Ancla de Oro, “the Golden Anchor” in English, is a beautiful jungle resort that brings you the best of both worlds: an exciting jungle-themed holiday, complete with monkeys, parrots, agoutis and iguanas, as well as a relaxing beach-side stay.
Ancla de Oro has four ‘Jungalows’, like raised tree houses and three hotel rooms. It is a small resort and suited to the more adventurous traveller. Jungalow Pequeño and Jungalow Cocina sleep 2 people, while Jungalow Rio sleeps up to 4 and Jungalow Grande can accommodate up to 6 people.
Each Jungalow has hand-made teaki beds and bathing facilities. Ancla de Oro is set in its own gardens full of fruiting and flowering trees. These serve to attract local wildlife, bringing the jungle itself right up to your room.
Ancla de Oro is in the beautiful little village of Cabuya, itself the gateway to the Cabo Blanco National Park. This unspoilt corner of Peru is a rich and lush jungle that runs down the cliffs and hills to the Pacific Ocean. The ocean itself is bordered by long sandy beaches, like the Playa Los Cedros which nestles against the coast between Cabuya and the quaint fishing village of Montezuma just a few kilometres north.
The jungle is full of strangler fig trees, in fact the largest Strangler Fig in Costa Rica, Higuerón de Cabuya, is just north of Cabuya’s center. The jungle is pristine, filled with the sounds of animals and the wind rustling through the trees. Small streams flow down to the sea often creating pools that are big enough to swim in.
The Ocean around Cabuya is rish in wildlife and snorkelling is a popular past-time with visitors. In fact Isla de Cabuya, a small island not 100 metres off the coast, has a small reef that is perfect for spotting colorful fish and other marine life. At low tide you can walk out to the island and relax in its peaceful atmosphere. Before Columbus, the island was an Indian Burial ground, and burials still take place in the cemetery on the island.
In addition to snorkeling and exploring the jungle flora and fauna, Ancla de Oro offers a range of activities from horse-riding through the forest and along the white sandy beaches, to surfing at Mal Pais and Santa Theresa. Or you can take a relaxing tour out to Tortuga island with its pristine beaches, perfect for a day of sunbathing. Local fishermen also offer sport-fishing excursions.
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