- Peninsula de Osa - Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Imagine this… You are gazing across a deep river gorge just in time to catch the first rays of sunlight crowning the canopy of the primary rainforest across the valley with a hue of gold, your senses being teased gently to life as you sip on fresh pineapple juice on the deck of a huge rancho. As the mists below begin to part to offer you a glimpseof the blue Pacific in the near distance, you hear the rhythms of the rainforest, an orchestra led by the wild brazen troop of howler monkeys only a few hundred yards away. Although you are beginning to rouse yourself a bit in preparation for the active day ahead, the sloth in the grand mayo tree off to your left hasn’t moved a muscle. Typical. It makes you think of some people you know…
This is a reality on the 150 acres of tropical wilderness that is Luna Lodge, Lana Wedmore’s personal dream come true. Over 75 acres of the lodge’s property is primary virgin rainforest. You can spot literally hundreds of rare and beautiful bird species such as the scarlet macaw, red-legged honeycreeper, and slaty-tailed trogon. You will also likely encounter exotic creatures, such as coatis, tayras, and the four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica. There are year-round waterfalls on the property itself, one with a swift flowing chute and refreshing wading pool less than a ten minute walk from the bungalows. Just a few minutes further down the river valley, among a riverbed full of brilliant white boulders, a much higher set of falls thunders down from over 30 feet; you can stand under the spray and look down at how nature is realigning and reharmonizing the river’s elements.
Organic pineapple grows plentiful in our giant hillside garden.
Lana and her staff have created a wonderfulblend of natural landscaping and organic agricultural abundance surrounding the lodge. Counted among the fruit trees aremango, water apple, papaya, banana, china fruit, mandarin orange, lemon, cacao, avocado, and cashew. The pleasant,intoxicating aromas of ylang-ylang, frangipani, and night-blooming jasminepermeate the grounds. She also grows her own bananas, plantains, and pineapples. And what meal would be complete without herbs and spices? She has hot and sweet chilies, turmeric, oregano, basil, mustard, ginger, cilantro, and many more.
The rancho houses the restaurant, bar, kitchen, reception, library, and gift shop. The dimensions of the structure reflect those of the surrounding rainforest, with a towering roof soaring 25 feet over one of the largest ranchos on the Osa Peninsula. The spacious deck is ideal for birdwatching, stargazing, or justabsorbing the energy of the rainforest.
Guests always enjoy a break relaxing at the pool nestled intimately with the wilderness
Secluded in a beautiful garden alongside the rancho rests a natural rock encrested pool perfect for sunbathing, cooling off from a vigorous tour, or just sitting and enjoying one of the most beautiful vistas in the world.
The restaurant, “El Eclipse Total”, is open all day and features international cuisine. The dining area is open and spacious, affording comfort for dozens of guests. There’s even space for an occasional rainforest dance! The gift shop offers not only necessities and souvineers, but also an interesting array of boutique items selected from international artisans.
As our guest, you will dine on inventive cuisine and exotic native dishes, homemade breads, organic fruits and veggies, and scrumptious salads, accompanied with natural juices, sodas, or your favorite tropical libations. Everything at the lodge is prepared fresh and naturally each day, and will energize you to launch your rainforest experiences. With the hectic life left behind and the jewels of the Earth at your doorstep, you will remember Luna Lodge as one of the most rewarding and invigorating vacations of your entire life.
We look forward to seeing you!
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