A hotel in the Rainforest of the Austrians !
The Hotel Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is situated next to the Rainforest of the Austrians, which is a sector of Piedras Blancas National Park north of Golfito. Experience the rain as well as the magic and mystery of this rich forest. Find roots here, that will exudes a flammable liquid. Get medicinal qualities of trees and other plants explained, see miniature orchids, kingfishers, hummingbirds, and two pristine waterfalls.
Only 5 kilometres apart from the Interamerican Highway and a 30-minute taxi ride from Golfito airport, the lodge welcomes all kinds of nature lovers, whether eco-tourists looking for a jungle adventure off the beaten track, birdwatchers, natural history groups interested in studying the rich biodiversity of a tropical rainforest, or educational groups participating in field courses.
While relaxing on the shady veranda, guests can enjoy a close-up view of the forest. The array of exotic birds, including parrots and toucans, is stunning (over 200 species have been counted). The large main building has a spacious, open living room, library, bar, and a restaurant only a stone's throw from the dense jungle. A crystal-clear jungle stream flows through the naturally-filtered swimming pool and the beautifully landscaped tropical garden, which attracts a great variety of wildlife such as monkeys, sloth, Caymans and colourful butterflies.
A 10-mile long network of well-marked trails departs directly behind the lodge. Guests can chose between an easy walk of 30 minutes or more strenuous hikes of up to 5 hours, most of which lead through fascinating, untouched primary forest. All of this jungle was bought with donations from thousands of Austrians and donated to the Costa Rican national park service. It is known as the Rainforest of the Austrians.