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Tiskita Jungle Lodge
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Reviewed 21 August 2008

Our three day stay at Tiskita Jungle Lodge was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. We felt like guests of the Aspinalls instead of clients at a hotel. We loved the family style meals where Peter and Lisbeth joined us for each meal and sat chatting afterwards for as long as the guests cared to stay.

The abundance of wildlife was amazing. Twice we were able to watch the white-faced squirrel monkeys cavorting in the trees (and watching us as much as we were watching them), once by the swimming pool and once by our cabin. There were plenty of iguanas as well as some toucans, an agouti, a coati, lots of lizards, etc.

The cabins were much nicer than we had expected--large and comfortable with a large shower in the bathroom, as well as one outdoors.

We enjoyed walking to the village via the road and also the beach, hiking in the forest, swimming in the pool and also the ocean at low tide.

It was a wonderful place to relax instead of being on a rigid schedule for tours and activities. The hammock on the deck was great, with a wonderful view of the ocean and forest. Another day there would have been nice.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Petitbois
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Reviewed 23 April 2008

We had a wonderful time at Tiskita. We booked our tour (which also included Arenal and Monteverde) through CR Connection/ CR Sun Tours who suggested we go there. We arrived from San Jose by small domestic plane to Tiskita's private airstrip (grass) and both flights coming and going were beautiful. It's a wonderful way to see the countryside.

We were met at the strip by Lizbeth Aspinall(owner), a staff member and a family of five that was leaving on the plane we came in on. It was the warm send off of friends and we were happy to share it.

Our cabin (#8) was spotless and comfortable. It was the furthest away from the lodge (we think) so we had a little hike to get to our meals. It was very private since there was no one in the ajoining room. I couldn't help but think how perfect these cabins are for a family.

The room had lamps on both sides of the bed so we could read, and had electricity at all times.

The bathroom was huge, open air (high walls) and gorgeous. Suprisingly good water pressure and hot water. All their water is filtered so you can drink their tap water if you choose. I did a lot of hand washing and there were clotheslines with pins by the porch.

The rooms are screened in, so there weren't any buggy interlopers worth mentioning.

The porch had hammocks, comfy chairs and an ocean view. It was hard to get to breakfast on time for all the hummingbirds since the cabin is surrounded with tropical bushes. There was also a posse of little brown bats who cool off in the afternoon on the OUTSIDE of the screens which are a way up due to the high ceilings. They were cute and I enjoyed their company. They, of course, were gone all night.

There were about 8 other people staying at the Lodge when we were there and they were friendly and interesting- nature lovers all. We all enjoyed hearing about each other's adventures and sightings at the meals (included) which are served family style. The food was good and hearty which was important for all the hiking we did. The fruit juices available all day and at meals were out of this world, and there was always good coffee. There is an honor bar for sodas, cocktails (mix yourself), and beer.

The pool was great for cooling off and watching the birds and wildlife in a lazy way. It felt so good!

The most thrilling part of Tiskita are the trails. You are in the rainforest and it feels deep. You can lose yourself but you can't get lost. The Owners cut the trails themselves and they range from of deep dark rainforest to open orchard. The trails still have a wildness about them so you feel adventurous-- you are adventurous-- never like you're in a park. It's so beautiful and we saw so much, including but not limited to:
Anteaters, Spider Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, White Faced Monkeys, Coatis, Agoutis, Toucans, Macaws, Hummingbirds, Blue Morpho Butterflies, a crocodile, Sloths, Black Headed Trogons, Manakins, hawks, iguanas, lizards, vultures, frogs etc.

We took a horseback ride along the beautiful beach and up a mountain which I highly recommend, and others took a hike with a birding expert which they enjoyed. The owner Peter Aspinall, gave a tour of his orchard during which he picked some of the exotic fruits for us to try. He tells great stories, and we learned a lot about fruit and Costa Rican culture from him during the walk at dinner.

We were there three nights which was enough, but 5 would have been perfect. We happened to have perfect weather, it only rained twice, once at night and once during breakfast -we were lucky. If it had rained more (it rains hard) we would have missed out on something.

The owners are wonderful and passionate about their lodge and their surroundings. Their care shows in every aspect of this incredible place. We were truly sorry to have to leave and will definitely go back. We had our own emotional goodbye at the airstrip and we really felt lucky to have had the experience we did.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Diclidurus
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Reviewed 29 February 2008

My husband, two boys (ages 4 and 6), and I have just returned home from spending 5 nights at Tiskita. We had a great time! We relaxed, saw tons of wildlife and really felt we were in the rainforest. I loved getting away from cars and televisions and just listening to the jungle sounds. The boys especially enjoyed the pool, the sandy beach (with tons of crabs), and the game area of the lodge. Just from the pool and walking between the lodge and our cabin we saw squirrel monkeys, capuchins, toucans, scarlet macaws, coati, and agouti. We spotted sloths and howler monkeys on our short walks on the trails behind the lodge. My favorite memory from the trip is waking up to see my two boys watching a troop of squirrel monkeys passing by our cabin. Another highlight of our trip, was Peter (the owner) taking us on our tour of his fruit orchard.

The lodge was very casual and I didn’t feel that the boys were disturbing the other guests. Meals were tasty. I don’t eat red meat and on the few occasions when red meat was served, the staff prepared something else for me. The cabins were rustic but clean and the showers were hot.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Eve M
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Reviewed 19 January 2008

This is definitely a fantastic spot if you want to get off the beaten tourist path. There are nicely-groomed private trails for hiking, an incredible fruit orchard and comfy, screened-in rooms that are perfect for listening to the sounds of the rainforest at night. The cabins, made entirely of wood, are dotted along the hillside and have incredible views of the Pacific, as well as private porches with hammocks for lounging. We stayed in one of the newer cabins, called Jaguarundi, which was roomy and super quiet. The bathrooms were totally spotless and the water came out piping hot. There is also a nice swimming pool.

Meals are simple, Costa Rican country-cooking and are served family style. (Think rice, beans, cabbage slaw and various stews.) Drinks are largely of the fruit variety, fresh from the property's orchard. Alcoholic drinks tend to center on beer and wine, so if you prefer cocktails, it might be a good idea to let the staff know when you are making your reservation.

This is definitely an incredible spot to get away from it all. My favorite thing to do was to take long walks on the lodge's private trails, where you could see all kinds of plant species, as well as monkeys, toucans, and more. The site is really a testament to the hard work of the lodge's personable owners, Peter and Lisbeth Aspinall, who have, over the years, replanted what was once a deforested area with lots of native species. It is incredible to see. They have also helped reintroduce the scarlet macaw to the area.

I disagree with an earlier post that said that this lodge wasn't a good value. It's true that you're not going to get gourmet dinners here (nor would I expect to in the middle of what is a very remote area), but the real attraction here is the nature. And in that regard, the Aspinalls have done an incredible job. The lodge's simplicity lets nature be the star of the show.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank CostaLina
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Reviewed 27 June 2005

Spent 2 weeks in the southern peninsula (Not the Osa, the southern Peninsula) and had a great time. I would suggest (if you have the time) to rent a car and drive if possible (it takes about 10hrs from SJO) because my trip wouldn't have been half as fun without the mobility a 4x4 provided me.

I was in awe when I arrived at the lodge, the grounds, the lodge and the rooms are just beautifully done. You could tell that the design took a lot of detail and work and that it shows through in just about every archetectual feature of the lodge.

While the rooms and the grounds were fantastic, the staff and the food left lots to be desired. I was looking forward to some home (lodge) cooked meals but in all honesty, the food was less then marginal. Additionally, the buffet was on a tight schedule that forced you to be at the dining area within 15minutes of chow time or you were out of luck. Those of you who trek and lead a less than scheduled lifestyle while on vacation will most likely find this a pain just as we did.

The management and the staff were neutral and at times even down right hostile.

In short, we enjoyed our stay at the lodge for the archetecture and grounds alone but at $200-$300 /day this was one place we would not return to again. In the 2 week stay we had the chance to spend time at several other locations and found them much more enjoyable and at a fraction of the cost. Tiskita allows guests who are not staying there to get a day pass for (I believe $15). I would stay somewhere else and get the day pass to enjoy the lodge and decide if the additional $200 are worth it.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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