Ecolodge San Luis is a perfect place for people who want to see the forest but prefer a grassy area for their room. We experienced dining, sleeping, exploring, and sightseeing all in here. On some days, because of the convenient location, we went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest or the nearby Children's Eternal Rain Forest too!! The lectures and walks were amazing. My personal favorite was Insect-O-Rama, where we learned about insects and then tried catching some too. I learned that insects are in the domain Eukaryota, the kingdom Animalia, the phylum Arthropoda, and the class Insecta. We also visited the farm. (Written by an 8-year old who had a great time)
The campus is beautiful and the forest around it offers views of many birds and wildlife.
But be prepared. The room/cabin walls a thin and you can hear your neighbor. Our bed was old and uncomfortable. However, the worst thing about the campus is the food. The diet consisted of carbohydrates. Breakfast was likely beans and rice, fried cheese and cold cheese. The eggs when served were decent. But dinner was always beans and rice, a meat, and potato. Three nights out of the 6 we had veggies - cut up really small. The diet was unhealthy especially for any diabetic. The lunch if you were going out was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or mystery ham and cheese. The food was VERY basic to say the least and always chosen because the food was cheap. The hot chocolate however was very good and served at the end of the meal IF you got to the pitcher of it before it was gone. We ate very little while here.
I travelled to Costa Rica in April with my 13yr old - not interested in lying on the beach for 7 days - we headed for the Monteverde area - there are plenty of 'green' and 'eco' lodgings in CR and many are making great efforts, however the UGA Ecolodge definitely stands apart. The rooms (we stayed in a Cabina) are basic, but clean and comfortable - the common veranda with the breathtaking view is worth every penny. Meals are served in a common room - plentiful, local, organic (they produce 25% of what they serve) - with great conversation with staff and visitors alike. Days are filled with activities ranging from hikes, farm tours to lessons on insects, plants and your carbon load to visit UGA. The staff/naturalists are fantastic with adults and children. We stayed at UGA for 6 nights - probably the max. Most families who only stayed for 2 or 3 nights regretted their short stay immediately. Couldn't recommend this place more!
We were looking forward to our time here and were absolutely thrilled with our experience. Like camp for adults and kids we had 3 meals a day in the dining room (fresh fruit juice, salad,rice, beans, a meat dish and another dish), and had a choice of activities. Our kids had the freedom to run around the huge property (800 metres to our cabin) enjoying the scenery and animals. We loved the bug talk, plant talk, milking cows, the night hike, visiting a neighboring coffee farm, cooking with a local family, Spanish dance lessons, and chatting with other visitors over meal times. This is such a special place and our kids kept saying they wanted to go back after we left. And given the cost of dining in Costa Rica the price including 3 meals was cheap to keep our teenage and preteen kids fed. Thank you so much UGA, we hope to be back one day and are recommending you to everyone we tell about CR!
Our high expectations were exceeded during our stay at the UGACR Ecolodge. Simple but clean rooms with rich wood finish, bathroom lit by an expansive skylight, and a beautiful central building with large mess hall and simple but tasty and healthy food. However, what really stood out were the people. Daniel Leiton, the manager of the facility, made us feel immediately at home. He was there to help with the food (we are vegetarians), with planning hikes and local trips, and with keeping our soy milk and yogurt in their fridge. He kept out granola and milk for us when we returned late one evening. The naturalists sat with us at mealtimes and shared stories, and we got to know everyone at a personal level. You see some amazing wildlife right on campus, on the walk from your room to the mess hall - we saw capuchin monkeys, coatimundis, agoutis, and birds of many varieties. You can't go wrong with UGACR, we think you'll love it as much as we did.