If you are a nature lover who is also interested in a cultural experience, this is for you!
Casa Libelula is our studio apartment, hand-crafted with care and creativity, nestled against the forest above the creek.
We hope that you enjoy the tranquility of our tiny neighborhood just outside of town and revel in its rich natural and cultural diversity. Your closest neighbors will include mostly the furred and feathered type, though we do have a family who live on the other side of the entry lane. Right from bed, you can be dazzled by the presence of frequent visitors at your window--our resident sloth, long-tailed manakin, squirrel cuckoo, blue-crowned motmot and more! If you forget your alarm clock, don't fret! Our neighbour's rooster will give you a wake-up call at the perfect moment for a birding walk in our back forest.
If you are interested in human interaction, you are welcome to visit with any or all of the members of the family across the yard. Our friends Olman, and Marcela, with their 5 year old son, Nicolas, will be caretaking our property starting in June 2017. This will be a sabattical year for us while we go to accompany our daughter for her first year of college on Vancouver Island.
Like us, they are passionate about sharing our love for our community and the magic of our natural setting as well as making sure you feel at home in our home! Olman is a Costa Rican from the Sarapiqui area who was enticed to the zone by the magic of the cloud forest 15 years ago, and became an excellent naturalist guide. You can check out his website at (URL HIDDEN) He is fully bilingual, having lived in the U.S. in the past, and Marcela and Nicolas have learned a lot of English along with him. They are excited to practice as they talk to you! If you would like to know how our guests have felt about their way of being and hospitality, you can check the evaluations from December 2015 and January 2016 when they also took care of our property.
The apartment offers hot water, internet access, kitchen area equipped with the basics and the extra bonus of artistic features like hardwood floors, stained glass, and local artwork. Our favorite feature is the extra wide balcony from which you can gaze upon the tops of the trees or be lulled to sleep by the sound of the creek below!
Santa Elena/Monteverde includes a wide range of smaller communites that lie along the border between the provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste. We are situated on the top of a mountain in the Tilaran mountain range with views of Arenal Volcano from afar. It is about a 3 hour drive as you wind your way up from the international highway, with spectacular views of the San Luis valley below along the route. You can travel here through Las Juntas or Sardinal. Escape the heat of the lowlands as you climb into our green mountain home!
Monteverde is most famous for its cloud forest, left as a watershed by the original Costa Rican and Quaker residents. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of attractions, including much for the ecologically minded tourist with options for both education and adventure. Enjoy a guided day or night tour of many trail systems with a local naturalist, visit the Butterfly Garden, Bat Museum, or Frog Pond, whiz through a zipline canopy tour, or search out local artists at their galleries. Music lovers can choose from the occasional concerts associated with the Monteverde Music Festival of the past with professional Costa Rican musicians, or the Saturday night square dance at the Friends school and latin dancing in Santa Elena. Monteverde is the perfect site both for nature lovers and those interested in rich cultural diversity.
clothes line, yard area, forest
Interaction with Guests
We leave this up to our guests--some people like to weave themselves right into our family rhythms and others prefer more privacy and independence. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone who has stayed with us, no matter their style of being.
If you are looking for a place that accomodates more than 2 people, check out our other Monteverde Forest Hideaway to see our cabina, Posada del Perezoso.
No smoking, no pets and no parties please! We offer and appreciate a family atmosphere.
We are a bi-cultural family who is passionate about sharing the magic of the place we call home. We strive to live as naturally and locally based as possible. Nati and Beth love music and Amaro and Manolo live for soccer. We all love to eat, though we don't always agree on what should be on the menu.