Jicaral, Costa Rica

Cerro Escondido Jungle Lodge and Hiking Adventure

3 Days | Hiking, Birdwatching and Community Lodge

Explore the beauty of the landscape and swim in the crystal-clear water of the "Velo de Novia” waterfall. You'll stay at Cerro Escondido, which translates to "Hidden Hill," located in the heart of the Karen Mogenson Wildlife Refuge. The Reserve measures 900 hectares and protects one the richest ecological zones of the peninsula.

Right for You?

Duration

3 Days / 2 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Connect with Nature and Off the Beaten Path

Languages

Spanish

Physical Activity

Challenging workout

Location

Rainforest

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

ACTUAR

Locally Owned Community Association
Starts at:

$293/person

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Speaks: Spanish

Highlights

  • Hike to the pristine waterfall & enjoy natural swimming holes
  • Watch sunrise from the observation tower at the lodge
  • Enjoy amazing bird watching while hiking through the reserve

Details

Schedule

Arrive at the village of San Ramón in early afternoon, then hike 1 hour to the Cerro Escondido Lodge

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

2 travelers minimum

Lunch at Rancho Guayacán, at the entrance of the Karen Mogensen Reserve, after a delicious lunch you will visit the Velo de Novia Waterfall where you will have the opportunity to swim in the natural pools, then continue the hike to Cerro Escondido below the forest, climbing 1300 steps.

Spend the night in the Cerro Escondido community lodge.

In the morning we will take a walk to watch the sunrise in the Observation Tower. Back in the lodge to enjoy a delicious breakfast before your bird watching hike in the forest. Say good bye to the beautiful mountains during the walk out of Cerro Escondido.

Breakfast. Hike of one hour in the Karen Mogensen Reserve to San Ramón de Río Blanco. Lunch at Rancho Guayacán. Departure.

What's Included

Lodging

2 Nights Community Lodge

Activities

Birdwatching, Community Visit, Hiking and Wildlife Viewing

Guide

Local guide (not bilingual) and Bilingual guide (extra $)

Room

Private Room, Private Bathroom and Balcony

Food

All meals included

Transport

Hike

Traveler Reviews

If you've been here, please tell us about it!  
Becca

Wonderful!

My stay at Cerro Escondido Lodge was absolutely wonderful! I was traveling by myself at that point in my trip, and it was a nice, relaxing retreat. When I arrived, I told my tour guide that I had not yet seen the green frog with red eyes, and the highlight of my stay was when the staff surprised me with an impromptu night hike telling me that we were going on a mission to the stream to look for frogs. They were amazing at finding every camouflaged animal that you would never see on your own, even in the dark! The man who lives at the lodge and runs it with his wife (for something like >20 years) is a bee keeper (of stingless bees, thankfully) and teaches you all about beekeeping. Also, my cabin had a porch with a hammock where I could sit and read my book while watching monkeys play nearby in the jungle. Every night we had a candle-lit dinner with the other visitors, and the food was very good Costa Rican typical style cuisine.

January 2017

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ACTUAR

Locally Owned Community Association

ACTUAR (Costa Rican Association of Rural and Community Tourism) supports a network of over 40 partner communities across Costa Rica. They offer innovative and customized programs for visitors who wish to live authentic experiences of Costa Rican culture and experience the local charm. They combine the great classics of Costa Rica ecotourism and visiting destinations in rural communities, planning fun, educational trips that promote a harmonious relationship between conservation and rural development.

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Getting There

Transport options

Bus, Drive (4WD required) and Get picked up (extra $)
To enter the Reserve, you must first pass by the office of ASEPALECO (the local association) in Jicaral. It is important that you arrive at the office before 3:00 p.m. in order to get to the lodge before dark. Then, to reach the Cerro Escondido community and lodge you will do a 1 hour hike. Your luggage can be transported by horseback for an extra charge. Private taxi or van transportation to the hike start point is also available for an extra charge. Luggage transport during 1 hour hike to lodge is available for extra charge. Private taxi or van transportation to the hike start point is also available for an extra charge.