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The Selva Bananito Experience

Located in the Limon province, Selva Bananito Lodge is a nearly four-hour drive from San Jose, serving as an eco-friendly haven dedicated to rainforest preservation. My Selva Bananito Reserve journey started with a drop-off at Salon Delia, where I was warmly picked up by Jurgen, the owner of the reserve. A 40-minute journey on a gravel road, though bumpy, provided a relaxing experience immersed in lush greens.

Upon reaching the Lodge, I was introduced to Carlos, my guide for the stay, who provided insightful briefings on the lodge's commitment to championing rainforest preservation. Embracing eco-conscious practices, the lodge sustains itself with Solar and Hydroelectric power and plants trees for each guest, contributing to carbon footprint offsetting. The primary aim of the reserve is to foster reconnection with nature, reflected in limited Wi-fi accessibility in specific areas, encouraging meaningful guest interactions. The farm-to-table dining experience adds to the lodge's sustainability initiatives.

During my full day at Selva Bananito Lodge, an early morning birding tour at 5 AM proved fruitful, with sightings of various wild birds like Toucans and Parakeets. Guided by the impressive 16-year-old expert Dario, the tour emphasized the significance of early birding for optimal sightings. Post-tour, a hearty breakfast awaited at the lodge. 

Toucan during our birding tour
Toucan during our birding tour (Petchie Colina)

Green Parakette
Green Parakette (Petchie Colina)

The day's highlight involved a thrilling gyro-plane ride piloted by Jurgen, offering a panoramic view of the Bananito Reserve. The 20-minute aerial adventure was both unique and exhilarating, marking a memorable experience. After that, a horseback riding expedition around the expansive reserve, accompanied by a horse named Chile, who by the way, was the calmest horse I've met so far, provided an up-close encounter with nature. A hike led to an uphill platform for ziplining and rappelling, adding an adventurous twist to the day. Overcoming my fear, rappelling down a towering tree unveiled breathtaking views of the rainforest.

Gyroplane named Pegasus in Selva Bananito Reserve
Gyroplane named Pegasus in Selva Bananito Reserve (Petchie Colina)

Chile the horse
Chile the horse (Petchie Colina)

The tree that we rappelled in Selva Bananito Reserve
The tree that we rappelled in Selva Bananito Reserve (Petchie Colina)

A proud pose after the tree rappelling
A proud pose after the tree rappelling (Petchie Colina)

My Selva Bananito experience was truly remarkable and transformative, unveiling the intricacies of nature preservation. An enriching adventure like no other, it is an essential experience for anyone visiting Costa Rica.

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