The Lodge is located in the Northern area of Costa Rica, close to a small community called Boca Tapada, in Pital, San Carlos, province of Alajuela, about 15 km south from the San Juan river, at the border with Nicaragua and 2 km away from the San Carlos river.
To be a leading Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica in the practice of sustainable tourism in order to demonstrate that a standing rain forest is more valuable than a deforested one.
In 1981, Vinzenz Schmack bought 110 hectares of primary forest, which could only be entered by four-wheel-drive vehicles or by horse. In 1989, a small shelter was built, and in 1992, the Eco-Lodge was inaugurated with the construction of 20 rooms. Later on, 159 additional hectares of secondary forest were bought and this led to the operation of the Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, with an important socio-economic impact for the region and its inhabitants.
The Lodge is located close to Boca Tapada, in Pital, San Carlos, a rural area in the north of Costa Rica. You will be able to see traditional wooden houses and agricultural farms. It is a typical rural town with a school, a church, a soccer field and a community hall; kind and smiley people, proud of their traditions; this is the Pura Vida Costa Rica that lives a simple life in harmony with nature.