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Reviewed August 9, 2010

This lodge is a wonderful place in the Marino Ballena National Park, Costa Rica. The electricity is generated by hydropower and the entire hotel is thoughtfully laid out and constructed. We went to the beach and to the natural pool/waterfall while there, and saw many amazing animals, from howler monkeys to dolphins, toucans to hummingbirds. The staff there is extremely helpful, and arranged for a breathtaking dolphin/whalewatch for us that included snorkeling at a nearby reef. I should caution you that this is not a cushy pool outside your room-veg in front of the TV-resort kind of a place, but an oasis that requires you to participate by walking, climbing, looking, swimming and, importantly, eating. One of the best features about La Cusinga is its food--they have a chef who really cares about food, local and organic and puts a lot of energy into the menu. We were excited for every meal and stuffed as we walked away. If you are interested in what the rainforest has to offer and want to participate in it without leaving too big an imprint, La Cusinga is the place for you.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2010

About 15 minutes after our arrival to the La Cusinga Lodge my wife and our two close friends were sitting on the lodge's spacious veranda overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We had heard that the day before folks had seen a whale spouting and showing off not far offshore. Just as I leaned back in my chair, as if it were programmed to do so, a whale spouted and showed us his back. From then on in, our three day stay at La Cusinga proved to be even more than we had hoped for. If you go, don't even think about going anywhere else for dinner. Chef Dave's choices, food quality, taste and presentation matched anything anywhere. And, his choice of dinner music was right on for us older folks who remember fondly Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Hartman.
Take the short trip to the swimming hole in the forest. It was cooling and refreshing, and it helped us feel like kids again. Also take in the glorious beach and serious surf. But, don't go out too far. The undertow is strong and there are no lifeguards to keep watch. And, take very seriously the warnings about not taking valuables to the beach. Our friends had a backpack and a good shirt stolen in a matter of just minutes. Our suggestion is to make sure that you do not leave anything too close to the edge of the forest, or it may disappear.
Even though it was hot and humid during our stay, the breezy room with the wonderful ceiling fan made sleeping very comfortable.
Even if you are not a serious birder or butterfly fan, we recommend taking along a good pair of binoculars. Toucans, cusingas, humingbirds, and various butterflies of all colors and sizes kept us enthralled for hours.
We were very fortunate to see both howler and white faced monkies in the trees right near the lodge as well as on the trails throughout the property. Being slow and quiet as you walk through the forest enhances the possibility of seeing monkies and other natural critters.
Topping off our experience was the warmth and efficiency of the lodge's staff. It is obvious that they are very proud of what they have created and take joy in the opportunity to share it with others.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank fahollick
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506-2770-2549, Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2010

thank you so much for your review! we are glad that you had a great time! and thank you for sharing it here!

-Geinier and the entire Cusinga Team!

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Reviewed July 29, 2010

I spent a week at La Cusinga and it was fabulous. I was with a group and we stayed in the dorm like rooms. Everything was well kept and the food was amazing. I will visit again.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled on business
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Thank Tabithaann
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506-2770-2549, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2010

Thank yo for taking your time and giving us a review! we are so glad that you had a good time and that you took the time to share it. It is so important for us that you did that!

we look forward to your next visit!

-La Cusinga Team!

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Reviewed July 22, 2010

We loved the natural stone, wood and tile architecture, and I've never seen a more interesting sink. Diego, our host, was delightful and so helpful, letting me practice my Spanish, but quite versed in English when we needed that! The cuisine was unbeatable--creative, fresh, ample. La Cusinga is close to great horseback riding (we wend to Rancho La Merced) and zipline tours at Hacienda Baru. The beach from the hotel was delightful and our beach time at Isla Ballena was enjoyable, even if surprisingly confusing to reach (directions aren't Costa Ricans' forte).
La Cusinga and the surrounding activities were a DEFINITE HIGHLIGHT of our 21 day Eco-trip. It can be hard to sleep at night due to animal noises, heavy rains and ocean wave sounds--but that is part of the charm of being in the rainforest! Get there if you can!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Thank lorimarkproductions
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506-2770-2549, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2010

Thank yo for taking your time and giving us a review! we are so glad that you had a good time and that you liked the spirit with which my dad created the building. Thank you for taking the time to share your visit. It is so important for us that you did that!

we look forward to your next visit!

-La Cusinga Team!

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Reviewed July 17, 2010

We stayed there in July, during the rainy season. This stood out as a highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. The room was large and airy, the views were amazing, and we particularly enjoyed the hikes/walks to the beach and the freshwater pools via rainforest trails. Diego, who managed the place while we were there, was warm and very helpful. We felt at home immediatley and can't wait to go back. The meals by David were amazing as well.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Thank amalia1091
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