My girlfriend and I stayed at the Lookout for 6 days at the end of November and although it was meant to be near the end of the rainy season, it hardly rained at all the whole time we were there. The friendly owner Terry picked us up from the airstrip and told us all about the area on the journey to the lodge. It was quite busy at the lodge considering it was supposed to be their quiet season and we met some lovely people with whom we could share wildlife sighting stories with and go for walks along the beach at night after dinner looking for turtles laying their eggs. It was also nice hearing about other peoples experiences whilst having drinks at sunset and also during meal times with the other guests.
We stayed in the Blue Butterfly cabin which is an open air cabin and surrounded by jungle. We were a bit apprehensive about staying in this type of room to begin with but once you're in there, it's not a problem at all. One thing we didn't have was hot water (Terry can't currently get it up to that cabin), so although I was ok with the cold showers, my girlfriend wasn't so pleased but she was able to use the shower in the Tiki Huts on a couple of occasions after being offered by a lovely family we met at the lodge.
I was quite surprised by how few mosquito's there were in the area as they were not a problem and considering you're surrounded by jungle there were hardly any insects in the room at all. The biggest problem is making sure you leave nothing out in the rooms as the White-face Capuchin monkeys occasionally pass through the rooms but they did not disturb any of our stuff during our stay. One night I could hear some rustling outside the room, turned on my torch to find a Tamandua (anteater) foraging just outside our room and on other occasions we spotted a Coati and a Toucan from our room as well as numerous Squirrel Monkeys and Scarlet Macaws, a Tayra, hummingbirds, vultures (including a rare King Vulture), hawks etc etc etc.
The food was good and I especially enjoyed breakfast and dinner where there was different options each day and plenty of it. The desserts were especially good and Terry kept giving me extra portions as he obviously thought I needed fattening up. All the staff were polite and friendly and do a good job.
Whilst at the lodge, we did do a few activities such as the night walk around the frog ponds (guided by Terry's wife Katya) to see the red-eyed tree frogs, we took a canoe out on the nearby lagoon at sunrise which was very peaceful and also went on a few hikes. The biggest walk was a day hike into Corcovado with a guide that was being given a trial run by the lodge. He hardly spoke any English but he was a very nice bloke that was still able to communicate with us and was able to spot different wildlife such as Trogons as well as Tapir tracks in the sand and on the trails. He also climbed a palm tree to knock down some coconuts that he then opened for us to drink from and eat. We also did the Stairway to Heaven walk and although this was peaceful, keep in mind that the stairs are very steep in parts.
Another enjoyable thing we did after dark was searching for turtles where a few guests from the lodge walked along the beach with torches looking for turtles that have hauled themselves up to lay eggs. I think that every night during our stay, someone managed to see a turtle of some sort and we saw Green and Olive Ridley turtles. One morning I was also fortunate enough to find baby turtles hatching and making a dash for the water which was excellent to see and I think I counted around 30-40 of them.
Overall I really enjoyed my time at the lodge and hope to get the opportunity to do it again some day as there's still plenty of wildlife in the area that I didn't see and we saw more wildlife around the lodge than on any of the hikes we did during our stay.
Darren & Clare
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lookout Inn Lodge is a beach and rainforest ecolodge in Carate on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. We are located completely off the beaten path and conveniently located near an entrance to the world-renowned Corcovado National Park. Ideally situated to offer comfortable and affordable eco-friendly accommodations to adventure travelers visiting this remote part of Costa Rica, the Lookout Inn Lodge is sure to impress. Nestled in the hillside right above the road and alongside an isolated black sand beach, Lookout Inn Lodge provides our guests with spectacular views of the surrounding jungle rainforest, the majestic Pacific Ocean and an endless unspoiled Osa Peninsula coastline. ... more less
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