the end of an invigorating day of exploration, you'll arrive at a
warm and dry lodge, a hearty welcome and fine cuisine. The evening
of Day One is spent at Diego's Lodge, at Downtown San Marcos. Night two is spent at Base Camp 2 Lodge,
close to entrance of the Jurassic Trail.
The lodges are a great place to unwind watch the beauty of the
evening night descending and reflect on your day. Our well-appointed
lodges have unlimited hot water, separate toilet and shower
facilities. Towels, duvets and linen are all provided.
The lodge bedrooms are twin share rooms
(double occupancy), and should you be
travelling alone, every effort will be made to accommodate you
privately. However, when our group is at maximum capacity (16) this
may not be possible.
Some lodges run on generator power, and we do conserve energy by
turning out lights at 11pm. If you wish to read later, please pack a
Please read More about our lodges below:
Elian's Family House:
The perfect Traditional Tarrazu Family farm.
This old coffee farm is situated above in the hills above San Marcos, close
enough to walk to but far enough away as to offer a sense of privacy. The
complex consists of a main house and secluded guest quarters, as well as
stunning gardens and acres of coffee fields.
The Robles family who live and work at the farm have do so for many
generations and their hard work is evident in the well maintained facilities
and beautifully kept fields. “Mama” is an excellent cook who’s only too
happy to share her insights about local culture and customs, while Calin and Elian can take the more adventurous into the fields and put them to work in
the everyday running of a Costa Rican coffee farm. Above all, it’s the
families’ traditional sense of openness and hospitality that makes them
Although we are in the mountains there is always a lot to do at Elians.
Guests wanting to learn Spanish will find that the whole family can talk for
hours and Elian takes great delight in leading trips to hidden hotsprings,
roaring waterfalls and secluded valleys.
Though the house is ideal for those wanting a getaway or immersive cultural
experience we can also accommodate a group or family holiday. It can sleep 6-7 people in 2 double and 2 single rooms as well as a single futon, if
required. It has a fully equipped self catering kitchen but breakfast and
catering can also be arranged as an optional extra.
Diego's Family House:
Conveniently located near Downtown San Marcos, Diego's Family house is a very confortable and cozy log home set in a very secluded coffee farm. Just 300 meters away from the town, you will have access to all the ammenities Downtown San Marcos has to offer. Pizza Parlors, fine restaurants, local bars, dance halls, The house is surrounded by Coffee trees and grassland and is part of the DON EVELIO Tarrazu coffee export operation, famous worldwide for its superb gourmet coffee beans. There are horses, cattle, poultry, and all you can find in a rural coffee farm in the Tarrazu Highlands. The family is formed by Diego, who takes care of the coffee farm and help with the coffee processing, and his wife Heidy and daugther Daniela.
The room is ample and has all things that modern life can offer: hot water, a small refrigerator, cable tv, a private bathroom and separate access from the rest of the house, which is convenient if you want pricacy. Don't be surprise to wake up listening to tropical birds or the family members doing farm activities such as feeding the cattle or preparing to work in the fields. Last but not least, the view from the porch of the entire Tarrazu highland valley is outstanding.
Rosario's Family House:
Located in downtown San Marcos, this house offers you a family experience you will never forget. The view from the window of the local church and the Entire valley is fantastic. Rosario is a nurse who works at the local Hospital. She is the mother of 3 children named Maria, 25 , Abel, 15, and Francisco, 23, and the grandmother of little Helena, Maria's daugther.
You will enjoy the local cuisine and have full access to cable tv. You will have access to local restaurants, Pizza Parlors, supermarkets, drugstores and access to the social activities the town offers every weekend such as religious activitities, fairs and festivals and much more. This is the perfect place to chill out without worrying much about being far from what you are used to back home.
Abel is in high school so you will find him always busy with homework and playing the guitar. Maria is a student and soon to graduate. She is always taking care of her daughter who is the cutest little girl in town. Francisco works in San Jose at a Bank. He graduated from college last year so he is away most of the time. Relatives live nearby so don't be surprised if you are invited to visit them regularly. This offers plenty of opportunities for cultural exchange and Spanish learning. Being so close to downtown you will have a unique chance to experience the city life without having to sacrifice nothing.
Gustavo's Family House:
A 25 minute drive from Downtown San Marcos brings you to this superb and secluded place. Perched in the mountains up north the valley, this farm offers you the ultimate privacy you are looking for. The cabin is amid an avocado plantation with breathtaking views of the entire valley down below.
Coffee farms and small villages can be seen far down the mountain. Additionally, right above the cabin, you will have access to a cloud forest with great trails which takes you to the Quebradillas lake, just 30 minutes away.
Gustavo and his wife will greet you at the entrance and explain to you how an Avocado farm is run. Also, he can take you up to the cloud forest via a winding path where you can watch birds that thrive in the cloud forests. The walk is just amazing and finishes at a unique highland lake surrounded by pine trees. You can stay there for days reading at the cabin's balcony or walking through the amazing cloud forest and sitting next to the quiet and peaceful shore of the Quebradillas lake.