Nature Observatorio is a beautiful treehouse suspended 25 meters up on a tree in the middle of the jungle in the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge at the Caribbean cost of Costa Rica. To arrive we will walk for about 20 minutes inside the forest from where we park the cars. Observatorio has two bedrooms where can sleep up to 4 persons. Breakfast and cold dinner are included in the price as well as drinks and snacks. You can climb yourself up or you can be comfortable pull up with an elevation system. Its a modern unique design, not a single nail is harming the tree. We use solar panels for leds lights, an eco toilet, and a shower with rain water.
This project is only for adventure and nature lovers.
If you don't want to spend the night there you can just visit it for a half or full day tour.
Enjoy the wonderful nature walking through the Primary Forest, exercise yourself climbing the tree with ropes, and get the fresh air from ocean and the incredible views of trees, animals and birds from the canopy.
Any question don't hesitate to ask!
Staying in the Treehouse overnight was absolutely magical. Saw up close spider monkeys, toucans, parrots and heard the howler monkeys. The hike to the Treehouse was great too and saw a yellow snake, a nice sized lizard and a handful of the poison dart frogs. Peter is very passionate about the rain forest and was a wonderful host!
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Notre expérience dans l'arbre de Peter était inoubliable, ça a été le point fort de notre visite au Costa Rica. Déjà le logement en plein milieu de la canope est grandiose mais en plus nous avons adoré tout ce que nous avons vécu lors de notre séjour.
Peter est vraiment adorable, très très accueillant. Il nous a accompagné à son arbre, nous a montrés tout un tas d'animaux sur le chemin, dans cette forêt qu'il connaît comme sa poche. Il nous a appris à grimper à son arbre grâce à un ingénieux système de cordes. Arrivés en haut, Jason était là pour nous présenter la cabane avant de nous laisser seuls, perchés à 25 mètres de hauteur dans un arbre de 350 ans, au beau milieu d'une forêt vierge ! Le paysage était à couper le souffle.
On a pu observer des milliers d'oiseaux (notamment trois variétés de toucans) ainsi que des singes araignées, un paresseux tout en dégustant les fruits frais et petits gateaux qui nous attendaient. Impossible de se lasser de la vue et quelle plate-forme extraordinaire d'observation de la faune et de la flore!
Plus tard, Peter et Jason sont revenus nous apporter le souper et une bouteille de vin. La nuit au milieu de cette forêt était magique. Au matin, Peter et Jason sont revenus avec un super petit déjeuner.
Peter est quelqu'un de passionné, d'extrêmement ouvert et accueillant. Nous avons adoré cette expérience et on espère y retourner bientôt ! Si vous aimez la nature et que vous cherchez une cabane dans un arbre, je pense qu'aucune ne peut égaler celle de Peter!
A completely magical, immersive experience.
We had a truly spectacular time, made even more wonderful due to Peter (and Jason's) enthusiasm, pride, patience, and overall good-spirit. It's clear this is a magical place, a passion-project that infects everyone who touches it with the feelings that inspired it.
I'm not a nature nut, and my girlfriend booked this trip, so when I went into it I had very few expectations or ambitions. I was just a regular guy who vaguely likes animals, and is also somewhat afraid of heights. But I fell in love with the canopy after staying here.
Seeing parrots and toucans fly majestically through the forest at dusks made me understand why they should never be kept as pets.
Seeing capuchins come right up to our house and communicate with us in small and subtle ways made me feel connected to them, as distant cousins, and understand how we evolved from such similar, social creatures.
Finally, spending the evening immersed in this ecosystem of interconnected plants, insects, birds, and other creatures perfectly illustrated how nature survives and thrives and finds a place for everything.
So more than just a nice place to stay, for me it helped me see the world in a new light, the importance of respecting and living in harmony in this environment, not for any other reason than it is so magically beautiful. I'm so thankful that somebody took the time and energy to make this possible.
Where to start other than to say that if you want a true experience of a night in the jungle, this is it. This is without a doubt, the finest and most unique place we ever have stayed. Period. From the time we arrived, Peter and his team took care of everything. Delivering food by hiking it in from whatever restaurant in town you want and guiding us on a hike through his primary, virgin rainforest, everything was simply amazing. This is absolutely a once in a lifetime experience that any nature lover needs to have.
There are other "treehouses" that you can stay in, but trust me when I say that they pale in comparison to what Peter has built. The entire structure is a work of art and is suspended from the tree, not nailed in so the tree is completely unharmed in the process. It is as stable and safe as can be, the views are magnificent and the wildlife comes to you. During our too short stay, we had toucans, macaws, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, tree frogs, poison dart frogs and a giant walking stick make an appearance.
The layout of the treehouse could be straight out of a high end architecture magazine. There is grating along all the edges of the floor so you can stand on it and look down, plexiglass up to your waist and a bamboo railing so you can look out or up without having your view blocked. You can see (and hear!) the ocean in the distance over the jungle. There are hammocks and beanbags for sitting down and taking it all in. Cooling off with a shower while looking out on the canopy on all sides is a thing everyone should experience.
Not sure that he mentions this in his listing, but included in the stay are: all meals from whatever restaurant you want in town, hand delivered through the jungle, a fully guided hike through the jungle with Peter and a native Bri Bri guide and jovial entertainment from Jason. It was a great team who was an absolute delight to be around. Seeing their passion for saving the rainforest was truly inspiring.
If you are pondering whether or not to book this and think it may be too expensive, let me assure you that it is not and is in fact a total bargain for what you are getting, an experience of a lifetime. Book it, now!
One star for the jungle discovery walking trip and passionate Peter's explanations
---- by the way "Hi, yellow snake! ---
A second star for the tree rope climbing lesson and immediate practice
--- amazing view guaranteed on your way ---
A third star for the architecture and design of this special loft
--- magic bed&breakfast ---
A fourth one for the original soundtrack by "the national rainforest animals symphonic orchestra"
--- with particular thanks to M. Toucan and M. Spider monkeys as specials guests ---
And the fifth one for the terrific and unforgettable feelings this experience procured : immersed in this world by ourselves, up in the air at 25 meters above the canopy, day and night...
We could add so many more stars to Peter's project....
Pura Vida to this exceptional natural observatory !
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