I really enjoyed our stay at Cerro Lodge during the first half of our horse riding adventure in Costa Rica. The rooms are basic, but include air conditioning units and ensuite bathrooms with shower. We had a banana plant right outside our room. The setting is gorgeous--beautiful view from the restaurant area, where they have set up bird feeders. We saw many hummingbirds, scarlet macaws, and lots of other species--I'll let some of the real birders tell you about those.
We ate breakfast and dinner at the lodge each day. Meals are typical Costa Rican fare, delicious but simple preparation, served buffet style. The owner's young sons enthusiastically bussed dishes during dinner time and served dessert. I love that the Costa Rican way of serving coffee is with hot milk available, since I think I use more milk than coffee and can still have a hot beverage that way.
I enjoyed walking down to the "Green Land" area, where we saw some very friendly goats, a cow, a pig, and many chickens, which provide eggs for the restaurant. They also have a small butterfly "aviary" with a variety of butterflies including blue morpho and owl butterflies, among others. They bring in chrysalids from the various species. It is interesting to see the different types of chrysalids, as well as butterflies just emerged.
Wildlife we saw on the grounds, besides beautiful birds, included squirrels, frogs, geckos, and a couple of very interesting varieties of spider, one that made a kind of "flower" or crochet-type design in the middle of its web. I'm sure there was much more to see, but we spent little free time there, as we were off horse riding during the day. Most of the clientele seemed to be avid bird watchers with really big lenses for their cameras--serious stuff!
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- Strongly recommended for Birdwatchers and Photographers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cerro Hotel Tarcoles
- Hotel Cerro Lodge Costa Rica/Tarcoles