discover fila tortuga

Property description

Unplug and escape to nature at this charming treehouse that is just perfect for a romantic getaway.


This unique rental, part of the Finca Bellavista community, boasts rich wooden features and furnishings along with plenty of cozy, rustic touches.


Relax or dine out on your balconies and watch for visiting hummingbirds, toucans, and hawks. This home also features a well-equipped kitchenette and an outdoor, hot water shower. Please note this treehouse is a 30-minute hike from basecamp, pack light! 


  • The home offers a private main bedroom with a queen sized bed.


  • Additional sleeping space with queen size futon can be found in the living space. 

  • The home does NOT have electricity and NO refrigeration.

  • The property is a 25 min - 30 min walk from basecamp. This is a pedestrian community only - please pack light.

  • Fila Tortuga is situated on the red trail (FBV's internal road). The road is made up of loose rock - please remember boots.

  • The home has 2 bathrooms with shower in each (main room / living space with novelty outdoor shower) - it has hot water.

  • The kitchen has a gas stovetop with oven. A full list of inventory can be found here. 

  • Fila Tortuga has been dubbed a favorite by guests for many years as the 'honeymoon nest'.


Types of rental:

Short-term (2 night minimum): $70.00 a night 

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 on the 4th day of every short-term rental. 

Long-term (28 days minimum): $800.00 a month (input 28 days or more into the booking calendar / 2 guests max) 

Home is prepared for arrival. This is a tenant style rental option best discussed with the owner before booking via 'The Fusion Forum'. Only available in 1 month intervals. Tenant is responsible for food / cleans and upkeep of home during stay.

Work Exchange program (including meals): $200.00 a week (successful applicants only) 

Apply below, successful applicants will get to enjoy the tree homes. For $200.00 a week and an average of 4 - 6 hrs community services 5 days a week, you can live in the owner's tree house and enjoy the grounds in your spare time. 

You can read and discover more about Fila Tortuga 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


Lance Kittel, a former volunteer of the Finca Bellavista community purchased the home in honor of his mom's memory.

He has been an active community member since March of 2015.


Watch Lance share his story more about why he bought Fila Tortuga an how his mom watches over the home. 

Lance was born and raised in Colorado, USA and spent most of his life outside - from camping and hiking, to helping his family in the garden. At 18, he went off to college to study Environmental Biology and Ecology, and moved on to earning his Master's in Environmental Management with a focus in Global Sustainability.


Lance's current work brings inland communities into the realm of ocean conservation. He manages a network of chapters in community engagement, policy advocacy, and grassroots activism and ensures that constituents are well-informed of current ocean protection policy and practices. 

In his spare time, Lance spends his days fly fishing and camping in the mountains of Colorado. His passion for off-grid community development is seen in his experience with Earthship Biotecture and developing his own off-grid cabin in Colorado. He documents these experiences on his YouTube channel, The Dirt People. 

Lance has spent time around the world, and chose Costa Rica as his "home away from home". He shares his travels with his wife Skylar and their dog Ahi Tuna..

Fila Tortuga Tripadvisor reviews

Community Tripadvisor Account
Search word: Fila Tortuga

The Finca Bellavista community has a shared TripAdvisor account

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!

of sorts

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 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.


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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! Fila Tortuga 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), Fila Tortuga can offer a heavily reduced weekly rental fee. Please visit the 'Work Exchange program' 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. 

Work exchange Application
'Fila Tortuga'

Give us a hand & start making a difference

Your application will be reviewed by onsite resident James Waggoner and owner of 'Fila Tortuga' treehouse - Lance Kittel.

You will receive a response via email with additional information - please be patient, the community does not always have an internet connection. Applicants will be required to present a criminal background check prior to arriving onsite. 

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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

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