Welcome to the Rio Tico Safari Lodge!
Unite yourself with nature at the Rio Tico Safari Lodge
Our nine roomy Safari Tents are very comfortable with private bathrooms, spacious verandas and they have beautiful views of the river and surrounding mountains. The design of the tents, imported from South Africa, let you experience the surrounding natural environment in its purest form. The smell and sounds of the rainforest will enter your tent, but the insects will stay outside. All the roomy tents are very comfortable with private bathrooms and hot water.
Enjoy the scenery of the rainforest, where you have a chance to see howler monkeys, sloths, small vivid coloured frogs and many different birds and have a refreshing swim in the natural pools of the river. Or find yourself relaxing in a hammock in the tropical garden of the Rio Tico Safari.
Tropical rainforest meets pristine beaches
The Rio Tico Safari Lodge is located in Vergel de Punta Mala on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the Costa Ballena. Here virgin rainforest meet pristine palm fronted beaches. Six kilometres from the beach, on the shores of a crystal-clear river surrounded by mountainous rainforest, you can find our small Costa Rican community of Vergel de Punta Mala.
In Vergel de Punta Mala you can enjoy the rich biological diversity of Costa Rica; if you are lucky, you will see many different bird species, coatis, anteaters, brightly coloured poison dart frogs and monkeys. Our combination of mountains, rainforest and rivers has created amazing waterfalls; a photographers dream. Our small community sees few tourists, giving you ample opportunities to experience our local Tico hospitality. We are the perfect place to discover what the pure live, pura vida, means.
Pura Vida in the RIo Tico Safari Lodge
There is a wide variety of activities to do in and around the Rio Tico Safari Lodge. Explore the mountainous rainforest on foot on our hiking trails or relax in a hammock near the river or on one of the spectacular beaches. You can refresh yourself in the natural pools in the river: jump from a high rock into the deepest part of the river or enjoy a hydro massage under one of the small waterfalls. The real Rio Tico experience to unite your self with the surrounding rainforest. ¡Pura Vida!
Impression of the Rio Tico Safari Lodge and surroundings
Whales, dolphins, turtles…
In nearby Bahía Ballena between August and October and again from December to April, humpback whales migrate here to mate and to give birth. In addition, dolphins and sea turtles are regularly seen in this area. For these reasons, this area of the Costa Ballena is now protected and has become the Marino Ballena National Park.
Corcovado National Park
To the south of Vergel de Punta Mala is the Osa peninsula and the renowned Corcovado National Park. Many visitors find it to be the most beautiful park in Costa Rica and according to National Geographic, contains the most intense biodiversity in the world.
Besides all the natural beauty and diversity of wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer, you can familiarize yourself with the traditions of the ancestors of Costa Rica’s indigenous people; the Boruca. To the south east of Vegel de Punta Mala is a small indigenous village and community of the Boruca Indians.
What visitors say about us
~ March 2020
"These large tents allow you to be as close as possible to nature. These are very well equipped and clean with a permanent shower room and a king size bed. The small balcony overlooks the river below.
Cradled by monkeys, cicadas and the sound of the river ..
The river and the waterfall just below are very nice.
The friendly owner (and a little hyperactive 🙂 welcomes you with a smile and dynamism.
Unfortunately, during the covid-19 and access road under construction which made us take an improbable track which I do not recommend and blocked a little on the spot.
The restaurant a little lower is good.
We recommend this lodge, relaxing and atypical!"
(original in French)
~ Februari 2020
"What a nice and beautiful accommodation. The tents, which are fully equipped, give you a real feeling of being in the middle of nature! The breakfast is really good and freshly made. Service is number one. With the neighbor you can take a short but beautiful walk for a small fee. Here we have really seen for toucans. You can refresh yourself in the stream directly below the accommodation. Only drawback, if you do not have your own transport, is that there are no facilities in the immediate vicinity. There are two small restaurantsi. The environment but do not expect too much. A taxi will quickly cost you $ 30 one way to the village where several restaurants can be found. "
(original in Dutch)
~ February 2020
"What an experience, this stay at the Dutch Kees, in Vergel de Punta Mala, in a beautiful safari tent. Includes a private bathroom, good beds and a lovely seat, overlooking the river in the depth.
The breakfast was excellent.
Beware: you are not allowed to bring food in the tent, this with an eye on vermin (including ants!) "
(original in Dutch)
~ February 2020
"Small complex surrounded by nature. The well-equipped and well-equipped tents allow you to be as close to nature as possible. An accessible river below allows you to stroll or swim.
You just have to be able to fall asleep, lulled by the sound of the river and the animals.
The service is impeccable.
(original in French)
~ November 2019
"My view of the magical place could not be below 5, jungle, waterfalls, flora and fauna change of scene. Welcome and advice from the boss. Even the tents are comfortable and the insects are present but the nights in this place will remain engraved as a superb memory of your trip."
(original in French)
~ December 2018
"Great place! My husband and I stayed there around 3 weeks ago, begging of November, and loved it! Besides it s gorgeous place, owner and stuff were very polite and helpful. Definitely recommend this place! Love to stay in the gorgeous luxury kind tents and surrounding beautiful nature. Would love to repeat again!"
~ 15 August 2018
"The tents are beautiful, and the roaring river just nearby makes for a delightful experience. The breakfast is absolutely DELICIOUS! European style, with crepes and jams and tea... we couldn't have loved it more! If you enjoy camping, as we do, these tents are super comfortable."
~ 8 July 2018
"Rio Tico Safari Lodge is a unique experience, tent camping in the rainforest. The well constructed Safari tents have attached bath and shower. The setting is absolutely lovely above a rushing stream. Sleep as if in the outdoors, to the sound of rushing water and gentle chirping of woodland fauna."
~ 1 May 2018
"On advise of our travel agency we stayed here. Instead of rooms or cabinas Rio Tico offers South African Tents with an add-on bath room. It was a completely different experience which I can recommend. The tent has a wooden floor, electricity and a nice bathroom. Breakfast is served in the main building and is good. "
~ 7 April 2018
"We stayed here for just one night over Easter Weekend (Semana Santa), the busiest time of the year in Costa Rica for traveling. It was a bit of a default that we stayed here as with our last minute trip planning the Saturday night was a night where we couldn't get into our other planned accommodations. I am so glad that it worked out that way, as this place was an amazing little interlude in our trip ...."
~ 15 January 2018
"Some hospitality business owners are in it for the profits, some simply have a calling. These guys are the latter. I can only confirm all the positives. It's a safari lodge, not a 5 star hotel, so think waterfall swimming holes rather than jacuzzi 😉 just come with the right state of mind and you'll love it. The grounds are stunning and beautifully maintained."
~ November 2018
"During our 3-night stay we enjoyed the great hospitality of Cees. He pampered us with ‘Dutch’ pancakes and delicious snacks. He also gave us very good advise about activities, restaurants and roadtrips.
Beside that the place is really wonderful. The ‘tents’ are very comfortable with kingsize beds and a nice balcony overlooking the river. In the morning we had our morning dip in the nearby waterfall. We walked the nearby trails and were surprised by the presence of many spidermonkeys.
We will be back!!"
~ September 2018
"Never liked camping? Put all your negative experiences aside and rent a fantastic jungle lodge tent at Rio Tico. 4 km inwards next to the river you find this small scale lodge. You feel part of nature and can enjoy a truly relaxing stay. Breakfast included. The luxury then has a bathroom and an covered outdoor with nice chairs and a view. Inly downside it it does not really has options for lunch or diner, so a 20 min drive to Ojochal or so is needed. But worth it. Wifi works but who needs it when you want to relax."
~ 8 July 2018
"This site is near Uvita (a $30 taxi ride - cash only) and is very very peaceful on the edge of a river. There are a number of tents and a couple of rooms in the main building. The lower tents near the river have a steep climb to the main building but are very quiet."
~ 5 April 2018
"I agree with all the other positive reviews. What a place! The owners give such care to it and their guests! We decided to go here because it sounded so different -- it was! Very clean, a breeze -- either through the windows or a fan. Comfortable bed, beautiful surroundings. "
~ 30 January 2018
"Such a stunning place! We loved everything about our stay: the beautifully located and comfortable tents with amazing views, the natural surroundings with lovely gardens, the rainforest, the swimming in the river and near the waterfall, the location close to the beach on the pacific coast and the very tasty dutch pancakes with good coffee for breakfast."
Are you ready for the Rio Tico experience?