the beauty of Costa Rica's Highlands
We invite you to Hotel Fonda Vela. Dedicated to the idea of eco-tourism
in harmony with the earth, the Latin root "Fonda" means
a place of rest or nourishment after a long journey. "Vela"
or candle, for us represents service and good faith. To this we
add peaceful atmosphere that is sensitive to the local environment.
Our seven buildings are scattered about the landscaped property,
and we are designed with the natural lighting, privacy and warmth
in mind. They all have huge windows with views of our forested
reserve allowing the beauty outside to be a part of the cozy interior.
suites have a small refrigerator, tables, balcony, queen-size bed
on the main floor and a loft with a single bed. All of the rooms
are wheelchair accessible.
On the 35-acre property, you will find the lush forests and verdant
pastures excellent for birding and hiking. In this tranquil setting,
you may see flocks of parrots come to feed in the fruit trees
while riding horses graze pacefully below. A 15-minute walk away
is the world famous 10,500-hectare Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve,
which incorporates eight tropical life zones. The Santa Elena
Reserve is a short drive away, where on a clear day you may observe
vistas of the Caribbean lowlands and Arenal Volcano.
Throughout the Fonda Vela you will find the paintings of Paul
Smith, the owners' father and original settler of the property.
These, and works by other Monteverde artists display many interpretations
of the mysterious cloud forest with its veils of mist - encouraging
the mind to mediate the meaning of peaceful living with our planet.
In the spirit of conservation and culture for the community and
the travelers who visit us, we support the annual International
Music Festival. We are proud to announce that this year five concerts
are being given at the Hotel Fondavela between July 31 and August
Come visit Fonda Vela and discover the beauty of Costa Rica's
The Fonda Vela has 25 rooms in 7 separate buildings, which include
17 standard rooms, 6 junior suites, and 2 mountain suites. All
rooms have private bath, hot water and 2 queen size beds.
Other services include our elegant restaurant, which seats 100
people, separate bar and TV room. Our meeting rooms seat 50 people
and have balconies overlooking the forest. Private hiking trails,
guided horse-back riding, and laundry service is also available.
Guided trips to the Monteverde and Santa Elena Reserves can also
Cloud Forest Reserve
- Monteverde Cheese Factory
- Monteverde Butterfly Garden
- Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
- CASEM-Artisans Shop
- Hummingbird Gallery, featuring the work of world-renowned
photographer Michael Fogen.
- Guided Horseback trips
- Unequaled birding opportunities in the home of the Resplendent
How to get here from San José
Take the Inter-American Highway north to the 149 km. road marker.
Turn right just before crossing the Río Lagarto, and continue
for 39 km to the Fonda Vela.
until November 30, 2004
None of the above prices include the necessary taxes.
- Breakfast $7.50
- Lunch $12.00
- Dinner $16.00
- +Plus taxes 23%
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