High in the Talamanca Mountain range, only a couple of hours south of San Jose, you’ll find a very special place, the Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge. If you enjoy peaceful mountain escapes, forest trails and an incredible diversity of life, then this is the place for you.
Twelve luxurious bungalows, of varying sizes, are carefully perched on the mountain side facing south or west, to capture the sunlight and give you a perfect view into the cloud forest around you.
Sitting on your covered private terrace you might even catch a glimpse of the rare Quetzal, the sacred bird of the Aztec and Maya cultures. The small village of San Gerardo de Dota is only a couple of kilometres away, and is recognised as the best place in Costa Rica to see the elusive bird.
There are a number of guided tours to be taken, exploring the natural surroundings including bird watching tours, flora & fauna tours, waterfall, night tours & horseback tours. Or, you can explore yourself on the hiking trails through the 20 hectare private reserve.
Return from a day’s activity and relax in your Jacuzzi bath, and then dine in the charming Le Tapir restaurant, enjoying a beautiful meal created from locally sourced produce, and herbs grown in the garden behind the restaurant.
Dantica also has an impressive art gallery, displaying indigenous works from not only Costa Rica, but also Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
If you’re a nature lover who could do with some relief from the heat, you could do worse than a couple of days up here.
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