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The Unicorn Lodge in the Cloud Forest of San Gerardo de Dota

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Sleeps up to 6.

The Unicorn lodge is nestled among ancient oaks along side the pristine Savegre River in the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota. Our area is famous for its dense concentration of the Resplendent Quetzal which is sought after by bird watchers from all over the world. We have had breakfast on our front deck with these magnificent creatures several times. There are several high end eco-resorts in our magical valley, but we have the only fully equipped homes in the area. We have an additional villa(Dreamwater Villa) on the property as well.

The lodge has 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, and an sleep 4-6 comfortably. The Savegre River is just off the front deck and was called 'the cleanest river in Central America' by National Geographic. We are located just 75 miles from the airport in San Jose or about a 2 hour drive

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Ryan Huett
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2017

Why Ryan Huett chose Cartago

The valley in San Gerardo de Dota is one of Costa Rica's best kept secrets. It is one of the most pristine environments anywhere on the planet. The area is world renown for its birdwatching, but offers amazing waterfalls and ancient forests nestled into an unspoiled cloud forest at 7500 ft elevation.


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The Unicorn Lodge in the Cloud Forest of San Gerardo de Dota
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This was a great house - beautiful, clean, and with all the annenities! It is cold in San Gerardo de Dota at night - thank you for all of the blankets!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great secluded getaway

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Unicorn and just loved it. This is a well built spacious and newer home with beautiful landscaping just steps from the river in the mountains. We live in Tamarindo and enjoyed the cool temperatures that the higher elevation offered. The owners were very helpful in planing our stay and we even got to meet the nice family during our stay. Lots of places to hike and some nice restaurants and bars within a 5 minute drive. If you are looking for a nice quiet getaway, then this is it!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded honeymoon getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely fell in love with Unicorn Lodge and it was our selling point on making Costa Rica the honeymoon of choice! This lodge sits right above the river and has a wonderful deck to enjoy your morning cup of coffee in the cozy robes provided. Out of all the areas we ventured to in Costa Rica, my husband and I both agreed that this was our absolute favorite. We visited the local restaurants and had the best food (true, authentic food). We rode horseback to the falls, saw the beautiful Quetzal! and enjoyed the first few nights of our honeymoon in nature. Pure bliss! The neighbors have chickens so you will get a nice morning alarm each day. Also....if you hear a loud noise in the middle of the night, don't be alarmed. It woke us from a dead sleep and was quite disturbing for us not knowing what it was. It was acorns hitting the roof. Knowing this ahead of time will ease your worry if you hear it :) If we make it back to Costa Rica we will most definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Garden of Eden type of stay!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for true peace and tranquility the unicorn lodge should definitely be your choice! From coffee on the deck with the Savegre river water in the background and tons of birds flying around, to the trails behind the house to beautiful waterfalls and the true peaceful area of San Gerardo de Dota as a town as whole, this place is the best place to escape reality. The house has more than you could imagine from a 4 burner stove, microwave, sink, plates/cups/utensils, coffee maker, cooking supplies, pots and pans and more! The bathroom downstairs is beautiful and being it was just my boyfriend and I, we had plenty of room. However, if you stay here, and you hear loud banging noises in the middle of the night DO NOT BE AFRAID it is just acorns hitting the tin roof!!!! And it isn't bad at all, just a warning! LOVELY place! The wifi worked great too!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. I hope you guys will come back one day.
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Beautiful lodge in paradise

  • 5 of 5

The Unicorn Lodge is a fantastic place to visit and experience peace, enjoying nature and a bit of solitude. The lodge is in the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The lodge is right above the river and the sound of the water rushing over the rocks is steady and amazing. The place itself reminds me of a cabin in the Rocky Mountains and is fully-equipped with everything you'll need. There's plenty of hiking to do outside, but inside you won't miss anything from home. I highly recommend the Unicorn Lodge and will return.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

While quite off the beaten path, this little home is not only adorable, but couldn't be in a more beautiful setting. Surrounded by trees, with the river below it was tranquil, quiet, and the perfect spot for a "get away from it all" stay. That said, wifi connections were good, and there is quite a bit to do when you venture out. We hiked a lot, saw gorgeous waterfalls, and the elusive quetzal paid us a visit right at our front deck - one of the highlights of our trip! We had paid for a "quetzal tour", and saw them up in the trees, had we seen the one on our deck first, there would have been no need to pay for the tour! The house is well furnished with fireplace (and you will need it - it was quite cold when we were there), electric blankets, and everything you would need for a relaxing stay. There are plenty of restaurants around so if you don't want to cook, no problem. The booking process with Ryan was effortless, and it was such a refreshing ending to our stay in Costa Rica, where the weather had us sweating and sunburned for most of the time (but loving it!). Thanks Ryan for sharing your little piece of paradise!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Located in the pristine cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota.....this area is often called the best kept secret in all of Costa Rica. One of the few places on the planet to view the Resplendent Quetzal, San Gerardo de Dota is truly a must see on your visit to this amazing country.

San Gerardo de Dota is located off Highway 2, about 2-3 hours from San Jose and 2 hours from Dominical. Like everywhere in Costa Rica, signage is not the best; however, there is a small sign at the turnoff. It helps to keep a lookout for kilometer markers. San Gerardo de Dota is located at kilometer 80.

Once you turn off Highway 2, you’ll descend into the valley for about 15 minutes, maneuvering down several steep switchbacks before arriving at the village. Just one main road runs through town so there’s little chance of getting lost.

Leave early in the day: Driving after dark on Highway 2 is not recommended. The road is windy and steep and visibility can be very limited when it rains or the cloud cover increases.


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Cartago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming

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