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Cala Lodge is a family-owned hotel located adjacent to the world-renowned Children’s Eternal Rainforest. It is a 2.5-hectare property that offers the best experience of contact with nature in its purest form.

They have a strong philanthropic foundation since it was opened back in 2007. They educate guests on sustainable living beyond simply providing lodging. Furthermore, they are committed to protecting the environment, preventing pollution, and ensuring the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, using sustainable resources, reducing, and mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their operations.

Cala Lodge promotes tourism as a tool for the social development of the area by encouraging active participation in programs for community benefit.

Their story

Cala Lodge was founded in 2007 by a young Costa Rican couple: Francisco & Raquel Castro.

Francisco is a descendant of the “Leitón” family, one of the first Costa Rican families to become established in Monteverde in the 1920s, thirty years before the arrival of the Quakers. Francisco was born and raised in the cloud forest and, at a young age, began his career as a naturalist guide. With over fifteen years of experience, Francisco offers travelers his extensive knowledge of local flora and fauna and specializes in birdwatching tours when he is not involved in regular operations.

Raquel is Costa Rican and Salvadorian. She grew up and studied in San José, the capital of Costa Rica. While she was attending university, Raquel began working in different areas of the tourist industry in Costa Rica. Having been involved in the national tourist industry for over ten years, Raquel applies her broad knowledge and experience to making Cala Lodge a very special place filled with the essence of nature and exceptional customer service.

Francisco and Raquel met in Monteverde. The combination of their energy, knowledge, and experience helped make Cala Lodge a unique place, known for its peacefulness and for enjoying the cloud forest, as well as the best, personalized service for its clients. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

High level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

Most popular activities near Cala Lodge

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Best time to visit Cala Lodge

  • The humidity in Costa Rica is high all year around.
  • Smaller showers or thunderstorms can be expected all year around, so please be prepared.
  • The rainy season, aka the green season, is from May-November.

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