Bajos Del Torro, Central Volcanic Valley

El Silencio Lodge


Cloud forest and pristine waterfalls

Set in its own portion of lush cloud forest, its stilted casitas feeling almost suspended in the rainforest canopy, the chic El Silencio Lodge and Spa offers you a secluded and peaceful escape coupled with experiences created to get you closer to nature and 'pure vida'.

El Silencio’s eco-concierge is on hand to make sure the activities you choose are unforgettable, from a romantic torch-lit forest dinner if you’re celebrating with someone special, to hikes and horseback tours through the spectacular Hummingbird Garden and along Cloud Forest trails. Go zip-lining through the forest canopy, rappel down a waterfall or discover how your morning cup of coffee is made from bean to roaster.

Food is an essential part of your El Silencio experience. The seasonal menu at Las Ventanas Restaurant is designed around what is available from the organic farm and greenhouse. Dishes showcase the very best of Costa Rican produce.


At a glance

  • 18 suites and six villas

  • Restaurant, bar and private dining experiences

  • Spa

  • Yoga deck


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    Plant your tree

    Take part in this complimentary ceremony and plant a living legacy in one of Costa Rica’s carbon-offsetting forests. These forests are helping to entice the quetzal birds back to the area. This ceremony is bound to be one of the highlights of your stay.

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    Mystic hike

    Make time to experience the cloud forest from a holistic perspective, with intention and meditation at the fore. This walk will take you through the magical knot garden, along hidden paths and into the hummingbird garden. Focus on consciousness and your higher purpose as you follow the four-element trail.

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    Waterfall magic

    Together with your eco-concierge you’ll make your way along paths beside a creek to discover beautiful waterfalls, learning the secrets of the cloud forest eco-system along the way.

Community & Culture

El Silencio runs environmental stewardship and people-positive initiatives. There are a collection of small rural communities near the lodge and farming plays an important role in the livelihoods of the local people. The establishment of the hotel has opened up even more opportunities for people, while keeping the balance between development and conservation thanks to El Silencio’s Social Responsibility Model. None of this would be possible without ongoing partnership with the local communities.


The team at El Silencio is committed to not only protecting the natural surrounds but ensuring the area thrives. The Hummingbird Garden and Meliponary projects are designed to help conserve the small birds and local stingless honeybees. For the past decade the team has worked with neighbours and community leaders to help champion the importance of conservation and sustainability.


The lodge’s organic greenhouse provides the kitchen with year-round access to vegetables, spices and herbs. They also keep their own free-range chickens and trout ponds. El Silencio’s sustainability model has been recognized by Costa Rica’s Travel and Tourism Ministry and Environmental Authorities. They have been awarded a 5-Leaf CST rating as well as Blue Flag Awards for their river basin management, climate change mitigation and biodiversity protection. The team is continually working to build on these green credentials and have set their sights on making more impact in the sustainable construction, organic farming and sustainable mobility fields.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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