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Selva Bananito Lodge

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Starting at $132 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Selva Bananito Lodge is located on a beautiful, remote nature preserve. The cabins are built sustainably and without electricity so guests can focus on appreciating the nature around them. Explore the reserve on guided tours, via exciting activities such as hiking, horseback riding or even ziplining.

Overview

Room at Selva Bananito Lodge
Room at Selva Bananito Lodge

Selva Bananito Lodge is located in the beautiful Talamanca Mountain region, at the foot of Muchilla mountain. It is in the province of Limón, located near the expansive wilderness of La Amistad International Park. The lodge is located on a family farm, on land that was originally meant to be used for logging. Instead, the family chose in 1994 to use two-thirds of the land as a nature reserve, with the lodge as a resort located on this land. One third of the land was set aside for farming, and it used to grow cocoa, coconuts and bananas.

It is currently it is home to a forest restoration project and sustainable cattle farming of livestock that both produce milk and can be used for beef. Future plans for the land include a sustainable oil palm plantation.

Because of its remote location, the lodge provides meals at its own rancho. It includes a bar, library area, and a dining room. The kitchen and staff areas are downstairs from the guest services. As part of its dedication to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices, the resort does not use electricity for the majority of its operations and does not provide electrical outlets to guests.

Battery charging can be arranged if necessary, but it is not part of the regular services offered, as part of an effort to immerse guests in the natural world as much as possible.

Ecotourism in Costa Rica has led to a boom in resorts and lodges that prioritize nature as part of their guests’ experiences. This lodge has a focus on sustainability, so it can operate and host visitors without doing serious harm to local natural resources and nearby residents.

The lodge takes a big-picture view of harm reduction and concentrates on minimizing the negative effect on nature in every way. From recycling to avoid noise pollution that drives animals away, Selva Bananito is an excellent example of how to run a sustainable resort. Solar energy for heating and electricity is another way the lodge goes green, and used salvage wood for a full 80% of its construction. Ecotourism aims to reduce the impact of human activity on the forest as much as possible.

Key Features

Amazing waterfall close to Selva Bananito Lodge
Amazing waterfall close to Selva Bananito Lodge
  • Top Ten Eco Lodges in the World
  • Located in a Private Reserve
  • World wide recognition for ecoturism
  • One of Eight best eco lodges in Costa Rica
  • The smallest Carbon Foot Print in the country
  • Customized packages
Prices
Starting at $132 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Amenities

Bar
Family Friendly
Hotel near Beach
Restaurant On Site
Smoke Free Rooms

Rooms

Relax in our rooms at Selva Bananito Lodge
Relax in our rooms at Selva Bananito Lodge

The cabins at Selva Bananito feature waste wood from logging projects decades in the past. More than 80% of the precious woods used in the construction process were sourced this way,, to avoid supporting modern logging operations. Instead of using vehicles that could damage the forest, the lodge used water buffalo to transport the wood.

Each cabin is built in the traditional manner, on stilts, to keep living quarters high above water level and to help avoid insects.The rooms also include extensive mosquito netting for your comfort. The lodge creates privacy by spacing the cabins at least 30 feet apart and creating natural walls of foliage for privacy. There are two lodging options available: standard rooms and superior rooms.

Standard Cabins There are seven standard cabins available at the lodge. Each includes both a queen size bed and full size bed, to fit 4 guests. The cabins have full private bathrooms, complete with a beautiful tiled shower. The large deck viewing areas are set up with two hammocks, allowing guests to soak in the views of nature during leisure time.

Superior Cabins Four superior cabins are available for use at the lodge. They are furnished with two queen beds and feature two hammocks outside on the spacious decks. They also have full bathrooms that use solar power to heat the water.

Prices
Starting at $132 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Activities

Hiking – Trek through the sprawling natural beauty found in the Costa Rican forest with an experienced guide who can point out wildlife and foliage. Become intimate with the forest and all its unique qualities on this 3-hour journey.

Horseback Riding – Beginners and more advanced riders alike can experience this unique opportunity to ride a horse through trails in rural, untouched areas of forest. This method of transportation avoid a negative environmental impact and allows you to venture farther than you could on foot.

Bird Watching – This tropical region is extremely biodiverse and hosts hundreds of bird species. Here is your chance to view beautiful, exotic birds, led in small groups by experts who can tell you all about the birds you come across.

Tree Climbing – Climb a full 30 meters into the tree canopy with the comfort and safety of a harness. You can climb at your own pace and take in the sights of the forest and tree canopy during this 1-2 hour activity.

Plant a Tree – Participate in restoration of the forest with this symbolic act. Our guides will show you how to effectively plant a tree, and our planting efforts have a strong 91% success rate, so you can expect your tree to grow up to become part of the ecosystem.

Zipline Tour – Get a bird’s eye view of the forest when you do this tour of 100-foot platforms by ziplining through. The ride is thrilling, fun and has the most incredibly scenic views so you can make memories during this 2-3 hour experience.

Tours Offered

ATV Riding
Bird Watching
Canopy Tours / Zip Line
Family Friendly Tours
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Kayaking
National Park / Reserve Tours
Night Hikes
Surfing
White Water Kayaking
Wildlife Viewing

Location & Map

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Southern Caribbean Map
Selva Bananito Lodge is located in the area of Cahuita, in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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Prices Starting at $132 (USD) / night
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