Tiskita Lodge Costa Rica
Tiskita Lodge Costa Rica
Rooms and Rates
Notes about this Hotel:
- Costa Rican tax of 13.00% is included.
Tiskita Jungle Lodge, in Playa Zancudo, Costa Rica is the closest you can be to the great waves in Pavones and rainforest while keeping in style and comfort. Situated on a gentle hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Tiskita Jungle Lodge offers nature lovers an outstanding opportunity to experience the amazing diversity of life in a lowland tropical rain forest. Located in the quiet southwest corner of Costa Rica, At Tiskita, Playa Zancudo holds a nature lodge and biological reserve hosting an abundance of wildlife on its 800 acres (325 hectares). Tiskita Lodge’s property includes mostly primary rain forest, smaller sections of secondary rain forest, and open orchards. A naturalist guide and an extensive trail system enable visitors to explore these forests and experience their fascinating sights and sounds first hand. Tiskita Lodge is a collection of 9 individual cabins (sixteen rooms) and private rooms set amid the rich jungle of the tropical Costa Rican rainforest and fruiting trees. Tiskita Lodge has 60 acres (24 hectares) of tropical fruit orchards and farm, featuring over 100 exotic fruits, including carambola, mango, mangosteen, guanabana, durian, pineapple, papaya, breadfruit, guava, vanilla, zapote, and more.
At Tiskita Jungle Lodge, olive ridley turtles have built from 70 to 400 nests per year during the 1996 to 2002 nesting seasons, a dozen nests were from Pacific greens, and three were hawksbills. Worldwide, the olive Ridley is the most abundant sea turtle, but like all sea turtles, their numbers are declining due to human causes. Part of the olive Ridley's diet consists of shrimp, and each year thousands are accidentally caught in the shrimp nets of trawlers and drown. Humans also dig up (poach) nests for the eggs, and on some beaches most of the nests are destroyed each year. In a small effort to help these turtles, the Tiskita Foundation began sea turtle conservation programs in 1995, and in 1996 initiated working with PRETOMA (Sea Turtle Restoration Program of Costa Rica). The conservation program includes identifying species, tallying nests, and relocating them to enclosures to prevent destruction from poachers or predatory animals. Poaching is a serious problem. Egg- theft is believed to have destroyed close to 100% of the turtle nests in years past on the beaches of Tiskita. Costa Rica awaits for you to share all the beauty of Tiskita Jungle Lodge and all its magic.
Location and Driving Directions
Tiskita Lodge is located on the far end of Costa Rica’s southwest coast. It is the last village before you reach the end of Punta Burica. The most common and popular way to get to Tiskita is by plane, a 45 minute domestic flight to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez and then a small charter plane to their private strip. The scheduled domestic flight leaves from Tobias Bolanos Airport in San Jose and passes over the Talamanca mountain range before descending slightly and following the Pacific coast south from Manuel Antonio to Dominical, Golfito or Puerto Jimenez. The charter flight then continues on for fifteen minutes south Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula to the private airstrip at Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Round-trip transportation is included in most packages to Tiskita. A direct flight to Tiskita by charter plane can be booked at an additional cost and is subject to availability.
A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary in the rainy season, and high clearance is always useful. The drive to Tiskita Jungle Lodge from San Jose passes through some of the most scenic regions in the country. The most popular route heads out of San Jose along the Inter American Highway to the town of Cartago, where you head into the mountains of the Cerro de la Muerte. Descending out of the Cerro de la Muerte you will pass through the cities of San Isidro and Palmar Norte on your way to Golfito. Once in Golfito you will turn left at the bar El Rodeo. From here head towards Pavones and Playa Zancudo. After 6 miles (10 km) you'll have to take a small car ferry crossing over the Coto River. Continue on, following the signs to Pavones. Once you reach the small village and surfing mecca of Pavones it's another 4 miles (6 km) to Tiskita. This is approximately a 10 hour trip.
An alternative route takes the Costanera Sur coastal highway. You can pick up the Costanera Sur by heading out of San Jose towards the beaches of Jaco and Manuel Antonio and continuing on south on a well-graded gravel road. You can also take the Costanera Sur by turning towards the ocean and the beach town of Dominical at San Isidro. Once you reach Ciudad Cortes you will continue on to Palmar Norte, joining up with the Inter American Highway, and then following the directions above. This route will take a little bit longer, but is considered by many to be one of the more scenic drives in Costa Rica (particularly the stretch from Dominical to Ciudad Cortes).