Selva Bananito Lodge

Selva Bananito Lodge

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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German
Property amenities
Free parking
Free breakfast
Hiking
Horseback riding
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Shuttle bus service
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms

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San Pedro, Cahuita Costa Rica
Getting there
Limon Airport
15.4 km
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Changuinola Airport
79.1 km
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Sue F wrote a review Mar 2020
Stroud, United Kingdom85 contributions59 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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904agnesc wrote a review Jan 2021
Zoutleeuw, Belgium356 contributions228 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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sueW2838ZU wrote a review May 2022
Ormskirk, United Kingdom9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Luis C wrote a review Oct 2020
San Jose, Costa Rica14 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Choose premium rooms as it has the best views from your room.
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WorthingFranni wrote a review Jan 2020
Worthing, United Kingdom38 contributions10 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
At first I was a bit cross about this place. An eleven km “ride” in a truck along an extremely rutted and wild track introduces you to the lodge. The organisation is chaotic, all the guides were away or ill. But...... the staff are utterly delightful, we had a temporary guide who took us on an 8km hike through the rainforest in TORRENTIAL rain and taught us things and showed us things I will remember forever. We slept in a lovely lodge looking down the hill. We shared with lizards and a bat. There are mosquito nets so you don’t have to get too intimate. We were woken by the howler monkeys and the orapendulas. I was persuaded to go on a horse trek. I’m 63 and have never sat on a horse in my life. If you get the chance to go here - do and definitely go on one of those wonderful, clever, patient horses. The food is fresh and healthy - there is no choice but it’s all very good. This is an exceptional place, you will go to more comfortable and better organised hotels and they will definitely have better access. But you may never love one as much as we loved this place.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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TheresaW0924 wrote a review Jan 2021
Houston, Texas41 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Annina Z wrote a review May 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In the middle of the rainforest, the simple bungalows provide a great veranda with hammocks to chill and enjoy nature. The guides are very nice and make sure they find the right activity to the different travelers. The meals with everyone, in the evening in candle light, are fresh and delicious. A truly authentic experience, highly recommended!
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Francis V wrote a review Sep 2020
Sabana Redonda, Costa Rica1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kristine M wrote a review Mar 2020
39 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Karen O wrote a review Jan 2020
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom67 contributions43 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a fabulous get away from it all place. A fully functional Eco lodge that tries to recycle waste and uses very little energy. It's only accessible by 4x4 as you cross several small rivers to get to it. We had to stay an extra night as unseasonably high rain fall caused these rivers to swell. The lodge owners looked after us so well, and made sure we were fed well and kept safe. They got us to our onward hotels the next day safely in a massive high wheeled transporter.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Harlow, United Kingdom126 contributions34 helpful votes
the track to the lodge is long think it took a good half hour to get there from the main road is an unkept track very bumpy would say you would be better off with 4x4 with good ground clearance
Answer from
New York City, New York
There is a nice stream to walk to from the lodge, it isn't really a swimming environment. There are areas that are deeper than others. It's a nice hike, but we really didn't experience any areas for swimming, even near the waterfalls.
Answer from lauriefoss
Austin, Texas59 contributions30 helpful votes
You can charge your devices in the dining room. There are no outlets in the guest cottages. There should be enough outlets in the dining room for you to charge at least one of your devices every day. We had 12 of us traveling together and all of us had phones and cameras to charge. We were able to do that without any problems.
LisaE_CR wrote a tip May 2023
Turrialba, Costa Rica170 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a place for those who want to get away from everything and experience a true off grid experience."
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Saskia S wrote a tip Aug 2022
London13 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the superior cabins have the most incredible mountain views and are very quiet"
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Luis C wrote a tip Oct 2020
San Jose, Costa Rica14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose premium rooms as it has the best views from your room."
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yogasanne wrote a tip Oct 2018
Munich, Germany132 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The superior rooms are amazing.... it’s best to just book a package of 3 days with everything included."
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Codger3 wrote a tip Jun 2018
Sutton Coldfield, England, United Kingdom23 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the same we think...but get one with a good open view."
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PRICE RANGE
₱9,604 - ₱14,785 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
selva bananito hotel cahuita
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of LimonCahuita
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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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.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Selva Bananito Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
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