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Trapp Family Lodge
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Best for: Off the beaten track, Wildlife
The Trapp Family Lodge is a simple rustic lodge located near the entrance of Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Although basic, the helpful staff and good location make the Trapp Family Lodge a great option for nature-lovers and bird-watchers.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Surrounded by a paradise of verdant cloud forest and just a two minute drive from the park entrance, the Swiss-chalet-style Trapp Family Lodge is a simple hotel, offering the easiest access of all of Monteverde’s accommodations to the unparalleled beauty and bio-diversity of the cloud forest. It’s a lovely place to stay for a couple of nights and really enjoy the peace of the cloud forest. A total of 26 spacious rooms and suites, all simply but elegantly furnished, with en-suite facilities offer good views of the surrounding forest through picture windows. The Mountain suites are newer and located away from the main building up a slight slope and come with a private balcony overlooking the gardens. Do note that the hotel is not heated, but the lodge is happy to furnish extra blankets.
Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar and lounge in the seating area and indulge in international cuisine at the hotel's restaurant. Otherwise there are few facilities. The lodge’s distance from town and setting in the heart of the cloud forest means that you will get peace and quiet here, undisturbed except by birds calling and insects buzzing. If you are looking for action or pampered luxury, then the Trapp Family Lodge is probably not for you. However if you want to feel like you are experiencing nature in a very comfortable and scenic setting, then this is the place.
Activities include following trails through the cloud forest, either to spot birds (come between January and July for the best chance of seeing a resplendent quetzal) or to hidden waterfalls. Learn about the region’s 'creepy crawlies ' with a visit to the area’s insect museums, butterfly gardens and frog ponds. Take a horseback ride, or venture out into the countryside and learn all about the coffee production process at a coffee plantation. At night, go on a guided nocturnal hike and discover the forest's dark side!
When to go
Year round destination, although November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Original Canopy Tour
Begin with a short hike through a 70 acre private Cloud Forest reserve before heading to the cables for an exciting zip-line adventure. Fly through the treetops, rappel down large trees and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
Guided Sky Walk
Embark on an exhilarating adventure through the rainforest trails and over hanging bridges, above the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Gain a fresh prospective of the flora and fauna of the forest canopy and the abundance of wildlife.
Arenal Sky Trek & Sky Tram
Sky Trek starts with a tour in the Sky Tram to reach the top of the Arenal reserve, then begins a zipline adventure that allows you to observe the rainforest and its landscape whilst you're amongst the trees.
Monteverde Reserve Night Tour
Delve into the vast biological diversity of Monteverde Cloud Forest from a different perspective. Arriving just before sunset many rare and nocturnal wildlife species become active and emerge out of the darkness.
Don Juan Coffee and Chocolate Tour
Enjoy a 2.5 hour tour of a nearby coffee plantation. Here you will learn about the growth, harvesting, drying and toasting of one of the most important export products of Costa Rica. You’ll of course get to try a freshly brewed cup!
Santa Elena Reserve Tour
Explore the magnificent birding opportunities in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Delve into the forest fauna, surrounded by views of the Arenal Volcano and the Guanacaste lowlands.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park
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San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde, Rincon de la Vieja and Guanacaste
Visit some of Costa Rica’s most sensational national parks on this active outdoors itinerary. Enjoy everything from rainforests to volcanoes, before relaxing on the stunning beaches of the Pacific Coast.