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Aventuras Extremas

Aventuras Xtremas – June 2009

“El Remanso Lodge – A paradise in the midst of the jungle”

It’s a dreamed place, like an extract from a adventure and action movie that blends nature and comfort. At El Remanso Lodge, nature is the queen and the hotel adapts perfectly to the majestic mix of water, earth and air that unfold in the jungle. The fire is also part of the scenery in the candle-light dinners, giving a particular touch of warmth. El Remanso Lodge offers a unique experience of the Costa Rican jungle to adventurous couples, families, birdwatchers and nature lovers in general. In the surroundings of the lodge you will find beautifully colored birds; the famous toucans or scarlet macaws or members of the eagle and falcon family. Many other species can be seen, from monkeys to frogs and even wildcats.
Find the complete article in Spanish here


Elle Portugal

Elle Portugal – August 2008

“Totally Green”

Imagine yourself in a rainforest cabin, walking through the forest and arrive at the Pacific Ocean beach without having to cross a single road. It is possible at El Remanso Lodge, on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. This ecological lodge offers several types of accommodations, from bungalows to houses with Suites and Rooms. A natural experience.


The Guardian

The Guardian – Sept 2007

“The Green Room”

New green places to stay are popping up all over the world. Here are the latest from five bloggers with their ears to the ground
By Benji Lanyado. "This eco-lodge is located on Costa Rica's southwest Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula, an area well known as one of the world's most pristine and biodiverse rainforests. The lodge is located halfway between the town of Puerto Jimenez and the famous Corcovado National Park and is included in the Osa National Wildlife Refuge. The lodge has a social area consisting of a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, all of which have great rainforest and ocean views." From Ecobookers. Visit the article



Travel & Leisure

Travel & Leisure – November 2007

El Remanso chosen as “Top 11 places to stay in Costa Rica”

This family-run inn was built with local ecology in mind: six roomy, open-air cabins on 170 acres of beachfront land, erected using fallen hardwoods and powered by solar energy. Osa Peninsula. Visit the article



Travel & Leisure

United onboard magazine – June 2005

“A green Scene”

By Jeffrey Van Fleet. Arguably, no other country has ridden the ecotourism wave with quite the success of Costa Rica. It logs some 6 percent of the world’s flora and fauna species in a miniscule 0.03 percent of the planet’s surface. The country’s rainforest lodges are famed for their isolation, but leave the sleeping bags and camping rations behind. [...] El Remanso, on the south Pacific coast’s Osa Peninsula, offers waterfalls that are great for rappelling. Luxurious cabins constructed from fallen wood tempt you to laze the day away. Instead, partake in the guided excursions; these folks lead some of the best around.


Time Magazine

El Remanso in Time Magazine – September 2004


By Carolina Miranda. Just 10 years ago, visitors to Costa Rica consisted largely of adventurous shoestring back-packers and wave-hungry surfers who stretched their beer money by holing up in cheap dives. It’s not difficult to see what attracted those hardy travelers. Jagged high-altitude cloud forest inland gives way to steamy jungles lining the coasts. Visitors can spot wild scarlet macaws in flight and rare sea turtles nesting on isolated beaches. There’s no reason to watch National Geographic when you can live it. Costa Rica is coming of age-and grappling with new challenges to the environment that has fueled its growth. As word about its staggering natural beauty has slipped out, the country has become one of the world’s leading eco-destinations, attracting a million visitor s a year. With this boom, upscale resorts are establishing beachheads up and down the Pacific Coast, offering championship golf courses, world-class restaurants and plenty of spas. But as hotels and other tourism businesses increasingly set up shop in remote and pristine areas, the government – which lacks the resources for effective enforcement - is facing issues such as deforestation and waste disposal. Some of the country’s leading hoteliers have decided that tourism and conservation don’t always have to be at odds. They have begun to work on ways to protect the environment [...] Smaller boutique hotels, such as El Remanso ( on the Pacific Coast, have found ways to be environmentally conscious from the ground up. Fallen wood was used to build El Remanso’s roomy cabins, so no rare hardwood trees were logged. Each unit is surrounded by a moat of moving water that keeps ants out of the rooms, eliminating the need for pesticides.



Cooking Light

Cooking Light – November 2005

“Costa Rica’s hidden paradise”

Cozy and Comfortable: Designed to have minimal environmental impact, the family-run El Remanso Rainforest wildlife Lodge ( has five simple cabins with wide doorways that invite fresh ocean breezes. El Remanso’s patio restaurant offers views of the rain forest. Breakfasts include fresh, tropical fruit juices; other meals offer local seafood and produce. If you’re not afraid of heights, take the three-hour tree-climbing tour ($75 per person), where you ascend to a platform perched in a tropical hardwood tree.



Vegeterian Times

Vegetarian Times - July 2003

“Costa Rica for Honeymooners”

By Abe Longmire. Our destinations were two ecolodges – the El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge on the Osa Peninsula and Rainbow Adventures on the mainland. Both are located in the southwest corner of Costa Rica – in the Golfo Dulce regions, which Costa Ricas' call “the last frontier of Costa Rica” - easily reached by air via Golfito or Puerto Jimenez. El Remasno is owned and operated by Joel and Belén Stewart. To get to the eco-lodge form the nearest town, Puerto Jiménez, hail a 4-wheel-drive taxi, and head west of town on a scenic, yet rough, dirt road. You will pass fields and farms, travel through jungles - even ford small streams - then eventually turn into a narrowly cut driveway leading through the vegetation. Eventually the jungle opens to a beautifully landscaped yard with several cabins, a kitchen building with a dining terrace and the Stewarts’ home. From there, the land slowly descends to a remote beach on the Pacific. The 140-acre site-which is located in the Osa Wildlife Refuge-is a self-contained watershed with its own micro hydroelectric system. The Stewarts, like most Costa Ricans, are conscientious about their footprint on the land they inhabit, and they have found clever ways to make that impact as light as possible. For example, each building has a small built-in moat with gravity-fed running water, which provides a barrier to lumber-damaging and guest-annoying crawling insects. Activities at El Remanso include nature hikes, birdwatching, horseback-riding, turtle releases and specialty “canopy tours”, which include waterfall-rappelling, zip-line tours and tree-climbing. The canopy of the rainforest is home to wildlife that is not visible from the ground, so Joel’s safe yet exhilarating canopy tours literally offer a bird’s-eye view to an otherwise unseen part of the rain forest. But you don’t have to climb a tree to see astounding wildlife-we saw three species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, an anteater, a sloth and several species of butterflies. To learn more or contact the lodge visit online at



Tico Times

The Tico Times – May 2003

“At El Remanso, still waters run deep – and peaceful”

By Dorothy MacKinnon. El Remanso, “a place of still waters”, couldn’t be a more apt name for this oasis of peace near Cabo Matapalo, tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the dusty road from Puerto Jiménez to Carate. The setting alone qualifies the 55 Ha forested property for oasis status, with a river, four waterfalls and a beach with tidal pools. But owners Belén and Joel Stewart have managed a rare feat: they’ve created a comfortable lodge that actually enhances the surrounding natural beauty and serenity. Water seems to have been a key element in their lives together. Belén is from the Basque province in Spain. Joel is from Oregon. They met aboard the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, on a voyage to New Zealand. Belén, an ardent environmentalist, was a volunteer and Joel was captain of the famous three-masted schooner. After years of captaining King crab fishing boats and running freighters between Seattle and Alaska, in March, 1989 Joel found himself at sea, 300 miles south of where the Exxon Valdez disgorged its tons of oil into the sea. Already disillusioned by overfishing in the region, Joel says the oil spill was the signal for him that it was time for a change. He signed up with Greenpeace for what turned out to be a 12-year stint. After weathering rough political and watery seas, Joel washed up in Costa Rica and bought the first of three farms in this quiet Osa “backwater” that would eventually become El Remanso. The lodge officially opened in 2000 with a full house of Hollywood conservationists, including actor Woody Harrelson, whose generous contributions had helped win a pitched battle to stop the building of a wood-chip mill on the Golfo Dulce. In 1998, largely with funds donated by Harrelson, Joel and Belén created the Cecropia Foundation, which is still a major player in the fight to protect the Osa. There is, however, no hint of the eco-politics raging in the area when you arrive at El Remanso.


Home Power

Home Power - July 1999

“Induction Motors for Small-Scale Hydro”

This article features technical features of the first El Remanso hydroelectric plant, built before the construction of the lodge.