The Reforestation Project
25 years ago this property was acquired. From then on, approximately 2 acres were devoted them to the regeneration of the humid tropical forest. In this sector, native species of the area have been planted only, thus generating a secondary forest. In addition, there are other areas within the lodge where it has been reforested but not adjacent to the forest that has been established. This has allowed us to form a small biological corridor taking advantage of our neighbours’ sardinal river, and as a result significantly increase the fauna of our lodge.
In addition to the natural forest and stream buffers the lodge is proud of it’s Heliconia and ornamental flower gardens. Our organic garden and orchards complement the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables served at all meals.
Butterflies & Frogs
The La Quinta butterfly garden provides a habitat for many different species of Costa Rican butterflies. It includes both larval and nectar plants which provide nourishment for the butterflies throughout their life cycle. The butterfly garden provides an opportunity for our guests to photograph, enjoy, learn and interact with the butterflies.
The Poison dart frog (Dendrobates pumilio) as well as the green frog (Dendrobates auratus) can be spotted quite easy at La Quinta frog garden. Very active during daylight hours because of the lack of any predators these frogs don’t stay still very long. They can be seen walking, hopping, jumping and climbing or just sitting in a bromeliad.
A map of the 20-acre La Quinta property identifies the trails that you are encouraged to use for a 20 or 30 minutes self guided walk. The trails lead you to:
- The Library
- The Butterfly House
- The Frog Land
- The Vegetable Garden
- El Patio: From Our Farm
- The Reforestation Project
- The Ponds Area
- The Sardinal River
Meals include delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, many from our own garden, often rice and beans and main courses carefully prepared by the chef and co-owner Leonardo Jenkins. Costa Rican coffee is available all day long. Cooking classes can be scheduled by special arrangement.
A typical dinner could be a buffet that includes:
- Natural juice
- Salad bar with 12 ingredients: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, hearts of palm, carrots, onions, sweet corns, beetroots, eggs and 2 kinds of dressings
- Two or three grilled meats: chicken, beef or pork
- Six sides: rice, beans, a buttered vegetable, vegetable omelette, plantains or potatoes, a diced vegetable, tortillas or bread, dessert, and coffee or tea
We decided to create three lakes for activities such as fishing and bird watching. In addition, in the largest lake there is a family of alligators, which were rescued from captivity through a program of a government institution.
This unit is part of the La Quinta self-supply program. In our nursery and nearby production areas, we produce a wide range of products such as: sweet pepper, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, sweet potato, malanga, cassava, celery, coriander, radish, among others. It is important to emphasize that the production varies according to the climate, so there are certain products that are only present at certain times.
Services Available On Site
- Guided Tours
- In house attractions
- Cooking workshops
- The Ponds Area
- Sardinal River