“Immerse yourself in utter peace and tranquility in your own traditionally built cabin in Costa Rica!”
“Jungle Small Banana” may be a cute rather than romantic name but that is the literal translation of one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and unique Eco Lodges. This lodge is the only one in Costa Rica which is built with recycled “waste” wood left over from logging activity which took place several decades ago. Each of the eleven rooms are built in the traditional Caribbean style, using stilts as their bases. Although there are very few mosquitos in this area, gauzy mosquito nets flutter around the bed at night. You can enjoy peace and tranquility since each room is separated by at least 30 feet and natural walls of Helonica plants with fiery flowers. The cabin decks provide spectacular views which you can enjoy from a hammock, gently swaying in the breeze.
The lodge is built on a ridge on what was originally a family farm. This ridge is the reason such vistas are provided for each guest. You will see pastures, plantations, and reforested land thrumming with birdlife on one side, and on the other: Cerro Muchilla and the Amistad Biosphere Reserve.
Wander downhill a little from your cabin and you will find the rancho, with a bar, dining area, kitchen, and small library upstairs.
The owners have many years of experience providing superb service. In 2003 Selva Bananito was chosen to be one of the “Top Ten Eco Lodges in the World” and the “Most Beautiful Bedroom in the Rainforest”. The rooms are without electricity and water is heated by solar power. You can truly experience peace and tranquility, surrounding yourself with jungle sounds, stunning flora and fauna, and enjoy a slower pace of life.
From its conception, Selva Bonita was designed to be sustainable. Construction of the lodge involved the use of salvaged wood from previous decades of deforestation, ensuring it did not go to waste. Water buffalo rather than mechanised methods were used in the salvaging process, so that large machinery would not need to forge a path through the forest. The lack of power in the cabins both massively reduces energy consumption, and makes the entire experience wonderfully peaceful. This need not hinder or worry customers however, as recharging of batteries can be organised in the farmstead. Solar power is used to heat water, again removing necessity for consumption of energy from more traditional and environmentally damaging sources.
Waste outputs are as sustainable and responsible as the energy inputs. The lodge uses biodegradable soaps, composts all biodegradable waste, purifies wastewater with bacteria, enzymes, and water lilies, and recycle plastic bottles, aluminum and glass.
The lodge is built on a family farm with a logging permit, however, out of choice the owners decided to continue farming only one third of the land when they bought it. The untouched part they declared a private biological reserve.
The owners have also established a non-profit organisation, Fundación Cuencas de Limón, which has become a regional leader on watershed protection and educational programs. They also support local people and economies by hiring and sourcing their food and goods from the surrounding areas. Their bilingual guides are from the rural areas in the Province of Limón.
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