The most comfortable option for this area, the lodge has its own private cloud forest reserve containing quetzals and 130 other highland species, often seen while walking the 5kms network of well-tended trails. Dantica Lodge was founded by a Dutch-Colombian couple, of which the husband, Joost, is a tropical ecologist and his wife Maria a textile designer whose passion is to work with indigenous tribes. Their shared passions inspired them to open a cloud forest lodge, and Dantica begun as their home, with a gallery in the living room and two separate bungalows for rent. Extensive development has created the lodge as it is today, but the couples passion for sustainable tourism, traditional arts and immersion in nature influenced them to design the lodge to be of minimal disruption to the area.
The rooms are divided into 1 x standard cabin, 7 x superior bungalows (2 with 2 King bed rooms and 2 bathrooms), 1 x forest bungalow (with living room with fireplace, King bed and kitchen), 1 x junior suite, and 1 x master suite. All but the master suite, and the 2 bedroom superior bungalows are a 300 meter, paving slabbed walk through the cloud forest. On-site Restaurant Le Tapir offers a variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plates are decorated with organically grown produce from the lodge’s herb garden.
All rooms have a minibar with wine, water, beer and Coke/Diet Coke. The suites also have champagne. The rooms also have a coffee maker with complimentary tea and coffee, ethanol heater, safety deposit box, electric heater, and hot water bottle. All rooms except the standard have Jacuzzis. There are no phones in the room, but there is outside emergency phone by these furthest accommodations. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property.
The lodge’s bird list features 117 species, including varieties of woodpecker; kestrel; flycatcher; tanager; owl; parakeet; warbler; hummingbird and falcon. The mammal list is 52 species long, including various species of bat; tapir; monkey; opossum; porcupine; sloth; jaguar; puma; armadillo and skunk.
A selection of tours are available which can be included or arranged at additional cost. The 'classic' is the Quetzal Tour which starts around 0530 and lasts 2 hours. This tour has a yearly success rate of 95% to see the resplendent quetzal. Other tours include a guided tour within the lodge's private reserve, San Gerardo de Dota Valley birding, birding in the Savegre Reserve, Los Quetzales National Park Paramo Tour, and night walk.
The Lodge requests that guests do not wear bright coloured clothing during bird watching tours, to minimise the chance of disturbing the wildlife.
If you have any questions regarding our Costa Rica tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
Amazing position amongst the cloud forest, good restaurant and food and lovely staff.