Bijagua: an unknown gem of Costa Rica
Bijagua is located in a valley just 45 minutes from Cañas Guanacaste, but it belongs to Alajuela Province. Bijagua is a small mountain town between the Miravalles Volcano and the Tenorio Volcano that is home to tropical animal species like pumas, tapirs, sloths, anteaters, coatis, giant butterflies and rare plant species, like the wild orchids. Bijagua is a birdwatchers paradise, the forests here provide critical habitat to squawking green parrots, macaws, humming birds and toucans. It is known for its history of cheese making and promising ecological adventures.
This rural village is probably best known as a stop-over destination for those visiting the nearby Rio Celeste Waterfall. And while the famously blue waterfall is quickly becoming a must-see attraction, the town itself remains peaceful and undeveloped.
Where to stay
Origins Lodge has opened their doors on july 2018 and offers its clients a unique an luxurious experience that involves not only their space and services but also their gastronomy offer. Located in the middle of the lush Costa Rican rainforest, Origins Lodge benefits from a spectacular location and unspoilt surroundings. Nestled into a mountainside with 180º panoramic views of Lake Nicaragua and the valley, this hotel is in the heart of the pristine rainforest.
At Origins Lodge, aiming to inspire the next generation of luxury travellers, the lodges are raw and yet exceptionally modern, simple yet stylish. A handful of private lodges are spaced throughout the perfectly landscaped grounds, all afford wonderful views and an ambient atmosphere. Each is exceptionally well equipped, with amenities including over 100 square metres of space, a dreamy terrace with fire-heated bath, dedicated room service, complimentary WiFi, open air shower, duo sinks and more. For those seeking even more comfort for an extra special holiday, the Villa Vertigo is an enormous, high end villa suitable for families or groups of friends.
Aside from the fabulous accommodation, the Origins Lodge also offers guests a gastronomical wonderland, created by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Luc L’Hourre. Each day, fresh ingredients from the garden are used in dynamic dishes to suit every taste. The restaurant, El Salto, is intended to make guests feel like they are visiting someone’s home. Unique use of flowers and forestalls makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner a journey of flavors and sensations. Each day is a little different and foodies won’t be disappointed. El Salto is located in a main building, which is also occupied by the lounge bar and entertainment center with an adjacent pool and hot tub.
Things to do in Bijagua
Hanging Bridges at Heliconias Lodge
Heliconias Lodge is an small ecolodge located in a rainforest adjacent to the Tenorio National Park, their trails winds through the rainforest and features three hanging bridges for spectacular views at canopy level. The forest provides home to a wide range of flora and fauna including numerous rare bird species such as the tody mot mot, rufous vented ground cuckoo, white hawk and ant-trushes and endemic plant species such as the jicaro danto.
Rio Celeste is located in the Volcano Tenorio National Park. The trail is about 7km in total and includes an impressive waterfall, blue lagoon, bubbling hot pools and the Teñideros” where the river takes its blue color from merging with a small creek. This is a bright blue river named after the color of its water caused by dissolved minerals at the confluence of two small rivers. The colour of the river can change after high amounts of rainfall due to sediments carried in the river, however after several hours of dry weather the river’s colour can be restored to its remarkable blue colour.
Tio Miguel Night Tour
Uncle Miguel has lived in Bijagua for many years and during that time, reforested his farm property to provide essential habitat for many species of frogs, reptiles and other animals. You will have an opportunity to see them in their natural environment and experience the wonders of the forest at night.
Tubing on Rio Celeste
Enjoy a great ride down the beautiful, blue Rio Celeste. Ride in a tube across rapids and past gorgeous rainforest.
Tapir Valley Nature Reserve
Tapir Valley is a private nature reserve near the Tenorio National Park. It has primary rainforest and wetland and is a nature-lover´s paradise. The bird life is amazing with both forest birds and birds of the wetlands and true to the name, elusive tapirs are sometimes spotted here.
Bijagua is a paradise for birdwatchers people have spotted over hundreds of species in this area. There are showy birds such as toucans and oropendolas and tiny hummingbird jewels and everything in between.