The hills of the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica have long been overlooked. But, this sustainable paradise is full of wonderful nature and wildlife.
-Scarlet macaws & crocodiles-
This is the main breeding area for scarlet macaws, and you don’t need to do anything to see them, you’ll probably hear them from far. Also, head to the Tarcoles river to see Costa Rica’s biggest population of crocodiles. The best way to see them is during a boat tour on the river. During this trip, you do not only see crocodiles, but this is also birders’ heaven!
At the sustainable paradise Macaw Lodge you will be greeted with warm Costa Rican hospitality. If you love flora, fauna, sustainability, and a warm atmosphere, you will feel right at home! The hotel is hidden away in the lush green forest and surrounded by a natural garden that attracts many birds, especially in the early morning and afternoon. You’ll have a great time!
Visit the peaceful oasis and sustainable paradise of Macaw Lodge and try some delicious self-made chocolate.
A green oasis in the hills in Carara
A huge tropical botanic garden around the lodge was created to regenerate the native local ecosystem. A warm and family-like atmosphere and the beautifully designed lodge give this place a special touch. The chocolate manufactory, several hiking trails, night-tours, and two yoga platforms offer the perfect mix of activities for body and soul.
We are proud to call this a Green Circle Member hotel.
The Gordienko family purchased ‘Santuario de Macau Limitado’ in 1980. For years this land was used for monotonous agricultural crops which lead to erosion. The Gordienko family had the dream to re-establish the habitats for animals, insects, and birds. Years of effort went into re-establishing a healthy ecosystem in which animals like the scarlet macaw found their place to live, feed, and breed.
The next step was to build the Lodge, so people would have the opportunity to enjoy nature and learn about it. The lodge was built with materials from fallen trees and has solar panels and a biodigester for wastewater. Macaw Lodge is a green oasis where you can stroll around the botanical gardens and enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica.
Every year, school groups come to Macaw Lodge to plant trees and to check up on the trees they planted last year. With this program, they want to educate Costa Rica’s children, so they will love and respect nature as much as they do.
The area around Macaw Lodge is a haven for relaxation and immersing yourself in nature.
You don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy the things this area has to offer. This area is home to over 300 species of birds like the colourful scarlet macaws, toucan’s, manaquins, kingfishers, and many more. You can head out to observe them with a professional guide who can tell you all about them.
You can also explore the forest in the twilight with a professional guide. This is a great way to find colourful frogs like the famous red eyed tree frog, Bullfrog, and almost transparent glass frog.
Macaw Lodge owns its own organic cacao factory where you can learn all about the process of growing cacao and making chocolate. It is also possible to book a yoga class.
While in the area, you can visit Carara National park as well. This is a great place for hiking and nature observation. Another great option is a boat tour on the Tarcoles river to spot the biggest population of crocodiles in Costa Rica and waterbirds like the Roseate Spoonbill, Stork, Osprey, Jacana, Pelicans, and kingfishers.
We stayed for 2 nights at this beautiful paradise. This is an incredibly relaxing and welcoming place. We made some great hikes during our stay and do recommend this.
We went to Costa Rica because of the nature and birds. And, we were not disappointed. Especially at Macaw Lodge we could just sit outside and watch the birds pass by. We really felt like we were surrounded by nature.
We experienced a wonderful and warm welcome by the friendly staff. The rooms are nice and comfortable, and the area is amazing.