The Fonda Vela hotel is set in 35 acres of lush rainforest and verdant pastures. The main building has been constructed with local hardwoods and has 28 spacious rooms with large vista windows and attractive hardwood flooring. Each room also has private hot water bathrooms and comfortable interiors with mini-bar, cable TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities.
There is a bar and good restaurant with homely open fireplace serving tasty local dishes. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool and two relaxing Jacuzzis. There are trails leading into the forest from the hotel gardens where parrots, toucans and occasionally quetzals and bellbirds can be seen. The hotel has its own bird feeders and there are occasional visits from inquisitive white-nosed coatis and racoons. The hotel strives for best practice and uses only sustainable and recycled products, solar power and has instigated a 20-year reforestation plan.
The hotel provides excellent accommodation for a visit to the Monteverde cloud forest reserve. The 10,500-hectare non-profit primary cloud forest reserve is one of the finest birdwatching locations in the country – here you can see the resplendent quetzal and a wealth of other fauna and flora.
The high altitude forest around the hotel is often shrouded in mist and is quite cool. Light wet weather protection is recommended as well as a sweater for the chilly nights.
Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, mini-bar, cable TV, telephone, laundry service,
Over 400 species of birds including 30 species of hummingbirds, mantled howler monkey, three-toed and two-toed sloths, six species of cat, white-nosed coatis and abundant reptiles and amphibians.
Hiking in the Montverde Cloud Forest Reserve and excursions to the less visited Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Horse riding, zip lining, canopy walk, coffee production tour and visits to a herpetarium (frog breeding centre) and butterfly house.
Make sure you visit both the Monteverde and Santa Elena reserves: the latter is a lot quieter and provides great views of the Arenal volcano.
If you have any questions regarding our Costa Rica tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
A leatherback turtle laying her eggs on Playa Grande. Scarlet macaws feeding and flying in early morning sunlight. The sight of a male resplendent quetzal in beautiful cloudforest. The song of the black-faced solitaire reverberating through the cloudforest. Seeing green poison-arrow and strawberry poison-dart frogs. First sights of some of the vibrant tanagers and honeycreepers. Sight of great potoo from boat on way to Corcovado. Seeing three-toed sloth and baby at Corcovado.[Some wildlife highlights]
Thoroughly enjoyed whitewater rafting on Sarapiqui despite initial trepidation! Many thanks for suggesting it. Crew were patient, encouraging and great fun. Amazed by the proximity and diversity of the birdlife. We had a thoroughly wonderful and memorable trip – thanks a million!