Fodor's Expert Review Tierra Madre

La Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Located 25 km (15½ miles) northeast of La Cruz, this remote eco-estate is made up of four hillside bungalows with stunning volcano views and a backdrop of Lake Nicaragua. Built on stilts, each wooden bungalow on this working organic farm has a private balcony where early risers are greeted by hummingbirds, toucans, and monkeys. Owners Adrien and Fahimeh make you feel like part of the family. Rattan furnishings decorate spacious rooms, complete with wooden showers, quality linens, and organic soaps. All bungalows have either two or three bedrooms and can accommodate between five and seven people. Guests are welcome to experience life on the farm during one of their workshops, ranging from milking cows to tilling fields. Despite the bumpy road, half the fun is getting here since the owners will gladly transport guests in a 4WD vehicle, on horseback, or in an oxcart from La Cruz free of charge. A variety of unique tours and activities are offered including archery, night hikes, a hike to waterfalls, and more. Considering the remote location and delicious food, it's a good idea to request the full-board option, with breakfast, lunch, a three-course dinner, and half-day activity with a nature guide for $99 per person per day.

PROS

  • gourmet farm-to-table meals
  • way off the beaten path
  • unique activities led by friendly and passionate owners

CONS

  • Wi-Fi in common areas only
  • long muddy road
  • lots of insects in the area

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Green, Views, Family
Quiet
Remote
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 8705–4249

HOTEL DETAILS

4 bungalows
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Two-night minimum stay

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