About this listing
Discover the Costa Rican countryside in Piedades Sur. Nestled in this community of Arabica, shade grown coffee planters is our two acre farm with two horses. Coffee from this area is sourced for Nespresso and was visited by George Clooney in 2013!
This is a two acre property with a forested coffee farm. Our house is the only house on the property and is surrounded by wildlife. There are hundreds of different fruit producing trees such as plantains, bananas, guayabas, and of course coffee. The house is two stories.
The first floor has one bedroom with a full bed, one full bath, a kitchen, a small kitchen table with four chairs, and three sofas in the living room. The kitchen has silverware for 8, mugs, dishes, pots, pans, coffee maker, and a fridge.
The second story is completely open except the full bathroom that has a hot water heater. In the open space are two full beds and one twin bed. There is also ample space for air matresses and sleeping bags.
The patio and surrounding areas has a wood burning stove, two hammocks, two rocking chairs, and a picnic table.
The property has great views of the central valley and amazing sunrises.
You are free to explore the property, feed & pet the horses, and pick & eat any fruit that's ripe. There are tons of birds that call the property home as well as a two toed sloth that likes to hang out in the big tree on the patio, so we ask that you respect the wildlife.
Interaction with Guests
My aunt and uncle live about a kilometer away and manage the property as well as any horseback riding tours. Also, the neighbors are very friendly.
There is a pulperia (a small convenience store) about 500 meters away where you can buy your basic goods, and a woman about 700 meters away who sells fresh milk, homemade cheese, and sour cream. There is a Catholic church about 400 meters away if you're interested in attending mass with the local farmers.
La Guaria is town 15 minutes away be horse, and it has a small bar, restaurant, & other amenities. There is a nice tilapia farm nearby where you can catch tilapia, and they prepare your tilapia for you in the restaurant.
A 20 minute walk away will bring you to the highest point of the mountain range where you can see the coast. If you are interested, my uncle can take you on a 30 minute horse ride to a beautiful waterfall that is a local watering hole for monkeys and birds.
If you want to truly indulge in nature and escape from civilization, this is the place for you. We are on one of the tallest mountains in Costa Rica in a friendly neighborhood of coffee farmers. I cherish my time there to reconnect with nature.
I have uploaded the exact GPS coordinates from Maps, so you should be able to drive there. The last few kilometers can be difficult as it is a dirt road with steep rises.
It is very easy to get there by public transportation even though Piedades Sur is high in the mountains surrounded by nature.
Take the bus from San Ramon to Piedades Sur. Once you arrive at Piedades Sur, ask if that bus is continuing to La Guaria. If it is going to La Guaria, ask to be let off near the entrance to the road to the homes of Wilbert Fernandez Gonzalez, Majella, Don Adan, and the church. The bus driver will understand these directions and know where these people live. Follow that dirt road on foot for one kilometer until you reach the property.
Other Things to Note
You will need to bring shampoo, soap, toilet paper, garbage bags, food, etc. This can all be bought at the convenience store about 500 meters away.
We expect you to leave the property as you found it and respect the horses & wild animals you may encounter.
The coffee farm was a bit glamorized in the description. Our experience was nothing more than a "camping trip" with a tin structure for our tent.
When we arrived we had to spend time removing spiders from the house in order to settle in. This was a common occurrence each time we returned to the house each night.
If you stay here, you will need a 4x4 car. We rented a 4x4 and had a hard time getting up the hill in order to get to the house each night.
The listing description spoke of a hot water heater, which was not actually in the house. Cold showers.
The "kitchen" has the bare necessities (almost), but we were able to cook a few meals while we were there.
The electricity worked great, until it was turned off while we were there. The on site host was a wonderful help and was able to resolve this issue.
We ended up having leaving our trip early, which ended up being a relief as the beds were not more than a thin foam layer and appeared to be infested with bed bugs.
The hosts were friendly when they responded, but were hard to get in contact with. Had to send many emails and messages in order to get the information required to check in and arrange the logistics.
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About the Host, Peter And Krista
I grew up living between Chicago during the school year and Costa Rica during the breaks (The benefits of having both parents employed as teachers with summers off). I loved experiencing it as a child, teenager, college student and whatever label I am now. In all honesty, being able to experience the urban and rural through the different perspectives of age, responsibilities, interests, and groups of friends really expanded my knowledge of and interest in Chicago, Costa Rica, and the world in general. I like to think of myself as an aged local historian in training, trying to accumulate as much knowledge as humanly possible through first hand experience and people's stories. I am a huge fan of swapping travel stories over local ale and cherish getting local insider tips about anywhere I'm traveling to. If you stay with us, I will be sure to dish on all the great hidden gems Chicago or Costa Rica have to offer.
I'm a foodie and over the years have tried hundreds of restaurants in Chicago. I love them all. From the $2 tacos in Pilsen to the $200 dinner in the Fulton River District/West Town, I appreciate Chicago's unique culinary style. Feel free to ask for any recommendations, I love an excuse to share my passion for Chicago.