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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge holiday reviews

Doctor Ian Ground

Date of trip: 21/01/2020


Number of people: 4

"In general, Corcovado was the most beautiful location but, probably, the least well-run. We really wouldn’t have wanted to miss it but the management of the place, communications and some of the little touches were just a bit unfocussed somehow. For example, the dining room is rather lovely, but the lighting makes it seem a bit dull and institutional. A few candles would have gone a long way. The tables are set for the relevant sized groups but far apart so that the different groups can’t mix very easily. There is a lovely sunset bar, but the cocktails are poorly made. The dinners are okay but have no flair. Clear communications from management when you get there, but the staff can sometimes be hard to find when you want them or give out the wrong info. I think if we had paid the full website price for this venue, we would have felt it was overpriced for the non-nature related aspects. However, the beaches and trails are really spectacular. (don’t miss the little path that goes off from the beach where you have lunch). The guide was poor and definitely needs to be more safety aware re the snorkelling trip. We were fine but open seas snorkelling like this is not for beginners. Lovely to see a humpback on the way to the island and to see a huge turtle when swimming. So, a bit of a conundrum this place. Beautiful but unfocussed service wise. I think that the owner and founder, who still lives on the property, needs to refresh his vision of what is on offer here, better motivate the staff and take H&S issues more seriously. "


Date of trip: 03/12/2019


Number of people: 1

"Again, somewhere that exceeded all expectations and is simply heaven. Starting the adventure at La Hacienda, the pretty little riverside office in Sierpe where guests board the small boat with their luggage (wrapped in huge waterproof bags as the salty spume out on the ocean is detrimental for cameras and clothing alike), it's a two-hour power ride to the lodge. The river banks are strewn with great wildlife that the boat captain spots for you with a practiced eye. We saw a Potoo, Scarlet Macaws, an Osprey, herons, Pelicans etc Make sure you're wearing plastic shoes suitable for a wet landing (ie getting out of the boat directly into the wash) at the other end. It's a great way to feel you've landed on your own James Bond beach. The staff shift your luggage around for you and are very adept at helping you in and out of boats. A tractor with people trailer takes you up the very steep hill from the beach to the lodge. I did walk it once and it's a great work out but you can radio from the beachside cabin at any time to get the tractor to come and pick you up. It's like a big family here. Everyone lives on site while they're working as it's so remote, and they all seem to get on really well. Lots of laughter and groups chipping in together. I was welcomed by the manager Steven Watson (Costa Rican but has lived in the states) and a refreshing fruit cocktail (non-alcoholic) and a fabulous lunch, then taken to my own cabin (number 1). The cabins are along concrete paths (you'll never get muddy feet) and all surrounded by their own garden areas and are very private. Comfy bed with ceiling fan above, a safe, hanging space, huge shower area with sink + toiletries, an outside shower, and a very spacious separate toilet + bidet + sink room. Good lighting, nice towels etc. The paths are lit at night but only sporadically so I was pleased to have my head torch. There's a main bar where two young bar men serve great cocktails, the back of which is open to a fabulous view of the forest. You can sit and spot birds, Coartis, monkeys etc. Between 5pm and 6ish the sunset bar just down the track is set up to serve cocktails (Claudio did the honours - he's a real character and full of info) as you sit and watch the skies shift through colours of the rainbow. I heard a young puma visited a couple of days before I arrived. He hung around for an hour! Steven blows on a conch shell to summon everyone to dinner at 7pm in the evenings (you'll be asked during the day for your choice of two main courses). Food is great and you certainly won't go hungry. I had two separate guides while I was there. Fabian took three of us along one of the Corcovado National Park trails which starts just by the private lodge beach. It's exceptional to have direct access to the park like this. No one else does! It was easy hiking and we took our time spotting a couple of harmless snakes, lizards, birds, monkeys, coartis etc. Spotting the gigantic crocodiles that had ridden out with the river mouth tides into the ocean to wait for unsuspecting pelicans to fish was amazing. Definitely no swimming there. Other areas are perfectly safe though. The private lodge beach is something out of a movie. Picnic lunches are brought down and served after trail hikes or boat trips. I can still hear the ocean, feel the warm breeze and see the pelicans swooping as I write this. There are hammocks for an early afternoon nap, or you can paddle/swim in the waves. Truly idyllic. If you don't fancy the sea, there's a great pool with loungers up in the main lodge area. This is also where you'll find wifi connection (not available in your cabin etc). At night you can wander around the pool edges and shine a bright torch into the foliage to see frogs etc. I did a pre-booked boat trip out to Cano Island one day. It's about 45 minutes straight across, whereas many other day trippers have to travel a couple of hours at least. Great snorkelling, and a small beach with lovely rock pools to explore. There's a toilet and ranger's station to keep an eye on the visitors. Lovely birds, and an extraordinary Green Bee - iridescent metallic emerald green - that looks like an alien and only lives on Cano island. Gotta love Costa Rica! Eduardo was the lead guide for this trip. He is extraordinary. He's an indigenous Boruca native and works at the lodge most of the month before returning to his native village to be with his family the rest of the time. His whole culture is based on nature/the forest so there's nothing he doesn't know. The lodge has only just secured his services and he's a real asset. His English is very good. I loved the staff, the setup, the location, the ambience here. They are professional and try very hard to make sure your stay is everything you'd hoped for. It's perfect if you want to relax and see Costa Rica at it's best. I was happily loving it on my own but I reckon it would be a perfect honeymoon destination!"

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