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San Pedro, Cahuita Costa Rica
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San Pedro, Cahuita Costa Rica
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Changuinola Airport79 kmSee all flights
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Saskia S wrote a review Aug 2022
London15 contributions6 helpful votes
What a fantastic and exciting time we had at Selva Bananito - we were there for four days and didn't want to leave. The river was flooded, so we could only get there by zip wire, which was an exhilarating and fun way to start our holiday! We had one of the superior cabins and it was perfect - comfortable and spacious, with the most incredible view of the mountain from the balcony. We kept the folding doors open at night and fell asleep listening to nature, waking to peace and light. We went horse riding, bird watching, walking and planted a tree. We went up in the little helicopter/plane, and it was fascinating to see the layout of the land below, seeing the river, the scope of the mountains and the dense greenery. This is also the best way for the pilot (also our host) Jurgen, to spot any illegal logging. The most memorable thing we did was the overnight stay in the rainforest. I will always remember this experience - sleeping in a hammock (under a shelter!) and listening to the rain and the sounds of the forest. It was a four hour hike to get there and a six hour walk back, including an abseil into a gorge, swimming near a waterfall, and lots of wading through a river. We are both in our early 60s but quite fit - it was a challenge. But one that was definitely worth it! If you think you are up to the hike, then I'd encourage anyone to do this. Selva is run by Jurgen and the lodge and extensive grounds have been in his family for many years - his father originally bought it for logging. But Jurgen and his sisters persuaded his father to give up cutting down trees and transform the place into an eco lodge. Now it offers guests a sustainable, responsible, educational way of having a wonderful holiday - Jurgen is a real eco warrior who is completely passionate about conserving the primary forest, animals and water in this area, and the whole of Costa Rica, and helping guests understand the critical importance of this. All the staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, the food (we're vegan) was great. We would love to come back one day.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: the superior cabins have the most incredible mountain views and are very quiet
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DebinGrecia wrote a review Jun 2022
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This place is remote, a true getaway. Skip the computer and cellphone. They can handle emergencies, don't worry! It's a REAL eco-lodge, with good candlelight meals and limited electricity. The cabins were lovely but not luxurious. We were immersed in Nature. There's plenty to do and bring a good book. I would go back! Be prepared for a drive on a primitive road, fording a couple low rivers.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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sueW2838ZU wrote a review May 2022
Ormskirk, United Kingdom10 contributions
One of our favourite places on our first trip to Costa Rica . Arrival was an adventure in itself being picked up by a 4x4 and heading off down an “ unmade road “ for 35 minutes crossing the river en route . If the river is swollen then zip lining across is an additional adventure. Accommodation is in spacious comfortable wooden cabins well spaced so feel private. Big comfy beds complete with mosquito nets with solar power providing lighting and hot water . Large decks with hammocks and seating come with a view and are ideal to relax and enjoy the sounds of the forest . Meals are on a communal basis at set times which gave us an excellent opportunity to discuss the days adventures with other guests . No meal choices but food fresh , well cooked and plentiful and for a vegetarian extremely well served . Guides were professional, friendly, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable and brought the forest to lif on the good selection of tours available ( including those on horseback or a gyrocopter).Jurgen and his team should be proud of their achievement an amazing experience and memories- highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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MetteHansen2013 wrote a review Apr 2022
Rodskov13 contributions7 helpful votes
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Visited Selva Bananito in feb 2022, and it was one of the most wonderful experiences we had in CR. Superb Cabinas, great food (also for vegetarians), interesting hikes in the rainforest, spectacular surroundings- and totally dedicated staff, that work 24/7 to preserve the rainforest, wildlife and water resources🙏 Jürgen - the owner - is a pioneer, passionate, and extremely devoted to the protection of nature. I can highly recommend this place, you won’t regret! It’s an adventure just to reach the place, and the dedication and natural beauty of this place, will blow you away..in the evening you will experience candle light dinner, as to preserve electricity - there is no WiFi, which is a relieve - as the surrounding pristine nature - is your scene! Do visit them, they so much deserve it🙏 I bow my head for people, that actually makes a difference - and at Selva Bananito, they make a positive difference - every day🙏💪
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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904agnesc wrote a review Jan 2021
Zoutleeuw, Belgium301 contributions126 helpful votes
From the main road to the lodge it's +-10 km on dirt roads. About halfway, you need to leave your own wheels under a thatched roof and someone from the lodge comes to pick you up in a big fat 4x4 Mahindra. To get to the lodge is an adventure in itself as you need to cross several rivers, one of them the big Rii Bananito. After a night of heavy rain, the river becomes uncrossable. One evening we had to wait for quite a while for the water to recede. The lodge is awesome. Entirely built out of wood, rooms are facing the valley. There are 2 sun-powered lightbulbs in the room/bathroom and you can charge batteries in the main office. Keep in mind that you're surrounded by jungle. Walkways are uphill/downhill and you need to be physically OK. Meals (delicious food!!) are taken in the beautiful dining area, by candle light in the evening. And the birding is nice. Parrots fly by, loudly squawking. It's not a cheap place, but it's run with nature preservation in mind.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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TheresaW0924 wrote a review Jan 2021
Houston, Texas39 contributions26 helpful votes
This is an amazing ecolodge that protects the Selva Bananito Preserve. Caesar is a friendly host and Alonso was the best guide. All the meals are delicious and filling and the dinners were especially nice. Please make sure to book directly with the lodge to get the best room. Sofia was very helpful with info and directions. I highly recommend this ecolodge if you are going to the Cahuita area!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Luis C wrote a review Oct 2020
San Jose, Costa Rica14 contributions2 helpful votes
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I have to say that my time in Selva Bananito Lodge was a incredible adventure experience. The staff and the owners are very special to the adventure. There are tour guides that really know the beauty of the natural reserve and explain very well each natural plant or animal from the zone. The rooms are really big and the best tv screen is the beauty of sleeping with the views from the mountain and the surround system of the nature. The adventure begins from the moment you drop off from the highway and need to cross rivers and mountain in order to reach this magical place. And you cant miss the amazing oportunity of taking the Auto Gyro experience where certified captain of a "helicopter" style plane takes you to a tour above all the reserve and the views from Panama to Costarican caribean beaches, explaining how big is the reserve and its amazing views. It is a one in a lifetime experience. Last but not least, there is a presentation from the owner of the place, where he explains the story of the project, how his family roots begin with the place and the purpose of his lifetime work in order to save the planet, this special message really touch our hearts and makes us conscious in order to change the way we see important topics as climate change, plastic garbage, among others. I really recommend this place to visit, learn and have one of the best experience in your life! Thanks to the owners for this amazing experience!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: Choose premium rooms as it has the best views from your room.
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Francis V wrote a review Sep 2020
Sabana Redonda, Costa Rica1 contribution
Its a trip to get there. Be sure to go on the walks, learn about the trees and animals there. Take a gyrocopter flight to see it from above, or a horseback ride to cross long fields. But most importantly! Relax.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Sue F wrote a review Mar 2020
Stroud, United Kingdom79 contributions58 helpful votes
A n experience from the moment you meet the truck from the lodge to the time you pick up your car again. The access is along a dusty winding dirt track to a secure parking place where you transfer to the lodge's truck to traverse a river and more dirt roads. The ecolodge comprises of small cabins which are spacious with large balconies with hammocks which are ideal for birdwatching. The place uses very little energy although there are lights and a fan in the rooms which also have a fresh water cistern for drinking water. Recycling is paramount and solar panels are used for electricity and hot water. All meals are provided and are very good. There is a communal dining room that is lit by candle light by night. Jurgen the owner gives talks in the evening to explain the ethos behind Selva Bananito which are inspiring. Their aim is to educate and inspire people to appreciate the primary and secondary rainforests and to back efforts to maintain this vital resource There are a number of activities available as well as self guided trails around the grounds. The stuff were amazingly knowledgeable and provided the best guided walks we had in three weeks in Costa Rica. The staff are all friendly, helpful and welcoming. Harvey and Alan were great guides we only stayed two nights but would have loved to stay for longer. Definitely a place to return to. We loved it
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Kristine M wrote a review Mar 2020
31 contributions10 helpful votes
When you drive to a lot and have to wait for a truck to pick you up to cross a river to get to your cabin, that's remote and this is what you want in Costa Rica! It's a place that was once a banana plantation turned palm plantation and turning back into primary and secondary rain forest/jungle. Very educational, exciting, as adventurous as you want it to be. A must visit when in CR! A true appreciation and respect for the forest. Harvey is a great guide!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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US$165 - US$184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of LimonCahuita
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Frequently Asked Questions about Selva Bananito Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Selva Bananito Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Selva Bananito Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Selva Bananito Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Does Selva Bananito Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Selva Bananito Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Selva Bananito Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.