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Denton, Texas
Reviewed 25 June 2012

The room was clean and basic. The unit we stayed in had enough hot water for about 30-45 seconds and did re-heat quickly, so the camp shower rules applied for our stay. The view from our balcony was stunning. The food in the restaurant was basic local fare; fresh, lightly seasoned and well cooked. This location was great for our...

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 April 2012

The drive up to Heliconias Lodge is a steep rough track but it is worth it, as the views over the valley to Lake Nicaragua are great when it is clear. Our cabin was a good size and, while not luxurious, perfectly adequate. The food was fine - not gourmet but filling and good value. The trails close by are...

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montana
Reviewed 1 April 2012

We did not stay here. But we did enjoy hiking their trail with its suspended bridges. The trail was extremely well maintained. We decided to have dinner in their open air restaurant. The portions were big and it was very tasty. The chicken was so moist and well seasoned. I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Monteverde
Reviewed 24 March 2012

The main reason for staying here is the wonderful trails with swinging bridges over deep forested canyons. Close encounters with monkeys, toucans, honeycreepers, hawks, owls, etc. are very likely. We had troops of both white-faced monkeys and howler monkeys passing over and under the platform we were on, paying little attention to us. With our excellent guide, Jorge Soto, we...

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 5 March 2012

We just returned from a month in Costa Rica and our 5 day stay here was a highlight. Our primary objective was to see some of the birds found in this habitat and our guide Henry was excellent introducing us to some rare, often heard but seldom seen, finds such as the Tody Motmot. The restaurant on site was great...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 31 December 2011

Although we did not stay here we did hike the trails and hanging bridges on the property. One word somes it up awesome. If you plan on staying in Bijauga then you must visit Heliconias lodge to hike the trails and bridges. We did the hike on our own and it was not hard at all. It seemed as if...

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 December 2011

We stayed here for two nights on our Costa Rica trip. Our cottage was quite huge and nice with rocking chairs that offered a beautiful view over Northern Costa Rica and Lake Nicaragua. On the downside, the jacuzzi did not work (which we found out when we actually wanted to use it) and the glass doors did not close properly....

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Assen
Reviewed 18 October 2011

We did not actually stay at the Lodge, but visited it on many occasions. We loved the trails and were astonished by the availability of the forest, once we were up the road. The restaurant serves a delicious and very affordable meal and on a good day we could almost see what they were eating in Nicaragua. Thank you to...

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Reviewed 7 September 2011

I stayed at Heliconias Lodge as part of a school trip, the room i stayed in was okay, there was no hot water, the beds were okay. they do have other nicer rooms, we stayed at the most basic standard one. The restaurant the food was good, since our group was the only one in the hotel at the time...

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Vienna, Virginia
Reviewed 7 August 2011

My friend and I stayed here two nights. We really enjoyed our stay. The room was comfortable -- fairly basic but clean. We ate all our meals here, nothing fancy, but good eating. The staff are very friendly, helping with settling in and providing information on activities in the lodge and around the area. We went hiking on the trail...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest a magnificent unspoilt tropical destination set in the foothills of Tenorio Volcano close to Rio Celeste in Northern Costa Rica. Located between Miravalles Volcano and Tenorio Volcano, our eco-lodge offers spectacular views over the town of Bijagua and Lake Nicaragua offering you the opportunity to experience eco-tourism and nature at its finest. Here you will find a quiet and peaceful atmosphere that provides an opportunity to explore the incredible biodiversity in over 73 hectares of rainforest in our protected private reserve which adjoins Tenorio Volcano National Park. Completely owned and managed by Costa Ricans we are proud to be pioneers of tourism in the Tenorio and Upala region, engaging in eco-tourism for over fifteen years. We are committed to sustainable development and provide opportunities of employment and development for members of our community whilst sharing our knowledge and traditions with visitors from all over the world. Today, the most important activities of the lodge are the ones that help visitors understand the incredible natural beauty found here.More than 300 species of birds have been identified in the immediate area of Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest including five species of toucans and eighteen species of hummingbirds. The Ornate Hawk Eagle, Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo and Tody Motmot can also be found in our private reserve as well as an enormous variety of insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Naturally an incredible diversity of flora is found here. We are your gateway for exploring the local region including the spectacular Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park. Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest offers you the opportunity to:Discover the incredible beauty of lush primary tropical rainforest and transition forest with more than 5km of trails extending though our 73 hectares of protected rainforest.Observe birds, butterflies and bromeliads of the forest canopy from our spectacular suspension bridges with our specialized bilingual guides during the day or night! Explore the mesmerizing beauty of Rio Celeste in the Tenorio Volcano National Park on horseback, with its breathtaking celestial waterfall, lagoon and natural hot springs. Take a tour of the local area including an organic farm, butterfly garden, Bijagua waterfall and the tallest tree in the region.Plant trees with our local youth cooperative (see community page) in order to offset your carbon emissions and engage in carbon neutral tourism. Do a day tour to Cano Negro, Palo Verde or Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Discover the thermal springs of Volcano Miravalles or go rafting in the Corobici River.Or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking view from Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest from your balcony or the restaurant. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Heliconias Lodge

Address: | 3 km southeast of the Bijagua Highschool, Bijagua de Upala 21304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Bijagua de Upala
Price Range: RM352 - RM490 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Heliconias Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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“Only went on the Nature Trail”
 of 5 bubbles Perek24, 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Avoid any cabana on stilts ... the floors are wood with large gaps between the planks allowing all sorts of creatures to crawl in your beds.”
 of 5 bubbles FibroJo, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Easy nature hike for families with 3 suspended bridges in the rain forest near Papagayo”
 of 5 bubbles BTortella, 2 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Bungalows on the N side have view over Bijagua and Volcan Tenorio with Nicaragua in the distance. From the terraces of bungalows 7-8 we observed Toucans, Picaflores, Monkeys.”
 of 5 bubbles justinod68, 12 Apr 2015 | Read review
“If you have much luggage (as we usually do), it's best to try to get a room close to the parking lot.”
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