"From the World's widest volcano crater, to some of the World's best coffee, this hidden lodge has so much to give!"
Concealed within the cloud forest of Costa Rica lies the beautiful Chayote Lodge. Situated 50 minutes from San José airport this accommodation is a wildlife haven and offers striking views of three different volcanoes and the Pacific Ocean. Coffee plays a huge role in the culture of this area, with the green coffee fields dotted throughout the region, and this is reflected in the structure and decoration of the lodge which resembles coffee receiving stations. Each suite has a unique yet cosy feel, with furniture that has been built by a local artist, reflecting the rural lifestyle of the people living in the vicinity.
The lodge and surrounding area offer a vast number of activities all of which aim to submerge you in the culture and way of life found in Costa Rica. There are several tours available which will see you visiting coffee plantations, National Parks and the Naranjo City. If you are looking for something a bit more exhilarating there is the chance to go zip lining and hiking alongside a picturesque waterfall. The Zarcero Photo Tour provides the perfect opportunity to take photographs of this tropical paradise. Spend the evening relaxing and sipping coffee on your own private balcony which overlooks the cloud forest. What a perfect opportunity to catch the sun setting over this spectacular location.
The Chayote Lodge is at the centre of the local community, which provides financial sustainability by employing the services of local people, including artists who have helped design the furniture and the beautiful coffee inspired architecture, which benefits the local economy. Several tours allow you to discover the undisturbed culture and socialise with the locals. Bird watching and tours of the nearby National Parks offers a fascinating insight into the flourishing range of flora and fauna in this wonderfully wild environment, improving natural sustainability, by giving guests an understanding on how the range of animals support the environment and biodiversity.
The tour of the coffee plantations in Naranja allow guests to see the work that Costa Rican farmers undergo in order to produce the large amounts of coffee. There is also the chance to buy locally grown produce, including fruit and vegetables, from the markets, which helps support the people who have grown it. Heading to local houses and helping to cook a meal, allows the people of Costa Rica to teach you about their way of life and means guests also have an opportunity to give them an insight into their culture. Additionally, the trip to the village of Zarcero enables guests to buy the many handmade treats and flowers that are on offer.