Costa Rica is world renowned for its eco lodges and there are plenty to choose from – from the luxury to the eco glamping . If you desire a truly authentic holiday experience in Costa Rica – one where you feel at home immersed in the life, traditions and customs of the locals and the environment – then you may be able to narrow down your choice of stay to Danta Corcovado Lodge, a family-run eco lodge set on the Osa Peninsula.
Located in one of Costa Rica’s wildest and remote areas, Danta Corcovado Lodge is within hiking distance of the Corcovado National Park, a reserve on the southwest peninsula. Corcovado National Park is considered one of the world’s most biodiverse regions – home to wildlife that includes scarlet macaws, tapirs, jaguars and squirrel monkeys.
Danta Corcovado Lodge, which proudly declares itself as “100% locally run”, is a welcome introduction to this remote area of Costa Rica, and its surrounding natural and abundant splendours. The unique lodge has a rustic, creative feel with the buildings that make up the entire lodge, made from reforested wood, which the owner’s father had planted. No piece of wood here goes to waste, adding a whimsical touch to Danta Corcovado Lodge’s interiors.
The woody look-and-feel is prevalent throughout the premises from the long chairs in the bar and restaurant, twig headboards that support the bed frames in the bedrooms, twisted branch windows, and bar stools made from tree stumps.
The furniture and buildings truly are an ode to the woods and surrounding rainforest, and fine craftsmanship, showing visitors just how creative you can get with natural resources such as trees.
A whimsical, fairy-like vibe permeates the dwellings throughout the Danta Corcovado Lodge, which includes a range of accommodations to suit all budgets – from bunk-bed rooms with shared bathroom to spacious bungalows, set further in the forest, away from the main lodge. A separate house, located close to the main lodge, also provides home for families or large groups.
What’s special about the Danta Corcovado Lodge is the community vibe that it brings to the table, so to speak. Everything at the lodge has a collective energy – the buildings have been constructed by the family who run the business, with the support of locals; the lodge also serves as a hub for the local community; it supports local businesses and suppliers including farmers and crafts workers specialising in recycled products; and actively encourages guests to participate in and/or be aware of its sustainability practices.
Sustainability, pioneered throughout Costa Rica and its tourism offerings, is integral to everything at Danta Corcovado Lodge. Solar energy is used for heating water, the buildings are environmentally friendly open structures, which allow for the use of natural light, and the lodge protects the flora and the fauna inside and outside of the property, and wild animals are not kept in captivity.
Danta Corcovado Lodge offers as much a remote and relaxing retreat as it does an awareness-raising vacation. The lodge organises tours and activities, providing guests with the opportunity to interact with the surrounding natural environment, its habitants and the local community. Get to know the jungle and its inhabitants, at night, on a guided tour, where you may get the chance of meeting caimans and tree frogs around the natural lagoon.
Given the lodge’s proximity to the indigenous territory of Guaymí, next to Corcovado National Park, guests are also invited to experience what life is like within the community, learn about medicinal plants and natural products, and partake in a cleansing ritual.
The water element is never too far from an experience at Danta Corcovado Lodge, with dolphin spotting in Golfo Dulce or lounging on the often deserted beach of Playa Blanca. Playa Blanca shares the coast with a mangrove forest, and serves as a nesting site for sea turtles.
All images: © Danta Corcovado Lodge
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com