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Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Bosque del Cabo is the perfect place for anyone who wants to get intimate with wild, untamed and remote nature and who has a hearty appetite for adventure. While it has most of the amenities that anyone could wish for, the primary appeal of the lodge BdC is its location... it's smack dab in the middle of one of the world's most pristine rainforests, and has miles of fabulous trails to its name as well.

We stayed for 5 nights over the Xmas Holidays - 3 nights at the Manglillo Cabina (a deluxe) and 2 at La Paz, a garden cabina. Manglillo, as with all deluxe cabinas, is very spacious and has a deck with a view of the Ocean as well as monkeys, birds and other wildlife from time to time. La Paz, on the other hand, is located in a beautiful garden area, is about a 10-minute walk from the main lodge and requires the crossing of a suspension bridge. The La Paz room itself is much smaller than the Deluxe Cabinas, and there are no walls on 3 sides of the room. In my opinion, La Paz is not for the faint of heart! Walking back to the cabina in the evening is a pretty creepy affair - a hike through a pitch black forest, followed by the suspension bridge - all with ZERO lighting along the pathways. Even with a flashlight (which you'll definitely need!), your heart will skip a beat the first few times you take the trek at night. Furthermore, you are completely exposed to the elements in La Paz. Although all three open sides can be closed by rolling down a tarp (of sorts), they don't completely seal the room. In fact, it doesn't come close - huge gaps everywhere. What's worse is that a pond is located nearby the cabina, resulting in way more mosquitos buzzing about the cabin than elsewhere.

The hiking trails within BdC are exclusive to its guests, and are stupendous! If you spend your time doing anything here, you must hike the trails. An awesome variety of them, too - through lush primary and secondary forests, to beautiful waterfalls, to amazing vista points with views of the ocean, and two of them even take you down to the beach. The sights and sounds are so awe-inspiring that you'll find yourself walking very slowly, stopping every few steps to soak in the atmosphere or listenening, in hushed silence, for the sounds of tree or ground creatures scurrying about the jungle. We had heard from others that the Titi Trail is the best trail for wildlife spotting, including the holy grail... the Puma. Well, within 10 minutes of walking the trail we saw not one but TWO Pumas! A male and a female, shoulder to shoulder, looking straight at us about 30 feet away and in plain sight. Luckily, I had my SLR on standby and was able to snap a few clean pictures of the fabulous felines.

For first-timers who'd like to take a leisurely stroll while getting a crash course of the Osa Peninsula, BdC offers a very nice Primary Forest walking tour with the lodge's resident biologist Philip, who does a great job explaining the inner workings of the Osa's fragile ecosystem. There is also an evening tour (also led by Philip) in search for nocturnal creatures such as bats, snakes and spiders. Finally, Carlos (a terrific guide) hosts a one-hour morning bird watching tour that is also not to be missed.

There are many other activities available, including horseback riding, waterfall rapelling, dolphin watching, a trip to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary (many people rave about it, we didn't think much of it), fishing, surfing, kayaking, mangrove river cruise and much more. Feel free to try them out, but if you're pressed for time, be advised that hiking is BdC's main attraction, bar none, and what separates it from other lodges nearby (including Lapa Rios.)

Food - what else can I say but, WOW. Everything is fresh, delicious and healthy. Not too heavy, and not too light. Breakfast and lunch are a-la carte, while dinner is buffet style (with a ton of options.) We looked forward to each meal. The banana pancakes were a highlight of every morning, while the tuna sandwitch is among the best I've ever had (believe the hype!) Dinner was truly a feast.. a wonderful array of raw and cooked vegetables, choices of various seafood and meats, as well as wonderful sides - especially the beans and rice. The top-notch quality of the food was far and away the biggest surpise of our time at BdC.

For those who like active vacations and are in love with nature - REAL nature - BdC should be at the top of everyone's list. First-timers to BdC may want to think twice, however, about staying in a garden cabina.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

This was our second trip to Costa Rica, Guanacaste area being our first trip. This was an amazing area to live in for a week. Being woken up in the morning by the Tucans and monkeys was absolutely amazing. The staff at the lodge were extremely nice and dedicated to making your stay relaxing. The pleasure was having the same people on a daily basis and within the first day everyone new your name and by the second they new what you liked and didn't like. We were told that the lodge can host about 50 or so guests but what was amazing was you only saw them at maybe lunch but eveyone comes together at dinner. I would see people at dinner that I had not seen before, but they had been there the same time. The only thing that kept this place from being a true paradise to me was the distance to the beach. If I could have walked from my Cabina right out to the surf it would have been a true paradise. I am not sure if a place exists but this was sure close to it. After reading about the ants and bugs I was a little concerned. We did not have any problems with either while we were there. We stayed in the Gecko Cabina and it was great for us. Thank you Kim and Philip for making our stay wonderful and to all the staff at Bosque we miss you guys and gals.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

This was our third visit to Bosque del Cabo, and as usual, we had and amazing time!!!! This is the GRAND DAME OF THE RAINFOREST LODGES. Bosque del Cabo has it all! Here, you will see the most incrediable wildlife...... Monkeys, Peccaries, Anteaters, Coatis, Agoutis, Frogs, Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, Butterflies, Dophins, Whales, Sea Turtles, and much much more. The abundance of wildlife is astounding. Puma sitings are a daily occurence! One of the members of our family sited this magnificent animal on his arrival, this year. Amazing! The landscape of the lodge is breathtaking, sitting high on a peninsula over looking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Most Cabinas sit on the edge with the most amazing views. The waves will lull you to sleep at night. The grounds are covered with red ginger, birds of paradise, orchids, helliconias, coconut palms, almond trees, and every other tropical plant you can think of, and they are all growing wild in their natural habitat. You can hike to 3 pristine beaches, with black sand and striking turquoise water on the Gulfo Dulce Trail. You can also walk on the wild Pacific, with it's warm tidal pools on the Pacific Trail. Although the lodge is set in a primal rainforest, the place is run like a 5 star resort. You may think a lodge in such a remote area would not offer great service. Quite the contrary! The staff at Bosque del Cabo are fantastic and offer 5 star service! The same staff is there year after year. That alone speaks volumes about how well this lodge is run. The people of BDC make everyone feel special. To revisit, is like coming back to old friends and family. They also have the most knowledgable guides, including an on site biologist, who writes his own blog on the animals, reptiles, and insects of the rainforest. If good food is one of your vacation requirements, you are in for a culinary treat. Three amazing meals are served daily, with dinners being nothing less than magical. Entrees are served on banana leaves adorned with tropical flowers, and candles. All of these things make up the most incredible, amazing, trip you will ever take, and never forget. This one is definitely on the Bucket List! It just doesn't get any better than this!

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

We were married at the Casa Miramar - just the 2 of us with one other couple in December '11. Kim (owner) helped us arrange everything from a private yoga session on our deck in the morning, massages, the lawyer, the flowers and a private chef to cook our celebration dinner. We had photo's taken around the gorgeous property by a local photographer, again arranged by Kim. Everything was perfect, peaceful and fun. The staff were on top of everything and bent over backwards to make sure every detail was taken care of. This was our second visit to the rainforest lodge - we'll certainly be back!

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

We were not staying at this lodge but had our wedding ceremony here. We planned to have an private outdoor ceremony and when we arrived (all dressed in our wedding attire) we were all blown away at the beauty of the place. The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. We couldn't have asked for a better place to get married. It was a dream come true!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Address: | halfway between Puerto Jimenez and Corcovado National Park, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range: €336 - €604 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bosque del Cabo is a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream, come true. Crowning a point 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a paradise found. Located in a unique and fortunate position at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, this 750+ acre forest reserve features private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep; or choose beautiful and rustic garden view accommodations surrounded by thriving rainforests. Hiking trails lead you through the forest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo, which opened its doors as a hotel in 1990, is owner operated and dedicated to forest preservation. ... more   less 
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