SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NATURE
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 but the setting is extremely beautiful, quiet and peaceful.
The property features beautiful gardens, a private nature preserve with many trails to get lost on, abundant wildlife (especially birds), and nature tours right onsite.
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
WHY SHOULD I STAY IN AN ECO LODGE?
IS EL BOSQUE LODGE THE RIGHT PLACE FOR ME TO STAY IN MONTEVERDE?
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT EL BOSQUE LODGE?
- 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)*