Located at the proverbial end of the road in southern Costa Rica lies Tiskita Jungle Lodge. The lodge and rooms look out over the ocean and the wildlife is as concentrated and comfortable here as anywhere I have ever been. There are no bird feeders and no hanging bananas for monkeys. There are however, 125 different kind of fruit trees on the property. My favorites were the bread fruit and mangosteen. Absolutely delicious.
Tiskita is owned by Peter and Lisbeth Aspinall. They have been on the property since the late seventies and have created something every nature traveler is looking for. Beauty, comfort, and incredible birding and wildlife viewing. 270 species of birds have been logged here. 'The birding is stupendous – National Geographic Traveler.'
Peter is heavily involved in reforestation projects and has established a nursery of native trees which will be used to establish corridors for wildlife.
Tiskita also supports turtle and Scarlet Macaw release programs. Poachers once took a heavy toll on turtle and bird populations. Tiskita's involvement in funding education and conservation programs has helped locals understand money can be made through tourism if the wildlife is healthy and protected.
From what I saw, the wildlife is rebounding nicely. On one walk I saw birds, monkeys and a sloth. And this was just walking from the pool to my room.
The rooms and food at Tiskita are wonderful. With their massive collection of fruit trees, there is no shortage of wonderful drinks and snacks. Local dishes are prepared with only the freshest of ingredients.
Peter is one of, if not the, most fascinating person I have ever had the pleasure of walking the forest with. His depth of knowledge and ability to explain the many symbiotic processes going on continuously in the rainforest, make his forest walks an absolute must for any visitor.
During one of our walks, we came across a tree that had recently fallen creating what they call a 'light gap.' Peter proceeded to tell about the importance light gaps play in jump starting growth that has been waiting patiently for the sun rays to give it a chance.
They offer a wonderful tidal walk during low-tide where guests are shown a world only visible when the tide is out. Other activities include horseback riding on a trail that borders the property. The horses are friendly, the ride is easy and the views are unforgettable.
Tiskita is one of those off the beat places that you read about going to and wonder, wow, can it really be as good as it sounds? Yes, yes, yes, it really can be that good.