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. A full list of inventory can be found here.
You can read and discover more about El Fenix via it's personal profile within 'The Fusion Forum'. Get real time updated information, answers from the community and the owner.
* The ability to ask questions on the forum requires membership to the website - it's free, easy and totally worth it!
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.
About your booking
The Fusion Home is not a property management company and takes no responsibility for your stay at Finca Bellavista. We are assisting our fellow neighbours by providing a booking platform - it is your responsibility to make sure you have read and understood all the information found through 'The Fusion Forum' as well as reviewing all information once the booking is made. If you have questions, please ask them in the forum.
Once you have confirmed and submitted your dates, you will have 24 hours to review all the information / cancelation policy / liability waivers etc before payment is required. If payment is not received within 24 hours, your selected dates will automatically be released.
If you would like to leave a review, comment or suggestion then please do so within the owners personal profile or the community's tripadvisor account. Your experience is not associated in anyway with 'The Fusion Home' and we respectively ask you to keep it seperate.
we're a community!
The Finca Bellavista community concept was founded in 2006 by founders Erica Andrews and Mateo Hogan following a chance site visit. At the time, the 62-acre property was being marketed for sale as a timber harvest site...(for more info regarding the history of FBV, please click here)
Unfortunately, due to reasons outside of the community's control, Finca Bellavista operations ceased in the beginning of 2020 (a year I'm sure you all will remember). As such, traditional past activities such as ziplining, e-biking and food and beverage services are not operational.
It's not all bad news...as the homes within the community are privately owned, the owners of these incredible houses have come together to keep the spirit of Finca Bellavista alive!
The majority of the staff at Finca Bellavista (you can meet them here) have been involved since the inception of the community back in 2006. In an effort to keep those that want to stay on employed, residents and owners are working together in an effort to keep things as normal (our normal, not your normal) as possible.
You can still receive massages from Hannia (now in your very own rental), a night-hike from Bryan (with an escort home) and authentic Costa Rican meals prepared by the same crew as before (now delivered).
All units have the needed facilities to cook but please be sure to double check your home has power/electricity/refrigeration. You can find all the relevant information you need via 'The Fusion Forum' in general or by investigating each homes personal profile (you can even ask the owners questions directly).
You can still explore the property, waterfalls, trails and other homes as shown on the map above.
Given Finca Bellavista's current status, the ideal guest experience would be one of relaxation and getting back in touch with nature. The homes are spread out far and wide offering complete privacy with nothing but the jungle and all it's magic surrounding you. Exploring the river, playing in the waterfall and looking for wildlife on the many trails will keep you active when not enjoying a good book on your private balcony. The homes advertised for rent through this website will be available to explore (if not being rented) and the onsite volunteers are always up for community based activities. Please note that Finca Bellavista is far from being a resort and you will be mostly left on your own to enjoy the jungle experience. It's important to make sure the house you choose is adequate for your needs.
There are a ton of things to do in the area such as, hiking the most bio diverse parks in the world, snorkeling and scuba diving, exploring islands and some of the most beautiful secluded beaches in the world, whale watching, turtle hatching, mangrove tours and many more epic adventures.
Discover more information here.
Unfortunately the community centre at basecamp is not owned by the residents/owners of the homes at Finca Bellavista and as such, it has become private property - unused.
Traditionally, the basecamp area was used for community meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and an evening gathering with other guests/residents and a selection of drinks available to purchase.
The community can offer the same style meals for dinner (prepared by the same staff as before) as a meal delivery option. You can select a mixed, vegan or vegetarian option after selecting your dates to be delivered to your home just before dark. The staff will take turns preparing the meals and earn the revenue themselves.
The community cannot provide breakfast or lunch but can suggest some local restaurants in the area and provide 2 styles of goodie bags to be waiting for you within the home upon arrival. Either of these bags are available to purchase when making your booking. You can read more about meals and other food related services here.
The community can't sell you alcohol but they can tell you where to buy the closest essentials like cold beer and rum - we recommend bringing as much as your backpack can carry!
Things to do:
Food and Beverage
The Fusion Home is proud to be able to assist the community at this time by marketing these amazing homes on our website - we love all our neighbors. Please be sure to view all information through The Fusion Forum before booking and please remember that we are assisting with a booking platform only and take no responsibility for your stay in these private homes.
work exchange program
Calling all ewoks! El Fenix is currently available to rent using the work exchange program. This exciting new program will incorporate most of the old volunteer program only instead of all cramming in the bunkhouse, you can now stay in the private homes.
In exchange for general community based duties (and some personal ones based on the home you select), El Fenix can offer a heavily reduced weekly rental fee. Please visit the 'volunteering at FBV' category for more information.
Please use the calendar above to check what dates are available, the community requires a 1 week minimum commitment and certain requirements need to be adhered too.
each home is different - find your zen!
See you onsite
We live within the community year round and most days you can find us in the river playing with MJ. We hope to meet you soon.
If you are interested in renting 'The Fusion Home', then please know at this time we are only renting 1 week stays once a month.
You can find out more information and make the booking here.