Chilamate Eco-Retreat

Lodging in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

Nestled in the wilderness between the towns of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui and la Virgen de Sarapiqui, Chilamate Eco-Retreat provides the perfect escape into the breathtaking Costa Rican rainforest. Dedicated to protecting the environment and those living in it, Chilamate offers an incredible opportunity for travelers and locals alike.

Right for You?

Experience

Bungalow, Eco Lodge, Eco-tourism, Hiking, Rafting and Kayaking

Style

Active Adventure, Connect with Nature, Time to Relax and Comfortable Stay

Price

Mid-range and Budget

Location

Rainforest and River

Connect with Chilamate Eco-Retreat

Local/Foreign Owned Family Business
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends Chilamate Eco-Retreat

Background

Family Business started in 2006| Local/Foreign Owned

A Unique Story

Chilamate Rainforest Eco-Retreat was born out of founders Davis Azofeifa and Meghan Casey's dream to build a project that would benefit the local community and preserve their homeleand in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
The original owners of the land had refused to sell to anyone that was not from Sarapiqui and 100% committed to preserving the area. Finally meeting Meghan and Davis made them feel confident they were putting the land in good hands.
After earning steadfast support from numerous local organizations, Davis and Meghan have been able to build their dream and provide beautiful, sustainable lodging to travelers while greatly improving the lives of those living in their local communities.

Community Connection

  • Works together with the Smart Soccer Academy to provide free facilities, equipment and coaching to local kids in their Chilamate Soccer Camp
  • Organizes and plans the Sarapiquí River Festival to spread the importance of conserving and protecting the Sarapiqui River while promoting river sports and providing local youth and families the opportunity to get on the river and try out rafting and kayaking
  • Designed the Sarapiqui River School after forming connections with World Class Kayak Academy to provide local kids with kayaking equipment and instruction to share in the world class kayaking nearby
  • Began an alliance with the World Leadership School to help partner with 6 local schools supporting infrastructure projects, teacher training, access to technology, and virtual global learning projects.

Environmental Engagement

  • Receives support from the Rainforest Alliance on training in ways to improve business practices, community outreach programs and sustainable practices within the Retreat
  • Preserves 55 acres of rainforest and uses solar power, rainwater catchments, natural lighting and air conditioning, and only biodegradable environmentally friendly cleaning  products.
  • Works with Earth University and their program for small tourism projects, Promoting Sustainable Markets (PROMES) to further the efficiency of their conservation practices

Location

Sarapiqui is located in the northern part of Costa Rica and is one of the most biologically rich areas in the country. The region also plays host to some of the world's most sought after kayaking and rafting destinations along the Sarapiqui River.