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Centro Neotropico SarapiquiS Hotel
-Botanical Gardens and Archaeological Site.
Text and Photos by Jack
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Centro Neotrópico SarapiquiS, which opened in mid 2000, includes
a hotel designed to resemble a 15th century indigenous village, accommodations
for scientists, an archeological site, a biodiversity museum (under construction),
and botanical and organic vegetable gardens. A Belgium non-profit
conservation association owns the center. The grounds are landscaped
with 500 native and endangered plant species. An archeological park
on the grounds replicates many aspects of pre-Columbian culture and features
ceramics and stonework excavated from an ongoing archeological dig at an
ancient cemetery beside the Sarapiquí river. Located in La Virgen
de Sarapiqui, the center is a two hour drive from San Jose.
Click on these thumbnails for a larger view
CenRut map of the drive from the tram
to the gardens and hotel (Contour heights in meters).
The main building has a "palapa" type structure.
Inside construction of the roof.
Bird watching in "comfort". The bird
feeder is above the table on the right.
Some of the beautiful birds being watched.
The only humming bird nest in the garden
Jorge leads us through the gardens, identifying
Jorge holding a passion flower.
More exotic flowers -most of which we can't
remember their names!
Petroglyphs are difficult to make out in
The small statue is holding the head of
Indigenous burial site.