1 Our Philosophy of Sustainability and Adventure Our Philosophy We travelled all over Costa Rica and other parts of Central America to find and create a special place where one can intimately experience the natural world of both the tropical rainforest and the Pacific Ocean. Our plan was to create a place that offers the comfort of a lodge and the activities and diversity of an adventure tour. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is: A place that is remote yet accessible A place that is sensitively designed in harmony with the environment A place that is a nature lover s, adventure sports lover s and environmentalist s dream And, most importantly, a place that never lets you forget that you are nature s guest. We envisioned and created a lodge that is small enough to allow us to help you design a special experience that meets your individual interests and goals. This also allows you the flexibility to change your schedule to meet your pace and mood. We hope that you will come and enjoy nature and adventure with us! Environmental Initiatives Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is an environmentally sensitive lodge set on a 165-acre private preserve in the undeveloped Pacific Coast Osa Peninsula/Golfo Dulce region of Southern Costa Rica. The lodge embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment and caters to travelers interested in ecotourism, nature, adventure and sports. Playa Nicuesa is located within the lush rainforest of the Piedras Blancas National Park, and fronts the pristine coastline of the Golfo Dulce. Our goal is to provide guests with an experience that they will always remember fondly: Excellence, friendly service, hi-end accommodations, educational opportunities and unique, well run adventure activities, and to provide this experience while operating the lodge in the most environmentally friendly manner possible. We have incorporated this goal into both the construction and operation of the lodge in the many ways listed below. And, we would be thrilled to share more with you if you are interested! Construction Worked with Costa Rican architect to design all lodge structures The entire construction was performed by local labor from the immediate coast as well as the towns of Puerto Jimenez and Golfito. Lodge buildings are located on less than 2% of property 98% is a Private Protected Area. The use of recycled construction materials such as: roof tiles on the lodge and cabins are made of recycled plastics including banana bags. Wood used throughout Playa Nicuesa is either naturally fallen and permitted by the government to be pulled out of the forest by oxen, or farmed
2 Environmentally friendly design features: design of the cabins and lodge is unique and in context with the natural environment and, the orientation of the cabins and lodge maximizes natural ventilation of air from the mountains and the beach through the structures. Separation of grey water and black water, and use of organic micro-organisms to clean septic system of toxins and diseases. Little to no disturbance to the natural landscaping to protect the natural habitat. Operation Electricity is provided by solar energy. Panels are located on main lodge structure. Back-up generator runs of recycled vegetable oil. Passive solar drying room used to dry all of the wash. Hot water is provided by on-demand propane which means that the propane is used only when the hot water faucet is turned on. Fuel efficient four stroke engines are used on all of our boats. Trash separation for the purpose of recycling glass, plastics, paper, aluminum and tetrapaks. Composting organics to be used later as fertilizers in gardens. Rainwater management: use of trenches to channel heavy amounts of rainfall thereby reducing soil erosion. Gardens and landscaping maintained without use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Use of homemade natural solution to combat certain insects (garlic, onion, chili pepper) Use of organic-biodegradable cleaning products as well as organic-biodegradable shampoos and soaps in guest rooms and for employees. Energy efficient light bulbs, refrigerators and freezers. Use of solar lanterns for pathway lighting. Tours and activities are conducted in the most environmentally friendly manner possible in order to preserve the natural habitat and the wildlife that thrive here, while always educating guests about the importance of environmental conservation. Offer daily Sustainability Tour of lodge environmental operations (recycling area, composting area, Reforestation Center, passive solar drying room, solar system, construction efforts, etc.). Lodge meals focused on national and regional cuisine, utilizing food from the property or grown as locally as possible. Community Efforts Employ local/costa Rican staff (98% of employees); primarily from the immediate coastline and two area villages. Sponsor a local Costa Rican student annually to attend a local bilingual school Nueva Hoja. Assist in creation of a local recycling collection center in Puerto Jimenez in collaboration with Women of the Osa. Support local campaign to clean up and beautify Golfito by creating welcoming public spaces & improving infrastructure. Employ reformed hunters as guides. Plan environmental education events in collaboration with the Environmental Coalition of Puerto Jimenez. Sponsored building of local library in Puerto Jimenez. Provide opportunity to employees to learn English. (e.g. offer free English classes at Lodge & fully sponsored one employee to live in San Jose and attend a one month intensive English language program). Sponsor Troop 150 Guias y Scouts of Puerto Jimenez.
3 Display decorations and sell to guests locally produced artwork and handicrafts. Support local economy by purchasing food, hardware, and other supplies from nearby towns Support local tour operations by regularly promoting to guests. Provide opportunity for career advancement for employees via training course sponsorship. Provide educational materials and presentations to the only local school in the Golfo Dulce. Sponsor folkloric dance group composed of adolescents from Puerto Jimenez. Conservation Reforestation of Nicuesa Property with hardwood tree species. Active supporters of ACOSA (Osa Conservation Area) & MINAE (Min. of the Environment). Donate to and collaborate with MarViva, a marine conservation organization. Donate to PRETOMA, an NGO fighting harmful marine practices in Golfo Dulce. Sponsor Yaguará, a feline conservation organization, to place cameras on Nicuesa property. Donate to Osa Campaign through TNC. Involved with ANAGA (Association no to tuna farms) to prevent tuna farms in Golfo Dulce. Memberships Active member of Women of the Osa (WOO) which is a local effort as part of an international campaign supported by The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International and Costa Rica-USA (CRUSA) to protect and preserve the OSA Peninsula/Golfo Dulce Region. Active member of the Environmental Coalition of Puerto Jimenez. Member of the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Member of the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) Member of EcoClub International Certified by the Costa Rican Institute for Tourism with the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) Member of Centro de Derecha y de los Recursos Naturales (CEDARENA) Member of Responsibletravel.com Member of Sustainable Travel International Member of Amigos de los Parques Nacionales (Friends of te National Parks)
4 General Information General Information Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge accommodates up to 28 guests, offering five private cabins (one and two bedrooms), one three-bedroom house and four private rooms in the mango guest house. All accommodations feature private open-air baths, canopied beds, ceiling fans, and full length louver doors that wrap around rooms with private verandas providing spectacular views of rainforest. Lush, green vegetation as far as the eye can see, with leaves as big as elephant ears. Jade colored water. Toucans, monkeys, iguanas, dolphins, majestic blue butterflies all are here at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. If physical challenge is what you want it s here. If rest and relaxation is what you need it s here. And everything in between! We are a destination lodge that offers kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, hiking, wildlife viewing, yoga, horseback riding, and hammock swinging right out our doorstep. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment, and offers a perfect blend of comfort with environmental preservation. This wilderness lodge is sensitively designed with the environment and constructed from naturally fallen trees, recycled materials and harnesses the natural energy from the sun to provide electricity. What also makes Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge so unique, pristine and private is that access from nearby villages is by water only. Dramatic views of the mountains surrounding the Pacific Coast gulf welcome you to the lodge as you approach by boat. Once you arrive at the lodge, lose yourself in the tropical paradise that surrounds you, and let the adventure begin! We refer to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge as our "Selva y Mar" (jungle and sea) location because our front yard is literally a gulf right off the Pacific Ocean, and our back yard is literally thousands of acres of pristine tropical rainforest. Adventure and nature activities are unlimited! The Front Door leads to the Golfo Dulce s 80 degree blue green waters. Kayak the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf) right off our beach front. Jump in! The water is calm and perfect for swimming. Spend a relaxing hour or a challenging day kayaking and exploring along the coastline and through nearby mangroves. Stop and snorkel along the way! In-shore and off-shore fishing guarantee a fresh fish dinner. And, from the Golfo Dulce we can also access several rivers and the Pacific Ocean leading to a variety of marine environments that make this area so unique. The Back Door of our 165-acre preserve is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine tropical rainforest, full of fruit trees and tropical flowering plants. Explore the jungle by hiking our labyrinth of trails that wind through the rainforest canopy, up the mountainside, and connect through the National Park. Listen to the howler monkeys, watch and hear the calls of any one of the 250 species of birds, and end up at a waterfall. OR, just relax in a hammock under the almond tree by the sea and take in the ocean and mountain views while listening to the rhythmic waves.
5 Location and Boat Transfers Coordination Playa Nicuesa s location is amazingly Pristine, Private, and Beautiful! Located in the least populated region of Costa Rica, Playa Nicuesa offers a perfect blend of comfort with environmental conservation. Natural energy from the sun is harnessed to provide electricity. Cabins, rooms and main lodge are uniquely designed to create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. The best way to get to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is to fly via Sansa Airlines ( or Nature Air ( to either Puerto Jimenez or Golfito. Flight time is approximately 50 minutes. From there, we will meet you at the airport and transport you by our boat across the Golfo Dulce to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge (the boat ride is approximately 35 minutes). Charter flights are also a great option for families or groups of 4 or more people. Also, this is a great option for people that want to go directly from the lodge to many other areas within Costa Rica and not going via San Jose. Recommended companies are: Aviones Taxi Aereo S.A and Paradise Air Costa Rica You may also drive your car to Golfito. It is recommended that you park your car in a secured lot, and that you remove anything of value from your car. A secure place to leave your parked car is at the Fish Hook Marina. The drive time is approximately 5 hours. The road between San Jose and Golfito is well maintained. Arrival-Departure Coordination: You do not need to confirm arrival/departure location and time if you have already submitted it to our reservations office. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE PICK UP AND DROP OFF AT BOTH PUERTO JIMENEZ AND GOLFITO AND BOTH LOCATIONS ARE EQUAL DISTANCE FROM THE LODGE. THUS, YOU SHOULD FEEL FREE TO BOOK EITHER LOCATION, BUT, PLEASE DO SO ON THE FLIGHTS THAT MATCH WITH OUR PREDEFINED BOAT TRANSFER HOURS. THIS WILL HELP US TO AVOID HAVING PICK UPS AND DROP OFFS IN BOTH TOWNS AT THE SAME TIME AND WASTING FUEL AND CARBON EMISSION UNNECESARRILY. Please contact our reservations office for more details on pick up and drop off schedules. Important: The Nicuesa transfer boat cannot pick up/drop off guests any later than 3:00 pm on the day of their arrival or departure due to the water and weather conditions in the late afternoon. WE WILL PICK UP GUESTS FROM FLIGHTS THAT ARRIVE LATE, BUT CANNOT PICK UP GUESTS AT FLIGHTS THAT ARE SCHEDUELED TO ARRIVE AFTER 3:00 PM. Therefore, please make sure the flights, private transfers and/or any other method of arrival/departure are scheduled before that time.
6 Reservations, Payment and Cancellation Policies Wholesalers, Travel Agents and Tour Operators 1. RESERVATION POLICIES: All reservation requests must be sent on writing (Via Fax or ). Reservation is not confirmed until you receive a written confirmation from Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge Reservations Office. Please send the following information on your reservation request: full names of all people in the party, children ages, pick up and drop off information: airline, flight number, arrival and departure times, and location (Golfito or Puerto Jimenez). Also please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions your clients might have. We are located in a very remote area and our meals are served family style and are planned well in advance of guests arrival. Minimum Stay: Two night minimum stay required regularly. Four night minimum stay required during Christmas/New Years (December 22 nd, 2013 January 1 st, 2014) and three night minimum stay required during Easter Vacation Week. Boat Pick Up and Drop Off: Please contact our Reservations Department to find out about pick ups and drop offs schedule. The transfer boat cannot pick up or drop off any later than 03:00 pm on the day of your arrival or departure due to the water conditions in the afternoon. Therefore, please make sure your passengers flights, private transfers and/or any other method of arrival/departure are scheduled to match with Nicuesa pick up and drop off times. 2. PAYMENT POLICIES (FIT s): Due to the small size of the lodge and our remote location, the pre-payment of the reservation is necessary to guarantee the space. Room (s) will be held for 21 days upon issuance of confirmation of room request. A 10% Deposit is due during this 21 day period or reservation will be cancelled. Reservations are officially confirmed once 10% of total lodging bill is received by Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge s Reservations Office via credit card, check or direct deposit in bank account. Balance of Payment is due 30 days prior to arrival at the lodge. Reservations placed less than 30 days of guests arrival must be fully paid when you make the reservation. Payment in full is a guarantee of the reservation to both the guest and the Lodge for the entire period of the reservation. THESE TERMS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS AND/OR HOLIDAY RESERVATIONS Payment Policies for Holiday Reservations and Small Groups (8 14 guests): All Holiday reservations (Christmas/New Years, Easter Week Vacations) and Small Group Reservations (8-14 guests) will be held for 30 days upon issuance of confirmation of room request. A 10% non refundable deposit is due during this 30 day period or reservation will be cancelled. The balance of total bill must be paid no later than 90 days prior to arrival. Reservations placed less than 90 days of guests arrival must be fully paid when you make the reservation. Payment in full is a guarantee of the reservation to both the guest and the Lodge for the entire period of the reservation Payment Policies for Large Groups or Complete Lodge Rental (15 22 guests): Rooms will be held for 30 days upon issuance of confirmation of room request. A 10% non refundable deposit is due during this 30 day period or reservation will be cancelled. An additional 40% payment is due during the next 30 day period. All groups must have 50% deposits paid within 120 days of arrival date or reservation will be cancelled or switched to small group reservation if agreed up by both parties.
7 Whole Lodge Rental Reservations are officially confirmed once 50% of total lodging bill is received by Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge s Reservations Office via credit card, check or direct deposit in bank account. Any changes to smaller group rental will be done at higher small group prices. Balance of Payment is due 90 days prior to arrival at the lodge. Reservations placed less than 90 days of guests arrival must be fully paid when you make the reservation. Payment in full is a guarantee of the reservation to both the guest and the Lodge for the entire period of the reservation and includes all nights and rooms requested. 3. CANCELLATION POLICIES (FIT s): All cancellation requests must be written and sent via fax or e mail to: 100% refund (less $50 service charges) if cancellation is made before 31 days from arrival date. 50% refund if cancellation is made within 30 and 16 days of arrival date. No refunds for cancellations from 0-15 days prior to arrival Cancellation Policy for Holiday Reservations and Small Groups (8 14 guests): All cancellation requests must be written and sent via fax or e mail to: 100% refund (less 10% non refundable deposit) if cancellation is made before 91 days from arrival date. 50% refund if cancellation is made between 90 and 31 days of arrival date. No refunds for cancellations from 0-30 days prior to arrival Cancellation Policies for Large Groups or Complete Lodge Rental (15 22 guests): All cancellation requests must be written and sent via fax or e mail to: 100% of payments (less 10% non refundable deposit) are refundable prior to 121 days of group arrival. 50% refund of total reservation payments (less first 10% deposit), will be made if cancellation is made between days of arrival date. No refunds for cancellations from 0-90 days prior to arrival. 4. CHILDREN POLICY Children ages 6 through 12 are welcome at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge! We have had many children have a great time at Playa Nicuesa. The rainforest and the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce are excellent places for children to learn and participate in nature and sporting activities. We have many flat trails that are easy for children, and the warm and calm waters of the Golfo Dulce provide great training ground for kayaking, fishing and swimming. Please remember that we are all nature s guests - in a true tropical rainforest - and there are real/inherent hazards in nature that parents/guardians must be aware of and supervise their children at all times. Playa Nicuesa is a remote and natural location, and electronic games, t.v. and computers are not available so that all guests may enjoy the nature they came to experience. We can provide child-friendly food and special tours geared towards kids, if needed. Just let us know in advance.
8 5. GUIDES POLICY We are happy to accommodate guides at Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. The special fee for guides will cover food, and room. We will accommodate them in a tent platform with regular bedding in employee area and they will eat with guests in the lodge s dining area. We will accommodate them in the mango guest house if a vacancy exists (based on availability upon arrival). If they wish to reserve a room in the mango guest house or a private cabin it will be at regular prices. GUIDES WITH GROUPS OF 8 OR MORE GUESTS ARE FREE AND WILL BE HOUSED IN THE SAME MANNER AS INDICATED ABOVE Special Rates for Guides: November 16, 2013 September 30, 2014 $50 per night, per guide * Includes tax, lodging and meals * Special Rates for guides are non commissionable. 6. PAYMENT METHOD In Costa Rica, please deposit payment in the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica account of Playa M.B. Zancudo Corporation S.A. # , Cuenta Corriente Dollars. U.S. Tour Operators and Whole Sellers without representatives in Costa Rica may send business check payable to Playa M.B. Zancudo Corporation S.A. to the following mailing address: Playa M.B. Zancudo J.B.C. SJO # N.W. 79 Avenue Miami, FL An ed or faxed confirmation of deposit is required and must include client name, arrival date and amount of deposit or check. to or Fax to All additional charges incurred at lodge by clients (tours, alcoholic beverages, etc.) may be cancelled via cash or credit card (Visa/Master Card). We do not accept personal or traveller checks at the lodge.
9 Lodge Accommodations Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge rooms offer privacy and comfort in a natural setting. The Lodge has five private cabins (three 1-bedroom, one 2-bedroom and one cabin suite), one three-bedroom house and the Mango Guesthouse with four private rooms. Room Description and Capacity: Mango Guest House (4 private rooms) The Mango Guest House is a 2 storey accommodation that has 4 separate rooms. Set in a beautiful jungle garden area with mango trees on all sides and open views of the surrounding rainforest. Each room has private entrance, beautiful hardwood floors, private bathroom, private terrace, louver doors and windows that wrap around the room to afford panoramic views. Rooms have queen beds (or twin beds upon request) with mosquito netting and ceiling fans. The Mango Guest House is separate from the Main Lodge. The mango house is great for all types of travelers. Especially a good choice for friends or families that want to be close, but also have the privacy of your own room with private bathroom. Also great for single travelers or those who are a bit nervous about staying in the jungle, as the mango rooms are more in an open area then the private cabins that are tucked into the rainforest. Also great for parties of approximately 6-10 that want to rent all 4 rooms at once. Maximum Occupancy Per Room: 3 people including children One Bedroom Cabins (3): These cabins are very private and set apart from all other accommodations.tucked into the rainforest affording you a unique feeling of being in an amazing natural setting, yet with design and comfort details that has been described as simple yet jungle chic. Each cabin has a private entrance, beautiful hardwood floors, private open air shower-bathroom, private terrace, louver doors and windows that wrap around the room to afford panoramic views. All cabins have one queen bed (or two single beds upon request) with mosquito netting and ceiling fans. The garden open air shower is within the cabin's bathroom, yet allows you to look at nature all around. Look out for the peeping monkeys! Maximum Occupancy: 3 people (including children) Cabin Suite (1): The Cabin Suite is also very private and set apart from all other accommodations. Tucked into the rainforest affording you a unique feeling of being in an amazing natural setting, yet with design and comfort details that have been described as simple, yet jungle-chic. The cabin has a private entrance, beautiful hardwood floors, private open air shower-bathroom, private terrace, mosquito netting over the beds, ceiling fans, louver doors and windows that wrap around the room to afford panoramic views of the surrounding jungle. The Cabin Suite is similar in size to the two bedroom cabin, but set in a large loft like room with a removable partition wall to add flexible space for families and groups. With the partition in place it creates two large bedrooms that can accommodate 4 to 5 guests in a variety of bedding options. The Cabin Suite is also great for couples seeking more space, as well as the luxury of a comfortable sitting area, set up with a couch and chairs. This cabin also is equipped with a deluxe bathroom with two sinks and our signature garden open air shower that is designed to allow you to look at nature all around. Maximum Occupancy: 4 people (including children) Two Bedroom Cabin (1): This is a private cabin much like the single cabins but larger with two bedrooms and a common den that can also be converted for another bedroom. This is a great choice for families, especially with younger children. The cabin is set at the edge of the jungle but only a few steps from the main lodge building. Each cabin has a private entrance, beautiful hardwood floors, private open air shower-bathroom, private terrace, mosquito netting over the beds, ceiling fans, louver doors and windows that wrap around the room to afford panoramic views of the jungle. The cabin has one large bathroom complete with our signature garden open air shower that is designed to allow you to look at nature all around. The cabin can accommodate up to 5 people. However, we recommend that families with older children or groups of adults that want to be near each other also consider two rooms in the mango guest house. Two rooms in mango guest house will give you more privacy amongst your group and an additional bathroom. Maximum Occupancy: 5 people (including children) Jaguar House (1): This2 storey, 3 bedroom house surrounded by lush jungle. First floor has a living room, bedroom and full bath with beautiful open air shower. Loft-like second storey with master bedroom, second bedroom, full bath and large open terrace. Let the crashing of the waves lull you to sleep! Maximum Occupancy: 6 people (including children) On Room Set Up: We can put one queen bed or two singles or a queen and a single in all rooms. In the Two Bedroom Cabin we can put an extra bed in the common room. In the Cabin Suite we have a removable partition wall that allows you to create two separate rooms or one large room that have a variety of bedding options. We also have bunk beds for children to be placed in any cabin/room. We cannot put three beds in any one room, with the exception of the cabin suite set up as one large room. Please let us know your exact needs.
10 Regular Room Rates (Rack) Rates are per person and include one night stay, three fabulous meals and more High Season Nov 16 th, 2013 Dec 21 st, 2013 and Jan 2 nd, - Apr 30 th, 2014 Quadruple Triple Double Single Child (6-12)* Mango Guest House Room N/A $195 $215 $265 $120 One Bedroom Cabin N/A $220 $240 $290 $120 Cabin Suite $220 $240 $360 N/A $120 Two Bedroom Cabin $220 $240 $360 N/A $120 Jaguar House $240 $300 $440 N/A $120 Holiday Season Dec 22 nd, Jan 01 st, 2014 Quadruple Triple Double Single Child (6-12)* Mango Guest House Room N/A $225 $235 $335 $130 One Bedroom Cabin N/A $250 $270 $370 $130 Cabin Suite $250 $270 $405 N/A $130 Two Bedroom Cabin $250 $270 $405 N/A $130 Jaguar House $270 $340 $495 N/A $130 Green Season May 1 st - Sep 30 th, 2014 Quadruple Triple Double Single Child (6-12)* Mango Guest House Room N/A $165 $185 $225 $105 One Bedroom Cabin N/A $190 $210 $250 $105 Cabin Suite $190 $210 $315 N/A $105 Two Bedroom Cabin $190 $210 $315 N/A $105 Jaguar House $210 $265 $380 N/A $105 Mango Guest House Rooms and One Bedroom Cabins: Up to 3 People Cabin Suite: Up to 4 People Two Bedroom Cabin: Up to 5 People Jaguar House: Up to 6 People *Child Rate (6-12 years): Only if sharing room with adults Please ask for details Lodge is closed from October 1 st through November 15 th Important Notes: Rates are per person and include lodging, boat pick up and drop off from town of arrival and departure (Golfito/Puerto Jimenez), three fabulous meals, unlimited self guided hikes on preserve, use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment. Prepared Fruit Drinks, Carbonated and Alcoholic Drinks, Guided tours & Adventure Activities are available for an additional fee. Child Policies and Rates: Playa Nicuesa is happy to accept children between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age; see corresponding rates above. The Lodge is not recommended for children under 6 years of age. Minimum Stay: Two night minimum stay required regularly. Four night minimum stay required during Christmas/New Years (December 22 nd, 2013 January 1 st, 2014).