La Sombra Ecolodge

Lodge in La Dalia & Peñas Blancas

This vast coffee finca set among tracts of cloud forest has wonderful views and plenty of activities for guests run by the warm and welcoming staff. Accommodations are in wood-crafted, fan-cooled rooms that come with mosquito nets, hot water and solar-generated electricity. Best of all, there are three pools fed by cold mountain water, perfect for cooling down post-hike.

In addition to tours of the coffee plantations, there is excellent birdwatching, scenic nature trails, waterfalls, a fine mariposario (butterfly enclosure), a zipline and a ranario (frog enclosure). It's possible to visit just for the day (US$15 including lunch and activities) – a great deal if the rooms are out of your budget. Advance reservations are recommended.