My husband and I spent two nights in the large cabin in early May. The cabin was a work of art-- rustic, unique, beautiful and had all the amenities you might be looking for. Yes, it is down a bumpy road, but by that point, we had been on hours of bumpy roads in Costa Rica and no longer noticed. We did not have a car-- Elisabeth was very helpful in helping me plan our stay and she had arranged a taxi-boat-taxi trip from Arenal that went smoothly! We had some geckos sleeping in our cabin every night, but we thought it was part of the experience. The pool was gorgeous and had an amazing view.
Javier was awesome... we really enjoyed spending time chatting with him and learning about his life. He is also a great guide! He took us on a night hike which was great! We saw sloths, a porcupine, a walking stick, a mouse opossum, a tarantula, and many other awesome animals. Javier is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about animals, plants and Costa Rica. We were a bit bummed when he was busy the next day and could not guide us on the hanging bridges, but he hooked us up with a different tour guide friend of his, Andres, who was equally awesome!
Javier arranged for us to eat many meals from the neighboring family. We had breakfast, lunch and 2 dinners. The meals were quite good, but if you eat a lot of them, expect to eat a lot of the same thing-- rice, beans, a meat, etc... If we had a car, I would have probably liked to eat in town for a meal or two to change it up a bit. The meals are also big! They usually gave us enough food for at least 1-2 more people... so consider ordering less or saving the left-overs.
One note about El Sol in general-- it is really quiet and peaceful. We did not see anyone else besides Javier and his kids the whole time we were there. This would be a great place for meditation, a spiritual retreat, a place to read or write a book, etc... not for a wild time.
For some reason, I had a hard time tracking down their e-mail address, so here it is in case you are in the same situation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall, great experience!
- Also Known As:
- Cabins El Sol Hotel Monteverde
- Cabins El Sol Costa Rica/Monteverde