Macaw Lodge

Costa Rica

Beautifully landscaped gardens with many ponds attracting waterlife. Good birding opportunities here. Very simple lodges, and I did struggle a bit with the heat and humidity as much hotter than the Caribbean side of the country. Food ok, nothing fancy, but some interesting use of unusual squashes and fruit. The road up to the lodge was pretty terrible, and to visit the Park meant a two hour round trip.

Name: Mr. David Redwood

Date of trip: 06/02/2020

Number of people: 2

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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.

Name: Alan & Elaine Hales

Date of trip: 31/12/2019

Number of people: 2

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Beautiful location. Set menu probably the least inspiring on the trip. Bungalows quite basic but great views. A bit of an end of season to the place with a few things not working (fans, tripping electric etc). Pleasant enough staff. Reasonably remote and a bit of a challenge getting back there last night after very heavy rain due to several fallen trees.

Name: Mr. Adrian Davies

Date of trip: 17/08/2019

Number of people: 2

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Beautiful location but access is one hour on a very bumpy road, not everyone's cup of tea. We would have preferred to stay in the main lodge where the restaurant is, with great views across the lake, and where the main bird activity was, but was told it was full - it wasn't as there were never more than 6 guests during the 3 days/2 nights we spent there. Our lodge in the grounds was some distance away from the main lodge and walking access wasn't ideal. We were offered an alternative lodge over looking the car park

Name: Mrs. Joanna Hoggard

Date of trip: 12/03/2019

Number of people: 2

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Unfortunately no guide was available for bird walk - as no guests had pre booked so they gave him time off. We managed to find lots of birds on our own.

Name: Mr. Timothy Somervell

Date of trip: 07/03/2019

Number of people: 2

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Name: Ms. Linda Emmett

Date of trip: 16/02/2019

Number of people: 2

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Peaceful setting aroud a lake teeming with wildlife. Day and night jungle sounds though huge mesh covered open side wall to bedroom Eco centre trying to be fully sustainable

Name: Mr. J R

Date of trip: 10/03/2018

Number of people: 2

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Isolated, stunning setting. Self-sustaining regime: impressive. Welcome and food = equal to Rancho Naturalista. 24 person capacity, in lodges built from the forest. Trip to Carara National Park ( 1 ½ hours: driver Carlos = v chatty, attentive and cheery), north sector, primarily to see scarlet macaws. Good guide (Franklin), but we weren’t expecting to be part of a group – another couple were also present. However, we had excellent sightings of scarlet macaws. Changed itinerary so we stayed at Macaw Lodge an extra day (as it was so beautiful there)instead of going back to San Jose. SwissTravel re-arrangement: fast efficient, easy!

Name: Mr. Andrew Thompson

Date of trip: 06/02/2018

Number of people: 2

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Very nice location. But no tour of the property (only an explanation)

Name: Mrs. Catherine Bernadat Ep. Frenzel

Date of trip: 15/06/2016

Number of people: 2

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Client Rating for Costa Rica 5/5 from 216 reviews

Isolated, stunning setting. Self-sustaining regime: impressive. Welcome and food = equal to Rancho Naturalista. 24 person capacity, in lodges built from the forest. Trip to Carara National Park ( 1 ½ hours: driver Carlos = v chatty, attentive and cheery), north sector, primarily to see scarlet macaws. Good guide (Franklin), but we weren’t expecting to be part of a group – another couple were also present. However, we had excellent sightings of scarlet macaws. Changed itinerary so we stayed at Macaw Lodge an extra day (as it was so beautiful there)instead of going back to San Jose. SwissTravel re-arrangement: fast efficient, easy!

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