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El Silencio Lodge & Spa
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El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Costa Rica, Bajos del Toro

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Awaken all the senses

16 Rooms

The Promise Waterfall

The Promise Waterfall

Karin Zürcher

“The Promise Waterfall hike is the magical experience that inspired me to create El Silencio Lodge & Spa. Intense forest welcomes you to explore, hiking through a cloud forest wonderland of exuberance and whimsical microclimates. Your reward? Finding a stunning body of water in an unexpected clearing. Roar and mist overtake the senses, instilling an indescribable sense of peace, connectedness, and awe. It is a promise of bliss.”

Karin Zürcher - Owner

Mercadito

Mercadito

Vinicio Porras

“Mercadito is my favorite experience because it lets travelers fully immerse in our unique culture, cuisine, and traditions. You even learn a little Spanish! We provide a shopping list, $10 in local currency, and drive you to a regional community market to find and select the best vegetables and spices for a traditional Olla de Carne stew. Followed by a hands-on cooking lesson with our Chef. This fun and engaging experience is a foodie’s dream treasure hunt!”

Vinicio Porras - Eco-Concierge

Painting Traditions

Painting Traditions

Ronald Jiménez

“Costa Rica’s traditional oxcarts are recognized by UNESCO as a precious cultural patrimony of humanity. Graced by intricate designs of kaleidoscopic beauty, they are the most iconic graphic elements of our heritage. I am proud that the roots of this art form can be traced to my hometown, the community of Sarchí (30 minutes away from El Silencio). I learned the technique from my grandparents and I am honored to share this emblematic art form with our guests. Teaching how to paint a memento of an oxcart wheel fills me with pride.”

Ronald Jiménez - Eco-Concierge

Local Charm

Local Charm

Wesley Vargas

El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s cultural surroundings are rich in enchanting surprises. Exploring the Bajos del Toro community lets us find unique examples of passion and dedication. Don Martin Porras’s private orchid garden is home to more than 400 exotic varieties. A visit to Doña Olga’s Pulpería affords an wonderful opportunity to learn about regional food and even palm fresh corn tortillas on the spot. Language is not a barrier when there is a shared desire to engage, build bridges, and smile.  Live Costa Rica’s peaceful hospitality!

Wesley Vargas - General Manager

Coffee Journey

Coffee Journey

Coffee Journey

Coffee Journey

Costa Rica’s privileged climate and topography are perfect for growing delicious coffee. Learn about the fascinating history of coffee’s introduction to our country and its far-reaching social, cultural, and economic impact. Followed by a dream tasting session where we tantalize you with premium varieties including samples from the highlands that trim El Silencio Lodge & Spa. I will gladly share how altitude, soil’s mineral content, shade level, rainfall index, and brewing method impact acidity, body, and flavor.

Orlando Flores - Eco-Concierge
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