The facts and suggestions below could be of importance for an optimum stay at Tipi Jungla Ecolodge:
- All year round the temperature in the area where Tipi Jungla Ecolodge is located is about 30 degrees Celsius and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The summer or dry season is between December and April.
- The winter or rainy season is between May and November.
- Supermarkets are located in the villages Hatillo and Matapalo. Within a range of 2 and 5 km. of Tipi Jungla Ecolodge. On Sundays most shops in Costa Rica are closed.
- In Quepos and Dominical you can find cash machines (ATM) and laundries.
- The nearest gas station is situated in La Quápil (about 7 km to the South and in the direction of Dominical).
- Laptops and other electronic devices (12V) can be recharged at Tipi Jungla with energy obtained by solar power.
- In Matapalo, Hatillo and Dominical you can find restaurants or ‘sodas’.
- At the nearest highway Costanera Sur a bus stops several times a day, in both directions.
How do I get to Tipi Jungla and how long will it take to get me there? From the direction of San José there are two possibilities to reach Tipi Jungla Ecolodge. Through the ‘Carretera a Caldera’ which will lead you partly along the Southern coastline (route San Jose-Jaco-Quepos-Palma Quemada) or through the ‘Cerro de la Muerte’ which leads you over a mountain pass (route San José- San Isidro del General-Dominical- Palma Quemada). Both roads are paved and it takes about 4 hours until you reach Tipi Jungla. You can either travel by car or bus.
What kind of activities can I do in the region where Tipi Jungla is located? In addition to our tours, you can visit different exciting places. At approximately a ten minute drive to the North you will find Playa Linda. This deserted beach is perfect to relax and unwind. Playa Matapalo (also ten minutes away) is a great place to surf. In the rainy season you can watch sea turtles coming to the shore to lay their eggs. Or see how the baby turtles find their way to the sea. On a half hour drive to the North you can visit the magnificent top destination in Costa Rica: nature reserve Manuel Antonio. Before you reach the park you will find the port town of Quepos. Here you can arrange a tour for rafting, kayaking, canopying and snorkelling.
Within a distance of 7 to 30 km. to the South you will find the mangroves of Hatillo, nature reserve Hacienda Barú, the popular surf destination Playa Dominical and Marino Ballena nature reserve (protected whale area). At these places you can go kayaking, canopying, surfing or hop on a boat for a tour to watch dolphins and whales (depending on the season). Northwest of Dominical you find the most beautiful waterfall in the South of Costa Rica; the Nauyaca and you can visit the reptile garden Reptilandia.
In the Pacific region you can arrange a tour by boat to Caño Island. Here you can snorkel, dive and you may see dolphins and whales (the Humpback whale) during your boat trip. Or explore the mangroves of Sierpe, Drake Bay and if you are interested in native cultures you can visit the reserves of the Boruca and Guaymí indigenous people.
Corcovado is a real must for nature lovers. This beautiful and world known nature reserve is situated on the Osa peninsula. Cerro Chirripó is indispensable for hikers and climbers. Chirripó is the highest mountain in Costa Rica.
Do I have to make a reservation and how do I pay in Tipi Jungla? Reservations are not necessary, but for yourself and for us desirable since we only have 3 Teepees. You can send us an e-mail with the dates you want to stay in Tipi Jungla. We prefer cash payments and accept euros, dollars or colones. Unfortunately, it is not (yet) possible to pay with credit cards or debit cards.
What about Malaria and mosquitoes? Cases of Malaria and Dengue are not yet known in the area of Tipi Jungla. In every part of Costa Rica you will encounter mosquitoes. We advise you to always prevent yourself for mosquito bites and take precautions. It is preferable to wear clothing which covers your arms and legs at dusk and dawn in combination with the use of a mosquito repellent (containing DEET). ‘Purrujas’ are small flying insects which can borrow you in the late afternoon or evening by pricking your skin. You can keep them at a distance with an insect repellent. The beds in the Teepees are equipped with a mosquito net.
When is the best time to visit Tipi Jungla? In fact all year, but it all depends on your preferences. From December to April it is summer in Costa Rica. This includes a dry period with a lot of sunshine. The rainy or wet season starts around May and lasts until November. These months are greener, cooler and wetter. In this period it often starts raining in the afternoon. If you want to spot whales along the coast and sea turtles at the beach it’s recommendable to plan your trip to Costa Rica in the months August to November. But it is alo possible to see whales (migrating from the North) in the months January to March.
Is it possible to eat at Tipi Jungla? When you stay at Tipi Jungla you can also order a breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are several vegetarian dishes on the menu, but we also take care of meat eaters. The Costa Rican dish ‘Gallo Pinto’ is a delicious healthy nutritious meal. It consists of rice, beans, eggs, baked bananas and vegetables. We also love Mexican food and could serve you delicious filled wraps or burritos. The meals are accompanied by a delicious juice made from tropical fruits of the season. For most of the Tipi Jungla tours the lunch is included. It includes sandwiches, a fruit juice and a healthy salad accompanied by tropical fruit.
What should I bring with me? We advise you to bring a mosquito repellent (containing DEET), a T-shirt with long sleeves and long pants, a small flashlight, a poncho (when you visit Costa Rica in the rainy season), a camera, hiking shoes, sunscreen and appropriate clothing for the tropics.
What kind of comfort offers the Teepee? At Tipi Jungla you will lodge in ‘simple luxury’. This is based on and inspired by our vision, style and atmosphere of the lodge. Therefore we don’t offer the ‘standard’ comfort of a hotel room. To stay in ‘simple luxury’ in an eco-fashion means that the teepees don’t have TV, air conditioning and hot water. For example one of the Teepees is only lit by candles. You don’t have to worry about the (lack of) comfort of the beds: they all have soft ergonomic mattresses. The Teepees are spacious and larger than a standard hotel room.