Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge

Situated above, below and in the clouds, Dantica is the heart of the Cloudforest.

Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge dining
Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge room
Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge
Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge play area


Los Santos Forest Reserve, bordering Los Quetzales National Park. San Gerardo de Dota

Accommodation type



Open all year round.




Dantica Cloudforest Lodge

High in the hills, surrounded by cloudforest, the lodge has been built in a breath-taking location.  With 5 km of walking trails throughout the reserve many birds, including quetzals, fly around and you may be lucky enough to see a tapir. There are 10 bungalows in this 20 hectare private reserve.  Each has a private terrace, large windows and glass walls giving you a spectacular view over the valley and primary cloud forest from each bungalow – you almost feel as though you are in the forest.  All the bungalows are equipped with comfortable queen-sized beds and goose-feather duvets, mini-bar and coffeemaker, satellite television, Jacuzzi, ethanol fuelled fires, hair dryers and safe deposit box. At the new restaurant, Le Tapir, you can enjoy breakfast à la carte, as well as lunch or dinner with tasty wholesome dishes on offer. All the food is prepared with fresh herbs from the organic herb garden. There is also an on-site gallery where you can view and purchase stunning art and handicrafts from Costa Rica and other Latin American countries.

We have WIFI high speed internet service in all our Bungalows, and offer parking lots, playground for children, laundry service and tour packages with a certified bilingual guide.


Dantica-viewWhy go to Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge?

Dantica Cloudforest Lodge is an eco-boutique hotel high in the clouds.  The unique location, large glass walls in the bungalows and private verandas allow you to experience and enjoy the cloudforest in its purest form. The hotel offers fantastic personal service to all guests and promises a friendly and welcoming stay.  This is the perfect place, off the beaten track, to explore this beautiful area. 

resplendent-quetzalWildlife around Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge

There are over 125 bird species, many of them endemic, and 52 mammal species that can be found in and around this private Forest Reserve, mainly consisting of primary upper montane cloudforest.  Since most of the bungalows are inside the forest, you can see many animals from your room. The large mammals are very difficult to see at these altitudes, but species as the emblematic tapir (danta), cougar and even jaguar have been spotted. The legendary resplendent quetzal is found here, this bird is sacred for the Maya and Aztec civilizations and it is considered by many to be the most beautiful bird in the Americas.

Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge Highlights

  • Beautiful views from your bedroom over primary cloud forest.
  • Off the beaten track.
  • Quetzal viewing, a must!
  • A 5 hour walk from the 2nd highest peak in Costa Rica down into the cloudforest through 3 different vegetation zones.
  • Delicious food.
  • Romantic ethanol fireplaces in each room.
  • Gallery with indigenous art and handicrafts.

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  • Private Forest Reserve with 5 KM of trails
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Gallery
  • Playground.


  • Tours (bird watching, Los Quetzales Natianal Park, walks)
  • Trails


Under 10 free, 10-12 half price. Playground for children.


WIFI in all Bungalows, restaurant and reception area. Mobile phones of some provides work.


High season from 15th November – 30th April

Low Season from 1st May – 14th November



The Lodge consists of 11 Bungalows with a modern interior design and decorated with typical aspects of the Latin American culture, distributed in 7 Superior bungalows, one Junior Suite, one Master Suite, one Standard Bungalow and a new Forest Bungalow, especially designed so you can enjoy contact with nature.

All Bungalows have the following facilities:

  • Queen-sized beds with goose-feather duvets
  • Satellite television (Forest Bungalow has a DVD TV)
  • Ecological chimney working on ethanol (Forest Bungalow has a wood burner)
  • Safe deposit box
  • Minibar with fridge
  • Coffee maker with coffee and tea as a courtesy of the hotel
  • Table with chairs and a private terrace
  • In the bathroom you will find a Jacuzzi (Standard & Forest Bungalows only have a shower),
  • Towels
  • Biodegradable soaps and shampoos,
  • Hair dryer
  • All our hot water is solar heated.
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