Nature Observatorio

Campground in Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Gandoca-Manzanillo

Located 80ft up in a tree within the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, this observation deck and tree house allows guests to experience life in the canopy of an old-growth forest. The open-air, two-story accommodation features hammocks and comfy beds from which monkeys, kinkajous and toucans are regularly spotted. To reach the platform, guests must climb the tree (harnesses provided).

The owner, an ardent conservationist, collects his customers in Manzanillo at 1pm each day and leads them on a 45-minute hike to the tree, which he helps them to scale on a rope ladder. Dinner and breakfast are delivered up the tree in a basket. The entire deck is only 60 sq meters and includes just two units sleeping two people each.