Fodor's Expert Review Tierra Madre

25 km northeast of La Cruz, 5 km from nearest village of Los Andes, La Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Located 25 km (15½ miles) northeast of La Cruz, this remote estate is made up of four hillside bungalows with volcano views and a backdrop of Lake Nicaragua. Built on stilts, each wooden bungalow has a private balcony where early risers are greeted by hummingbirds, toucans, and monkeys. 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, 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, and horseback riding to Lake Nicaragua. Considering the remote location, it's worth requesting the “full board” package with meals and a half-day excursion included.

PROS

  • excellent farm-to-table meals
  • three swimming pools
  • unique activities

CONS

  • Wi-Fi in common areas only
  • long muddy road
  • might be too rustic for some

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
GreenViews
Quiet
Remote
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 506-8705–4249

HOTEL DETAILS

4 bungalows
Rate Includes: Free breakfast