My friend Sarah and I wanted a true adventure in the jungle, and were wary of so many online or even in travel guides that seemed lame. Well, we had a great adventure at the tarantula lodge. The hostel was totally fine. It was clean, the food was great, there is wifi. But we were able to book a tour through the hostel to lake sandoval. it was amazing - we had to hike through the jungle to get to our lodging, we canoed around the lake, we saw monkeys and giant river otters, huge fish, caiman, dozens of birds -- all in the wild, not in a conservatory. It was epic. Great place and not overrun with tourists! It was also an amazing price.