The Space"La Perezosa" has a convenient parking space right next to it.
There's a porch with two old but comfortable rocking chairs to enjoy the view, the forest and the wildlife surrounding it.
There is a living room with a sofa and a dinning room for four people.
There is also a spacious fully equipped kitchen and a laundry room right behind it.
The bedroom has a Queen size bed and a folding bunk bed is kept on the wall of the room just in case.
The bathroom is inside the bedroom and it has a shower heater.
The bedroom has a large window on the east side to watch the sunsets.
The whole cabin was restored with cypress boards creating a cozy, bright and warm environment.
Behind the laundry room, in back of the cabin, there is a space to hang the laundry if there is a sunny day.
A small rustic house in the woods with all the basics. But this home and all other three homes at Green Paradise Homes have something no other place in the Monteverde area can offer, location!!!!!!!
This home is located in the middle of Green Paradise Ecological Preserve with access to all the trails, climbing trees and the best view on the Pacific Slope of Monteverde seen at the Observation Deck and professional guided walks on day or at night time.
This home is also located in the middle of the Monteverde community near special landmarks, two other preserves, a hummingbird gallery, the Quaker Meeting House and School, Historica Monteverde Museum, and much more. Guest AccessYou are welcome to walk on your own on all trails, climb the trees on day time ONLY.
At night we request our guest to go with one of our GUIDES, take as many pictures as you want with NO FLASH and please share as many pictures and positive comments as you wish on our Green Paradise Ecological Preserve tripadvisor page.
Upon request our guests may even become involved in supporting some of the local activities we manage or help such as; Research (we are currently working on identification of all mushroom species, specially the ones that are bioluminescent), the Monteverde Jr. Rangers who start at the age of 4 learning about the environment and how to protect it and live environmentally friendly among many other things and the local High School Marching Band that has no financial support and no support from most professors either.
You may volunteer, donate equipment such as musical instruments, binoculars, spotting scopes, LED flashlights, digital cameras to help get data, magnifying glasses, waterproof research materials, and so much more than may be impossible to get here or extremely expensive for locals. The NeighborhoodThis private preserve is protected so only few houses are located in it. There are two houses that are used by the owners and one is used by a naturalist guide.
None of the houses can be seen from the main road so unless you live here you can't tell there are houses within the forest.
We all help protect the forest and live in an environmentally friendly manner. This is one of the reasons we only recommend a few local but trustworthy taxi drivers in the property. If you need their services we will provide their personal phone numbers for you. They may run any errand for our guests an you can trust them completely. We also have a local family who runs a shuttle bus service all over the country and we recommend their services and they have a lower fee for all our guests too.
The owner and the naturalist guide are always available if any of our guests needs anything or has some questions.
We recommend the original Monteverde area activities that are environmentally friendly and within cloud forests.
If you are seeking adventure we may recommend a few places that are not in Monteverde but near by and that we consider provide safe and professional services and will also benefit local families fairly. Costa Rica Sky Adventures and The Original Canopy Tour.
We are strategically located in the heart of the Monteverde community so you may walk to Lucky Guindon's house (one of the original Quakers from Fairhope, Alabama, who settled here in April 19th 1951 and named this place Monteverde) and purchase some of her beautiful Fig tree prints. Walk to the Friends School for meetings on Sunday morning or Wednesday morning. Visit the Historica Monteverde Museum, movie theater and the largest 3D map of Costa Rica and create your own indigenous pottery all in one place. They have the best prices and the most beautiful Indigenous Pottery in the whole country made locally. Visit the farming community of San Luis and enjoy one of the best coffee tours in a real traditional Costa Rican way, El Cafetal. This is also the cheapest place to get your high quality Costa Rican coffee.
Enjoy some pastry or delicious meal at Stella's Bakery or do some souvenir shopping at one of the only "local" artists' shop, CASEM. There is also a traditional Costa Rican restaurant inside CASEM where the meals are not expensive and a wooden oven gives each meal a truly local flavor. This place is called "Grandma's Spoon" (La cuchara de mi abuela) because the meals are prepared and served in such traditional Costa Rican way. Visit and enjoy a great tour at the Bat Jungle and you may meet Batman, the owner who has a PHD on Bats, too. There is a delicious Chocolate tour at Cabure, a highly recommended Restaurant right upstairs from the Bat Jungle .
Tramonti's Restaurant is right across from the Bat Jungle and it is the only true Italian Restaurant in the area. Delight yourself at the Monteverde Cheese Factory and book a tour.
The famous and privately owned Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve is within walking distance from Green Paradise Homes, just about 1K away from Historica Monteverde, the museum, up the road.
A small market place is down the road after the cheese factory where you may find essential items, veggies and fruits called Whole Foods and it is right across Stella's Bakery.
Curicancha is also another cloud forest you may like to visit next to the Cheese Factory within walking distance from Green Paradise Homes and Green Paradise Ecological Preserve.
The hummingbird Gallery is a souvenir shop that has feeders outside and you may see the hipper birds for free right outside but don't forget to check the souvenir shop and watch their photo gallery inside. This place is located right before the private preserve at the end of the road.
The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is owned by the local public high school and it is located on the other side of the continental divide so you may need a cab or your own car to visit. They are cheaper than the Monteverde Private Preserve near us and they have far less people visiting daily.
If you visit that side of the continental divide we strongly recommend to try visiting Mirador San Gerardo after the Santa Elena Reserve which is located lower and to the right of the reserve. They have a magnificent restaurant and the best view on the Caribbean side of the Continental Divide. In a clear day you may see not only the Arenal Lake and volcano but all the other volcanoes on the north part of the country and the Nicaraguan lake. Even if it is a cloudy day, they offer the only waterfall tour in the area for a fare price and the beauty of that cloud forest from the Caribbean side is enchanting. They have 5 waterfalls all together and since you are already on that side of the divide you might as well get the best of it. This is a very beautiful place, perhaps one of the best on the Caribbean side of the area and the best view of the Caribeean side and yet very few people visit and are aware of it.
All activities on the Caribbean side of the continental divide will always tend to be wet because that's the way it is on that side of the mountain in this cloud forest. The Pacific side is a bit less rainy.
After joining some activities up on both sides of the Continental Divide, the best Pacific View at Green Paradise Ecological Preserve's Observation Deck and the best Caribbean view at San Gerardo, you are ready for a warmer climate and a relaxing private tour at La Lindora Hot Springs just a couple of miles down the road from us. This Costa Rican family will offer transportation round trip from Green Paradise Homes to their place and a short but pleasant horse back riding tour to their very own Hot Springs pools right next to this majestic river that comes straight from the top of the mountain where you are staying at. When you book a tour with this family it will be completely private and at the end the Grandma will invite you in her home so you may enjoy a snack she prepares for you.
Remember that the original and only Monteverde area has no paved roads so there is no town here. The town down the road, Santa Elena, is not part of Monteverde. Those are totally different communities were no cloud forests can be found at all because they are low on the slope and they may have Pacific Dry Forest only. Nevertheless many "information places" down in those communities will try to sell you tours because they make lots of money out of it and they will misinform any one in order to get money. Most of those tours are not in any cloud forests because they are not located in Monteverde and too many of them feed animals so you may see them during their "night Hikes" and most visitors will never know that they helped feed wildlife or that they never made it to Monteverde or that they never went to the a cloud forest at all. If you need information in that town, visit the tourists chamber so that you don't get rip off. They will provide information of many things in Monteverde and many other places that are not Monteverde and with no cloud forests perhaps and some not environmentally friendly activities because everyone is related there so they have no choice but, at least you won't get rip off. The best thing to do is to contact the company yourself and ask for their "rack" price "commission free" so you don't end up paying way more.
If you would like to eat outside the Monteverde Area and go down to the Cerro Plano or Santa Elena communities there are some few places we may recommend for taste, service, quality and cleanliness:
Arrecifes is the best Sea Food restaurant in the area less than 3 Ks down the road in Cerro Plano. The Green is a very healthy and delicious Mongolian Style Restaurant at the shopping center on the second floor. It is great for any one including vegetarians. Their options are very tasty and steamed in most dishes but not all. Right below The Green is "the Garden of Eden", perhaps the one of the best Vegan restaurants in the planet. Every thing is delicious and nutritious, environmentally friendly and you won't believe that the ice creams of so many flavors are vegan at all. Try their desserts and everything you may eat is completely "guilt" free. Hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, Mediterranean dishes, all of it is just too good to resist. Give it a try, specially if you are not vegan.
Down in Santa Elena, there is Mar y Tierra a restaurant located right above the famous, cheap and delicious Jimenez Bakery. This is a small family restaurant but exquisite. There's also a traditional Costa Rican meal place in that town name "Tico y Rico" with many tasty good choices.
Around this area, including the areas near Monteverde that do not belong to Monteverde at all such as Santa Elena, Cerro Plano, Cañitas, Los Llanos, La Cruz, Los Olivos, San Bosco, etc., there are many activities for visitors that we personally know and recommend or do not recommend at all. For instance, San Bosco Orchid Garden is a great place to go for all those who love plants, specially orchids. The owners, Grettel and her family share part of their property with few visitors each year to show all the orchids species you can't see in the forest because they are tiny or up in the tree tops. They are located about 10 ks away from us in Monteverde but it is worth it. Down in the Santa Elena half a block town, there is only one souvenir we recommend that also has a pharmacy and a great place to purchase the extra clothes you didn't bring, like a jacket, long pants, shoes, etc., VITOSI. A beautiful two story building with a nice store that offers almost anything you may need including a pharmacy. Then there is Woods, a perfect place to find wooden sculptures right across the street. Casa de Arte is located in Cerro Plano, about 3 Ks away from us in Monteverde and that beautiful property on the right side of the road has some of the prettiest local art items for you to take home as truly local souvenirs.
Upon arrival you will find a folder with information about each of these activities so you may make all the arrangements. We do suggest you make reservations before you arrive because some places may not be available when you come due to all the tourists in the area. Getting AroundThere is a list of taxi drivers that will be provided to our guests in case they need a transportation service. We only recommend a handful of taxi drivers who we completely trust and allow in the property. These are honest individuals who will make sure you get the best price for the service and who are honest and will do you any favors you may need regarding transportation any where in the country. Other Things to NoteWe have been supporting the Monteverde Jr. Rangers since 1993 because of the different cultural barriers found in the Santa Elena community where there's no equal opportunities for kids nor women. We have supported their sports program, camping skills program, music program, research activities, and lately their Medical Corps Cadets program.
The marching band is actually a Dancing Band with very old instruments and almost no support due to the lack of knowledge and interest in music by those in power at school. We support theses kids because they are talented and deserve a chance to prove that music can change lives. Besides down in the Santa Elena community most kids have never been exposed to real music opportunities and once they do, they long for more but there are very few chances and not cheap ones.