Get to prepare and taste your own made chocolate at Nicuesa Lodge

If you are a cacao lover and ever wanted to make your own chocolate, the Organic Chocolate Making Tour at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is waiting for you. Here is what to expect from the tour:

  1. First, you will discover all the secrets behind the cacao tree and why this prodigious fruit was considered “the food of the gods” in pre-hispanic America.


  1. Then the preparation of your own chocolate begins! You will go to the kitchen and roast the already dry seeds.

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Meet our Guides at Nicuesa Lodge

Meet our guides at Nicuesa Lodge, who make all of our adventures in the Costa Rica rainforest and on the gulf of Golfo Dulce fun and exciting!

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Hiking through the Costa Rica rainforest with a naturalist guide, like Valeria Roman, can make all the difference between just getting some exercise or seeing wildlife and learning about nature.

Article by Shannon Farley

Our guides at Nicuesa Lodge can help make your experience in the Costa Rica rainforest extraordinary.

They spend every day in the coastal rainforest of southern Costa Rica by the gulf of Golfo Dulce, and value the opportunity to share this pristine place with you – where breathtaking nature still exists.

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Corcovado National Park – one of the world’s most spectacular places

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is your gateway to Piedras Blancas National Park and Corcovado National Park, named one of the most spectacular national parks in the world.

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Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula.

Article by Shannon Farley

In recent months, Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park was ranked first of the Top 10 Best National Parks in the World by Discovery Corp., and took third place in the list of 25 Most Spectacular National Parks in the World published by the Spanish daily El Pais.

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Nicuesa Lodge Joins Jaguar Conservation in Costa Rica

New camera traps have been installed by Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, in partnership with Osa Conservation, to record images of jaguars in the region.

Jaguar, image by John Rawnsley

Jaguar, image by John Rawnsley

Article by Shannon Farley

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge has joined with the nonprofit Osa Conservation in a trailblazing project for jaguar conservation in Costa Rica around the Osa Peninsula and gulf of Golfo Dulce.

A region-wide network of camera traps has been set up to capture images of jaguars (Panthera onca) in the wild – along with other wildlife – to help determine the current population density of jaguars in Costa Rica.

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Where to go snorkeling in Costa Rica by Nicuesa Lodge

The gulf of Golfo Dulce is definitely the place to go snorkeling in Costa Rica, with its warm, clear water and abundant marine life.

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Snorkeling in Costa Rica at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

Article by Shannon Farley

Thanks to nutrient-rich waters, snorkeling in Costa Rica in the Pacific gulf of Golfo Dulce can be an awe-inspiring experience of wildlife encounters.

One of only four tropical fjords in the world, the Golfo Dulce’s warm and clear waters, protected from the open Pacific Ocean by the Osa Peninsula, are an extraordinary habitat for marine life. Besides being a crucial birthing spot for migrating humpback whales, Golfo Dulce is home to several kinds of dolphins, sea turtles, rays, numerous tropical fish, and big, friendly whale sharks. It’s an excellent place for swimming and snorkeling in Costa Rica.

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8 Ways to Get Closer to Nature on Vacation in Costa Rica

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get closer to nature, go for a nature vacation in Costa Rica at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

Beach at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest LodgeArticle by Shannon Farley

Spend any time in nature and you’ll probably notice that you feel happier. Go a bit further and get closer to nature on vacation, and you’ll be surprised at how great it makes you feel.

Numerous studies show that connecting with nature makes us healthier and happier. The more high-tech our lives become, it seems the more nature we need.

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Nicuesa Lodge says No to disposable plastic pollution

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica follows strict sustainability principles in everything they do, and that includes eliminating disposable plastic. Article by Shannon Farley

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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a leader in sustainable tourism in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Family Vacation at Nicuesa Lodge

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Happiness is family time at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica.

If you’re looking for an extraordinary Costa Rica family vacation amid the magic of the rainforest and tropical beaches, then you will love it at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Choose something different from the typical all-inclusive resort for your Costa Rica family vacation. Nicuesa Lodge gives you adventure, nature, and real authentic experiences that let you learn, have fun, and enjoy quality family time together. Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is one of the highest ranking ecolodges in Costa Rica, a world pioneer in ecotourism. The lodge is located on a 165-acre private rainforest reserve on the gulf of Golfo Dulce in the spectacular southern Pacific Coastal region by the Osa Peninsula. Continue reading