Sleep in the clouds at Dantica Forest Lodge. This lodge is no skyscraper or mountain-top estate, rather it’s nestled into the Cloud Forests of Costa Rica. Set on 20 hectares of forest reserve, this lodge is the combination of biology and indigenous culture, both of which the owners have a deep interest in.
The colonial-style architecture reveals its roots in Latin American architecture while offering unique views of the cloud forest ecotype. Cloud forests are bathed in clouds every day, offering a unique ambiance that differs from other tropical forests. Through decades of ecotourism, the unique trees in the cloud forests have been saved for generations to come.
In San Gerrardo de Dota, guests will experience a new type of immersion in nature. The guest bungalows offer a tree-house experience where guests can enjoy the forest. Each with its own terrace or garden, guests are given perfect views of the forest, valley, and the beautiful tropical birds flying by.
Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge is the project of two people with a passion for Central American nature and culture. Maria Luisa Castro Fernández, a textile designer, and Joost Wilms, a tropical ecologist, met in Costa Rica and fell in love not only with each other but with the Costa Rican wilderness. Maria Luisa had worked with indigenous peoples all over Colombia, where she learned traditional techniques for textile production.
Placed in the cool Talamancan mountain range, the owners opened the lodge in 2003 while making sure to preserve the natural surroundings and celebrate the indigenous culture. The colonial architecture combines wall-to-wall windows to give guests an immersive jungle experience.
Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge is one of the most sustainable eco-lodges in Costa Rica. Guests are welcome to enjoy comfort and luxury surrounded by the magnificent oak cloud forests. The land is part of the Los Quetzales National Park and the Los Santos Forest Reserve. The trees that dominate the cloud forests can grow to 50 meters and live for 500 years, so the owners were cautious not to disturb any of the trees in building the lodge.
Dantica welcomes guests to find peace in the clouds. The lodge offers not only a getaway from hectic modern life, but an educational opportunity where guests can see the true value of eco-tourism. Read more about them here.
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
READ ON – 36 Eco-friendly Things to Do in Costa Rica (From A to Z)