Chayote Lodge, San José & Central Valley, Costa Rica
Chayote Lodge is a boutique, coffee-themed hotel located in Costa Rica's mountainous Central Valley, approximately one hour from San Jose. Inspired by the rich coffee culture of the region, the lodge's design reflects various elements of the coffee making process - the guest bungalows, for example, have been designed to resemble the traditional coffee receiving stations ("recibidores").
Each of the 12 spacious bungalows feature a private terrace with wonderful views of the surrounding valley and volcanoes on a clear day. Meals using fresh local produce are served in the Quelites restaurant, which has a cosy fireplace and also an outdoor terrace cafe to enjoy the views on warm days.
Amongst the activities available to book locally are hiking, bird watching in the surrounding cloud forest and coffee tours.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Traditionally dressed guides will take you on an interactive tour around the six acres of coffee fields, tropical gardens and coffee processing facilities. The volcanic views from the plantation are spectacular along with those of the Central Valley.
This heart-thumping trip takes you along the Pacuare river's grade III and IV rapids, which wind their way through stunning virgin rainforest where a huge diversity of animals, birds and butterflies can be seen along the river's edge.
The 2.6km long ride lasts about 90 minutes and takes you on a fascinating journey through the canopy which is one of the most biologically diverse rainforests in Costa Rica.