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“Not what was expected”
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Villas Mastatal
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“Not what was expected”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

I traveled to this farm under the strong review of a friend based on my interest in agricultural work. Intended to stay for over 5 weeks, quickly decided to cut my stay nearly in half. Agricultural work offered was minimal, the food was extremely poor and lacked fruits and vegetables for a considerable amount of time, and the family was absent most of the time and did not communicate well with the volunteers. Rules on working and eating would be changed without notice or discussion with volunteers. Directions and a main plan for our jobs were rarely received. There were several different incidents where the main person running the farm made fun of other volunteers behind their backs, and the majority of the work that we did during my time there was construction work around their house.
Considering other great reviews and the personal recommendation that I was given, my travel partner and I feel as though the experiences shared amongst ourselves and several other volunteers may have been unusual to our visit, however I believe that those intending to travel here should be warned that their Help X and WWOOF pages are not advertised truthfully.
If our expectations had been different, we may have had a better time here. If you're looking for a relaxing time in a rural area that's close to a lot of natural beauty with La Cangreja in the front yard and a beautiful river and waterfall in the back, this may be your place. However, I would not return here again with the intentions to learn about agriculture.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

javier takes you and and really makes you feel welcome. he genuinely takes an interest in your ideas and feedback on the farm. the accomodation, facilities and surrounding area of the farm are so beautiful with great views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. nearby are many great trails and waterfalls withing 20-30mins i highly recommend a stay here.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Villas Mastatal for 7 weeks. We were looking to intern/volunteer on a farm in central america practicing sustainable agriculture/permaculture. We found Villas Mastatal through the WWOOF organization, and from a friend's recommendation. Javier and his family are amazingly nice. The accommodations are dry and clean, in two open-air dorms. There is one private cabin available which we reserved. We appreciated having a little more privacy for our long stay. They use compost toilets and outdoor showers, no hot water. The food is simple and great, typical Costa Rican beans and rice, salads and fruits. Volunteers pay $10 a day and work 4-5 hours each morning in exchange for room and board, and a great experience. The work is physical--lots of digging, weeding and swinging machetes. Afternoons and weekends are completely free to hike the bordering Cangreja National Park, visit other farms, sunbathe on the yoga deck, walk into town for a beer, or just take a nap in a hammock. Oh and the nearby chocolate farm sends a guy on a motorcycle twice a week to Villas Mastatal selling flavored truffles, cookies and brownies. I have some videos of Villas Mastatal on youtube.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villas Mastatal

Property: Villas Mastatal
Address: | Mastatal, Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > Santiago de Puriscal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Santiago de Puriscal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas Mastatal was created by Costarrican family hoping to share their livelihood while; allowing others to learn about the culture and community in their small mountain village. Providing a resource for education was also important to the family. Hosting student groups and world travelers allows the family to both teach and learn, enriching the live Villas es all of who visit Mastatal. ... more   less 
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