This was a trip 2 years in the making. When it looked like I would not make it, my daughter gave me this trip for a Christmas present! While some of the tree houses offer lofts (great for kids), we stayed in the single-floor plan Yiguirro - the newest and largest of the six tree houses. It was also the most secluded. With 2 queen size beds, it also offered a window seat that could open into a single bed, a/c, small refrigerator, indoor plumbing, and a safe. At 25 feet up in the canopy, we fell asleep to the sounds of the jungle and awoke up every morning to the sound of howler monkeys - what an awesome experience! The indoor canopy shower, screened in, afforded us an awesome opportunty to "shower among the tree tops." Another exciting experience! The Yiguirro (named after Costa Rica's national bird) had a veranda that encircled the treetop haven.
Hot coffee was waiting for us when we awoke, along with fresh, ripe plantains for the bird feeder. It gave us ample opportunity to see birds in every color and size vye for the food. They were not shy. We got great pics of hummingbirds, toucans, yiguirros, woodpeckers, and many other fun & colorful species I cannot name. (At this writing, my daughter is still in Costa Rica with my camera!) Pics to follow.....
Mark & Lucy, along with all the Tree Houses staff were positively wonderful. The vegetarian breakfasts were delicious and nutritious, served with fresh fruit platters and fresh juice - and more delicious Costa Rican coffee.
Mark was especially helpful in handling all reservations for tours, setting up transporation, etc. He even set up transportation to and from the airport to Tree Houses. We went on several tours including the Arenal Hanging Bridges, Tobocan Hot Springs, horseback riding to La Fortuna Falls, the Safari Float, and experienced a couple of wildlife rescue/rehabilitation centers.
I will take the opportunity to send out a NOTE OF ADVICE for anyone considering a horseback riding tour to La Fortuna Falls...Make sure you specify that the stable you book offers riding over pasture land, and that the horses are well taken care of. We were signed up for a horseback ride to the waterfall that was a new company for Mark. We reported back to him that the horses were emaciated, and the road was nothing but rocks (quite literally). The poor horses were slipping and sliding and tripping. One went lame. Then there was still the 500 steps down to the waterfall itself..Instead of being joyful and relaxing, it was extremely stressful...NOT RECOMMENDED!
Except for the horseback ride experience, mere words cannot describe the beauty and joy this marvelous vacation brought to us. Tree Houses is a must-see - must-stay place. Make reservations early - I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- Tree Hotel In Costa Rica
- Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica Arenal Volcano National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tree Houses Hotel is a bed and breakfast hotel conveniently located off the main road that runs through La Fortuna and around the Arenal Volcano. We are a short 25 minute drive to the high tourist area. People seek us out with that in mind, to be away from it all but close enough to enjoy all the fun adventure the La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano area has to offer.We have just 5 tree houses (each very private) on 8 acres and we are surrounded by a 70 acre wildlife refuge with a waterfall, pools to swim and a beautiful river. Each tree house features A/C, warm water showers, refrigerators and safes.There are few hotels like this in the world and none other in Costa Rica. There is something so very exciting about spending the night high in the forest canopy, wildlife all around you, safe and cozy in a tree house hotel in Costa Rica. ... more less