All the lodges listed below arrange excursions throughout the region, including boat trips on the Sarapiquí, guided hikes in the rainforest, and horseback or mountain-bike rides.

Hacienda La Isla ★ ((tel) 2764-2576; www.haciendalaisla.com) is an intimate boutique hotel near the small town of Las Horquetas. 

The Posada Andrea Cristina ((tel) 2766-6265), just on the outskirts of Puerto Viejo, is run by Alex Martínez, an excellent local guide and pioneering conservationist in the region. You may also consider staying at the jungle tent-camp or isolated Magsasay Lodge at Hacienda Pozo Azul ★ ((tel) 877/810-6903 U.S./Canada, or 2438-2616; www.pozoazul.com).

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.