THE LODGE’ SITUATION
Nestled in between 2 volcanoes, the Celeste Mountain Lodge opens the door to the
awe-inspiring Rio Celeste (blue river) and the trails of the Volcan Tenorio National
Park, the new growing product on the tourism scene in Costa Rica (only 5 km from the
Lodge by the newly opened access way Bijagua/Celeste Mountain Lodge/National Park
in july 2011 see details below). The area is part of the Biological Corridor Tenorio-
Miravalles. There was a planned intention to be a pioneer in the region.
The Celeste Mountain Lodge is very strategically located in a beautiful region, just
emerging in tourism, surrounded by spots of high frequentation:
Volcan Arenal 2 hr (most visited spot in C.R.)
Refuge Caño Negro 1 hr 45
National Park Palo Verde 2 hr
Volcano Miravalles 1 hr
National Park Rincon de la Vieja 1 hr 45
Pacific ocean beaches –nearest- 2 hr
- At 35 minutes from the Interamerican Hwy (major road in the country)
- At only 1 hour 20 mn from Liberia international airport (regular & charter flights
from USA, Canada, Europe) Since 2016 a new concrete Hwy safely links Liberia
The Lodge is an ideal base to explore this region of great beauty, of exuberant nature and
of pleasant inhabitants in this authentic Costa Rica that offers numerous discoveries and
activities (hiking, nature, bird watching, floating or rafting, kayaking or tubing, horseback
riding, hot springs etc.)
The Celeste Mountain Lodge is situated on a 7 hectares (17.3 acres) property, split in 2
- An open area of 2 hectares with the buildings and gardens + reforested area of 1
- Primary protected transitional rain-to- cloud forest of 4 hectares adjacent to the
National park Volcan Tenorio (12,000 hectares).
The neighboring properties also being protected, the Lodge is surrounded on 3 sides by a
dense jungle forever preserved.
Wildlife abounds there such as the howler or the white-faced monkeys and other
mammals, tapirs and traces of felines often appear on the grounds, excellent bird
watching as already identified by experts in ornithology.
The views from the Lodge are extraordinary, with the Montezuma (3 rd hump of the
dormant Tenorio Volcano) as an arrogant green wall facing the property that sometimes
disappears mysteriously in the mist. On the west side, the 5 peaks of the dormant
Miravalles Volcano close the horizon as a dramatic theatre curtain. Down below lays the
peaceful rural village of Bijagua.
The heights of Celeste Mountain Lodge, 800 Mt - 2,500 Ft, offer a constant spring like
weather with temperatures oscillating from 18 degrees C (65 F) to 30ºC (90 F), always
caressed by a gentle breeze. The region is humid, with average annual precipitations of
4000 mm – 13 Ft, the “summer” months being from mid-January to April, August, then
The Celeste Mountain Lodge was built in 2007, in harmony with the surroundings in an
innovative contemporary minimalist style under the appellation of “tropical architecture”,
which opens spaces and abolishes walls, linking directly the different areas of the Lodge
and inviting nature inside the building.
The Lodge was built under bioclimatic standards with the goal to adapt to local
conditions and under our philosophy of Responsible & Ecological Tourism, boasting
comfortable and functional lodging.
Architect: Jacqueline Gillet, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
It is composed of a steel skeleton with natural teak wood and boards covering.
The materials used bring at the same time a rustic and modern touch; details blend
simplicity and refinement, and this all the way to your dinner plate.
This style of architecture in lodging is not found in Costa Rica, being actually
kind of new, different, “avant-guard”. The clients appreciate it very much so.
It helps with Marketing in a very strong way! Lots of visitors choose us for this reason.
THE LODGE 1200 m2 – 12,912 Ft2
- Entrance Porch (steps and handicapped access ramp, By-law)
- Front desk / souvenir store
- Open kitchen to the restaurant
- Bathrooms of which 1 with access for the handicapped
- Small lounge area
- 9 rooms of 27m2 – 291 Ft2 of which 1 for handicapped 30M2 – 323 Ft2 and 1
« superior » type of 30M2 – 323 Ft2, all with hot shower, toilet, washbasin, cloth
hanger, design lamps and decoration, view onto rain forest and volcanoes
- A 4 m2 – 45 Ft2 storage for room cleaning
MAINTENANCE AND GARDENING SHED 20 M2 – 215 Ft2
- Tubular structure, metal roofing and walls
- Assorted tools including 1 welding, 1 pressure washer, 1 brush-cutter, 1 chainsaw,
1 lawnmower, ladders, scaffolding
- Pump system for the Lodge (2 pumps of 1HP each + constant pressure tank)
- Below, our freshwater reservoir of 24,000 liters – 24 m3 – 6,340 Gl
- Attached 15 M2 garage/storage
THE OWNER’S « CASITA » 57 M2 – 613 Ft2
Ground level 25 M2
- Hallway and storage
- 2 bedrooms of 9 M2 (1 Queen-size bed, bunk beds)
- Helicoïdal staircase
Upper level 32 M2
- Bathroom with washbasin, toilet and hot shower with jungle view
- Living room with extraordinary view through 6.80 meters (20Ft) of bay window,
kitchen corner with sink and ¼ M3 fridge. Internet)
THE MANAGER’S HOUSE 130 M2 – 1400 Ft2
- Living / dining room / kitchen corner. High ceiling, large bay window with view!
- 3 bedrooms
- Bathroom with toilet and hot shower
- Laundry area
- Garage area for 2 cars under the building
BIOCLIMATIC DRYER 28 M2 – 300 Ft2
- Metallic tubular construction, fibrocement flooring and polycarbonate roofing and
- Adequate for the needs.
- Public grid, end of a 4 km line built for the Lodge, arriving at the property in
- On-property extension 150 meters (3 poles + transformer 50 KVA signed back to
- Reliability : good, rare blackouts, normally fixed rapidly by I.C.E
- Village supply line from a spring at 3 km up in the mountains of the National
Park ; first reservoir in property adjacent to the Lodge.
- The Lodge is the first user on the line
- Water is pure and lightly treated (chlorination plant by ASADA)
- Reliability: flux > excellent - quality > very good / regular analysis done by the
local Water Dept. ASADA
- No land line arrives at the Lodge
- Excellent cellular network, 4G technology
- Excellent Internet access provided by Optic Fiber
- Wi-Fi for guests in common area, free of charge
- No garbage recollection at the Lodge: we must take our waste to the main road
where we have our own bin (2 recollections a week)
- In the same manner we take our recycled material to Upala
The village of Bijagua has approximately 2,000 inhabitants and 3,000 more in the
surrounding hamlets. Located on a good paved road (redone 2008) which links the
Interamerican Hwy (turn-off 5 km west of Cañas) and the northern town of Upala.
The region essentially lives of agriculture and cattle raising on small properties. Horses
are almost as common transportation as cars. There is no delinquency, it is very peaceful.
This is a humble region in need of alternative economic activities; therefore their hopes
also lay in tourism.
In Bijagua, there is a small Public Health clinic (EBAIS), a pharmacy, a dentist, a police
station, churches, primary and secondary school and basic consumer businesses (building
materials, 2 large superettes, butchers and bakeries, mechanics, Internet cafes, simple
restaurants (called “sodas”, a pizzeria).
There is a branch of Banco Nacional with cashiers and ATM machine.
No gas station (closest in Upala 26 km – 16 miles or Cañas 40 kms – 25 miles)
Bijagua has its « Comite de distrito» with a board elected amongst the citizens, which
manages several of its projects and its own budget, working in conjunction and under the
Municipality of Upala.
In Upala are found most government representations such as Ministry of Health, Labor,
In Cañas (40 kms south), a more sizeable town, can be found more businesses, banks etc..
Nearest hospitals: Upala 26 kms – 16 miles
Cañas 40 kms – 25 miles
Once a month or so, one makes the trip to San Jose to get specialty supplies not found in
Bijagua, to attend some meetings or run errands, just as all hoteliers in the country do.
The Lodge purchases most dry goods and perishables in the village.
Other goods are purchased from further away and are delivered to the Lodge (meats, fish,
bakery products, bio-soaps and cleaning products, maintenance items such as paints.
Some specialty items must be purchased in-persona in San José.