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.
Home is prepared for arrival, a 'work exchange applicant' will meet you at basecamp and escort you to the house. A complimentary mid-clean is available on the 4th day of every short-term rental.
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:
Home is prepared for arrival. This is a tenant style option where you can rent the home privately in monthly intervals (minimum 1 month). 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. When making this booking, please select a minimum of 28 nights, a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival and a maximum of 2 guests in order to activate the advertised price.
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:
We are after all a community and the community likes to help each other out. Successful applicants can enjoy the tree home for a heavily discounted price in exchange for community services. Duties include either a 4 - 6 hour morning or evening shift that is primarily focused on guest experience 5 days a week. Responsibilities are relaxed (games night, river hikes, meal and baggage delivery, waterfall excursions etc) but also require some light maintenance in the home and community duties such as raking/maintaining trails, landscaping and gardening.
* please note that applicants will have to complete a criminal background check / $100.00 of the fee goes into a meal kitty head up by onsite resident and 'work exchange' coordinator - James Waggoner. Prices vary based on the selected home.
Someone looking for an amazing community vibed experience, most owners at Finca Bellavista started as volunteers. If you are looking to join the community full-time then this is the best way to discover if it's a good fit for you! Be sure to check out some of the links below for additional info:
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. Payments made for homes other than 'The Fusion Home' go directly to the owner of the home you are renting.
we're a community!
The community is comprised of private owners, work exchange applicants and guests from all over the world with one common interest - living in harmony with nature and ourselves peacefully.
We have lived within the Finca Bellavista community for nearly a decade and have come to know some wonderful people from all over the world and not just owners, we have met amazing volunteers and guests who have become life time friends and in some cases, more than friends.
During our time here, we have personally discovered just what community means to us, it doesn't mean we are living with each other on a daily basis or singing kumbaya around the fire pit every night (although once a week is fun). It's about being there for each other when it counts and respecting that we are all unique in our own way.
At any given time, one of our neighbors could be touring on the Amazon, Solimoes, Negro and Branco rivers, taking a famous Nat Geo photo or discovering a new species halfway around the world, sometimes even on our own doorstep. When traveling, we often see a book on display at the airport or a photo in a magazine, even a video on the news taken by one of our neighbors from the UK, Slovakia, Poland, South Africa, Canada, America, Holland to name a few and we've met volunteers and guests from every corner of the earth. Not once has the issue of politics, religion or something just 'different' ever been an issue, when you enter the gates of Finca Bellavista you are at peace with nature, you are home for as long as you need and when you travel, you have a home to visit in every country. This community is not just a network of friends and family, it's a way of life.
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.
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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.