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2 Bedrooms
4 Beds

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Beautiful & very private 'eco-luxury' retreat near South Pacific Coast. Our unique & stunning location offers guests panoramic sea views & hangs dramatically over the jungle canopy. Romantic getaway, nature lovers and adrenalin junkies paradise!

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Arriving at our little retreat, surrounded by nature, rain forest and sea views

The Space
Property type: House
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4


Extra people: $50 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $50
Security Deposit: $400
Cancellation: Strict


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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

View of Pura Vida Ecolodge from the roadside above - showing the original 'palapa style' roof, the lush green valley, the flowing river Terraba and of course, the stunning Pacific ocean views... (Taken mid April 2015 around 11am).

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Pura Vida Ecolodge
Response from Pura Vida Ecolodge:

A quick and concise feedback of Cristina's comments so that future guests don't get too confused:

- While Pura Vida Ecolodge is remote (that's one of the things that our guests love) as you'll see from the majority of reviews, it is really well located to a lot of the local attractions. Costa Canyoning, Canopy Tours, the Pura Vida Boat Adventure, some of Costa Rica's most fantastic beaches and in between two of the countries most popular national parks so not sure what 'touristy stuff' Christina was referring to being an hour a way.

- The road leading to the lodge (as described in our profile) is steep and bumpy in parts and does require a 4x4. That said, as you'll see from the majority of our reviews, it also requires some basic driving experience, a bit of common sense and a sense of adventure as no, it's not like the lovely tarmac roads you'll find in Florida that Christina and her family are probably used to.

- While Gersan (our housekeeper) speaks a little 'Pigeon-English", we remind guests that Costa Rica is a spanish speaking country and therefore we do encourage guests to try and take advantage of the dictionaries and phrasebooks that are up at the lodge.

- Pura Vida Ecolodge hangs quite literally over the jungle canopy and while it enjoys beautiful sea breezes, the humidity can be very high (after all it's in the rain forest & at the time of Christina's visit, it was in the middle of the rainy season!) While the open-plan living space has ceiling fans for ventilation it has been designed so that guests can really enjoy the unique location and the mountain breezes. Both bedrooms however are 100% sealed and have both fans and AC. As our profile and welcome pack explains, we are happy to provide clean linens and towels every few days (or whenever guests want) if they feel necessary, all you need to do is ask.

- Jungle paths and nature trails, again, a sense of adventure is necessary as is some experience with outdoor living and please remember you are in primary and secondary rain forest, so walk with care as there will of course be steep parts and fallen leaves. In terms of finding the various water holes, natural swimming spots and waterfalls, assuming you're on the longer of the trails, once you hit the river/quebrada, you need to turn left and follow it upstream. Depending on what sort of shape you're in and how adventurous you are, you can continue upstream (walking, swimming and climbing) for a couple of hours. It sounds like Christina and family, either didn't follow Gersan's advice or read the welcome pack notes, as there are plenty of waterfalls to enjoy on the longer trail (see welcome pack notes).

- Hot water/water pressure - There was indeed a temporary problem with the hot water but it actually was a result of a water pressure issue in the main line and nothing to do with the solar panel's location (or even that it's surrounded by foliage which is cut back monthly). It is in fact incredibly efficient and as long as it gets a couple of hours of direct sunlight every couple of days (generally not a problem) then it works fine. Unfortunately, Christina didn't let us know until the next day which is when we sent Gersan down who started fixing the issue and in the end, it was actually fixed that very same day. In the meantime I made a point of speaking to Christina to try and explain that being 'off the beaten track' in this hidden corner of Costa Rica does mean that from time to time we can experience a variability of Pura Vida Ecolodge's infrastructure (such as internet connection, water pressure and power cuts for example). I continued to explain that while largely unavoidable when they do happen, they are generally short-lived, pretty infrequent and shouldn't interfere with their holiday providing they remember where they are, the ecolodge adventure they've chosen to experience and that things will not necessarily be quite the same as perhaps they are used to 'back home'. While we set her up with an immediate but temporary solution (the reserve water supply which has much less pressure but works fine), they had unfortunately already made the rather extreme decision to change accommodation. In hindsight, perhaps Christina and her family were better suited to one of the all inclusive up-market 5-star hotels a little further north rather than an 'off the beaten track' authentic Costa Rican ecolodge experience.

- As a good will gesture, we decided to refund Christina for the last 4 days of their vacation when they chose to change accommodation to the Hilton 'all-Inclusive' and while we tried to be as helpful and patient as possible, it was our feeling that they weren't really prepared for this type of vacation as they kept referring to "back home in Florida..." and "in the States...". Again, we repeat, Pura Vida ecolodge is a unique eco-experience in Costa Rica (and not Boca Raton, Florida), where if you are ready to leave the urban madness and the tarmac roads behind and embrace a Pura Vida (Pure Life) experience. like all our other guests, you will undoubtedly have a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

July 2015

About the Host, Pura Vida Ecolodge

Pura Vida Ecolodge
Tres Rios, Costa Rica
Member since October 2012
Response rate: 100% (last 10 contacts)
Response time: within an hour


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