The Retreat Center
Tiskita Jungle Lodge is small family-run ecolodge on the secluded southwest coast of Costa Rica. Their private biological reserve includes 800 acres of pristine primary and secondary rainforest. The family that runs it have been in the area for the last 40 years, and are actively involved in conservation work in the area. For photos from our past retreats there, check out our Facebook Photo Album.
They have nine private cabins set against a lush jungle and the Pacific Ocean, as well as a maze of jungle paths, waterfalls, a gorgeous yoga shala (pictured here), and a pool. It's a 10 minute walk down their path to the ocean below. The ocean is great and offers something for everyone. You can lounge under a palm tree, walk for miles on the coast, check out the tidal pools, or learn to surf. Visit Tiskita.com to learn & see more.
La Comida The food at Tiskita is local & organic (when available). It's simple, thoughtfully prepared, and traditional for the region. The meals are mostly vegetarian, but sometimes we'll have a bit of chicken or fish. Expect exotic fruits, plantains, eggs (from local chickens!) freshly-caught fish, grains, legumes, fresh juices, smoothies, & homemade jams. The retreat center will happily accommodate vegan, gluten-free, or any other dietary restrictions (we'll give them your dietary restrictions in advance so that they're well-prepared before you arrive). Vino y cerveza are available from Tiskita for purchase.
Los Cuartos There are nine private cabins, with a total of 17 rooms. Each cabin is fringed by the jungle and has an ocean view. They all have large verandahs with hammocks & lounge chairs. The rooms are clean, spacious, and simple, with hot water & ceiling fans. Most are spacious doubles, some are triples. The cabins are scattered around the lodge, and were built using precious woods like Mahogany, Purpleheart, and Rosewood, that was collected over the years mostly from trees that fell down in Tiskita. All cabins are only a few minutes walk away from the lodge, the rainforest, and the beach. Each cabin is surrounded by trees that attract birds, butterflies, monkeys, and other wildlife, making the cabins’ decks often one of the best spots to relax and watch the wildlife go by. Please keep in mind this is not a resort - it's a jungle lodge. If you are looking for a resort with central AC and turn-down service, this is simply NOT the retreat for you. If you appreciate wild beauty, barefoot adventures, monkeys, turtles, ceviche, cold beer, black sand beaches, then this IS for you!
Cómo Llegar. There's a few different options for how to get to Tiskita, depending on your personal preferences. After you land at San Jose Airport (Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport), the easiest & quickest way to get to the lodge is to hop on a chartered flight directly to their 'Tiskita de Osa' charming private airstrip. It's an unforgettable experience, and a magical way to start the week. In under an hour, you'll land right on the beach, directly at front entrance to the lodge. The price for chartering is pretty reasonable, as long as a few people share the plane (around $200 per person, each way). We will help organize the chartered flights as it gets closer. In years past, mostly everyone goes with the charter option. Another other option is to fly on a standard domestic flight (we recommend NatureAir.com ) from San Jose to Golfito. Once you arrive in Golfito, it's just under a two-hour drive to Tiskita. Flight tickets are around $70-$100 each way. Other options from San Jose: rent a car & drive, hire a driver, or take the bus! Whichever transport you choose - we will help make sure it makes sense for your specific needs
Actividades. There are a ton of optional activities that you can do on your free time. (these are not included in the retreat price) Horseback riding, Tiskita has horses, with local guides, and the usual ride is a few hours going way up into the forest, and along the beach at low-tide. Biking. Mountain bikes are available if you want to go for a ride on your own, it's nice to ride on the road that goes into town. Surfing. Pavones is the third-longest left break in the world and great for anything from beginners to experts. We know two great Costa Rican instructors, they have boards and rash guards and everything you need. Classes are usually around two hours, cost US $40, and are worth it. Evening Jungle Walks. Jungle hike at night with a naturalist guide... it's a whole different experience in the rainforest. Boat/fishing tours. One of the local fishermen takes out small groups for a half-day on his panga fishing boat. Anything you catch we can cook for you for dinner :) If you don't want to fish, you can also just cruise around and look for whales & dolphins.Un Poco Más.
The property has a beautiful waterfall and naturally formed mini fiver 'jaccuzzis' only a few minutes walk through the jungle. There's over 15km of rainforest trails with varying levels of difficulty. The paths criss-cross so there's lots of possibility for jungle walks, and they're all well-marked. The beach is a short stroll down the hill, with warm water that is nice to swim in. There are also tidal pools large enough to swim and snorkel in. Tiskita has a large organic fruit orchard with over 100 species of fruits. Most fruit is enjoyed by the wildlife and whatever the guests pick for themselves. Tiskita also has a lovely pool!What's not included in the price?
Your int'l & domestic travel (but we'll help coordinate to keep things easy-breezy). Alcohol (you're welcome to drink, but you gotta pay for it!). Extra activities beyond what we've organized (like getting a massage, or taking a surf lesson). If you want to stay extra nights (many people end up staying an extra night or two, either before the retreat starts, or after it finishes.