If you are a nature lover who would also like to experience the lifestyle of a rural Costa Rican family and learn about sustainability, this is for you! The Eco Guest House is a private, natural, peaceful and healthy place to have fun and learn.
What We Are
•A place where nature lovers can experience the lifestyle of a local Costa Rican family, learn about sustainable practices, and find rejuvenation amidst extraordinary biological diversity!
What We Offer
•A private Ecological House surrounded by forest. Designed with love and creativity by owner Wendy Brenes, the lodge balances sustainability, comfort, and a rustic feel.
•The Eco House is fully furnished with stove, microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator, hot water, hardwood floors, hammocks, clothes line, etc.
•This beautiful home is located on a 2 hectare (5 acres) farm/family property, 200 meters from the host’s family home. Here you may enjoy the beauty of nature and abundant wildlife around you, the tranquil environment, and the welcoming hospitality of your hosts.
•Just outside, or from the balcony, you may see toucans, parrots, trogons and even Great Green Macaws flying close by. You might well hear the sound of the manakins dancing in the day time. Fall asleep to the melodies of frogs and the calls of owls. Walking to the main house, you could even meet some frogs by following their croaks as they jump away at night!
Our Commitment to the Environment
•The Eco House was planned to have minimal impact on the environment and also to serve as an educational model to our guests
•Most of its furniture is made out of recycled Wood and materials;
•Windows are designed to make the air circulate throughout the house;
•The secluded location allows a lack of curtains, so you may experience the stars scattered across the night sky, the awakening of the sun and the relaxing sounds of the rain forest;
•As part of our sustainable practices, both black (biological) and grey (washwater) waste waters are treated separately.
•The house makes use of recycling as well as water and energy saving.
•Your meals are prepared with organic vegetables—some of them grown on site.
•Future projects include solar panels and a bio digester for gas production, and more.
Wendy´s Private Guided Nature Walks
With her many years as a guide, naturalist, and long-time resident of Sarapiqui, Wendy is an expert on the plants and animals of the area, including the best places to find them. Experienced tourists agree that having a guide can greatly increase natural sightings and your understanding of the environment.
•Frog Walk: 1.5–2 hrs. Easy. Frogs are our focus as we explore local hidden spots in search of amphibians, reptiles, insects, and other wildlife. Learn about the vital role frogs play in the ecosystem. $15 per person.
•Rainforest Walk to the Waterfall: 2–2.5 hrs. Easy. We’ll walk a wide, easy trail through a private local rainforest reserve, tuning in to the lush beauty around us and learning about its unique characteristics and diversity. The path leads to the lovely Pozo Azul Waterfall, where you might enjoy a refreshing swim if weather permits. $15 per person.
•Bird Walk: 2–2.5 hours. Easy-Moderate. Starting at 6 am, we’ll walk through forest and open areas looking for the many lovely, unusual, and colorful birds that inhabit Sarapiquí. We’ll keep an eye out for oropendulas, toucans, trogons, tanagers, hummingbirds, flycatchers, wood rails, seed eaters, hawks, and more. $15 per person.
With the above activities, there is an additional $4 entrance fee per person (charged only once per 24-hour period).
Meals with Doña Rita
You can also enjoy the traditional cuisine of Costa Rica, enjoying different dishes made with firewood And using local products as much as posible, from our farm and neighbor´s. Please reserve your meals in advance:
Breakfast $ 8 per person
Lunch or Dinner $ 10 per person
All meals are served at the host family's house.
Local transportation with Don Eduardo
In case you have not rented a car, feel free to use Eduardo’s Local service:
From/to La Virgen to/from the Eco House $6 one way. $12 round trip
From/to Puerto Viejo (Sarapiquí) to/from the Eco House $20 one way. $40 round trip.
The Guest have access to the farm and the main house accompanied with the host family.
Interaction with guests
The Eco House is located 200mts from the host family house, so guest could have 24 hrs service in case they required.
The Host Family is passionate about spending time with you, telling stories and sharing their love and knowledge. Don Eduardo was a truck driver who after a couple of hip surgeries decided to leave the wheels behind and spend more time with his family. Dona Rita has been a housewife and farmer all her life, a great cook; a small but strong woman that helps push the family forward. They both are great people, wonderful parents and hard workers. They have 4 daughters; Wendy a 32 year old, with extensive experience in conservation, sustainability and tourism, who dreamed since very little about having a family business to support her family; now this dream has been supported by the ‘little’ ones. Cristel (20 years old) a happy and smiling future nurse, that works very hard to support the family project, a university student and volunteer at the local Red Cross, Maria Jose (18 years old) the youngest, in her last year of high school, speaks perfect English and is always happy to talk when she comes home from school; Frania (30 years old) a young widow mother, has recently returned home with 2 children, who will fill your visit with smiles and fun moments: Emanuel (11 years old) an animal lover, he gets up at 5:30 am every morning to milk goats before going to school, he is always happy to share his passion and knowledge of animals, and finally, the little Francela (2 year old baby) that make people laugh with her games and dances. The visitors are more than welcome to spend time with the host family at their farm house; but they can also spend time at the Eco House enjoying the beautiful surroundings and relaxing.
Other things to note
THERE IS NOT INTERNET SERVICE AT THE ECO HOUSE AS A WAY TO PROMOTE MENTAL RELAXATION AND HUMAN RELATIONSHIP; HOWEVER, THE HOST FAMILY IS ALWAYS HAPPY TO SHARE WIFI ACCESS AT THEIR HOUSE.
•Please always wear closed toe shoes.
•Please take off your shoes and leave them by the door.
•Always keep a flashlight with you.
•Please keep all doors closed at night to avoid mosquitos coming in.
•Please use the recycling and composting containers
•Please save water and energy to reduce ecological foot print.
•Please inform hosts of any issues with the house that you would like to be addressed.
•Please let us know in advance if you would like to do any of the farms activities like: cooking class, milking goats, feeding chickens, planting veggies, to confirm availability of the hosts members.
•Please make reservations if you would like the host family to provide your meals, specify days and times. Breakfst $8 pp, lunch/dinner $10 pp.
•Please have Cristel and Maria Jose help you arrange your tour and activities in the area, as well as transportation if needed. Canopy, Rafting, Safary, Chocolat Tour, Horse back riding, Boat tour, Bat program, Braulio Carrillo National Park Hikes
•Make sure all doors are locked before you leave the House.
•Please do not leave electronics or valuable things visible in the house.
•Please leave your recommendations to help us keep improving.
My name is Wendy Brenes, I am 32 years girl, and a native from the country side in Costa Rica. Due to the fact that I grew up surrounded by forest since a very young age, I decided to study Eco-Tourism and combine it with the conservation of the Natural Resources. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to work for non-profit organizations all my work life, as an Environmental Educator, Naturalist Guide, Marketing Manager, Volunteer and Research Coordinator, Sustainable Programs Developer.
Now I have my own sustainable project. I have created a home designed to promote environmental practices and to promote wealth distribution to local firms to the tourists who rent it.