The Rainforest Blog
Cacao tree plantations were once plentiful in Costa Rica’s southernmost region of the Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula. Cacao was an important export market for Costa Rica until the fungus blight called Monilia destroyed 95% of production in 1979.
On the Chocolate Tour at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, you will learn about cacao’s rich history in Costa Rica, what the cacao fruit looks like, how it is harvested and how to make delicious natural chocolate from raw cacao seeds. The best part is eating your own freshly made chocolate treats after the tour!
Cacao has a long history in Central America. Cacao beans were revered by indigenous peoples and even used as currency in Pre-Columbian times; in Costa Rica, cacao continued to be exchanged for goods up until the 1930s.
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Read any of the TripAdvisor reviews about Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica and most of the time guests mention the delicious fresh meals, freshly-caught fish, tropical fruit and creative cocktails.
Now you can enjoy the exotic flavors of Nicuesa Lodge with the free PDF downloadable Edible Landscape Garden Cookbook. In the past, Nicuesa Lodge has published annual short recipe books; now this is a full collection of 38 of their most popular recipes so you can create a little bit of tropical paradise right in your own kitchen.
To celebrate the new cookbook release, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is conducting a Photo Contest to win a four-night vacation for two persons at the Costa Rica eco-lodge. You definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity to win a trip for two to the fabulous eco-lodge located on a 165-acre private preserve by the Piedras Blancas National Park on Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica.
What is it like to stay at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
The extraordinary Costa Rica eco-lodge is designed sustainably with lodge buildings tucked into the forest back from the beach. All construction is from beautiful tropical hardwoods taken from naturally fallen or farmed trees, and recycled materials.
For accommodations at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, there are three one-bedroom cabins, one cabin suite, one two-bedroom cabin, four rooms in the two-story Mango Guesthouse, and the two-story three-bedroom Jaguar House. All beds are either queen or twin-sized.
The one-bedroom cabins are very private, surrounded by forest to give you the unique feeling of nature everywhere. The cabins are built up from the ground on stilts, and feature a wall of louvered doors that you can open completely for panoramic views, or close for more privacy and at night. Cabins have one queen bed with mosquito netting; there is a ceiling fan, lights, safe box, closet, large plastic box to keep things dry, flashlight and oversize umbrella (handy in the rainforest!). The unique bathrooms have an open-air garden shower surrounded by high walls. Fabulous, natural, biodegradable bath products are from Costa Rican company Raw Botanicals. Two of the cabins are near to the main lodge building and one is closer to the beach.
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.