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A rainforest and birding paradise

Looking for a true unspoiled and virtually unvisited tropical rainforest, where you can explore the Eco-system at your own pace, while staying at a cozy jungle hideaway? Laguna del Lagarto Lodge is such a place!


Laguna del Lagarto Lodge offers you 1,250 Acres (500 Hectares) of virgin tropical rainforest with an incredible variety of fauna and flora. Over 350 different species of birds have been identified, among them the Great Green Macaw, found only in this region.


Laguna del Lagarto Lodge is operated in harmony with nature, under strict ecological guidelines.

More than 10 miles of well marked rainforest trails makes this the place for passionate bird-watchers and rain forest lovers alike, whether you prefer to explore on your own or with a naturalist or birding guide.


The lodge is secluded and cozy and offers 20 comfortable double rooms, some with private baths and hotwater and all with ceiling fans.


The open air restaurant features a traditional Costa Rica menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Getting There

We wouldn’t say "getting there is half the fun", but we would say that the driving is easy and the views are spectacular! You’ll pass through several scenic ecosystems on your way to the Lodge.

From San José: Take the Pan-American Highway west towards the airport and take the exit to Alajuela. From there follow the signs to the Poas Volcano and turn right towards the town of Varablanca where you will pass numerous coffee, ornamental plant, and strawberry plantations. As you descend, you will enter the famous warm lowlands of San Carlos producing most of the sugar cane, yucca, pineapple and citrus fruits grown in Costa Rica.

The road is paved all the way to Pital, after which access is via a well maintained gravel surfaced road for another 18 miles to Boca Tapada, and from there the final 4 miles to another 4 miles to Laguna del Lagarto Lodge.



  • Unlimited canoeing into the jungle on three lagoons
  • Hiking in the jungle trails (10 miles)
  • Relaxing on the spacious terrances overlooking the lush tropical countryside
  • Butterfly garden
  • Boat trip on the San Carlos and San Juan river 3 hrs. $ 25 p.p., minimum 2 persons
  • Horseback riding, 2 hrs. $ 15.00

RATES 2016

Jan. 1 to April 30 and
Nov. 1 to Dec. 31
Green Season
May 1 to October 31
Single $85.00 $80.00
Double $100.00 $90.00
Triple $115.00 $100.00


  • Rates in US $ per room
  • Rates include local taxes (13%)
  • Room rate includes unlimited canoeing on the two Lagoons, walking through the jungle trails (1 guided tour).
  • Rates include breakfast.
  • Rates are subject to change without previous notice.


Transfers from San Jose area hotels or San Jose's Juan Santamaría International Airport to hotels in the Arenal area are $160.00 each way, for a minivan with a capacity of up to 9 passengers. Approximate time from San José to the Arenal area is approx 2 hours and 45 minutes. Transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport to any hotel in San José $35, including airport assistance, for a minivan with a capacity of up to 9 passengers.

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