Tired of the hostel scene? In our simple, clean, home, relax in your bed hearing birds chirping, frogs croaking, and wind rustling. Practice your Spanish as Teresita makes you breakfast--and the public bus stops just at the end of our road!
Our peaceful location is outside the hustle and bustle of the tourist center of Santa Elena, but town is a short and pleasant walk away.
Our eco-friendly home is simple and personal. You will be living with our family but have your own private bedroom with a comfortable bed. For many years we have had students in the area come stay with us -- we love sharing our home and life with travelers from all lands!
Eli built our home here in the forest, where we can listen to the the abundant life of the mountains of Monteverde. You'll find peace and tranquility here, but have easy access to enjoy the town's restaurants and activities.
Let Eli indroduce you the orchids on the trees outside the front door, and the hole where the toucan babies live. Teresita will love to help you set up tours, call taxis, and plan your trip to this beautiful area.
We are happy to provide a Spanish Immersion experience, but daughter Tracy speaks excellent English should you need it.
Please feel free to use our kitchen, gather eggs from the hens, and enjoy the living space.
Interaction with Guests
Our home is small, so there's plenty of opportunity to interact. However, you should feel very free to simply be quiet and private in your own room.
Taxis are inexpensive and plentiful, and are the way most people get around in Monteverde. In addition, the public bus from San Jose/Alajuela passes right by our house two times each day on its way to Santa Elena and Monteverde.
We can also help you arrange private transportation to anywhere in Costa Rica.
Other Things to Note
Teresita makes the most delicious tortillas in all of Monteverde.
You are welcome to smoke on the property, but not in the house.
We are a family house; responsible drinking is allowed, but no partying and absolutely no drugs.
What a great experience! Teresita's and Eli's cabin and property were beautiful. Upon arriving Teresita and her daughter Tracy were happy to help us look through and decide on what activities to do in Monteverde. Teresita's cooking was fantastic. I would definatley recommend staying here as Teresita and Eli make you one of the family!
This was honestly my best stay in Costa Rica. The family is very sweet and accommodating. I could not find their place on the GPS as they are right outside the town so they came and got me by car. The cabin they built by themselves and is in the woods behind so you get privacy, a warm shower, and a very cosy suite. HIGHLY recommended as a great place to sleep after a long day of hiking.
The kids were all very nice and I got to learn some Spanish. If I come back to Costa Rica I will try to make another trip to Monteverde and say Hello.
We had the most wonderful stay with Teresita and her family. They were very welcoming and provided lots of information. The cabin was very comfortable, has large windows, and is surrounded by trees so it feels like being in the middle of the jungle. Breakfast was delicious and Teresita generously provided it at 5:30AM on two days we wanted to get an early start. It's about a 10-15 min walk from town (or a $3 cab-ride) but you could not ask for a nicer family or lodging!
Famille tres chaleureuse, conviviale et agreable. A l'ecoute de nos souhaits, nous a bien conseille pour nos excursions et facilite nos demarches.
Theresita est 1 perle en cuisine. Ses petits dejeuners sont excellents et copieux, toujours varies. Leurs enfants ont ete tres aidants et agreables. C'est une gentille petite famille, ou nous avons beaucoup appris des coutumes ticos, sans compter no progres en espagnol grace a theresita.
Grand chalet independant, simplement meuble, avec eau chaude.que demander de plus ?
Had a wonder stay at the mountain cabin. Adorable family and very welcoming. Homemade breakfast was made for us and we were able to get all our tours booked through them. I recommend this place for a cabin feel.
We only stayed one night in Teresita & Eli's wooden cabin, but they made absolutely everything to make us feel at home. And they managed. Teresita welcomed us with some pancakes, Eli took us with him for a walk around the property. The wooden cabin was perfect, it has everything you might need, right in the middle of the peaceful forest. We left really early in the morning but Teresita insisted to prepare some breakfast for us: she made some amazing gallo pinto with eggs, plantains and toasts that made us start the day in the best way possible. She also took us to the bus stop and waited with us in the wind.
She told us their goal was to make their hosts feel like part of the family, they surely managed!
It was really nice to stay in a family setting like this. Just out of town, still walking distance, so really quiet but still really close to all the activities Santa Elena/Monteverde has to offer. They were very friendly, we felt they really wanted to make our stay perfect. Sweet people, very helpful too. The apartment was big a had a great view!
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We are pura vida! , I love to cook, make art crafts, work with my sister at her hotel, which is very close to my house, we like to walk in the evenings to watch the sunsets, I love give information to people and talk a bit.