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Imagine this... You are gazing across a deep river gorge just in time to catch the first rays of sunlight crowning the canopy of the primary rainforest across the valley with a hue of gold, your senses being teased gently to life as you sip on fresh pineapple juice on the deck of a huge rancho. As the mists below begin to part to offer you a glimpse of the blue Pacific in the near distance, you hear the rhythms of the rainforest, an orchestra led by the wild brazen troop of howler monkeys only a few hundred yards away. Although you are beginning to rouse yourself a bit in preparation for the active day ahead, the sloth in the grand mayo tree off to your left hasn't moved a muscle. Typical. It makes you think of some people you know…
This is a reality on the 150 acres of tropical wilderness that is M11453, Lana Wedmore's personal dream come true. Over 75 acres of the lodge's property is primary virgin rainforest. You can spot literally hundreds of rare and beautiful bird species such as the scarlet macaw, red-legged honeycreeper, and slaty-tailed trogon. You will also likely encounter exotic creatures, such as coatis, tayras, and the four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica. There are year-round waterfalls on the property itself, one with a swift flowing chute and refreshing wading pool less than a ten minute walk from the bungalows. Just a few minutes further down the river valley, among a riverbed full of brilliant white boulders, a much higher set of falls thunders down from over 40 feet; you can stand under the spray and look down at how nature is realigning and reharmonizing the river's elements.
The lodge has been developed with creative initiative and commitment to the ideals of educating visitors to be environmentally and culturally sensitive. Have you ever visited a place so enchanting, so fascinating, so alive that no matter where you go in your life, or what you do from that point on, the memory of that particular journey and its adventures remain indelibly fixed in your mind?