About this listing
The Mariposa Casita Is a charming new cottage at our 35 acre Bio Thermales rainforest reserve with natural hot and cool springs pools in the north-central Costa Rican heartland. This is authentic Costa Rica: clean, comfortable and close to nature.
The Mariposa Casita is one of three charming new cottages on the grounds of our 35 acre Bio Thermales rainforest reserve with natural hot springs in the north-central Costa Rican heartland of rural farms and orchards near Aguas Zarcas and San Carlos (Quesada). This is authentic Costa Rica: clean, comfortable and close to nature. Three hours north of San Jose (airport), 45 minutes east of Fortuna and Volcano Arenal. Mariposa Casita is wheelchair accessible.
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 non-volcanic and slightly acidic waters are rich in calcium and magnesium, low in sulfur.
Four of our 8 organic form hot springs pools are located in the rainforest, and 4 hot springs pools as well as a large cool spring swimming pool are located in a meadow, surrounded by rainforest and one cool fresh spring pool in the rainforest (see below for more information). Casita guests enjoy 24 hour hot springs pools and 35 acres of rainforest access at no charge.
You may see our other listings on Airbnb at:
Tucano Casita (Toucan Casita) is listed as "Rainforest Casita with Hot Springs": airbnb.com/rooms/30358
Mariposa Casita (Butterfly Casita) is listed as "Rainforest Casita2 with Hot Springs" airbnb.com/rooms/51518
Colibri Casita (Hummingbird Casita) is listed as "Rainforest Casita3 with Hot Springs"
Tree House: "Rainforest Tree House with Hot Springs" airbnb.com/rooms/50435
You can check availability of each accommodation by clicking on the "Calendar" tab above the main photo on each listing.
Mariposa Casita features (see floor-plan for all details):
Note on wifi -- we are currently working on a system to establish wifi connection with the casita, but at this time wifi is available only to the Tree House or at our reception area. If internet access is very important to your work, the best option is to bring a laptop/device with a USB port and purchase a 3G stick at SJO airport for about $50, no contract required. Remote locations in Costa Rica usually have spotty or no wifi and weather dependent.
• Wheelchair and special needs accessible
• Mariposa Casita is 25% larger than the Tucano Casita (also at Bio Thermales)
• Air-conditioning (but you probably won't need it)
• Queen sized bed with orthopedic mattress and hypoallergenic bedding
• 2 Twin-sized bed/settee with thick foam mattress and hypoallergenic bedding
• Hand-crafted rustic furniture from naturally harvested trees on the land
• Kitchen with refrigerator, micro-wave, coffee maker, electric skillet and basic kitchenware
• Tiled bathroom with real hot-water heater
• Porch with handmade table, swing, hammock
• Maid service every 3 days included
• Laundry service at extra charge per load
• Short walk to rainforest and hot springs pools
• All onsite hot springs and recreation activities included
• No telephone or television
• Hosts Kathy and Bernie live onsite
• Languages: English, Spanish, German, limited French
• Casita indoors square footage = 435 sq ft, with roofed porch = 615 sq ft
One-time/visit $10 cleaning fee. Ongoing housekeeping service after that is (website hidden) Thermales Hot Springs features:
• Our hot springs pools are all-natural mineral water just as it flows from the Earth
• Rainforest Pools from 90° - 105°F (31° - 40°C)
• Grotto Pools in meadow flow from the 112°F/45°C source pool (naciente) onward into
two larger and progressively cooler pools which are handicap-accessible and suitable
for small children
• Cool Thermal Pool in meadow is 90°F/31°C mineral water flowing from the thermal creek
• Cold Spring Water swimming pool (all natural, continuous water flow)
• Bathhouse in meadow with handicap accessible bathrooms and showers
• Ranchos – roofed tables with concrete floors and grills for picnics
Other Activities on our 35 acre rainforest reserve:
• Bird-watching: many types of toucans, oropendulas, parrots, hummingbirds, and the rare green macaw
• Rainforest: enjoy it from the casita porch or hot springs pools, take easy walks on paths or more adventurous hikes
• Fossils – enjoy our collection or hunt (gently) for your own
• Wildlife: two-toed sloths, iguanas, capuchin and mantled howler monkeys, colorful tree frogs, birds, butterflies, even a jaguarondi if you are lucky and quiet
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 -- or an hour from the less trodden cloud forest of Juan Castro Blanco National Park, with wonderful bird watching, including the Resplendent (website hidden) 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 have the opportunity to experience warm and friendly Tico (website hidden) Thermales is generally not crowded, however, except on major holidays.
Food/Meals: The casita has a kitchen. There are many restaurants and a good supermarket within a 15 minute drive. Traditional Costa Rican meals can be delivered from a local caterer for very reasonable prices (Costa Rican food is tasty but not spicy). Otherwise, we can call a taxi or synchronize a food shopping trip when we go to town for errands.
Driving from SJO airport:
We highly recommend at least a small 4 wheel drive car. The last 3 kilometers are country roads.
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 at night, creating hazardous visibility conditions. 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.
Last night in Costa Rica:
Staying near the airport on the night before a departing flight is prudent – in case traffic, road or weather conditions cause unexpected delays -- unless you have an afternoon or evening departing flight.
Please email us before booking if we are your first and/or last destination in Costa Rica.
Five of our 10 organic form hot springs pools are located in the rainforest, and 5 hot springs pools as well as a large cool spring swimming pool are located in a meadow, surrounded by rainforest and one cool fresh spring pool in the rainforest (see below for more information). Casita guests enjoy 24 hour hot springs pools and 35 acres of rainforest access at no charge.
Interaction with Guests
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.
No smoking inside the casita -- and Costa Rica has just passed a law forbidding smoking in any public location, which includes the pools and and anywhere on the grounds where other people go. It would not include the rainforest away from the pools. No glass bottles or dishes at the pools. Children must be supervised at all times in the pools or rainforest, and parents must prevent children from diving or jumping into the pools to avoid injury. Guests must be willing to open/shut the gate if they leave the property after 6pm.
Where to start, our holiday in Costa Rica was mind blowingly amazing, to the point that we were incredibly bitter about having to leave!
Bio Thermales was a beautiful area with many wonderful hot/cold springs. Being in the middle of the rainforest meant we were constantly treated to sightings of different animals at both day and night! The surrounding flora itself was beautiful and we spent a lot fo time pottering around admiring it.
The casita we stayed at was beautiful, as you see it in the pictures does not do it justice! If you've chosen this casita, you wont be dissapointed!
As for the hosts, i've never met such kind caring, dedicated hard working people in my lif that truly do embody costa ricas 'pura vida'. They spent a great deal of time helping us organise our holiday and what we would do, and when we arrived the staff made sure we felt welcome. Special shout to Johan for showing us around the rainforest surrounding the area and taking us to places where we could view the likes of the white faced monkey!
If you have a holiday lined up for here, then your in for an amazing experience!
What a loving and creative house. We enjoyed just sitting in the porch after sundown and listen to the djungle. Kathy was very nice and communicative and did her best to fullfill our wishes. It was a wise decision to stay one more night.
Our stay here was so perfect! Kathy was extremely helpful and knowledgable about things we should bring and prepare before our trip to CR it ended up being a huge help. Kathy and Bernie were away so we had the pleasure of having Johan as our host and I have to say he has a gift for making you feel right at home. We ordered food through the Thermales almost the whole week and I still went home craving more! It was delicious. Try the Arroz Con Pollo. There is a perfect temperature of thermal for everyone! If you are feeling adventurous there are even a couple of slides that are a blast (this coming from someone with no kids) Another highlight was Pepe!!! The dog. We are total animal people and we were going through withdrawals missing ours back home but Pepe was such a gentle sweetheart I wanted to hide him in my luggage and take him with us! If you don't like animals he is just as content hanging out by himself. I was truly sad to have to say goodbye to the people (and animals) and the experiences we had here.
The experience was very unique.
The caretaker Johan and his wife were very accommodating and available. We loved the biothermal pools were clean and not crowded.
Manager Johan was very nice as well as the staff. The house was very nice with nice wooden elements. Well equiped kitchen.
We arrived on Sunday, the hotspring was a bit crowded with locals. On Monday however we were the only guests in the hotspring.
We ended our trip trough Costa Rica here. Excellent for 2 nights. Also because it's a bit remote.
Kathy & Bernie sont fantastiques ! On a été reçus comme des rois ! On a échangé quelques courriels avant notre arrivée pour être certains qu'on se rendent bien ! Kathy nous a fait faire le tour en nous expliquant dans le moindre détail le fonctionnement de la propriété. Petite maisonnette charmante mais les lits sont un peu inconfortables. Les bains thermaux sont fabuleux et valent à eux seuls le déplacement. Expérience unique !
My daughters and I spent four glorious days at Bio Thermales. The casita was just perfect for us. We so enjoyed our stay; swimming in the hot springs in the rain forest until the sun went down, and then going back after dark to the hot springs in the main area. Kathy and Bernie are such wonderful people. My girls and I had several long conversations with Kathy. She's an amazing person and has done so many things, and she's so nice. Both Bernie and Kathy are very personable and accommodating, always making sure we had what we needed. We were very sad to leave. It was the perfect end to our stay in Costa Rica.
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About the Host, Kathy & Bernie
Pura Vida! (“Pure life” is an all-purpose greeting in Costa Rica, as well as a way of life.)
Kathy and Bernie (American and German, respectively) have designed Bio Thermales so guests may enjoy the beneficent 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 efforts.
We have a friendly dog, tilapia pond and free-ranging chickens.