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The Wood House in Longo Mai was absolutely our favorite part of our trip to Costa Rica. It was our first taste of the country and exactly what we were looking for. First, the house is beautiful - Eva and her husband are architects who constructed the place. It is definitely unique - a modern wood cabin that seamlessly melds the outdoors and indoors. Second, you will be in nature - tall trees are everywhere, there are corn plots out front, some banana trees in back, birds chirping, and just calm. You pass by coffee fields as well as you drive into the community. Even with the rains (we came in May), the large sliding doors in the front of the house open up so you can stay dry while still enjoying the outdoors. It was definitely a spectacular cabin atmosphere...stop and get some groceries before you reach the wood house and you'll be set! P.S. There is no wifi . You are really getting away from it all!
Eva and all of the folks at Longo Mai were extremely helpful and welcoming. Before we reached Costa Rica, Eva was very responsive and helped us plan meals with neighboring families, organize different activities, and provide us with the information we needed for our stay (ie the GPS coordinates, specific directions, etc). We learned how to make Pupusas with Elena (who also led us to the property and let us in) which were delicious! We were also able to purchase coffee made at Longo Mai with her as well. Eva helped us schedule time with Roland who led us on a hike around the property to see the giant sable tree, coffee plantations, and petroglifos. We really got a taste of how beautiful this country is and were able to learn a lot from him (he's lived in the area for 30+ years and started the community in the 80s!). We finished our stay here with breakfast at Edith's house - who made a traditional Costa Rica breakfast with gallo pinto and arepas as well as fresh pineapple. It was truly an awesome experience to stay here and meet these wonderful people. I would definitely recommend the Wood House if you're in the area or want to experience Costa Rica away from all of the tourist hype on the Pacific Coast. Thank you Eva!!