60 minutes southeast of Jaco and 30 minutes northeast of Quepos, by way of palm tree lined roads and the small town of San Antonio de Damas, you arrive to this special property quietly tucked away along the Rio Damitas and fronting the La Fila Chonta mountain range.
The easy 2 wheel drive access to this 178 Hectare property is ideal for tourism. The combination of secondary and primary rain forest is accompanied with a pure biodiversity that is often sought after in Costa Rica. For this reason the owners envisioned a combination of preservation, hospitality, adventure tourism and sustainable development when they began designing the master plan. The initial area of the property is ideal for a central reception area, with restaurant for guests and owners, a gift shop, tour booking office and aerial tram station, providing access to the varying divisions of the property. Electrical service is in place to this location, as well as municipal water.
To the left of the central area one passes through the mature cacao forest, with a tranquil areas to sit and enjoy the first of many waterfalls and swimming holes on the property. After crossing the cascading Damitas river, the internal infrastructure becomes evident, from integrated water management and drainage to internal roads which are well maintained and provide access to potentially 22 building quintas which could be segregated and sold individually. This is also the ideal location for a luxury tent and tree house lodge with full service spa and restaurant. The sprawling ocean views from the majority of these sites extend all the way to Manuel Antonio National Park.
To the east of the main entrance area one is lead through the Phase 2 division of the property, where the fern lined roads lead to potentially another 16 sites for segregation which vary from 4 to 9 acres each. This beautiful area of the property has a magical wet forest atmosphere, with mature trees, bubbling streams and rolling land with both ocean and jungle views. By way of winding trails through the pristine forest one gains access to the waterfalls along the river. This division of the property would also be ideal for a full service family friendly and/or backpacker lodge with approximately 48 rooms.
Further into the property from the Phase 2 area the vibrant rainforest grows in density, providing an optimal location for an environmental research center and wildlife refuge. This in conjunction with the adventure park center would provide a tourism destination unlike no other, where guests can not only enjoy the diversity of the Costa Rican jungle, but be educated about conservation and sustainability. The original master plan for the adventure park included 20 activities, including a superman line, 15 line canopy tour, bungee systems, canyoning and waterfall repelling, mountain biking route and hiking trails. The 20 waterfalls found on the property are each amazing in their own right, making this truly a waterfall wonderland accessible from all phases!
The jewel of the property is the 60 acres which could be put into preserve and would serve as the focal point for an environmental education and research center and wildlife refuge. The center could provide a lodge for national and international researchers to study the biology, geology and ecology of Costa Rica, as well as house volunteer s involved in the operations of the refuge and reintroduction center.
The usability of this property is proven in the projected master plan, the biodiversity and the location show the potential for this blank canvas to become a destination which is not yet offered in this steady growing mecca of ecotourism.
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