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Wendy´s Eco Guest House-Sarapiqui
Wendy´s Eco Guest House-Sarapiqui
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.

Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
Essentials
Free parking on premises
Prices
Extra people No Charge
Weekly Discount: 10%
Always communicate through Airbnb
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 double bed
House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

•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.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) and other pet(s) live in the house
Cancellations
Safety features
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Availability
1 night minimum stay

28 Reviews

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Katie User Profile
October 2017
Amazing place to stay in the Costa Rican wilderness - Wendy and her family really go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. The guided tours and food offered were amazing.

Rachel User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful home, beautiful family, wonderful food, LOTS of howler monkeys, toucans, and adventure. We had a blast staying here. Kristel and her mom were delightful, thoughtful, and helpful. Make sure you take the walk to the waterfall.

M. Scott User Profile
August 2017
We spent two nights with our two kids (12 and 16 year old boy and girl) at Wendy's exceptional eco lodge and really enjoyed it. Although we didn't get to meet Wendy personally, we had a warm welcome from her family, who told us everything we needed to know. Wendy sent a complete list of possible activities in e-mail, which her family also informed us about. There is even a printed guide book in the house. We went to Hacienda Pozo Azul for white water rafting and to La Selva OTS (Organization of Tropical Studies) - both highly recommended. At La Selva, we had a personal guide for a few hours in a special protected reserve where we saw *many* different animals. In the evenings, Wendy's mother made us wonderful dinners in the local tradition - far preferable to a restaurant! All in all, a very positive experience!

Katie User Profile
March 2017
Wendy's Eco-house is the most authentic Costa Rican experience we have had while traveling here! The house is very clean, appropriately priced, and truly a tucked away oasis. Perfect for families and has a lovely kitchen to prepare meals if you do not eat with Wendy! She accommodated meals and tours for us along with experiencing and learning about Costa Rica! HIGHLY recommend!!

Victoria User Profile
March 2017
We spent one night at Wendy's eco house & thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The house was a grand rustic space with sustainability in mind throughout. The family are some of the nicest people we have met. They were so lovely with our 18 month old daughter & showed us their many animals which she loved! Don Rita cooked us delicious & wholesome meals for dinner & breakfast so I recommend taking this extra option. The next morning we walked about 15 minutes to the waterfall where we swam. We had the whole place to ourselves! It was magical. Highly recommend this place

Deborah User Profile
March 2017
The Eco-Cabin is a gem in the rain forest! The house is beautifully situated and furnished. Three of us felt as though we were rattling around in all that space; you could easily sleep 4 adults and two children there. The kitchen has everything you’d want if you care to prepare your own food. We loved bird-watching from the upstairs balcony, relaxing in the hammocks below, and meals on the front porch. Howler monkeys very audible morning and evening. We enjoyed a few meals cooked by Senora Rita – wonderful, very local food, and plentiful! Wendy’s parents don’t speak any English, but their warmth was so clear. The highlight of our entire trip was a 10 minutes’ walk through a neighbor’s land, to a waterfall and swimming hole that we had all to ourselves. It poured rain while we were swimming, and Wendy’s father brought us umbrellas (not needed, since we were swimming, but so thoughtful). Also highly recommended: the guided walk at La Selva reserve, trails at Tirimbina reserve, floating down the river with Aventuras Sarapiqui, and great food at the Soda La Casita Tipica. One thing to keep in mind – if you’re counting on guided walks with Wendy (mentioned in so many reviews), check to confirm she’ll be in town. We had to do some scrambling to plan our days, but it worked out just fine. Wendy’s sister Crystal was terrific in helping us navigate and arrange our days, although she works long hours. And that waterfall… This, for me, is what Air BnB is about – getting to know someone in the country you’re visiting – not as a customer, but as a guest.

Emmanuel User Profile
February 2017
Very nive a calme place. Well located. Wendy's family is very nice.

Monteverde, Costa RicaJoined in June 2014
Wendy User Profile

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.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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