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Finca El Mirador
Reviewed 9 March 2012

Thought that we would only stay for one night en route to the coast, but stayed, and stayed - and am so glad. From here, you can get to villages, coffee plantations and mountains that are authentic Costa Rica. Quiet places with unbelievable views that seem lost in the touristy side of Costa Rica. Exploring around the area, you find that you're utterly alone as a tourist, but still with enough local restaurants to keep you satisfied. You can walk out from the Finca through legendary views, the air is pure, whilstling over the mountains, the Finca's got its own woods: - I went hunting for the howler monkeys I could hear, but found only amazing butterflies and a flash of peccarie bottom.

Each day we stayed, we discoved more. We'd assumed that it would just be a resting place - but each time we asked Uli a quesiton there was more to do: meeting locals, bathing in the nature, walking. We were looked after SO well: as if we were family and friends, without any of the separation between host and guests that you sometimes get. And the sunsets - I'll add a photo - were mindblowing in themselves, as were the dawns. And there are hammocks

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

We recently stayed at Finca El Mirador for 2 nights. We loved our charming Frida bungalow and had a delicious breakfast served to us on our patio. Uli was so helpful in arranging activities for us. She is the perfect hostess. She is very supportive of the local schools and community. We also loved her 2 well behaved dogs. There was plenty of hot water and excellent wifi connection in her dining area. The bungalow was spotless and very colorful with kitchenette. The view and sunsets were breathtaking and the lushly planted grounds and pool were beautiful. Do not miss taking a tour of the cloud forest at Colinas Verde with Will, the owner, who is a very well educated young man with a tremendous knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area. He has set up zip lines, a canopy platform, and suspension bridges on the property and is providing a great example of sustainable tourism and environmental responsibility by attempting to restore the cloud forest. We also really enjoyed taking a tour of the Macaw Sanctuary El Manantial in Aranjuez (a small village next to Puntarenas) where Rodolfo and his partner are raising the endangered Scarlet and Great Green Macaws to release back into the wild. The macaws are free to come and go as they please on the property. You will never see such a high concentration of macaws anywhere else in Costa Rica. You cannot go wrong staying at Finca El Mirador.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

Great place to relax and enjoy some experiences and adventures away from the crowds. Plants and flowers and birds are everywhere. The view is breath taking and everything is so clean. Meals were deliciously prepared using local fruits and vegetables. Uli is the perfect hostess. I have traveled many places and this place goes to the top of my list.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

Finca El Mirador is a perfect place to stay. The rooms are very clean offer a lot of space. The grounds are well kept with many plants and flowers. The view is absolutely stunning! I was lucky enough to watch a monkey playing in the trees and toucans flying by. Uli, the host, makes you feel welcome and right at home the moment you arrive. She is very helpful at offering suggestions of things to do and places to see. This is a great place to relax and unwind. I highly recommend Finca El Mirador. It is truly a piece of paradise!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

What an amazing location. We were there for just one night, but we wished to have more time. A lovely pool, a nice garden, a more that perfect host with Uli, very individual and creative rooms, an excellent breakfast, a gorgeous lookout (if it is not raining :-), nice surrounding and an adventurous way to the Finca.
Also the area is very nice, even if it is not marked in our travel book. Roud the corner in Miramar is a nice (german and trustful) canopy tour or horse riding.
Who wants to enjoy nature is absolutely right there!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Finca El Mirador

Address: Calle Pavones, Tajo Alto, Miramar 5550, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Miramar > Tajo Alto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Tajo Alto
Price Range: ₹ 3,384 - ₹ 3,904 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NEW ADMINISTRATION! Because of healthy reason I had to rent out my project to Adriana Ujica and Leo Gonzales. I wish them good luck and success! All my guests I had I thank them for the beautiful time together. Uli Heckmann ... more   less 

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