Las Chontas Natural Preserve
Las Chontas Reserva Natural is a 45-hectare private nature reserve located off the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica. Our reserve is divided into three distinct sections, each with its own special characteristics and history.
The first section of the reserve is our regenerative permaculture farm, which represents approximately 15% of the reserve. It was born from the revitalization of old cattle pastures and showcases our commitment to sustainable farming practices. We grow over 100 varieties of exotic tropical fruits, spices, and vegetables in harmony with nature, providing a model for responsible agriculture.
The second and largest area of the reserve, comprising approximately 50%, is the secondary forest. This forest was logged approximately 25 years ago, but over time it has regrown and become a thriving ecosystem with a diverse range of plant and animal species. This section of the reserve is a testament to the resilience of nature and the power of reforestation efforts.
The third and remaining section, approximately 35% of the reserve, is the primary forest. This untouched and pristine forest is a sanctuary for a vast array of rare and endangered plant and animal species. Here one can witness time in reverse, with many centuries old forest giants. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and protecting our natural world for future generations.
Visitors can explore the reserve on a network of well-maintained trails, which provide an immersive experience in this diverse lowland tropical rainforest. Additionally, the heart of the property is home to a yearlong running creek, adding to the natural beauty of the reserve.
At Finca Las Hormigas, we are committed to sustainable and regenerative practices, and our private reserve is a testament to this commitment. We invite you to visit and experience the beauty and diversity of our reserve firsthand.