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Stay in a sustainable ecolodge in the Caribean jungle

This gigantic 1200 ha lush green rainforest in the Caribbean jungle barely escaped deforestation a few years ago. But, because of the determination of the owner of Selva Bananito lodge, the area has been preserved. But the struggle is not over, during your stay you will learn, hear and see more about the importance of nature conservation.

If you are a bird and nature lovers, you’ll find yourself in paradise at Selva Bananito Lodge. Therefore, booking a guided hike is a must-do while staying here. As mentioned,  the Costa Rican family with German roots will tell you all about nature conservation, but they will certainly pamper you with great food and drink as well!

In the evening, you will be eating together with the other guests at a large table, a fun, and pleasant experience. After dinner, you can enjoy a private frog concert from the balcony of your cottage, after which a good night’s sleep is guaranteed!

  • Horseback riding
  • Deep into the jungle
  • Hiking
  • Waterfall Rappel
  • Canopy tours
  • Jaguar & rainforest conservation
  • Green Circle Member hotel

Caribbean Jungle Ecolodge Selva Bananito


Caribbean Jungle Ecolodge Selva Bananito

You find this incredible lodge on the Caribbean side of the country. From the small town of Bananito near the coast, it is a 45 min bumpy ride to the lodge in the heart of the Caribbean jungle

CONSERVATION AT ITS BEST! At Selva Bananito Lodge you will see high-quality conservation progress and efforts. Surrounded by pristine jungle with all its charm and sounds you stay in beautiful private cabins and enjoy delicious locally sourced meals. 

By building an ecolodge from waste-wood they made sure they would have the means to protect this unknown piece of rainforest on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica near ‘La Amistad Biosphere Reserve’. This is a true example of what a sustainable hotel should look like. We are proud they are part of the Green Circle Experience

Sustainability at Selva Bananito


Sustainability at Selva Bananito

In 1996 Fundación Cuencas de Limón (FCL) was established by Jurgen Stein, the owner of Selva Bananito Lodge (he would love to tell you about it in person). This foundation was established to protect the watersheds of the southeastern mountain region of Costa Rica. This area is the main water source of the city of Limon and other Caribbean towns like Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and Bananito. 

The foundation makes a big effort to expand the biological buffer, hire guards to report illegal logging and hunting, educate the local people, and expand the conservation efforts. As well, they try to change legislation to make sure the government does more to protect the area. 

By renting our electric rental car ‘La Selvita’ 10% of your daily car rental goes to this project. So you directly help the preservation of the forests of Costa Rica. 

Explore the area


Explore the area

During your stay at Selva Bananito you can enjoy many activities to explore nature and have fun.

Have you ever flown in a Gyrocopter? Well, this is your chance to fly (as a passenger) in this small, lightweight aircraft. The views of the Talamanca mountain range and the Caribbean ocean are stunning!

If you haven’t had enough adrenaline, you can go rappelling or horseback riding. And if you want to connect more with nature you can take (guided) hikes through the pristine forest, plant a tree, or even climb one.



I always dreamt of visiting the rainforest, and staying at Selva Bananito Lodge made that dream come true. There is no way to describe waking up surrounded by endless rainforest, and those howler monkeys in the morning, WOW.


Johnssen family

We decided to stay in Selva Bananito because we love the fact they do so much to protect the rainforest. We really wanted to learn more about that. Jurgen is incredibly enthusiastic about it and really helped us understand the project and the necessity of preservation. We had a lovely stay and recommend everybody to stay there as well.



We loved our stay at Selva Bananito Lodge. The scenery is amazing and we made some great hikes. Oh, and we climbed a tree, who would have thought we would ever do that 🙂

What to see around Selva Bananito

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

A green oasis in the center of San José
Ecolodge San Jose, AVE DEL PARAÍSO. Is located in the heart of San Pedro, a bit west of the city center of San José. This hotel is strategically located near restaurants, bars, and shopping possibilities, and it will give you a great start of your stay in Costa Rica. Ave del Paraiso is a small eco-boutique hotel that offers attentive service and creates a warm atmosphere for its guests. We recommend a meal at their farm-to-table adjoining restaurant.
Start exploring from your fabulous boutique hotel in San José
Hotel Grano de Oro is a fabulous boutique hotel in the center of San Jose. The Canadian owners have been living in Costa Rica for more than 25 years, and have developed a deep respect for the local community they work with and live in. In the hotel, you'll easily encounter their love for the city's traditions and history. It's truly a great place to stay! Also, the hotels support a local cause to help young mothers to get on their feet.
Get inspired at this sustainable Ranch in El Castillo
Stay in a unique sustainable ecolodge in Costa Rica! El Castillo is a small village at the foot of the Arenal volcano, the most famous volcano in Costa Rica. You stay at an inspiring location, literally at the end of the road. Here, you eat what the land, cows, pigs, and chickens have to offer. Everything is grown and prepared in an organic way and super fresh! Also, you can take a relaxing yoga class or dive into the natural pool. Enjoy!
Glamping in the jungle of Quepos
Rafiki Safari Lodge is a luxurious site for glamping in Costa Rica in the jungle of Quepos. Here, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings to the fullest. If you like some action, you can go wild water rafting or horseback riding. And, If you are a bird lover, we recommend you book a tour with a professional guide to spot the many species that live around the lodge, like toucans, parrots, kites, and maybe even a king vulture.
Your nature ecolodge in Sarapiqui
Not far from the main road to Sarapiqui you find the historical Sarapiqui ecolodge Hacienda La Isla tucked away in an incredible lush piece of the rainforest. The hotel rooms boast old colonial grandeur, the hospitality is warm and welcoming, and the nature is overwhelmingly pretty. While hiking the trails you will be greeted by the sounds of the birds and tiny colourful frogs.
Live with the rhythm of the sun and sea in Montezuma
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is stunning and its location, near the Montezuma beach and the Pacific Ocean, makes that you really follow the rhythm of the sun and sea. Enjoy everything the lodge and the town of Montezuma have to offer. Go on a nature hike at Cabo Blanco or Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve, enjoy the beach, and visit the nearby waterfall. You have arrived in paradise, and we're sure you don't want to leave anymore!
Sustainable paradise in the hills of Carara
Visit the peaceful oasis of Macaw Lodge in Carara, and try some delicious self-made chocolate. A huge tropical botanic garden around the lodge was created to regenerate the native local ecosystem. This area is a paradise for birdlovers!
Sleep in a schoolbus on the Caribbean coast
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Stay in a treehouse in the jungle of Boca Tapada
One of our personal favourites, and Green Circle Member hotel, is Maquenque Eco Lodge in Boca Tapada. The hotel is situated in the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge at the San Carlos River. The owners build this hotel in synergy with nature to provide a truly sustainable and unique place for their guests. Here you will be staying in a treehouse in the jungle.
Sustainable luxury in the Cloudforest
Hotel Belmar provides sustainable luxury and operates completely carbon-neutral, and therefore is a Green Circle Member hotel. The Austrian Chalet-style buildings provide a spectacular view from the mountain tops of Monteverde down to the Nicoya Peninsula.

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