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Just an hour and a half from San José, this lodge is situated on a private reserve surrounded by cloud forest and rainforest between two national parks – Juan Castro Blanco and Poás Volcano – en route to Sarapiquí.

The 12 spacious rooms at Bosque de Paz are pleasantly furnished and decorated with local handicrafts to create a cosy atmosphere. Each has two double beds, and en suite bathroom, plus a terrace from which you can enjoy the mountain landscape and wake each morning to a dawn chorus of birdsong and howler monkeys. The comfortable lounge has a terrace with spectacular views, and offers sightings of many birds, including iridescent hummingbirds, and several mammals, while the gardens boast an impressive variety of orchids. 

Various trails allow you to explore the area’s extraordinary biodiversity, with impressive 100-year-old trees laden with orchids, bromeliads, moss and ferns in an unforgettable setting of valleys, rivers and imposing waterfalls. This magical location offers pure mountain air and a tranquil atmosphere in which to relax, free from environmental pollution and far from the noise, congestion and stresses of everyday life in the city.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Cloud Forests & Mountains

Enjoy the beauty and spectacle of Costa Rica's flora and fauna on this fantastic trip encompassing the best of the country. Exploring rainforests and coastlines, the itinerary is designed to introduce you to the incredible variety of birds, wildlife and plant species to be found in Costa Rica.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,445 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Pacific Coast Journey

Discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s cordillera region and Pacific coastline. From the small yet spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park to the hummingbirds of Monteverde, the trip culminates with a few days at the remote Osa Peninsula, a beautiful natural paradise on the Pacific Coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wildlife Photography in Costa Rica’s Rainforests

Costa Rica has long been an established wildlife destination, renowned for its remarkable biodiversity. Join acclaimed photographer Nick Garbutt on this unique itinerary that offers extended stays in prime locations to discover some of the country’s best preserved ecosystems.

  • When to go: Apr-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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San Jose

Costa Rica’s capital stands in the centre of the country at an elevation of around 1,200 metres. Home to the main international airport, it has the country’s pristine natural attractions on its doorstep. The downtown area is fairly small and has several interesting museums and parks.

  • Where: San Jose Province
  • Excellent for: City stopover