Owner Amos Bien is a pioneer and moving force in sustainable tourism. This place is quite rustic and rough around the edges, but those looking for a real nature lodge in the middle of some of Costa Rica’s richest rainforests will be greatly rewarded. Aside from the amazing wildlife and lush fauna, the star attraction here is a nearby swimming hole fed by a beautiful two-tiered waterfall. Meals are standard Tico fare and forgettable, although the service and guides are top notch.

This is not a good place for walk-ins or spur of the moment visits. If you plan to stay here, prior reservations are essential. Be sure to get very specific directions and coordinate closely with the folks here, as the lodge is 15km (10 miles) up a very rugged dirt road and can only be reached via horse, tractor or a very long strenuous hike.