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Dance in the tropics of Tiskita Jungle Lodge

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Tiskita Jungle Lodge cabins Costa Rica There’s something romantic about the thought of staying in a wooden cabin in the midst of the rainforest. The notion conjures up images of lush greenery, brightly colored macaws, juicy fruits and hot humid nights.

There’s truth to those images at the Tiskita Jungle Lodge, where guests can enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the tropical rainforest in comfort. Stay in one of the many wooden cabins made of precious woods like mahogany, purpleheart and rosewood, which have fallen to the forest floor.

Dance under a canopy of tropical trees. Or else, take a walk and explore up to 275 species of birds and a variety of other animals on the 800 acre biological reserve. Or grab a horse and take a tour by horseback and fall in love on one of the wilderness beaches. Hungry? The reserve has over 125 different species of tropical fruit to which guests can help themselves.

If being surrounded by all that tropical beauty is too much for you, you can take it all in lying in a hammock on the porch of your cabin. Each of which, let me add, boasts an ocean view.

Tiskita Jungle Lodge is one of the original ecolodges in Costa Rica. The family run business was started in 1978 when Peter Aspinall built his home on the large piece of land and began reforesting. Soon the natural habitat was restored. Now Aspinall and his wife Lisbeth manage Tiskita Jungle Lodge where eco-tourists come to bask in a life that’s wild with beauty.

Tiskita Lodge Costa Rica flora

To indulge in the rainforest visit the Tiskita Jungle Lodge website.

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Chalalan: a community owned eco-lodge in the heart of the Bolivian Amazon

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Bolivia is a country of contrasts. The capital of La Paz is situated in the bleak, high-elevation Andean plateaus, the southwest is a hot place of wetlands and Chaco desert, savannahs replete with wildlife roll across much of the east, and untouched, Amazonian rain forests blanket the northeast. A large chunk of those evergreen forests are protected within Madidi National Park, one of the wildest, most biodiverse areas of the planet.

Madidi has retained its wilderness flavor because of its inaccessibility. Veritable expeditions were required to set foot in this park due to the lack of roads until the Chalalan Ecolodge was built during the 1990s. Although it’s still an adventure to get there, guests of the ecolodge will find solace in the form of comfortable rooms in an amazing jungle-wilderness setting. The place is entirely owned and operated by a local native community who would have otherwise made clearings and hunted in the forest for survival. Instead, they use their tracking skills and forest knowledge to show tourists the wildlife of Madidi and various medicinal plants that grow in the forest.

Because the area is pretty much untouched, sightings of large macaws are common, seven species of monkeys are encountered on the trails (including large troops of Squirrel Monkeys accompanied by Brown Capuchins), tapirs occur in good numbers, and even jaguars are occasionally seen. Local guides increase the chances of finding these and other shy, rain forest animals and since each guest of the lodge gets their own guide, most visitors to Chalalan come back with unforgettable sightings of rare, rain forest wildlife.

The community was in touch with their natural surroundings before the lodge was built and incorporated this into the design and function of the buildings by using locally grown palms fronds for the roofs, composting systems to treat waste, and solar power for electricity (which is limited but you don’t need much in the heart of the Amazon rain forest).

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