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Colibri Rainforest Casita with Hot Springs

Cooper, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Entire bungalow hosted by Kathy & Bernie
5 guests2 bedrooms3 beds1 bath
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The Colibri ( Hummingbird) Casita is one of 3 charming cottages and 3 tree houses at our Bio Thermales Hot Springs natural resort organically integrated into our 35 acre rainforest with 12 natural hot and cool springs pools in the north-central Costa Rican heartland. Guests enjoy free access to the hot and cool springs pools and rainforest trails from 9 am to 10 pm.

The space
The Colibri ( Hummingbird) Casita is a masonry block bungalow with many charming artistic handcrafted woodwork, including furniture and a balcony in the back with a view of the rainforest. The kitchen is complete with a full size stove and refrigerator. The bathroom is tile, some with hand carvings of local animals, and a flash on-demand water heater for the shower. Each bedroom has an air conditioner with remote control, and sliding glass doors (and screens) to the balcony.

Please email us before booking if we are your first and/or last destination in Costa Rica.

Our hot springs are ancient “deep Earth” sources that bubble up through the rainforest floor, bringing mineral-rich waters that have been in the Earth for at least 10,000 years. Our waters are rich in bicarbonates, calcium and magnesium, low in sulfur, and slightly acidic, qualities shared by many of the world's best hot springs.

Guests enjoy access to the hot springs, swimming pools and rainforest trails from 9 am to 10 pm.

Please note that we do not charge extra for children under 18 years old.

Colibri Casita features (see floor-plan for all details):
• Air-conditioning in each bedroom
• All onsite hot springs and recreation activities included
• Master bedroom with handcrafted four poster Queen sized bed with orthopedic mattress and hypoallergenic bedding
• Second bedroom with Queen sized bed with orthopedic mattress and hypoallergenic bedding and a Twin-sized bed with hypoallergenic bedding
• Hand-crafted rustic furniture from naturally harvested trees on the land
• Complete kitchen with stove, refrigerator, micro-wave, coffee maker, rice maker, electric skillet and kitchenware.
• Tiled bathroom with real hot-water heater
• Balcony in back, accessible by sliding glass doors from each bedroom overlooking the rainforest
• Maid service every 3 days included
• Laundry service at $5 per load (wash, dry, and fold)
• Short walk to rainforest and hot springs pools
• No telephone or television
• Hosts Kathy and Bernie live onsite
• Languages: English, Spanish, German, limited French

Note on wifi -- we have a fiber optic cable to the main office that is about 98% reliable, but had to install repeaters to bring wifi signal to the casitas and tree houses. The repeaters are not as reliable, especially in bad weather. However, we can help you send or receive email one way or another via the fiber optic cable.

One time $10 cleaning fee; thereafter housecleaning services every 3 days are free.

Bio Thermales Hot Springs features:
• Our pools are all-natural mineral water just as it flows from the Earth
• 4 Rainforest Pools from 90° - 100°F (31° - 40°C)
• Grotto Pools in meadow flow from the 1105°F/42°C source pool onward into a larger and cooler pool, and a cooler and more shallow pool with a small water slide which is handicap-accessible and suitable for small children.
• 3 Cooler Thermal Pools in meadow is 90°F/31°C mineral water flowing from the thermal creek
• 2 Cool Spring Water pools (all natural, continuous water flow) from forest spring, each with a water slide
• 3 Bathhouses with bathrooms, dressing rooms, and showers in meadow with handicap accessible bathrooms and showers, 1 in the rainforest
• “Ranchos” – roofed tables with concrete floors and grills for picnics

Other Activities on our 35 acre rainforest reserve:
• Rainforest: enjoy it from the casita porch or hot springs pools, take easy walks on paths or more adventurous hikes.
• Bird-watching: many types of toucans, oropendulas, parrots, hummingbirds, and the rare green macaw, and scarlet macaw
• Fossils – enjoy our collection or hunt (gently) for your own
• Wildlife: two-toed sloths, iguanas, capuchin and mantled howler monkeys, tree frogs, birds, butterflies in their natural habitats

We are happy to help guests arrange activities through trustworthy tour guides and companies.

Bio Thermales Hot Springs is open to the public for day use of the hot springs, and most of our day visitors are Costa Ricans, so you may also meet new Tico friends. Bio Thermales is generally not crowded, however, except on major holidays and weekends, especially Sundays.

Food/Meals: The casita has a kitchen. There are many restaurants and a good supermarket within a 15 minute drive. Costa Rican food is tasty but not spicy. We can help getting a taxi or private driver for food shopping, restaurants or tours.

Driving from SJO airport:

All roads from the SJO airport are paved. Whether you will need a 4x4 depends on driving conditions in your other destinations, as well any "adventurous" day trips or tours you may wish.

Three hours of daylight are needed to safely drive here from the SJO airport before sunset at 5:30 pm. The drive through mountainous cloud forests is splendid in daylight, but prone to fog and rain, especially at night, creating hazardous visibility conditions after dark. Finding our countryside location will also be far easier if you arrive the first time before sunset. If your plane lands in the morning or mid-day, you can drive here directly from the airport. Otherwise, it is safer to book a room near the airport on your first night or we can help you arrange a private professional driver.

All roads from the SJO airport are paved. Whether you will need a 4x4 depends on driving conditions in your other accommodations, as well any "adventurous" day trips or tours you may wish.

Last night in Costa Rica:
To drive directly to the SJO airport on the same day as your departing flight, you will need an afternoon or evening departing flight. For early morning departing flights, it is necessary to stay your last night near the airport.

Please email us before booking if we are your first and/or last destination in Costa Rica.

Five of our 9 organic form hot springs pools of various temperatures are located in the rainforest, and 4 hot springs pools as well as 2 cool natural spring swimming pools, are located in a meadow, surrounded by rainforest. Casita guests enjoy 24 hour hot springs pools and 35 acres of rainforest access at no charge.

We enjoy interacting with our guests and making suggestions for and even help book activities in the area, as well as options for transportation. For personal interaction, we take our cues from our guests -- if they prefer privacy, we respect that; if they enjoy interaction, we are open to interaction and have met many delightful new friends in this way. If we are away, our Costa Rican manager, Johan, moves into our house with his lovely wife and baby daughter, so there is always a manager onsite.

We are in the countryside in a non-touristy rural area of family farms, orchards and rainforest, off the beaten tourist track. The last 2 km are unpaved country roads. Guests should expect a natural environment, integrated into the rainforest, with the usual wildlife native to a tropical rainforest (except there are no large jungle cats like jaguars). We are a 45 minute drive from the many activities in Fortuna/Volcano Arenal, including volcano hikes, ziplines, swimming in the pristine waters below the La Fortuna Waterfall, white water rafting and slow "safari float" rafting to see monkeys, sloths and other animals. Closer to us is a slow river raft tour, rainforest hikes or horseback riding, and a visit to the Iguana Bridge with many large iguanas within a 15 minute drive.We are off the beaten tourist track, in a rural community of rainforest, dairy farms and orchards, yet only a 45 minute drive to We are a 45 minute drive from the many activities in Fortuna and Volcano Arenal -- such as ziplines, hanging bridges, white water rafting, slow river floats or kayaking through wildlife sanctuaries.

Public bus transport is available to nearby locations but not directly to us (the remainder of the journey being easily arranged from Aguas Zarcas by taxi). Public bus transport should be undertaken only by those experienced in public transport in Central America, preferably with backpacks and who speak Spanish. Private shuttles and private drivers are available, in addition to private rental car delivery to the guest's lodging and a special package for our guests, which includes a free cell phone for use in Costa Rica, discounted rates and a 100% guarantee that the quote will be complete and honest (no hidden fees).

Day visitors and groups are permitted entrance to use the hot springs and cool springs pools from 9 am to 6 pm. There are usually more day visitors on weekends, especially Sundays, and we recommend booking week days for more tranquility and privacy. If guests book a longer reservation that includes a Sunday, we recommend planning a day tour in the many nearby activities on Sundays. Day visitors must leave by 6 pm, and only casita and Tree House guests may use the pools after 6 pm until 10 pm, to allow for pool draining and cleaning.

We recommend buying and bringing groceries to cook because we are 4 km from the main paved road and driving after dark is highly discouraged until drivers have quite some experience on Costa Rican roads. Also, most guests prefer to settle in upon arrival and not to have to get back in the car and drive out to dinner.

We do not have a liquor license and guests must bring their own beer/wine/rum etc. The tap water is safe to drink, and we sell soft drinks, fruit juices, and other non-alcohol beverages, snacks and ice cream.

Guest access
Guests enjoy complete and private access to the casita.

Guests enjoy free access to the hot springs, swimming pools and rainforest trails from 9am to 10pm (to allow for draining and cleaning the hot springs pools). We do not recommend entering the rainforest after dark, but the meadow hot and cool springs (including water slides) may be used day or night because there are lights and wildlife normally do not enter this area because of the cut grass.

Laundry: we have a full laundry facility and we will do laundry for $5 per load (wash, dry and fold).

Other things to note
We are open to Day Visitors and Group events; they are permitted entrance to use the hot springs and cool springs pools from 9 am to 6 pm. There are usually more day visitors on weekends, especially Sundays, and we recommend booking week days for more tranquility and privacy. If guests book a longer reservation that includes a Sunday, we recommend planning a day tour to the many nearby activities on Sundays. Day visitors must leave by 6 pm, and only Casita and Tree House guests may use the pools after 6 pm to 10 pm.

Our Catering Service is NOT in operation because of the pandemic. We recommend buying and bringing groceries to cook for your first evening and/or next morning breakfast, because we are 4 km from the main paved road and driving after dark is highly discouraged until drivers have quite some experience on Costa Rican roads. Also, most guests prefer to settle in upon arrival and not to have to get back in the car and drive out to dinner.

We do not have a liquor license and guests must bring their own beer/wine/rum etc. The tap water is safe to drink, and we sell soft drinks, fruit juices, and other non-alcohol beverages, snacks and ice cream.
The Colibri ( Hummingbird) Casita is one of 3 charming cottages and 3 tree houses at our Bio Thermales Hot Springs natural resort organically integrated into our 35 acre rainforest with 12 natural hot and cool springs pools in the north-central Costa Rican heartland. Guests enjoy free access to the hot and cool springs pools and rainforest trails from 9 am to 10 pm.

The space
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Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed

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Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Air conditioning
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Cooper, Alajuela, Costa Rica

We are out in the countryside in a non-touristy rural area of family farms, orchards and rainforest, off the beaten tourist track. Guests should expect a natural environment, integrated into the rainforest. We are a 45 minute drive from the many activities in Fortuna/Volcano Arenal, including volcano hikes, ziplines, swimming in the pristine waters below the La Fortuna Waterfall, white water rafting and slow "safari float" rafting to see monkeys, sloths and other animals. Closer to us is a slow river raft tour, rainforest hikes or horseback riding, and a visit to the Iguana Bridge with many large iguanas within a 20 minute drive.
We are out in the countryside in a non-touristy rural area of family farms, orchards and rainforest, off the beaten tourist track. Guests should expect a natural environment, integrated into the rainforest. We…

Hosted by Kathy & Bernie

Joined in November 2009
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Pura Vida! (“Pure life” is an all-purpose greeting in Costa Rica, as well as a way of life.) Kathy and Bernie have designed Bio Thermales so guests may enjoy the beneficial hot springs and rainforest while making only positive impacts on the rainforest in our care. This is a very healing and lovely place and we look forward to sharing it with you. We have worked on many environmental endeavors, professionally and as volunteers. Bernie is an engineer, organic gardener, woodworker, artist and great cook. Kathy is a nutritionist, writer, graphic designer, and community and events organizer. We have also been active in many human rights and ecological protection efforts. We have a friendly dog, tilapia pond and free-ranging chickens.
Pura Vida! (“Pure life” is an all-purpose greeting in Costa Rica, as well as a way of life.) Kathy and Bernie have designed Bio Thermales so guests may enjoy the beneficial hot spr…
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We enjoy interacting with our guests and making suggestions for and even help book activities in the area, as well as options for transportation. For personal interaction, we take our cues from our guests -- if they prefer privacy, we respect that; if they enjoy interaction, we are open to interaction and have met many delightful new friends in this way. If we are away, our Costa Rican manager, Johan, moves into our house with his lovely wife and two young daughters, so there is always a staff member onsite.
We enjoy interacting with our guests and making suggestions for and even help book activities in the area, as well as options for transportation. For personal interaction, we take…
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Check-in: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Long term stays (28 days or more) are allowed
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