Costa Rica Jaguar Corridor Conservation Properties

Breathtakingly Beautiful Mountain Reserve
798 Acres / 323 Hectares

This is a rare opportunity to own and protect one of Costa Rica's genuine gems of biodiversity. La Danta Salvaje is a place of phenomenal beauty, majesty and peace. Its almost 800 acres are abundant with wildlife and are made up of 98% primary forest in absolutely pristine condition, with one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the whole country embedded right at its heart


La Danta Salvaje sits within the Cordillera Volcanica Central Forest Reserve, and it shares a 3 kilometer-long border with the immense Braulio Carillo National Park which is an important stronghold for the jaguar. It is a valuable link in the network of National Parks and private reserves that run the length of the volcanic chain, creating a vital migration corridor that crosses the entire country. This in turn is an integral component of the much larger Mesoamerican Biological Corridor which runs all the way from Mexico to Panama. The Danta helps to provide a natural land bridge for jaguars and countless other species to travel safely through the mountains. The Jaguar Project considers it a conservation imperative that this important biodiversity haven passes on into continued responsible environmental stewardship.

The property has been enrolled in the Payments for Environmental Services system since 1997. It receives an annual cheque for $19,000 from the Costa Rican Government's National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO) in order to help the owner to finance it’s protection, and there are 2 more annual payments pending before the contract requires renewal.


The Danta Salvaje property includes a rustic main lodge that has an open dining room and a wood-fire kitchen. At its side sits another 2-bedroom cabin, and between the two of them they can comfortably sleep 12 people. These cabins are perched on the edge of the dramatic Rio Corinto canyon offering literally breathtaking views of Cacho Negro volcano and the distant cordillera stretching all the way down to the Caribbean coast. There are 15 kilometers of well kept trails which head out from the cabins in all directions leading you to multiple enchanting waterfalls and swimming holes. The winning combination of the stunning scenery and vibrant biodiversity makes a visit to the Danta Salvaje one the highlights of anyone's trip to Costa Rica. The 12-bed cabins provide the perfect basic infrastructure for the creation of a high quality, low-impact eco-experience in complete harmony with nature.


La Danta Salvaje is just two hours drive from the capital San Jose. It's an hour and half's journey along the main highway 32 that leads to Limon, and then half an hour's drive up a dirt road into the mountains. The cabins are reached in an hour’s walk from that road along a choice of two different pathways, one of which includes the thrill of travelling across a rushing river in a cable-suspended chair lift.

The property currently has no electricity, which only adds to the extremely peaceful atmosphere when staying at the cabins. Power could easily be generated, however, by harnessing hydroelectricity from a waterfall just 60 meters from the lodge. Clean drinking water is abundant and is piped straight into the cabins.


La Danta Salvaje is located on the Caribbean slopes of the Central Volcanic Cordillera between two of Costa Rica's most important National Parks - Braulio Carrillo and Tortuguero. It is close to the principal highway 32 that links the capital with the Caribbean. The nearest market town of Guapiles is less than an hour away and provides all of the necessary functional amenities. Guapiles has its own regional airport which connects to many other destinations around the country, and it is 1 hour 45 minutes drive from San Jose's International Airport.






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