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Costa Rica Jungle Lodge

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Costa Rica’s beach resorts and hotels receive a lot of well deserved attention among North American sun and surf worshipers. With white and dark sand beaches, great waves and romantic sunsets – it’s hard to go wrong. But for those tired of the salt-crusted-hair-look, who prefer something a bit more adventurous and off the beaten path, Costa Rica offers a delightful alternative: The Costa Rica jungle / rainforest lodge. Located in misty cloud forests, lowland jungles and remote beaches, the Costa Rica jungle lodge is everything a beach resort is not: intimate, secluded, bathed in nature and refreshingly authentic.

Because many Costa Rica lodges are located in fairly remote areas of the country, most supplies must be brought in from a good distance away (many times by raft, boat or plane), making the price you pay for a quality Costa Rica lodge somewhat more expensive than a regular hotel – though not necessarily as much as a beach resort. Still, when you consider that many rainforest lodges include meals, transportation and some tours in the price, it really is a great bargain.

It’s a jungle out there…

Before you go, make sure you know what you are getting into – literally. Although this sounds like common sense, you’d be surprised how many people blindly book their vacation through a third party and then are surprised (to say the least) to learn that their so-called Costa Rica jungle lodge is neither a lodge, nor in the jungle.

The great majority of Costa Rica jungle lodges are built to, and uphold, strict standards of eco-responsibility. These may include materials used, waste management, the use of renewable resources, and the way they educate their guests to respect the environment. Many rainforest Costa Rica lodges are also very involved with local communities, donating resources, money and time to projects that benefit the area’s inhabitants. Some lodges may offer guided cultural tours, allowing you to enjoy a much more satisfying experience than simply participating in recreational and nature activities. That said, because of the boom in everything “eco”, there are some “lodges” that have simply added this prefix to their name and nothing more. They talk the talk but do not walk the walk. So again, if a true Costa Rica eco-lodge is what you are looking for, ask the right questions. What concrete steps do you take to protect the environment? How do you avoid disturbing the wildlife? How do you minimize energy consumption? Do you support local communities? Are you members of any eco-tourism organizations and have you received any awards for eco-responsible practices? Direct questions such as these will quickly separate the wheat from the chaff.

William Cook is editor and writer for Info Costa Rica, an online portal that features a wide variety of Costa Rica Travel and living information.

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