This is our presentation at the 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration.

Staying at the Refugio’s idyllic guesthouse

Mario Stepanik | December 6, 2021

The Refugio Tinti is a wildlife reserve and conservation project next to Piedras Blancas National Park in Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. By offering to stay at our guesthouse, we want to share the experience of how we reconcile wilderness with humanity at the Refugio.

Our guesthouse is a spacious and open 50m² (540ft²) bungalow facing a calm pond, offering scenic views and maximum privacy. It features a king-size bed, a living area, an ensuite bathroom, a walk-in closet, a small kitchen, WiFi and electricity. However, we abstain from electric lights, noise, smoking and pets to ensure that the wildlife is disturbed as little as possible.

Nearby the Refugio, there is the village La Gamba (around 700 inhabitants), entry into the national park, and 10 minutes by bicycle to a beautiful waterfall. The closest town is Golfito, which is around 20 minutes by car.

The majority of the proceeds from renting out the guesthouse are used for conservation projects led by the Refugio Tinti.

How to book the guesthouse

Please contact us via our contact form here and choose “Visit us” as the category. Tell us your preferred date, the number of people who would like to come, and any questions you have. We will then reach out to you imminently. The founder of the Refugio, Alexander Tinti, would like to call prospective guests prior to their arrival to get to know them and introduce the Refugio personally.

The price for the guesthouse is $95 per night. This includes breakfast for two people, biodegradable hygiene products, and a parking lot for your car. We can arrange dinner as well, if required and also guided tours on horses through the national park. We look forward to welcoming you!

Please keep in mind that nature has priority

Please remember that the Refugio Tinti is a wildlife sanctuary and thus, the wildlife always has priority. The systemic design of the sanctuary aims to reintegrate all humans into the cycles of nature. This allows us to experience the flora and fauna in a unique way, but requires respect and some openness to blend in.

Below you can find some photos of the guesthouse and its quaint surroundings.