysses who was our wonderful guide both at BrT and Sirena. (Also booking and paying rooms and entrance fee, picnic food, mosquito nets, water etc.) Thank you!
So- a must for birders, but others make sure you know where you are going.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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osabirder, Owner at Bosque del Rio Tigre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Thanks so much for your review. Admittedly our special lodge is not for everyone. We designed the lodge for those wanting to experience the rainforest and take a break from the modern world in a special and unusual way. Our aim is to provide high quality of service to our visitors, in a very small, very comfortable, family style lodge with minimal impact and hotel-like sprawl. The tree house style design, with lots of open areas and minimal walls upstairs, gives guests the unique sensation of sleeping in the forest instead of in a typical hotel/lodge room.
I should clarify some issues mentioned in your review.
Although we are best known for birding, which is one of our specialties, we also love to observe and share our knowledge of frogs, reptiles, butterflies, insects, and botanical species.
There are actually 2 bathrooms for the 8 guests in the house. One is upstairs and one is downstairs. The large and airy outdoor showers were planned to increase the open air feeling upstairs in the main lodge as well as to limit noise. Separate showers also means more free time in the main house's bathrooms.
All our power is provided by the sun. We have opted not to use generators or hydro power due to the impacts on the environment. Our 12 volt electricity for lighting is unlimited and available 24 hours a day. The 120 volt electricity, for battery charging, is available from about 10 am to 3 pm. The wifi is available during the same hours. All is available in an emergency.
As for the wildlife, I am truly sorry it did not live up to your expectations. I am surprised, since we probably have more variety of non-mammal wildlife than anywhere else on the peninsula due to the unusual variety of habitats close by.
Harder to see but definitely around are almost all the mammals of the Osa. With night cameras on the trails, over the last year, we have captured Marquay, Ocelot, Puma, and Paca, regularly. Last August a puma was sitting 25 meters from the lodge next to the trails during the day. Tayra, Anteaters, River Otters, Kingajou, Armadilla, Coati are seen fairly regularly. Monkeys pass through our forest daily but are shy (as they should be) and often do not venture right up to the lodge. They have a huge forest to roam in and have never been fed by anyone in our neighborhood.
Unfortunately wildlife is not always visible on demand and getting out and about on the trails is often necessary to increase your chances of seeing something special. Each day/week is different and sometimes it is very quiet and other times, very active. It is hard to imagine leaving here without having seen much wildlife but maybe it was a very slow few days. Or, as can happen with a family group with diverse interests, perhaps your guide misread your interests and failed to point out some of the less obvious wildlife.
Thanks again for your review and I hope your review and my response help future guests make the right decision as to whether our lodge is the right place for them.

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Reviewed 18 April 2013

We spent 3 nights enjoying the birding at the Lodge. Rising early in the morning to go out on walk with either Abraham or Ulises we added numerous birds to our list. The meals were fantastic with something for everyone including people with food sensitivities. Liz and Abraham go out of their way to find the birds, reptiles and insects so that you can see them. Amazing place to visit!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

My son and I spent three days in the lodge in March 2013. We had a great time: Liz and Abraham are fantastic hosts, the stuff is excellent and the place itself very beautiful and tranquil. This was my second stay in the lodge, and I am looking forward to coming again the next year!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

I spent 6 fantastic days at the Bosque del Río Tigre lodge last summer, and have been raving about it to everyone who will listen ever since. What other reviewers have said here are all true - it's a beautiful little lodge with mind-boggling birds, most of which are viewable right on the property or within walking distance of the lodge (though there are also excursions that you can choose to see different species in other parts of the peninsula if you want). And its small scale makes it a truly eco-friendly lodge - this place isn't "greenwashing," it's the real deal.

But for me it was the people there that really made it special. Liz and Abraham were so thoughtful and fun to spend time with, as were the other guests. Abraham was particularly patient with my mediocre Spanish and tropical bird identification skills. It really felt like I was visiting old friends... just particularly interesting old friends who were fantastic birders and had built an eco-lodge in the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest.

Finally, Bosque is a great place to go if you like traveling alone, since you can go out hiking with the other guests and guides, but there are also a number of well-marked trails that you can hike on the property during your downtime. There's a great balance of social activity and quiet time. I really loved it, and am looking forward to going back again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

Upon arriving at Bosque del Rio Tigre on the afternoon of Feb. 7, 2013, so many things happen at once that it’s a bit hard to untease the events. First, we ford the Rio Tigre to our Lodge. Immediately we are in wonder at the two-story building. Then as if some avian god directed the action, lodge owner Abraham informs us that there is a Little Tinamou (with baby!!) feeding at the rice-feeding station next to the kitchen. “Black-shouldered Ant Tanager!” yells Abraham and we scurry to the fruit-feeding station. “Bairds Trogon!” Abraham exclaims and we dash to a cecropia out front. “Gray-necked Wood Rails!” and it is back to the rice.

The setting is beautiful and the birding is dazzling as lodge owner Liz explained the layout of the lodge and shows us our rooms. Our group of 5 has 3 of the corner room upstairs and two of our walls are not walls at all but half walls open to the jungle and its inhabitants. We are incredulous when Liz states that (since it’s the dry season) there are no biting insects at night so the mosquito netting around our bed is optional – yet in 5 nights we are not at all bothered by insects.

Before dark, we all admire the striking Blue-crowned Motmots around the lodge. Dinner is wonderful with fresh bread and great food. After dinner, Abraham shows us a Tarantula which has lived in the same burrow near the shower hut for 5 years! We also get to see a sleeping Riverside Wren on its nest next to the house and an Orange-billed Sparrow sleeping amid the leaves above the Tarantula burrow.

Our adventures continued and it was a spectacular time with Liz and Abraham and guide, Ulysses. If your a birder, this place is absolutely perfect.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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