Located in the cloud forest central highlands of Costa Rica, Chayote Lodge is an authentic cultural experience just 50 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. Surrounded by the coffee fields and rainforests that are so iconic to the country, this is the perfect destination to start a trip – the Lodge is a gateway to a variety of Costa Rica’s exciting activities. Explore a cloud forest, go whitewater rafting, fly over the treetops on a ziplining trip.
Nestled among the rolling green pastures of the Central Valley, Chayote Lodge weaves coffee and local culture into the design and details of the property. Even the bungalows resemble the typical Costa Rican Coffee Receiving Stations or “Recibidores.”
The cozy main lodge features an intimate fireplace, floor-to-ceiling glass windows for optimal viewing, a cafe with outdoor terrace, a local bar, and a fusion restaurant.
At the highest point of the property sits Quelites Restaurant, a fusion restaurant that combines local flavors with international dishes. The restaurant features only locally grown produce and natural fresh food. Grab a drink before dinner at the bar located in the main building – it’s a popular place for chance meetings with locals! For breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon coffee, enjoy the charismatic, laid-back culture of Costa Rica on the cafe outdoor terrace.
Chayote Lodge Tours & Activities
Affectionately called “Chayote Country,” the lodge is surrounded by local villages and coffee fields, sugar cane, and vegetables. The neighboring El Chayote Forest Reserve – just a hike away from the main lodge – is home to abundant wildlife and the richest collection of bird species in this part of the country. Arrange a tour of the reserve and surrounding area with the lodge tour guide.
A variety of other experiences are available from the lodge including a local coffee plantation tour, the local markets and artisan shops of Naranjo City. Poas Volcano National Park, Juan Castro Blanco National Park, ziplining, Toro Amarillo Waterfall Hike, and dancing with locals. These adventures can be planned either before your trip or when you arrive.
Chayote Lodge Suites
The 12 individual bungalows of Chayote Lodge each boast their own private viewing terraces with stunning views of the Central Valley and of Poas, Barva, and Irazu Volcanoes. On clear days, guests can even see out to the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific Coast.
Locally designed furniture inspired by Costa Rican coffee culture and luxury amenities have created a unique high-end experience perfect for the culturally curious traveler.
Look out into the cloud forest over a private coffee garden from your balcony. Amenities include a Dream Line king-size bed, sofa, 2-sink bathroom, private suspended balcony, IP Phone, and WiFi.