Costa Rica is among the high eco-tourism locations on this planet. Though the nation covers simply 19,700 sq. miles (it’s smaller than West Virginia), it makes up 5 % of the Earth’s biodiversity, in accordance with the Costa Rica Tourism Board. And given the nation’s priorities, it’s prone to keep that method — Costa Rica reserves 1 / 4 of its land for protected parks and conservation areas.
This ethos has been adopted by Drake Bay Getaway Resort, an expensive nature retreat on the southern Pacific aspect of Costa Rica’s wild Osa Peninsula that resides in Drake Bay, a small bay and coastal city flush with lush forests and pristine seashores. Ensconced within the jungle, the boutique lodge provides simply 5 stilted cabins as a part of its dedication to the preservation of the panorama.
Final yr, homeowners Yens Steller and Patrick Ludwig acquired one other 200 acres — the biggest titled land in Drake Bay — two miles from the Forbes Travel Guide 4-Star lodge. Steller and Ludwig plan to guard the brand new land, dubbing it The Jungle Getaway. Roughly 85 % of the brand new property is main forest (that’s, a forest that dates again to historical occasions or that’s remained comparatively undisturbed by people) stuffed with crops and animals that you can discover on the close by Corcovado Nationwide Park, the well-known attraction that boasts the best focus of natural world within the nation. The Jungle Getaway is stuffed with unique crops like royal mahogany, cow timber, ceibas, birds of paradise, purple hearts and rather more. The verdant environment are additionally dwelling to animals like tapirs, pumas, jaguars and peccaries.
Nevertheless, the largest vacationer draw for The Jungle Getaway could also be its waterfall — at 100 ft, it’s the tallest within the space. Ludwig and Steller just lately launched horseback using and mountain climbing excursions to take lodge visitors to the waterfall and for nature walks. If you happen to enterprise out on the brand new excursions, anticipate unspoiled surroundings: the horseback experience to the waterfall winds via a pristine forest (with no highway entry) and alongside a river far-off from vacationers.
“Since we constructed our lodge in 2014, we now have all the time been fascinated by sustainable improvement and preserving the pure habitat within the well-known Osa Peninsula,” Ludwig and Steller say. “Since Yens grew up within the space — Drake Bay — he has a deep appreciation for shielding the first forest, wildlife and marine life within the peninsula.”
In response to the homeowners, since a lot of the land in Drake Bay shouldn’t be titled, it’s a problem to personal property within the space. “When an area financial institution known as Yens in the course of the center of the pandemic in 2020 and supplied him to purchase the land, he didn’t hesitate,” they are saying. The pair snapped it up when the native financial institution offered it via a blind public sale after years of holding onto the titled land.
Beforehand, Drake Bay Getaway Resort’s hottest personal excursions have been its day hike to Corcovado Nationwide Park and a snorkeling journey at Caño Island, however The Jungle Getaway offers them the prospect to do extra on the property. Ludwig and Steller say that they plan to finally construct trails via the grounds for nature walks and wildlife recognizing in the course of the day and evening.