EXPERIENCE THE FOREST AT ITS BEST
El Bosque Lodge (also known as El Bosque Trails and Eco-Lodge and previously known as Hotel El Bosque) is a small eco-lodge nestled in a lush green forest right on the edge of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, the largest private reserve, located in Monteverde Costa Rica.
At El Bosque Lodge, the cabins are simple (no frills) but the setting is extremely beautiful, quiet and peaceful.
You will discover that we do not sale rooms, we sale the experience of living in the forest, so you can get a unique experience of what it’s like to live completely surrounded by nature.
You will have lots of beautiful gardens to photograph, a private nature preserve with many trails for you to get lost on, you will spot lots of wildlife (especially birds), and you will have access to nature tours onsite, at your doorstep (literally).
This is the story behind El Bosque Lodge and how Monteverde used to be 65 years ago…
Once a farm that produced milk for the Monteverde Cheese Factory, El Bosque Lodge was one of the first lodges and conservation areas established in Monteverde.
The story of Monteverde begins in the 1950s when a group of Quaker families from the United States left their country in search of peace and tranquility, refusing to join the US Army as the Korean War waged. They travelled many places throughout Central America until they found Monteverde, a safe haven far from the fears of enlistment or imprisonment. And so, they settled for a simple, peaceful life surrounded by nature.
Soon later, in 1953, the Quakers established the first business in the area: The Monteverde Cheese Factory, which employed most of the adult population back then. Monteverde locals were either employees of the factory, or farmers who produced supplies for it. Don Marcos and Doña Irma (founders of El Bosque Lodge) were among these farmers, and little did they know, that the land where they used to have cattle, would 20 years later become one of the first lodges for eco-tourism.
In the early 1970s, the Quakers joined forces with resident scientists to make the case for the first private nature preserve in Costa Rica. With approximately 330 hectares, they successfully established the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve.
In the years that followed, tourism began to grow in Monteverde from small numbers of scientists to thousands of tourists who were initially camping in the lands of locals until the first lodges were established. El Bosque was one of those first establishments, the bus from San Jose (pretty much the only way for tourists to get here back then…) used to stop right in front of the current entrance which naturally drove many tourists to ask Don Marcos and Doña Irma to let them either sleep in one of the rooms of their house or to let them camp in their private forest.
In the 1990s, Don Marcos and Doña Irma made a decision to start building the lodge which began with only a few rooms, slowly growing to the 25 rooms that it has today, and 25 years later, they decided that it was time to retire and pass on the business to a new generation.
Don Marcos and Doña Irma then left the property and handed over the business to Daniel, who took ownership in August 2016, with no experience in tourism but a strong business management skillset and a wealth of customer service experience, from a corporate world to a nature paradise.
Nowadays, even though, Monteverde has changed a lot and many other lodges have been established since eco-tourism was first introduced, El Bosque is one of very few that keeps its essence: a simple lodge, in a beautiful setting, with gardens, a private forest set aside for conservation, many trails to get lost on, and now a birdwatching tour and a night walk onsite available to its clients and open to the public for those who are not staying at the lodge.
Frequently Asked Questions
An Eco lodge is an initiative focused on minimizing the negative effect lodging has on the environment and contributing to local conservation efforts.Costa Rica is well known for the beauty of its nature as well as for the conservation efforts leading the way worldwide. However, not all Costa Rican accommodations can be labeled “Environmentally Friendly” and this is where eco lodges come into play.Eco lodges focus on recycling, reusing and reducing waste, as well as using renewable energy sources, efficient lighting, and water preservation practices.
Eco lodges benefit not only the environment, but also travelers and local communities.By protecting nature resources, eco lodges contribute to preserving forests to share with generations to come.For example, only 0.2% of the world is cloud forest which includes the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, and without the efforts of our community and fellow travelers, it would be impossible to preserve this beautiful forest.Staying at an eco lodge helps travelers learn about those efforts, and how to live an eco friendly and sustainable live themselves. This can be a great addition to your journey when visiting the Monteverde Cloud Forest and its beautiful flora and fauna.Eco Tourism is a new way to travel, a new way of life and you can start this journey by staying in an Eco Lodge.
El Bosque Lodge is committed on preserving the surrounding environment, and protecting local wildlife. This is a very simple lodge, no frills, but it is the best place in Monteverde to immerse yourself in nature and to learn about simple ways to become more environmentally sustainable.The real treasure of this lodge is in its own private forest, its gardens and the beautiful trail system of the property. This is what makes it special. This is what makes it stand out from the rest of accommodations nearby. This amazing surroundings and this beautiful setting is a luxury many high-end hotels only wished they had. A luxury that cannot be “built”.
This is what to expect:
*The last two should be expected no matter where you stay in Monteverde. That’s a fact. No lodge, hotel or guest house, big or small, budget or high-end, will guarantee a stay without them.So with all of the above information, you should already have a pretty good idea if El Bosque Lodge is the right place for you. If you’re looking for an authentic experience of what it’s like to spend a couple of nights completely surrounded by nature in a simple cabin nestled on a beautiful setting then this is the place for you.El Bosque Lodge is the place to experience Monteverde in its purest essence; nature, trails, forest, wildlife (especially birds…).
- No A/C: There is no Air Conditioning, and most people would argue that this is not necessary since Monteverde is a rather cool place. The warmest time of year is generally late March where highs are regularly around 88°F (31.1°C) with temperatures usually dropping to 65°F (18.3°C) at night.
- No TV: Nowadays, it’s more important to have a fast Wi-Fi than cable TV. We do not have TVs, but we sure have the best internet in the area contracted through a private internet provider on a Service Level Agreement of 99.9% uptime and with 50GB symmetrical, the kind of internet you would only find in expensive hotels in Costa Rica.
- No Hot water in the Sink: We have hot water in the showers but not in the sinks. El Bosque was the second lodge built in Monteverde many years ago and back then, it was not usual in Costa Rica to have hot water in the sink. Nowadays, it would take a huge investment to change all pipelines to have this and so it’s not doable for now.
- No Safe Boxes in the Cabins: Safe boxes mean waste (lost keys and lots of batteries to change on the locks, far from being sustainable). Besides, Monteverde is also among the safest places in the country (and the world) and we have a place at the reception where you can leave your dearest belongings if you still prefer to do so.
- No Alarm Clock: Another cause for a waste of energy in a world where virtually all travelers have mobile devices with built-in alarm clocks.
- Cabins are simple, no frills.
- There is hot water in the showers.
- There is a private bathroom in all cabins.
- There is bugs*
- There is noise (Nature Sounds)*