University of Georgia

San Luis, Costa Rica

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Offers lodging at its farm and biological reserve in the scenic San Luis Valley (formerly known as Ecolodge San Luis). Facilities include a dining hall, internet, ethnobotanic gardens. Guided hikes, workshops, lectures and slide presentations are included. Reforestation, birdwatching, and fiestas with the San Luis community are some of the activities you can get involved with here. Two types of lodging are offered: nicely appointed family rooms with private bath that sleep 5 ($60-$80/person, and a row of more secluded rooms ($90-$100/person) about a kilometer from the main lodge, with balconies at canopy level and the sound of a rushing stream in the background. All rates include meals and activities. Children 7-13 pay $30-$40; children 4-6, $10-$20; children 3 and under free. Recommended.

Another community that offers places to stay is Finca La Bella, a 49-hectare community farm in the San Luis Valley. The pristine views and the tranquil country lanes on the farm remind me of the Monteverde of 30 years ago. Visitors can stay from a couple of days to a couple of months with welcoming local families, milking goats, picking, drying and roasting organic coffee (December and January), learning how organic sugarcane is processed and helping in the schools or on the farm. You can also tour the area for a day (Arrange through the UGA, above). To set up homestay, contact Odemar Salazar (2645-8046, $15-$20 including meals). With a minimum of 10 people, Alvaro Vega will show you how brown sugar is processed at his hilltop trapiche with a view of the Gulf. Recommended.

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phone: (506)2645-8049 fax 2645-8050

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Nearby Activities & Attractions

Nearby Hotels & Lodges

Trapp Family Lodge
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El Sapo Dorado
Arco Iris Eco-Lodge
Rustic Mountain Lodge
Sunset Hotel
Rancho Makena
Rancho Margot
Finca el Mirador

The nearest town is San Luis, 1.8 km away and Aeropuerto Arenal airport is 32.7 km.

Please note that distances for nearby hotels, attractions, activites & other points of interest are in a straight line. Distances by road may be significantly longer!

The approximate gps map coordinates of University of Georgia are latitude 10.283, longitude -84.8048. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)