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

San José, Costa Rica
  • House
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum StayNone

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


Ryan Huett

Member Since 2010
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english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
Why Ryan Huett chose Pérez Zeledón

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.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Kids Welcome
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
          • 1.5

          Location Type

            • Mountain View


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Broadband Access
                      High speed internet now available!!
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Telephone


                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator


                            • Dining Area


                                • DVD Player
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio


                                        • 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

                                                  22 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Peaceful place and great for birdwatching

                                                  Pat R.-

                                                  We enjoyed our stay at Unicorn and in the Gerardo de Dota area. There were many activities and good restaurants nearby. A caretaker lives next door who was available to help with any problems and to suggest good tour guides. The highlight was a fantastic tour with Melvin Fernandez, who not only found us quetzals but spotted and named almost 50 other birds. The stars were amazing at that elevation but be prepared for cold nights.

                                                  Beautiful Setting in a Rustic Cabin

                                                  Jim A.

                                                  This lovely property is at around 7,600 feet, so expect cool weather. We would recommend a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive as the property is about 8 kilometers down a steep, fairly rough, gravel road in San Gerardo de Dota. The lodge is actually more of a fairly rustic cabin. The bath is nice with lots of hot water in the shower and in the lavatory. The kitchen is adequate with hot water in the large kitchen sink. The main heat source for the house is a fireplace. We had a big pile of wood provided including fire starter. There are two very small space heaters, but the house is a bit breezy and well-shaded so expect cool temperatures day and night. Even though the main bedroom is downstairs, we elected to sleep in the loft since it had a more open feel. The kitchen was adequate with cooking tools. Although it was adequately clean, the house and everything in the house could use a good, thorough, deep cleaning. We were without running water for a day because the tank had run dry. We were supplied with adequate drinking water, but, alas, no showers. There are not a lot of supplies in San Gerardo de Dota, so you will want to completely stock up before you arrive. Bring everything you will need. If you are coming from San Jose, there are many fruit/vegetable stands along the road. A good place for other supplies is at the Wal-Mart in Cartago along the highway. There are several nice restaurants within easy driving distance and a couple within easy walking distance. Ryan, the owner, is a friendly guy, but don't expect a lot of communication before you arrive. It was confusing trying to figure out how to reach the place, but fairly obvious once we were in the area. We enjoyed our stay because of the beauty of the area, but got a bit tired of the house always being cold.

                                                  Insanely beautiful property. If you want a retreat from anything stay here!

                                                  Joseph S.

                                                  This is a paradise. We saw 3 male Quetzals right when driving into the property so birdwatchers will love it here. The property is vast and beautiful. Would stay here again.

                                                  We stayed in Dreamwater

                                                  Jane C.

                                                  Dreamwater is lovely property with water running underneath. It is modern and the bed is very comfortable. Lovely to have space and well positioned in San Gerarado del Dota.

                                                  House was wonderful but....

                                                  Karin D.

                                                  The house and the location were beautiful.

                                                  However, there weren't even the basics of basics in the house. We knew we had to get groceries before arriving, but we should have been told to get (or better yet the house should have had) dish soap, a sponge, paper towels....basic things a house should have. There wasn't even salt and pepper.

                                                  Also there should be reading lamps next to the beds.

                                                  Location: beautiful, Amenities: subpar

                                                  Wonderful place off the normal route

                                                  Misti S.

                                                  We really enjoyed our stay at the Unicorn lodge. Lots of trails to explore and things to see. Our kids fished the Pond across the street and the restaurant cooked then right up for us. We went to Irazu volcano one day and explored the ruins along with taking a short horse back ride which was also so beautiful. Make sure you bring in your groceries.

                                                  There is no TV but internet worked good so we downloaded a movie and watched that at bed time. We typed Los Lagos Restaurant in the GPS and had no problem finding it at all. It was chilly so bring warm pajamas. We had a large fire in the fire place but it didn’t do much to warm the place but was beautiful.


                                                  San José, Costa Rica

                                                  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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                                                  22 Reviews
                                                  Excellent 4.6/5
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