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Selva Bananito

about Selva Bananito, Caribbean Coast

Hidden on a pristine part of the Caribbean Coast, Selva Bananito is an excellent example of ecotourism in action. Here you will experience nature and adventure at their best, located within a private reserve with excellent accommodation that enhances the romance of the jungle setting.

Located at the foothill of Cerro Muchila in the province of Limon, it takes about 3.5 hours to get to the pickup point from the capital, San Jose.

Selva means ‘jungle', and Bananito means ‘little banana', which is also the name of the river starting within the private reserve.

Selva Bananito detail

Style

Ecologically sound jungle accommodation with just 11 rooms, each on stilts and flanked by 2 streams.

Setting

At the foothill of Cerro Muchila, the drive to Salon Delia in Bananito Norte, the pickup point, from San Jose is about 3.5 hours. From there your journey will depend on the level of the rivers.

Accommodation & Facilities

The lodge is built using recycled waste wood from logging a few decades ago, retrieved by water buffaloes where they had been left to rot. All rooms are built on stilts which is traditionally to avoid any flooding and keeps you away from insects. It’s not really the case here though, as a special microclimate and fast-flowing waters mean that there aren’t any harmful mosquitos, and the area is near on impossible to flood. There are 7 standard rooms and 4 superior rooms, all away from each other by about 30 feet to keep them private and peaceful, with walls of heliconia hiding them from each other. Standard cabins have a full size and a queen bed and making the most out of the extra space, the superior rooms have 2 queen beds. They are all en-suite with solar heated water and have their own deck with excellent views and hammocks to lounge in. Inside the rooms have a rustic, exotic ambience, with subtle lighting and cool terracotta flooring.

Downhill from the rooms there is the main area where you will find a dining room, bar, outdoor swimming pool and small library. Please be aware that there is no electricity at the lodge, keeping it peaceful and relaxing, with only the sounds of nature around you. WiFi is available in the communal areas.

Dining

This is done in the main area, or rancho, where most of the ingredients are produced or found very locally. Dietary requirements can be catered for, but you must let us know at time of booking.

Activities

There are a number of exciting excursions available, from hiking through the rainforest and climbing trees to exploring on horseback and even abseiling down a waterfall! Head out for a guided night walk in the rainforest and spend the night camping out in the jungle, and learn about the conservation efforts to protect the local wild cats.

Child Policy

Children are welcome.

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