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Macaw Lodge holiday reviews

Alan & Elaine Hales

Date of trip: 31/12/2019


Number of people: 2

"The arrival felt rather daunting and at times never-ending along a bumpy steep, twisty track. Macaw Lodge is very remote, and this is a significant factor in its appeal. The lodge and its grounds are spectacular and a testament to the hard work and vision of the Costa Rican brothers who created the lodge from farmland they purchased in the 1980s. This place is certainly not for thrill-seekers or those insisting on modern comforts such as air-con, hair-dryers and the like and there are few activities to visit unless you were willing to undertake the marathon journey in and out of the location. However for us, this was the ideal final chapter to our Costa Rican adventure and added the missing piece to our puzzle as we saw two scarlet macaws sitting in a tree clearly visible with binoculars, the first genuinely wild macaws we had seen other than flying overhead in 16 days. Strangely, Macaw Lodge has few birds compared to other locations we visited (possible exception of Tamarindo which had even fewer), but had we not already seen so many species and been so spoiled, it probably would have seemed pretty good. We enjoy all wildlife, so the ability to walk through the grounds and the plantations to see many kinds of fruits, vegetables, herbs, bees and the beautiful lakes was more than enough for us. We even saw a kingfisher dive into the lake and sit with a fish half its size whilst pondering how to eat it. The staff are very attentive, the food is cooked from produce grown at the lodge and their is clear evidence of their commitment to care for their environment. An experience not to be missed for anyone who values this type of thing."

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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