La Amistad Lodge

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About 3km by poorly-maintained dirt road from the village of Las Mellizas, this lodge sits on 100 sq km of wilderness and organic farmland that constitutes Costa Rica’s third-largest reserve. Since 1940, the congenial Montero family has operated this organic coffee farm, and has long worked to balance the needs of development with protecting the environment. The main lodge has tropical hardwood cabins with hot water and electricity provided by a low-impact hydroelectric plant. Four additional jungle camps have been built at different altitudes and habitats, allowing visitors to do a multiday trek around the area without leaving the comforts of a solid bed and good cooking. The staff will transport your belongings from one site to another and provide meals at each camp, which have full-sized walk-in tents, toilets and running water. The extensive network of trails (40km) is excellent for bird-watching and horseback riding. Guests are also invited to participate in the harvesting and processing (and drinking) of the homegrown coffee. Rates include three meals a day (and lots of fresh-brewed coffee), as well as the entry fee into the park. Buses to Las Mellizas can get you close to the lodge, but the owners will come get you if you call ahead.

Our independent authors have visited La Amistad Lodge and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Parque Internacional La Amistad.

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