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Authentic Rural Hospitality Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Lodge & Nature Reserve located at just 60 minutes drive from Manuel Antonio National Park, offers well-designed and very comfortable accommodations overlooking the panoramic pacific ocean coastline. There are well-maintained nature trails, pristine waterfalls to swim in, and traditional Campesino meals prepared and hosted by the villagers of Santa Juana from the Mirador. Each private Casita and two-bedroom house are equipped with kitchenettes, king size beds, sofa couches, a flat-screen TV with a DVD movie library. There are private bathrooms with showers and private view balconies or terraces.
One reason many guests write about their emotional ties to the land and people of Santa Juana is the good energy found in this unique chapter out of Costa Rica’s rural heritage. The atmosphere truly enhances the senses with true appreciation for the amazing natural wonders protected in this protected Cloudmaker Nature Reserve. Add the very good-natured hosts that bring out the best in everyone and your romantic getaway is complete with your stay with a member of Greentique Hotels.
To escape the fast lane of connectivity, for the simple life and values of this mountain retreat, is choosing to experience the authentic hospitality of this tiny village and lodge of Santa Juan. After your hours’ 4x4 mountain trek, it’s time to unwind in a romantic casitas and take in the panoramic vistas of the mountains and coastline of the Central pacific from your balcony. Each well-designed and appointed casita is offers upscale comfort and authentic rural Costa Rican decor. Every direction captures the amazing biodiversity from your jungle perch and your included meals are served at the restaurant or in your own casita. Choose from several private tours offered every morning and enjoy the traditional siestas with the afternoon rain showers that keep the mountains lush and the springs that feed the rivers flowing throughout the entire year.
At the lodge of Santa Juana, some guest prefer just doing nothing but relaxing and taking in the views. Some prefer a somewhat moderate level of tours that include the traditional sugar cane mill, or Trapiche, where two massive oxen work the mill like generations in the past. Add the exploration of a guided tour of the areas biodiversity along nature trails that will lead you to a natural jungle swimming pool fed by a beautiful waterfall. Optional tours include zip lining, and day tours to the coffee plantations of Los Santos or the iconic national park of Manuel Antonio. For those who are into cooking, there’s also a very informative Spice Farm and lessons offered to those who dare to master the art of tortilla making. So if it’s time to relax with a book or two, or adventures everyday, Santa Juana is the most natural choice for a romantic stay offerd by Greentique Hotels.
There is nothing gourmet about the meals served at Santa Juana by the ladies of the village of Santa Juana. However there is everything about the freshness and quality of each traditional item on the Campesino menu that says authentic Costa Rican gastronomy. When one refers to farm-to-table ingredients, the local sources of tropical fruits and vegetables are just a day’s harvest away. The plantains and yucca are the local alternatives to fresh fires and baked potatoes, and the recipe for 'Rice and Beans' starts you off for breakfast along with seasonal fresh fruits and handmade corn tortillas, which you can learn to make yourselves to test your coordination and patience. This combined with the panoramic vistas overlooking the coastline far below, and breakfast on your secluded terrace, a romantic picnic lunch by the river Rodeo after a swim in the waterfalls; it is about as close to heaven as you can get in this tropical rural oasis and very unique rural mountain hideaway on the mountain ridges of Santa Juana.