What an EXPERIENCE! 7 close friends embarked on a CR Adventure for 10 days!
We landed in CR on a Wed staying at Studio Hotel http://www.costaricastudiohotel.com which was a wonderful way to start the vacation. We then headed to Sansa Airlines on Thursday and flew to Golfito and stayed over night at Mar Y Luna http://www.hotelmarylunaandsuites.com. FREAKING AWESOME! Daniel and his brother Andres plus the rest of the staff showed us such a fun time. It's a simple hotel with everything you need. And it's only about a 30-45 minute drive to Finca.
There are a few ways to get from San Jose to Finca. Of course you can rent a car. 5 hour drive (ish) I highly recommend using Vacationcity.com Jose Obando to help you with all the rental car needs. It's much easier then searching each rental car and CR are sticklers about rental cars. Jose made the process so much easier after the frustration of trying to do it myself. Our group flew from San Jose to Golfito and had the car delivered for an additional fee. We were told to experience flying in and it was really cool and an experience. You can take the bus as mentioned on Finca's website. I do NOT recommend Solid Car Rental in Golfito they seemed very shady and were not honest about a few things that we listed on the website. If you get a rental car it MUST be a 4 wheel drive.
On Friday all 7 of us arrived at Finca and it's truly not what you think. It's really deep in the jungle on a crazy 4 wheel only road and wild! Highly recommend reading all the ins and outs Finca offers you. The bugs truly are not that bad. I did not use bug spray the entire time. When they mention you must be in good physical shape they are not lying. Depending on where you stay it's a hard hike to and from base camp. Legs, butt, abs, back all burn! You will need rain boots They do have some but if they don't have your size you are out of luck and it's so important with the rain (which does not last very long and happens later in the day) but also to protect your ankles and legs from spiders & snakes that could be on the paths. Bring socks to help with the rubbing from the rain boots. I wore my pair on the plane instead of packing them and then once I was done with them at Finca I donated them for the next guest. We pack backpacks and it was still not easy carrying all your stuff to your destination tree house. Keep in mind everything stays damp the humidity is crazy. So bring extra stuff. Highly recommended to attended Happy Hour, drinks do cost I think $4.00 per drink but well worth it.Oh you also can not flush toilet paper it goes into the trash cans located in the bathroom. I recommend soft wet wipes :)
We ate at Base Camp every time and it's worth it. It's fun eating with the Volunteers, sharing story's and enjoying fresh food. The food is so good and fresh and reasonably priced! Get a Finca bag $25.00 it's worth having it at your tree house. One day for lunch ask for a bagged lunch and have Rob make you homemade chips and tuna... OMG!
Read a book and enjoy the deck area too! If your lucky it will rain while you are there on the deck. It sounds wonderful, it's beautiful to watch it come in and then pass over.
The Zip line is a must $50.00 per person but it's amazing. You see leaf cutter ants, toucans and who knows how lucky you will get with wild life.
We did the night hike and it's really hit or miss but still worth the $30.00 per person. The spiders and snakes we saw... OMG and yes they are right on the path you walk on.
The river walk was amazing, beautiful and refreshing! Starting at trail 13 by El Castillo Mastate it's easier to start there then it is to try and find the trail from the water. When you enter the water from trail 13 go right first so you can cliff dive then head back up river all the way to Mis Ojos and the green trail. It does take a while, wear sun screen!
We had 3 different tree houses rented in our group. El Castillo, Mis Ojos and Casa Del Sol (which is at base camp). El Castillo Mastate is crazy, crazy deep in the jungle where the Macaws wake you every morning. It is all screened in except the shower. it has 2 bathrooms one with the shower at the main cabin with a futon bed and the kitchen. Then you cross the bridge to the tree house with 2 great places to hang and watch jungle life. This room has a bed, toilet & sink and it's all beautiful with electricity. Hint: to get hot water turn the switch on by the light switch in the cabin and after you see the flame in the shower be ready to get under.. repeat, repeat it does not stay hot the entire time only when the flame goes on. But it's so hot that a cold shower is nice. 4 people stayed here and it worked.
Mis Ojos is right on the river. You hear the water fall 24 hours it's not screened in which means everything is welcome to enter. You have a roof over your head but the front is open with beautiful views. It's much easier to get to El Castillo Mastate and trail 13 from Mis Ojos too and much more beautiful hike on the green trail. This is a great location with stunning views, the sound of the water and the zip line ends at this tree house along with the river walk.
The 3rd tree house we had was Casa Del Sol right at base camp and it was super nice all enclosed with screens more of a cabin. The shower is outside though.
Finca is a must stay but keep in mind of your health and physical condition. It's worth staying in the tree houses that are far away from base camp meaning 20 minute hikes to and from base camp. If you want to experience but are not wanting to make the trek stay at one of the cabins closer to base camp and then venture out when you want.
We stayed 3 days and then headed to http://www.vrbo.com/75442 Casa de Sammie in Tarcoles for the remainder of our trip this location is only about 1 hour 15 minutes from the San Jose airport.3 hours from Finca. It was a great small fishing village and also close to the famous crocodiles.
We had no problems with the roads they were all in perfect condition. Everyone was nice too. Don't keep belongings in the car and when you venture out park somewhere, where someone can watch your car. They will ask for a tip, tip em.
Hope this information helps and enjoy!