discover el fenix
Return to nature at this cozy, split-level, treetop getaway tucked away in the lush jungles of Costa Rica's Southern Zone. This Finca Bellavista home is owned by a mammalogist, naturalist, and author who has worked as a tour guide around the globe for over 30 years. Kick back and take in the rainforest canopy view from the furnished balcony, prepare meals in the kitchenette, or just relax at home and enjoy the peace and quiet, broken only by the sound of tropical birds and the nearby waterfall. Please note this treehouse is a 10-15 minute hike from basecamp, pack light and bring boots!
The home offers a private main bedroom with a queen sized bed.
Additional sleeping space with queen sized bed can be found in the loft above the living space / kitchen.
The home has its own solar power system adequate enough for lights, a small fridge and charging of small devices.
The property is a 5 min walk from the river and a 10 min walk from the waterfall
El Fenix is situated on the green trail - this is not a road! The steps can be steep and challenging, we highly recommend bringing comfortable boots (wellies) for a better experience.
The home has a toilet with shower and hot running water (propane water heater)
The kitchen has a gas stovetop but no oven.
short term | weekly | monthly | reserve
Short-term rate (2 - 6 nights / up to 4 people): $90.00 per night
Weekly rate (2 people): $400.00 per week
Home is prepared for arrival, local residents 'Bryan and/or Jess' will meet you at the base of the mountain and escort you to the house. A complimentary mid-clean is available on the 4th day of every week.
Weekly rate will NOT activate if more than 2 guests are selected or less than 7 days.
A refreshing jungle vacation, relax and enjoy the home, private hiking trails, river and waterfalls. Spend the day searching for wildlife, swimming under the waterfall in the river followed by a relaxing evening/sunset from the home before a comfortable night's sleep surrounded by the sounds of the jungle. Explore the surrounding area:
Monthly rate (28 nights / 2 people): $1000.00 per month
Home is prepared for arrival. This is a tenant style option where you can rent the home privately for one month (28 nights) subject to availability. The owner of El Fenix requires at least 7 days prior notice to prepare the home, you will be given a contact for onsite maintenance and cleaning services.
Monthly rate will NOT activate if more than 2 guests are selected or less than 28 nights.
An extended break from the 'real world' and an opportunity to get back to your roots with help from mother nature. Highly recommended if thinking about living off-grid or purchasing property at 'Finca Bellavista' / the surrounding area. Discover more information about off-grid living and properties for sale:
Your 'meet and greet' hosts, Bryan and Jess will arrange an arrival time with you and meet you at the base of the mountain on the main road. You can follow behind them for the last 3km (4 x 4) to the Finca Bellavista community car park. From there they will escort you on foot to the home.
Service included in the reservation price. Click here for more info.
Your very own private nighthike, with Bryan Chacon. Want to know what's making that sound outside? Bring a flashlight and Bryan can show you! Explore your section of the jungle with a personal tour, pick up and drop up at your own cabin. Service available to book at time of reservation.
A Finca Fresh bag harvested the day of your arrival, courtesy of Felo Zuniga. Felo has been growing the Finca Bellavista communities food for over 12 years. Since the closure of the property management company, he has providing food from his personal gardens. Service available to book at time of reservation. Click here for more info.
Additional Services: Once you have confirmed your booking, you will be put in touch with your 'meet and greet' hosts, Bryan and Jess. They can provide additional services such as setting up 3rd party excursions, personal taxi rides and grocery store delivery to the community every Sunday.
Meet the owner
Fiona A. Reid has been leading nature tours since 1986, showing ecotourists the mammals and other wildlife of diverse lands from Brazil to Indonesia, Alaska to Venezuela and of course - Costa Rica.
An accomplished writer and artist, Fiona is the author and illustrator of A Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America.
Fiona has written and/or illustrated numerous other guides, including 'A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico', 'Bats of Trinidad and Tobago', 'The Wildlife of Costa Rica, a Field Guide', 'The Golden Guide to Bats of the World', 'Bats of Papua New Guinea', 'Mammals of the Neotropics' (volumes 1-3), and several children’s books.
Fiona is also a Departmental Associate in Mammalogy at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Royal Ontario Museum, in Toronto, Canada. Fiona is also President of Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club in Georgetown, Ontario.
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