Nature Observatorio is a lodge located within the jungle of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Located along the Caribbean coast of the country, this lodge is within a treehouse that is suspended 25 meters up in a large tree. This lodge is the largest suspended structure in a tree throughout the world.

The canopy of this rainforest is one of the last unexplored frontiers in Costa Rica. Finding yourself among the trees allows for some of the most undisturbed and peaceful views of the rainforest. Guests can climb trees themselves with assistance from ropes or utilize our elevation pulley system. The 360-degree views at the top of our canopy offer greenery, and views of the Caribbean Ocean along the eastern horizon.

Their story

Peter Garcar (pictured above), the architect and creator of Nature Observatorio got the inspiration for this treehouse-style lodge from the vision of proving that living trees are more valuable than dead ones. Too often in society, the value of living forests and trees is lost. When the land and value of returning to the land is lost, society has been transforming hectares of rainforest into cow fields or banana plantations. Once the transformation has occurred, there is very little that can be done to reverse the impact on surrounding ecosystems. Emergens, the oldest and tallest trees in the jungle, cannot be replaced once lost, and their role in Planet Earths’ ecosystem cannot be replaced once lost. 

The Nature Observatorio is truly a unique experience, one of the most sustainable eco-lodges in Costa Rica that one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. The project works to raise money and acquire more rainforests to preserve its resources and keep them intact. Staying in the unspoiled canopy of the Jungle is sure to offer a life-changing perspective and experience. It won “The Best Innovation” prize at the Responsible Tourism Awards 2012. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

Highest level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

Most popular activities near Nature Observatorio

  • Jungle tour to explore nature
  • Tree climbing
  • Bird-watching walks to see many of the 20 Costa Rican birds.
  • Activities on the nearby beach, like kayaking or surfing.

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Best time to visit Nature Observatorio

  • To avoid the rainy season, plan your visit outside May-June and September-October. 
  • If you want to enjoy this place the sunniest it can be, visit in March or December.
  • The humidity in Costa Rica is high all year around. 
  • Smaller showers or thunderstorms can be expected all year around, so please be prepared.

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The Nature Observatorio Tree House is 60km away from Limon and 220km away from San Jose. If you would like to visit this eco lodge, you need to arrange for transportation.
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