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The best stop between San Jose and the Caribbean Coast. The newly constructed cabin is private, and set in paradise. Perfect for couples and multiple families looking to escape the tourist traps but still looking for an authentic Costa Rican cloud-forest adventure.

The space

Set on a mountain top cloud forest with year round cool tropical climate, views and water falls. Stay in a newly constructed cabin, hike the mountain and explore 360 degrees of nature at every step. Views of Volcan Turrialba and full moons can be seen from the comfort of your bed

Temperature rarely reaches much above 85F in the day and 65F on the coldest nights so no need for AC or Heating here. We recommend guests bring jeans, socks and sweaters.

Visitors see amazing things here. Brilliantly starry nights and full moons, world class bird watching, an orchid exhibition with over 100 specimen. The pure life.

Hosts live in the main lodge, a comfortable distance from the cabin and can set up private waterfall, swimming hole, and jungle tours.

Guest access

Guests have access to mountain hiking trails, swimming holes, tilapia pond, water falls, and their private yoga/dance/music/relax space.

Interaction with guests

First off, we help guests get acquainted with the home area, which covers about 5 acres.

Each day, we can set up guided tours to the guests to explore something special in the surrounding 85 acres of rain-forest. That could include trips to private swimming holes, waterfalls, and intense jungle hikes.

Our host Mariluz runs Mari's Place, a private dining experience offering traditional Costa Rican dishes and grill favorites in a private picturesque setting overlooking the river. Mari's Place is walking distance from the accommodation and is quickly becoming popular with foodies. Our guests often take advantage of having Mariluz as their private chef for their entire stay. Breakfasts are included with nightly stays.

If guests have questions, or need anything, we are here to help. But we are definitely interested in giving guests their privacy.

Other things to note

Looking for an off-road adventure? The roads here are rocky (and rock!). We cater to those with a love for the road. Like the saying goes, if it happens on two wheels, it's cools with us. Unless you are biking or taking your motorcycle up here, you will need a 4x4. Sorry, that economy compact car might not make it up here without making you liable on that damage-insurance policy. Heck, it might be worth it though ;)

If your party is bigger than 4, we offer two other cabins across the road that can accomodate six people in total.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 25 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 20
Weekly Discount: 14%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed

House Rules

Be prepared to have a 4x4 vehicle to arrive or ask hosts coordinate your arrival.

-If you have any medical allergies such as severe reactions to bee stings, please bring your proper medications

-No writing or marking on accommodation walls, tables, etc.

-No outdoor or indoor fires.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

1 night minimum stay

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Adele User Profile
May 2017
We loved the place. It was a beautiful setting and the accommodation was perfect. Barrett and Mariluz were lovely hosts and the cooking was excellent. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful retreat or needing a stopover between Tortugero and Quepos. Thanks

Maggie User Profile
May 2017
Awesome place! The road to the home is an adventure in itself! They're not lying when they say to get a 4x4. Mariluz cooking was wonderful, her fresh juices were top notch... Would recommend adding some sort of circulation into room as it does get quite stale. The swimming hole was definitely was a site to see. Also the place comes with a great tour guide, little dog showed us around the whole property. :)

Katherine User Profile
March 2017
THIS PLACE IS SO COOL! Definitely stay here if you get the chance. We chose it because we wanted to avoid crowds and explore the mountains. It is so secluded and beautiful it's magical. Mariluz and Barrett are super nice; Barrett picked us up from the bus stop and (like everyone else has said) the food is the best we had on our whole trip. Seafood soup, fried fish, sopa negra, and rice pudding were some of my favorite dishes. They even accommodated our pescatarian diet. It was very rainy during our stay, so most days we lounged around reading and did little walks in the mountains. There is an amazing swimming hole nearby that we thoroughly enjoyed. There's also so much good bird watching. I would definitely recommend coming here to relax for a few days. Oh and like everyone says, the road is absolutely insane. Plan on not going down it until it's time to leave.

Rachid User Profile
March 2017
This place is amazing. To get there definitely requires a 4x4 and it is about 45 minutes away from the highway but it is so worth it!! I highly recommend going for the excellent food and the jungle experience. The waterfall and swimming hole nearby are incredible!!

Hannah User Profile
February 2017
Mariluz and Barrett's place is a very relaxing place to stay, while being an authentic experience away from all the crowds. The bed was super comfortable, and the space was unique. Since it is up quite a long 4x4 road, I would recommend bringing any snacks, drinks, or food you might need for your stay. It is great that Mariluz & Barrett serve food for a reasonable rate, and Mariluz seems incredibly passionate about her cooking! We only stayed one night but we loved the property and being able to hike to the waterfall.

Susan User Profile
February 2017
Simply the best place in Costa Rica to enjoy nature and hospitality

Robert User Profile
February 2017
Mari and Barrett are great host. Mari is a wonderful cook. Great place to take hikes, enjoy the birds or swim in a cool mountain stream. Opening the window curtains reveals an impressive view especially at night when the stars are jumping out of the sky.

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Costa RicaJoined in February 2012
Mariluz + Barrett User ProfileMariluz + Barrett is a superhost.

We are a PURA VIDA family that believes in making a positive difference in the world.

Caring and Sharing is at the center of our lives daily. Our dream home in the mountains of Costa Rica is a labor of love that we hope inspires our visitors.

Come visit us, learn what it means to live "off-the-grid" and have a truly unique experience on your trip to Costa Rica

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