Finca la Tarde

Lodging in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

This locally-run lodge and eco-tourism center offers an immersive rainforest experience and easy access to Corcovado National Park. Guests can stay in private or group 'tent cabins', go on night hikes to see rare wildlife, explore rainforest trails, visit one of the largest fig trees in Costa Rica and enjoy freshly prepared meals.

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Experience

Eco Lodge, Hiking, Swimming and Wildlife Viewing

Style

Connect with Nature, Time to Relax and Active Adventure

Price

$75 /night
Approximate price per traveler, per night staying in a private tent cabin with 3 meals included.

Location

Rainforest, Rural Communities, Lake and River

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Locally Owned Family Business
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends Finca la Tarde

Background

Family Business | Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

Ecoturístico La Tarde is owned and operated by Carlos Eduardo Castro Rojas (called Eduardo), who has been living on the Osa Peninsula for more than 36 years. Initially, Eduardo and his family survived mainly through agriculture, gold digging and hunting. These were common activities for all the farmers, or campesinos, who lived on the Osa.
But over the course of time things changed, and strict new regulations prohibited certain activities. Gold digging became more and more difficult as the gold reserves of the rivers were exhausted. Agriculture depleted the rainforest and caused problems with the wildlife. Hunting was banned. These were all positive consequences of growing conservation programs, but it became almost impossible for the *campesinos *to make a living. Many people left the area looking for a better life elsewhere.
Eduardo decided to stay and now makes his living by sharing the beauty of the forest with travelers. He recalls a day when he was looking for gold in a small river:
“A friend came and told me about a job in a hotel in Drake Bay. I decided to leave my family behind and begin a new work experience. I met people from all over the world, some of whom were very nice. Although it was fun for them, it was difficult for me in the beginning. But after two or three months I started to enjoy being with tourists and looking for animals to show them. *This was a big change in my life!*I began to love animals and nature. I realized that taking care of nature and protecting it for the future is very important .

Community Connection

Today Eduardo naturally applies the main principles of sustainability: he protects nature, enables a cultural exchange and–very important–contributes to the economic development and well-being of his close environment. In addition to his family members, Eduardo employs neighbors and local people to help with this work. For example, local women help prepare meals for the guests, and famers help him maintain the trails. Whenever possible, he buys produce, eggs, and other products from nearby farmers.

Environmental Engagement

Eduardo has taken steps to conserve the environment, while using its' natural beauty to develop a business.
He says, "The most important thing was looking for resources and developing them for starting the project. I found it in the conservation of the rain forest. This is my project! It starts slowly but we know that it is difficult at the beginning. Thanks to people with a friendly heart we go forward with our project and will work on it so that the nature will recover in future from that what we have once taken away."

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