Yaba Chigui Lodge
Relax at the family-run Yaba Chigui countryside lodge near an undeveloped stretch of glorious Pacific coast in Costa Rica.
Popular Yaba Chigui Lodge is a family-friendly, away-from-it-all place to stay set beside a stream running through lightly peopled, tropical hills inland from the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Managed by a well travelled, English-speaking family it has four cabins on stilts where you’ll feel enveloped by the surrounding foliage. Each bears the a name in the indigenous languages of Costa Rica and Costa Rican culture is dear to the management team and their philosophy.
There are delightful outdoor showers and a small pool, massages are offered and breakfast is served but there's no restaurant: you’ll be helped to make reservations at the splendid French/Costa Rican eateries in Ojochal, the nearby village.
Activities can be arranged such as zip-lining, canton tours, snorkelling, horse riding, surf lessons, rafting and kayaking. The hotel will help you hire a car if you wish to explore further afield for example to travel up or down the coast or visit the Osa Peninsula.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
The wildlife in Costa Rica is incredible and it is everywhere you go and very immediate. Add to that beautiful scenery and very friendly people and it is a great holiday destination.MJ, Canary Wharf
So many memorable experiences - flying into Tortuguero, watching turtle hatchlings race to the sea, the boat ride out of Tortuguero, all the animals (including a mummy sloth with baby attached climb down a tree in the middle of a restaurant and then back up again), Monteverde scenery, Tamarindo beach, our son learning to surf, snorkelling in Cahuita and seeing a turtle and a nurse shark, how lovely the Costa Rican people are.SM, Chiswick
The treks throughout the trip were superb. Excellent guides and the range of wildlife was stunning.WRDT, Bakewell
The whole Tortuguero experience was brilliant.TK, Leighton buzzard
Most memorable experiences:Seeing the turtles nesting in Tortugero, the magical Tortugero national park and Monteverde. We also loved Tamarindo to chill and surf!EdVC, London
Everything was amazing...This is the best family holiday we have ever had. Even our 20 year old daughter, who has travelled extensively, agreed that Costa Rica is wonderfully unique. The itinerary provided by Joirney Latin America provided a varied and interestingly diverse view of the country. Each accommodation was memorable and contributed towards an amazing trip. Thank you.RW, Cheltenham
Highlights: Monkeys and macaws on the trees by our bedroom ,and the White water rafting to and from Pacuare Lodge and swimming down the river!JB, Ashford
We have many good memories and it's difficult to identify a single best experience. Each of the Lodges we stayed at impressed us by their environmental policies. Each had comfortable accommodation ranging from quite simple to quite extravagant. Importantly for us they were each located in different types of habitat so although there was some overlap in what we saw, there were sufficient differences for us to be continually interested.NW, Carnforth
Highlights? Rafting out of Pacuare, seeing the turtles, kayaking in Tortuguero, zip wire trips, hiking in Pacuare and relaxing on beach in Santa Teresa.MBW, London
Highlight?: Seeing turtles laying eggs on the beach in TortugueroAD, Ilkley
It was all pretty memorable but the view of the Arenal volcano from our boat transfer across the lake sticks in my mind. It was a completely clear day and the volcano was steaming. Also the sleeping toucan on the El Refugio Twilight Tour. Also Rio Perdido was a lovely place for a couple of days relaxation.EW, Newport
There were so many highlights it is difficult to single one out. The wildlife, around hotel gardens etc and not just in the reserves, was particularly impressive. Viewing it from a boat at Tortuguero and Cana Nedra was particularly enjoyable. Tthe countryside is varied and beautiful so that even the transfers were a pleasure.VC, South croydon
Highlight?: Visit to Tortuguero was exciting and remote. Rancho Margot was our favourite accommodation. It was a privilege to visit this beautiful country.MC, Arlesly
Highlights “Our overall impression was how lovely all the people were that we met, amazing wildlife and very good food. Our most memorable experience was probably kayaking at Tortuguero although we also did a very good night walk when we were staying at Arenal, and spotted loads of frogs, toads, snakes and spiders.”JP, Newtown
Costa Rica is too beautiful to miss!PC, Moreton-in-Marsh
We had a really exceptional trip. The mix of beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife made it a real adventure and yet the logistics made it achievable and stress free. Costa Rica has beaches, wildlife and lots of outdoor fun (zip lines, rafting, and ATV trails for example) which make it ideal for a holiday which met the desires of all the family.GP, Warwick
Highlight: Seeing the wildlife in Costa Rica. There are so many beautiful birds and amazing animals that it's hard not to see them. The guides were exceptional, especially William and Carlos and not only found the wildlife but also told us about other aspects of the countries. I particularly enjoyed having the private tours and we would do that again.JW, Weymouth
It is difficult to single out any one part as being most memorable. For me (as a geologist) the trip to Poas Volcano was great. The ziplining at Punta Islita was superb.RH, Peterborough
Highlight?: The wildlife - watching the turtles lay eggs and a swimming sloth.ID, London
Highlight?: Tortuguera boat trip, rafting Arenal, hot springs Arenal, zip wires Monteverde, running on the beach in Uvita - so many lovely memoriesSL, London
Highlight?: Turtles laying, sloths scratching, toucans screeching, frogs jumping, iguanas climbing, Mayan steps galore, sharks a swimming, stalactite dodging in the blue hole...All in all brilliantMS, Twickenham
Highlights:- Hard to choose, but the noises and sounds surrounding us all day and night, created by all the wildlife was fantastic. Never heard anything like it and loved it. The Costa Rican hospitability is something to live up to they have it right!ST, Swords
Turtle watching tour, zip wiring and white water rafting. Also enjoyed seeing all the wildlife living in its natural habitat.IH, Ipswich
Most Memorable Moment?: There are a few but being so close to wildlife during the journey was amazing!!!JW, London
Costa Rica with Journey Latin America is one of the best holidays we have ever had, if not the best.MD, Southam
Highlight: All of Osa - the guided walks in the forest, the early bird-watching trip, the food, watching spider monkeys from the beach and toucans from the balconies, the friendly owners and staff: the guided Toruguero river trip; the view of the volcano and lush bird-filled greenery from our balcony at Lost Iguana; the flight across the mountains....Both my experiences (Cuba and this one) with JLA have generally been well-organized, and have given me a real understanding of what each country has to offer, whether wildlife or history, and all staff have displayed a knowledgeable and caring attitude. Thank you. I hope I shall travel with you again.DH, London
Highlight?: This is difficult! We loved Tortuga Lodge, Bosque de Paz and Aguila de Osa Inn. Made new friends who we will remain in contact.MG, Uckfield
Highlight?: Tortoguero without a doubt-felt truly isolate in the rain forest and it was breathtaking in terms of the biodiversity.SW, Surbiton
Commitment to Eco-Tourism and Respect for local people evident throughoutMD, Southam
Highlights?: There were so many. Seeing a toucan land in the tree just by our room at El Remanso. Walking down the trail at Monteverde Lodge and a beautiful Morpho butterfly fluttering past in the sunlight. The boat ride at Tortuguero.KS, Uxbridge
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