Playa Chiquita featured in New York Daily News!

November 14th, 2010

The caribbean bungalows of Playa Chiquita were written up in the New York Daily News and Tierra de Suenos was featured!    Check out the article.   It does a good job of describing the Puerto Viejo area, the typical bungalow and the laid back lifestyle.  Here’s a blurb:

“Most can be classified as eco-lodgings, which means ceiling fans instead of air conditioning, mosquito nets over the beds, and nature all around. Howler monkeys gather in the trees overhead. Colorful birds waddle through the underbrush. As I lay in a hammock at Tierra de Sueños ( one afternoon, I watched an agouti – a quick little rodent related to the guinea pig, forage only feet away.”

Watch a work of art unfold:

August 5th, 2010

Caribbean art has a feel of its own.  Funky, lively, raw, enticing- a lot like Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.  This video linked below shows the artist at work who carved all the beds, tables and porch posts of the Caribbean bungalows at Tierra de Suenos.  He also did the mosaics in the showers.  Quite a talent!

Check out this youtube video!

La Niña

July 7th, 2010

Everybody knows about El Niño and the crazy weather patterns it brings up from the south; rain, thunderstorms. powerful ocean currents and generally crappy weather. Last year we got a good taste of El Niño’s power and it was impressive indeed. This year, however, we have been introduced to La Niña! And what a joy it has been. Although not so pleasant for all places, La Niña arrived this year and brought us, here on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, weather conditions everybody dreams about. Crystal clear waters, blue skies, light cooling rainfall, calm perfect seas, and sun! Sometimes too much sun, but who’s complaining? During the last few months of what is usually a more wet time of year, we have experienced numerous months of glorious weather. While most other parts of Costa Rica have been under water, we have been soaking up the rays! We keep expecting it to turn and become the rainy wonderland we love, but each day continues to be more beautiful than the next. We can’t promise these perfect days will hold out throughout the rest of the summer but it doesn’t show signs of stopping yet…..

Colibri is ready!

December 6th, 2009

The long awaited moment has come. We now announce bungalow #7……Casa Colibri!

Casa Colibri, Playa Chiquita’s newest bungalowCasa Colibri, Playa Chiquita's newest bungalow

It will take some time to get this gorgeous casita up on the website but we want a way for future guests to be able to view photos.  Our first experience managing a building site went pretty darn well.  With only a few bumps along the way, Colibri was completed in three months, more or less, and ended up being a super cool and funky little bungalow. The pink exterior gives a little taste of the Caribbean and the wood accents and details give the house it’s Tierra de Sueño’s uniqueness. Much of the wood used in building was in fact recycled wood or drift wood we found on the beach.

The comfy and beautiful first floor of Casa Colibri

The comfy and beautiful first floor of Casa Colibri

After a year of receiving family and group requests we decided to build a bungalow that could nicely accommodate a group.  So we put in an airy upstairs that has a second queen bed as well as a twin bed. The bathroom, which is different from the other bungalows in order to accommodate

Streach out in the spacious bathoom

Streach out in the spacious bathoom

more people, is very spacious with the shower and toilet each behind their own vanity wall. I had my go at acid staining cement and although the process may have driven me crazy, the final product looks great.

Up in the canopy in Colibri's upstairs bedroom for 3

Up in the canopy in Colibri's upstairs bedroom for 3

Casa Colibri is a special little house and ready to be rented. We think people will really love our newest addition.

A view of the steps and front door downstairs

A view of the steps and front door downstairs

Puerto Viejo Top Ten- Tours

November 21st, 2009

Top Ten Puerto Viejo Tours:

1.  Rafting the Pacuare-  Let Exporadores Outdoors take you for a thrill ride down the gorgeous Pacuare river. The fun rapids, deep tropical canyons and mystical waterfalls make this Costa Rica adventure a truly amazing experience. (This tour will also provide transportation between Puerto Viejo, San Jose and Arenal. Great bonus, great deal!)

2.  Guided tour of Manzanillo Gandoca wildlife refuge-  Hike through the impressive Manzanillo Gandoca wildlife refuge with one of the areas experienced local guides. In this vast track of protected forest you will discover many various jungle plants and animals and learn about the history of the unique old village of Manzanillo.

3. Chocorart-  Learn how the divine coco seed is grown, harvested and processed into chocolate. 100% natural, the chocolate you will sample during this tour is out of this world.  The old renovated cacao plantation is a 15 minute walk from Tierra de Sueños in Playa Chiquita and a favorite of many of our guests. For those who love chocolate this is a must do!

4.  Jaguar Animal Rescue Center-  At this rehabilitation center for animals located in Playa Cocles baby monkeys climb on you, sloths hug you and wild cats purr at you while snakes and spiders stay in their terrariums.  For animal lovers, this opportunity to interact with our rescued jungle friends of Talamanca is a very special experience.

5.  Canopy tour-  One of Costa Rica’s most popular tours, the zip-line of Puerto Viejo will have you screaming in excitement between 15 platforms high above the canopy.  It should be noted that this is pure adrenaline and not a wildlife tour.

6.  Cahuita National Park-  Walk the 7 kilometer stretch of the Cahuita National Park and explore the incredible variety of terrain the caribbean coast of Costa Rica has to offer. Around each bend is a different sight to behold.  Donations are accepted at the Cahuita entrance.

7.  Full day Bri-Bri waterfall tour- The great Terra Venturas tour company has created a day long trip to take a dip in the impressive 100ft waterfall, see the indigenous villages around Bri Bri (a town up in the mountains surrounding Puerto Viejo) and go to an iguana conservation center or see an indiginous woman chocolate by hand.  This tour is a perfect way to experience a bit of the indiginous Bri Bri culture and see more of the beautiful natural surroundings of Talamanca.

8.  Bird watching with Ricky- One of our personal favorites here at Tierra de Suenos, for the early risers this experience is wonderful. Ricky is a local man who has been watching and tracking birds for many years. He is a wealth of knowledge about the   incredible variety of tropical birds and has the eyes to find them. Bring your binoculars and you will be amazed at what you see!

9.  Kayaking-  Explore Costa Rican’s Caribbean coast by kayak. Either at Puna Uva or Manzanillo you can take to the sea by yourself or with a guide and see the coastline from afar.

10.  Snorkeling-  There are many beaches that offer impressive snorkeling from Cahuita all the way to Manzanillo. Rent gear and go out on your own or hire a guide to take you to the best spots. Rememer, depending on the time of year snorkeling is not always an option. September and October are the calmest, clearest months, November through February are the roughest.

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