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Ecolodge San Luis
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

Nature geek or not, if you like learning about the place you're visiting, Ecolodge San Luis is not to be missed! This University of Georgia research campus is a gem near the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The roads are a little rough getting there, and you need to pay close attention to directions, such as turning at the ruins of a bus shelter (see my photo). I booked two nights there and we got lost for such a long time that we had to find somewhere else to stay! Then when we found the UGa campus, we only had one night left. It would be better to have several nights here, if you can. But we packed in a lot of activities, from a very cool night hike to milking a cow, so it was time well spent. Beautiful place, pleasant rooms, and super-friendly staff. We enjoyed all the interns very much! Early December was a quiet time to be there, with no researchers or students around, so we had almost a family kind of feeling at the shared meals. I liked the food and it was nice to have milk from the resident cows for our Costa Rican coffee.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Wolftracks
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

This place is tucked away on a beautiful piece of land near Monteverde. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of here that are included in your stay. We helped milk cows one morning, and hiked to a beautiful waterfall later that day. A resident naturalist can take you on walks around the property to learn about animals and the environment. This is also an educational center, so it's easy to meet people who are researching and learning about this unique area! The rooms are simple and clean. We stayed in a cabina with french doors that opened onto a covered porch that overlooked the forest. There are polished wood floors throughout every room. The food is typical Costa Rican, cooked family-style by locals. Very good. The staff is so friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. They can set you up with easy day trips to go zip lining, take guided chocolate tours, and my favorite was walking to a local finca and meeting the families that own the land, and learning about how coffee is grown and roasted. A nice touch to the tour was participating in the old-fashioned way of crushing sugarcane using a trapiche to extract juice for cane sugar. We learned step by step how it's done, and got to sample fresh sugar! Thank you UGA Ecolodge for such a memorable experience!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kristy B
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

We arrived at Ecolodge having just traveled through the mountains. It is a peaceful area where you are forced to slow down in a good way. Life is simple here. You can participate in many educational experiences which are included in your lodging fee (as are your meals). Everything here is done in consideration of the ecological and environmental impact. The cabinas were quite comfortable. If you book here consider your budget there are many types of housing available but all include food, lodging and some activities. We enjoyed birdwatching, milking cows and the waterfall hike! Probably I enjoyed the meals and gathering times the most where students studying there, faculty and tourists all come together.

I will come again. It is a Jewel.

Room Tip: Depending on your budget.... we enjoyed the cabinas.
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank EcoAdventuretraveler
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Okay, this place is a MAJOR find. I had spent months researching places to stay in Costa Rica but didn't learn about EcoLodge San Luis until I got there. I spend a couple of days here with my 14 yr old daughter. We met a bunch of interesting people here. Food, activities and lodging are all included in the price (check out their website for specific details). It is a real bargain. The campus is located on the edge of a remote village, about a 5-10 minutes ride into the commercial center of the Monteverde area (Santa Elena). Santa Elena is cooler than the rest of Costa Rica and was quite windy so we were thrilled to find this sheltered spot. Everyone is very friendly and helpful and we learned a TON about cloud forest and rainforest ecology here. We went on a hike to the San Luis waterfall (beautiful, fun adventure), and also participated in a guided day hike and night hike. We learned how to milk cows and how UGA staff are teaching local farmers to turn the methane gasses from the cow dung into cooking fuel. We saw monkeys in the wild, saw incredible insects and animals on the night hike and watched an entertaining educational film about the birds of the cloud forest which helped us identify them when we got into the forest. I would plan on spending at least 3 nights here. You should also get a taxi and go up the hill to see the Bat museum (totally worth it), take the chocolate tour (where they show you how chocolate is made) and see the hummingbirds. Both are located on the outskirts of Santa Elena. Have fun. You won't regret going here. The rooms are basic but clean and very large. If you like this place, you would probably also like Rafiki Safari Lodge outside of Quepos.

Room Tip: No fitness center and no pool but everything was great! We stayed in a private room with private bath. It had bunk beds plus two full size beds. Shower only - no tub. The room was in a building that had four other private rooms under a giant roof. It was not far from the cafeteria.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Westc0aster
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

We just returned from our stay at the UGA Costa Rica Ecolodge. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here as our first stop on our Costa Rica vacation. We were hoping for this to be our "educational" part of the trip with the kids. The naturalists meet you when you arrive and help you schedule your time while at the lodge. You can do as much or as little as you like at the lodge in addition to all that Monteverde has to offer. The lodge is out of the way from Santa Elena, so you feel like you are living in the cloud forest. The cabinas are clean but minimal and could easily accommodate our family of 5. We enjoyed eating meals with others and the traditional Costa Rican food was really good and plentiful. You can even pack a lunch if you plan to be out all day. We enjoyed the many activities on site including milking cows, night hike, bird watching, insect collecting and viewing of the insect collections, coffee and farm tour, and cooking with a local family. We could also just wander the trails on campus and hang out in the recreation center or on the porch. One day we were sitting around and someone asked the kids what they wanted to do. The kids asked to catch butterflies and someone immediately brought nets and took them on a butterfly hunt. The focus on the family was exceptional even though they said that they don't have a lot of kids visit. From the campus you can easily visit the San Luis waterfall and the Monteverde Reserve.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Wyoming_Family_of_5
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