Driving in Costa Rica, while a bit of a bumpy ride, affords some stunning views of rural life. The road to Monteverde offers endless beautiful and pristine pastorale countryside. The cows perched along high roadsides, the endless rolling green hills mixed with clouds, the lack of anything commercial – all so gorgeous. We traveled the road from Arenal to Monteverde over the course of a day, stopping as desired for photo opportunities and snacks. Since the road is truly awful your pace will be slow enough to take it all in.
If you decide to make this journey you’ll want to make your home at El Sol. El Sol embodies so many of the things I love about boutique travel, it is small, authentic, personal, unique and incredibly memorable. There are very few places where you can drive up, stop the car and immediately feel you are home, even though you are miles away from anything you know. There are only two guest cabins (as well as the two houses owned by the family) on the 30 acre family farm of Elizabeth, Ignacio and Javier, an outdoor pool with an adjacent wood fired sauna. Being located slightly lower in elevation than Monteverde town the climate at El Sol is drier and views of the countryside abound from the property.
The log cabins were built by the owners and use beautiful local Costa Rica woods and seem to be born of the landscape rather than intruding upon it. Each cabin is entirely secluded, private and utterly peaceful. They come with fully equipped kitchens or the option to have meals delivered to the cabin. If you get the chance to do this please do! The meals are authentic Tico style, cooked by neighbors down the road, and appear in your cabin in a charming basket complete with everything you need for a wonderful meal. You can take your feast onto the porch and relax and take in the view!
The pool area is serene and remote though night swimming is probably not recommended as giant frogs do invade at dusk! Since the pool is unheated using the sauna to heat up between dips is great fun – ask one of the family members to stoke the fire in advance. There are horses on the property as well and Javier is an excellent tour guide for visiting the local forest reserves if Andy is unavailable.
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