Eco Lodges & Gastronomy

3 of the finest & most tasteful of the Golfo Dulce:
El Chontal, Saladero, Lapamar

Our team has carefully selected the three best lodges on the Golfo Dulce that fit our travel purposes perfectly. These family-owned lodges all have direct access to the water and are surrounded by pure nature and wildlife, they’re located off the beaten path, and they’re catered to only small groups, serving mouthwatering meals using only the freshest, local ingredients. All three lodges offer comfortable and spacious cabins as well as the opportunity to sleep in real tents, pitched on lush grassy fields with bathrooms and showers on location.

STARTING & ENDING POINT

EL CHONTAL ECOLODGE

BORDERING PIEDRAS BLANCAS NATIONAL PARK

EL SALADERO ECOLODGE

HOME TO SCARLET MACAWS & TOUCANS

LAPAMAR CABINS & GARDENS

EL CHONTAL ECOLODGE

WATERFRONT WITH JUNGLE TRAILS IN THE BACKYARD

El Chontal Lodge is a lovely little waterfront property with 6 beautifully crafted bungalows tucked away in a tropical setting directly connecting the marvelous Golfo Dulce. In the midst of its lush gardens you will find a large thatch roof pavilion designed as a common area to socialize, play games, or to simply relax in one of the comfortable hammocks. The pavilion also offers a large refrigerator for everyone to use.

All cabins are built with wood harvested from its own rain forest connecting El Chontal Lodge. They come in different shapes and sizes, accommodating couples, families, and groups up to 6 people per cabin. Each has their own private bathroom, and front porch looking out over the gardens.

Apart from the cabins we offer a grass field campground with toilets and showers available for you to pitch up your tent and enjoy your stay experiencing nature from a different perspective.

Offering lovely gardens teeming with wildlife and exotic birds like the Scarlet Macaws and Toucans, direct access to the Sweet Gulf for excellent kayaking, delicious meals, and comfortable, spacious cabins, this is truly the greatest start to your Tropical Sea Kayaking trip in the Golfo Dulce.

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner you are welcomed to the owner’s family house just a stone’s throw away from your cabin or tent, where delicious meals are served in a comfortable open room. Using the freshest ingredients from their own garden, each meal is prepared right on the spot with the utmost care and dedication.

EL SALADERO ECOLODGE

VIRTUAL ISLAND: ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY WATER

Saladero Lodge is the quintessential tropical ecolodge, truly of the beaten path. Nestled on a thin band of level terrain on the edge of the mountainous Piedras Blancas National Park, Saladero is a virtual island, only accessible to touring kayaks or watercraft, no roads or trails lead here.

Staying at Saladero will be an unforgettable experience for any traveller. It will place you steps from the beach and very close to the natural world, enjoying the plants and animals of a primary rainforest and the sea life of Golfo Dulce. The grounds at the lodge are beautifully kept, and an array of birds can be seen and heard throughout the day.

There are a series of trails through the rain forest for hiking and wildlife spotting, quiet coves for snorkeling, and nearby mangroves to explore by kayak.  At dusk and dawn, howler monkeys can be heard, and every now and then a jaguar’s grunting call.  Even dolphins are seen occasionally from the Eco lodge and while swimming in the warm waters.

Guests may stay in comfortable range of accommodations, such as the beach house, the forest canopy level tree house, the bungalow, and the mariposa cabin (1 bunk bed + single sofa bed). Another option are the Glamping cabins, which provide with the only essential comforts to spend a night in the jungle: an elevated wooden platform, a wide roof, and bed, an enclosing mosquito screen (either 2 twin or 1 queen bed).

At the soul of Saladero Ecolodge are the hosts Susan & Harvey who, together with their staff, prepare many of the delicious and nutritious meals served at Saladero. Most of the meals use fresh ingredients prepared using plants and trees from the grounds. They are delightful people who are passionate about preserving the natural and wild state of Saladero.

Join us on one of our kayaking trips and you too will be experiencing this natural world in a beautiful and serene tropical setting far away from the madding crowds!

LAPAMAR CABINS & GARDENS

STILL MORE MACAWS THAN HUMANS

Lapamar is a beachfront property located off a remote road in the Osa Peninsula. The name Lapamar means literally Macaw Ocean, which is a very accurate description to the constant presence and squawking of beautiful Scarlet Macaws.

Completely off the beaten path, only a few locals come to enjoy this secretive location of serene glass like ocean conditions and surrounding mangrove wetland forests, perfect for swimming, kayaking and standup paddle boarding. In addition, Playa Blanca, the beach where Lapamar is located has been awarded the Ecological Blue Flag (Bandera Azul Ecologica); an award for pristine, pollution free ocean conditions.

Lapamar is a family owned and operated business, located on vast property with a gorgeous ample lawn. While visiting you may stay in one of the 4 rustic cabins, which can host up to six guests and all have fans, are spotlessly clean and have private bathrooms.  If you wish, you may also camp on the lawn and use shared bathrooms and showers. We will enjoy the fresh and locally prepared meals in the adjacent little cabana.

Lapamar is not only a fantastic off-the-beaten path destination; it’s also a location which you may reach by sea kayak, therefore making it a fantastic addition to our multi-day tropical sea kayaking itineraries.

Aside from swimming, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, nature observation is also a great activity for its abundant presence at Lapamar. Not only Macaws, but Toucans, Wood Rails, Sloths, Monkeys and many more species are common in the grounds of Lapamar. Don Alvaro, the owner also leads night hikes to the nearby forest where you spot nocturnal wildlife.

LA ROSA DE AMERICA | ADD-ON #1

Excellent airport hotels for easy & stress free travel

LA LEONA ECOLODGE | ADD-ON #2

Lodging at its finest on our Corcovado hiking trips