We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Nearby Hotels
Reviews (214)
Filter reviews
214 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews suspension bridge chocolate tour hanging bridges private reserve non profit costa rica night tour lunch and dinner fer de lance easy access poison dart frogs nice gift shop sarapiqui river research station across the river self guided tour my favorite
Updating list...
23 - 28 of 214 reviews
Reviewed 18 September 2017

I stayed 2 nights at Tirimbina with my boyfriend. I booked directly with Tirimbina. It was our first time in Costa Rica, and it was an amazing start to our trip!

Tours: We did a night tour and the chocolate tour, and both were exceptional. The guides are very knowledgable, and excellent at spotting hidden wildlife (we saw an olingo, snakes, sloths, howler monkeys, and more!) The tours lasted a good amount of time, and were immersive. We learned (and tasted!) every step of the chocolate making process.

Location: The biological center is surrounded by a lush garden that was visited by toucans, howler monkeys, lizards, and butterflies during our stay. A walk across the suspension bridge over Rio Sarapiqui leads to the actual rainforest. The paths are just the right amount of rugged, but no difficult terrain. It is so nice to see these creatures in their natural habitat, not in captivity.

Facilities/ Staff: The economy room was simple and perfectly fine for our needs. The bathroom was clean and near by, but the shower was the only negative, cold and low pressure. The breakfast was delicious and all of the staff is friendly and accommodating. We came in the low season, so we were very grateful that they had the restaurant open even though it was just us in there! There are a bunch of places to hang out in the main area, all the buildings are nice and open-air. There are also a sodas a few minutes down the road that we tried, per recommendation of some of the staff.

Conclusion: Tirimbina is a really special place! As an active research center, it was evident that everyone there was passionate about nature and respectful of it. Check out the giant partnerships sign at the entry; they do a lot of programs with schools and other organizations. It is a great way to help young people gain experience who are interested in studying science.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
2  Thank runrunrunning
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We stayed here for 4 days/3 nights and had a terrific time. Up front, we are birders and nature lovers and not out for a luxury hotel experience, which you won't find here. They are primarily devoted to rainforest research education and finance some of those efforts with tourism.

Also be aware, this is lowland rain forest so it is hot and humid, particularly hiking in the forest. That said, that's why it's such an amazing place.

We stayed in one of the "deluxe" rooms that had a/c and a ceiling fan. It didn't get quite cool enough for me but my husband is an a/c hater and he was happy. As we were leaving we finally found a setting to lower the temp setting lol. The bathroom was big and the water was hot--can't vouch for quantity as we're both water savers and don't take long shower--but it was always there when we wanted it.

Breakfast in included in the room rate, and it was different every day (with the exception of the ever present pico de gallo, of course!) and very good. The restaurant is in a pleasant open-air pavilion and the food is typical Costa Rican. The beer is cold and at dinner time you might be entertained by some bats flitting around the lights in the corner.

We truly enjoyed birding and wildlife watching here, both in the gardens around the lodge and on the beautiful suspension bridge over the Sarapiqui river. Dawn and twilight were the best times. We also took the opportunity to take some tours at the nearby OET, or La Selva Biological Station, about a twenty minutes' drive from Tirimbina (unless your taxi driver is determined to deliver you the Selva Verde Hotel, about 5 minutes from Tirimbina. We sorted it out).

The staff was friendly and helpful but there were some younger folks there (interns? students?) who weren't quite sure about how things worked.

We booked through Aratinga Tours and highly recommend both the tour company and Tirimbina lodge.

Room Tip: We stayed in a deluxe room, believe other room categories are mainly for student groups
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Thank corisline
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Michael S, Director de Recepción at Tirimbina Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Hi corisline,

we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay in our lodge. Thank you for your visit and funding the conservation of rainforests. greetings and have a Great birding.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 July 2017

We stayed here on a Sierra Club trip. Rooms were quaint and comfortable. Thanks goodness the air conditioning worked great. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. Rodolfo in particular explained different places to walk and went out of his way to be helpful. Everybody loved the chocolate tour. It was way better than I expected. The walk over on the suspension bridge was scary but fun. It was so long and high. Got to see some animals in the wild.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank VivaRiva
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

We visited Tirimbina for the Chocolate tour. Hillary was our guide and she did a wonderful explanation of the history and process of how we get Chocolate. We had many opportunities to participate in the presentation. This alone is worth the visit to Tirimbina. I loved the grounds and their gift shop had the best prices of the whole trip. Thanks for a fun and informative presentation.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
Thank uhcoogdebi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the lodge for the chocolate tour, we walked across the suspension bridge and through the rain forest to see how cocoa is grown and turned into chocolate.

It was an excellent tour seeing wildlife as we walked to the cocoa trees. It is magnificent to see the forest and the guide was excellent

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank GP1357
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews