Green, greener, Karen-Morgensen - the reserve cannot be described better than pure nature. Quiet, untouched, in the midst of Costa Rican flora and fauna and far away from tourist resorts, we enjoy our stay here in the Karen-Morgensen Reserve.
We are three volunteers from Germany who are doing a one-year voluntary service with Bread for the World in Costa Rica. We spent a few days in the Eco-Lodge to get to know and support the work on site in the reserve. Among other things, this consisted of designing signposts, painting the bee house found here and maintaining the lodges for the arriving guests.
We started with the ascent to the lodge. We had to cross a river several times and halfway up we reached the first stage: an impressive waterfall with many waterbeds in front of it. The water is clear and drinkable. Our highlight was bathing at the foot of the waterfall and swinging into the water on a rope.
Then we continued our walk and after an hour we reached the Eco-Lodge.
At the lodge, we received a friendly welcome from Alex (A local guide/ranger), his mother (who cooks delicious Costa Rican food) and Henry(A local guide/ranger). The houses are built of wood with hammocks in front of each room, so we could experience nature to the fullest.
There are many hiking trails from the hostel to viewpoints or rivers. Alex and Henry were able to tell us a lot about the flora and fauna. There is a 700 year old tree! Beware of Pizote(a coati) who likes to scavenge the rubbish.
The lodge is also ideal for larger groups.Rarely have we felt so connected to nature as we do here. It is special to wake up in the morning with a view of the trees and be woken up by howler monkey sounds.
A beautiful place to unwind from stress and have adventures in nature.
We hope to come back very soon.