Chayote Lodge lays in the outskirts of the mountainous central valley, located only 45 minutes away from San Jose Airport in Llano Bonito de Naranjo, and 1500 meters above sea level in the cloud forest. It boasts 12 spacious bungalows. Each features a private terrace with breathtaking views of Poas, Barva, and Irazu Volcanos, as well as the Central Valley and the Nicoya Gulf in the Pacific Ocean, which can be seen on a clear day.
Inspired by the rich coffee culture of the region, each nook of the property resembles a piece of the coffee picker’s story and their lifestyle. Moreover, Chayote Lodge’s architecture and design integrates the most noteworthy elements of the coffee culture. For instance, the bungalows will resemble the traditional Coffee Receiving Stations known locally as “Recibidores”.
Surrounded by coffee fields, green pastures, and a rich agricultural environment, the area depicts the best of a simple, yet enriching, Costa Rican tradition. Its strategic location, right in the middle of Costa Rica, is a perfect gateway to discover different national parks, waterfalls, coffee fields, rural villages, and local artisans. It also affords the opportunity to enjoy the local lifestyle by visiting homes, gardens and city parks within the vicinity.
Round-trip transportation to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO) is included on the first and last day of the trip. It takes 45 minutes to get to the venue from the airport.
Sleeps up to 2, Contains 1 king or queen bed
The one and only Doña Gladys Suite is our own crown jewel. The 1185 sq. feet of beautiful space provides the ambiance to enjoy a unique time by the forest. Set in the middle of the cloud forest, it boasts a large outdoor private deck, with a daybed, to truly relax and reconnect. Each nook of our Forest Suite boasts the details to make your time a most memorable one. King size bed – living space with fireplace and rocking chairs with large glass doors for best views – outdoor private forest deck – soaking tub with forest views– double head shower and sink – large walk-in closet – safety box – high speed Wi-Fi – mini fridge - yoga mat
Sleeps up to 4, Contains 2 king or queen beds
Inspired by traditional Coffee Receiving Stations - Recibidores de café – each of our eleven Recidibor Suites boasts amazing views to Costa Rica’s Central Valley, four volcanos, coffee plantations and cloud forest. The 570 sq. feet of space is designed and decorated to provide a unique experience highlighting our very own Costa Rican architecture and rural decoration. These suites feature two queen beds. Private balcony overlooking the Valley – outdoor dining furniture - two sink contemporary bathroom - imported Danish blankets – Wi-Fi – mini fridge – large safety box – design centric decoration - yoga mat
Sleeps up to 2, Contains 1 king or queen bed
Inspired by traditional Coffee Receiving Stations - Recibidores de café – each of our eleven Recidibor Suites boasts amazing views to Costa Rica’s Central Valley, four volcanos, coffee plantations and cloud forest. The 570 sq. feet of space is designed and decorated to provide a unique experience highlighting our very own Costa Rican architecture and rural decoration. These suites feature an imported king size bed. Private balcony overlooking the Valley – outdoor dining furniture - two sink contemporary bathroom - imported Danish blankets – Wi-Fi – mini fridge – large safety box – design centric decoration - yoga mat
Within walking distance: hiking in the cloudforest, coffee plantation visits, dairy farm visit, birdwatching
Within day trips: zip lining, waterfall hiking, coffee tour & local market, private home cooking lessons, photography tours to the agriculture villages and nature, Poas Volcano, hot springs
Guests can walk to a local restaurant five minutes of our venue. Guests can eat in the hotel restaurant on the property
The following activities can only be booked and paid for at the resort. They cannot be booked in advanced through Trip Tribe.
|Enjoy up to four miles to trails and local roads through local farms and forests, amazing views along the way and over 300 species of birds to look for. The hike can be done on your own, or hire the services of a local guide for $50. Pay to local guide to be done directly by the guest to the guide.|
|Take a stroll among the coffee fields and enjoy a refreshing walk on your own in the nearby coffee farms.|
|Experience Costa Rica through its food||$70 / person|
|Enjoy a visit to a local home and learn how the best Costa Rican food is prepared using the traditional way. Our experience starts as Doña Elida shares with you her secrets to make the best Costa Rican meals, you can choose to take this tour for breakfast or lunch. You can learn how to make a “gallo pinto” in a wood stove, then make your own cheese tortilla or cook your own fried plantains to enjoy the best breakfast ever. If you prefer to take this tour for lunch, Doña Elida will teach you how to make a casado “picadillo” or any delicious Costa Rican dish, with very fresh and tasty vegetables. This is an authentic and delicious Costa Rican experience that you must live.|
|Naranjo Coffee and Town Experience||$90 / person|
|Naranjo is small town sheltering some of Costa Rica best coffee plantations. Overtwo hundred years of coffee cultivation, have marked Naranjo as a mecca in the production of some of the finest coffees of the world, achieving several world awards for its quality. Our first stop will be at the Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour; during hour and a half we will learn all the secrets of why this famous drink has taken the world over. We will be able to learn about all phases of the coffee, from the seed to the cup. The visit takes place in farm own by the local cooperative of coffee growers, where a coffee landscaping of rolling hills make a unique scenery. After our coffee tour, we will continue to the Municipal Market, where vegetables, fruits, meats and other produce is for sale for the local inhabitants to buy always fresh produce. Our guide will tell us about the different fruits and explain how they are used in local homes. We will have lunch in one the eateries of the market. After lunch we will visit the local church, the Basilica of the Lady of Piedades, rebuilt after several earthquakes in the 1940s. On our way back to the lodge, we will stop at a local bakery to buy some bread and continue for a coffee at don Carlos’ farm, as we enjoy a fresh cup of coffee in his private home.|
|Vamos a Viejillos, ¡The dancing experience!||$95 / person|
|f you want a real authentic Costa Rican experience, then a visit to Viejillos is a must do on your wish list. Situated in the charming, artisan village of Sarchi, just thirty minutes from Chayote Lodge, this Sunday afternoon get together draws Tico’s & Tica’s from all parts the country. Housed in a big old disco, the best Latino bands play to a lively, mixed crowd of all generations and backgrounds...with one mission in mind…Bailar! (to dance)… as only the Latino’s know how. From old Latin Classics to Merengue, back round to Salsa and then some Bolero, the huge dance floor is packed and twirling. You will dance, you must do…even if you don’t have the Latin hips…you won’t be judged, everybody is far too busy having the time of their lives. Live music blares, disco balls spin, neon lights flash, bicycles with fairy lights hang from the ceiling & couples laugh, spin, twirl & move with expertise. It’s dark, it’s hot, it’s steamy and it’s a whole lot of energetic fun! A well-stocked & efficient bar at either end of the room provides much needed refreshments & stunning views through the steamy windows of the Central Valley landscape. There is tasty food on offer so get there early or book one of the tables surrounding the dance floor. Not only will you have prime viewing but a much needed seat after all that dancing. Only those in the know come to Viejillos so you will probably be the only tourist here, making it a genuine & special experience. Dress up, dress down, it doesn’t matter, just enjoy yourself & be Costa Rican for a few enjoyable hours. ¡Vamos!|