Our recommended stay at Rio Magnolia is 3 or more nights to enjoy what the Lodge has to offer so our minimum stay is 3 nights. We are fairly remote and feel that you need this time here given the variety of things to see and do.
A Rio Magnolia 3 night stay might look something like this depending on your interests.
Day 1 Arrive at the Lodge mid afternoon by our private 4wd transfer from either regional airports (San Isidro de El General or Quepos) or from area hotels in Uvita, Manuel Antonio, San Isidro or Dominical. The ride into the Lodge is an adventure in itself. Once you pass through our gates, you will travel through primary forest to the lodge. You will be greeted with a cool natural fruit refreshment by our friendly local staff.
Get settled in your room then enjoy our homegrown coffee and cakes served daily at 4 pm. After coffee enjoy the daily guided 45 minute Before the Sunset Walk to observe birds and wildlife. This is a good time as the wildlife is more active just before sunset. Then return to the Lodge to enjoy the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Or you can sit on one of the many terraces and observe the toucans, aracaris, tanagers, euphonias and other species in the cecropia trees or the hummingbirds around various bushes and flowers.
Enjoy a shower using our organic bath products made in Costa Rica. Prepare yourself for the appetizers at the bar served at 6:00 pm and discuss your daily experiences with other guests. We offer a selection of wines and a full bar service and a special drink of the day. A 3 course gourmet dinner follows. Since we are a small establishment, we are able to design our daily set dinner menus with the freshest ingredients. Before you arrive, we inquire about food allergies and general tastes in food, so that our menus will meet all of your expectations!
Day 2 Wake up to the sounds of the howler monkeys. Enjoy birdwatching and experiencing the views from your balcony, enjoying a cup of Café Rio Magnolia delivered to your suite.
Sit down at a table on the outside terrace of our restaurant, Magnolia, and indulge in a full breakfast which starts with local fruits, yoghurt, homemade granola with nuts and honey…. then followed by a daily special…… traditional Costa Rican eggs with pinto and plantain, huevos rancheros, banana pancakes, bacon and eggs or omelets, toast and our own lemon marmalade.
After breakfast, at 10:00 a.m, you can participate in our Coffee Plantation, Farm and Rainforest Orientation Tour. Return to the Lodge for a swim in our large infinity pool followed by lunch from a small menu as well as daily specials.
Relax, explore or if you want to try something different, we can take you to the natural waterslide in the river. It is about an hours hike through the forest with the last part fairly steep down to the river. This is a guided tour is offered 3 times a week. We provide helmets.
Day 3 Get up with the birds and take the daily Early Morning Bird Walk at 6 am before breakfast. It is about an hours walk. Some days it is a walk over to the big pasture through our reforestation area, other times along the road out to the gate through the forest or along the Toucan Trail. Return to the Lodge for a swim and breakfast.
For the rest of the morning, relax on your balcony or by the pool and watch for the birds in the cecropia trees.
If you still want some more jungle experience, we can take you on a hike down to the grotto in the river for a swim. It is about an hours hike through the forest with the last part fairly steep down to the river. This guided tour is offered 3 times a week.
Meet for your last night of delicious appetizers at the bar and drink of the day or glass of wine. Sit at your own table inside or out on the terrace or dine with other guests at a larger table set each night.
Day 4 Depending on what your plans are, you may want to do the morning Bird Walk at 6 am, followed by a swim and breakfast. The transfer 4wd vehicle will pick you up at a predetermined time to take you to regional airports or nearby beaches. We can also arrange transport to the San Jose airport from Rio Magnolia.