I am an environmental engineer and my wife is a nurse who chose beautiful Costa Rica as a place to retire and gather with family, friends and visitors. Our station provides a peaceful environment where you can relax, commune with nature, nurture your inner life, renew energy, interact with locals, experience organic farming, enjoy healthy delicious produce right from the garden in a lovely setting that is off the beaten track for most tourists.
In English, Estacion Descansos means Station of Rest. You will love the pure air and year-round, spring-like temperature, with mornings and evenings in the upper 60's and 80's in the afternoon. Get ready for a light blanket at night with no need for air conditioning. Birds that surround the Station provide spectacular morning and afternoon concerts. The view from the main deck is breath-taking -- across a valley and Cachi Lake to a verdant mountain ridge 20 miles away. At night, the valley twinkles with lights from small settlements.
The cabin has three levels, each level with a private bath. The total sleeping capacity of the station is 10 people; 4 on the lower level, 4 on the upper level and 2 on the central level. The dining and living areas are located in the central level as well as the main balcony and the kitchen which is part of the main balcony; allowing you to cook looking at the Cachi lake. The upper level has a small balcony (capacity of 4) for you to relax in the middle of nature.
Superior quality water comes from the municipal aqueduct. Estacion Descansos has its own wastewater treatment plant as well as a complete rain water collection and distribution system for watering plants and minor cleaning. Laundry facility is also available but if you do not want to do it yourself, Irma, a local, will do it for you. Irma could also take care of the cleaning and cooking. Irma charges a hourly rate of $1500 colons which is equivalent to US$2.75. We grow organic produce including tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, celery, coriander, and more that depending on the season, you can pick, cook and enjoy.
Ricardo, a local, takes care of the daily duties to maintain the station. Ricardo will welcome you and provide guidance about the Estacion as well as things you may need like towels, plates, silverware and so on.
Adjacent to the house is a beautiful kiosk for meditation, yoga, tai chi or simply a good book and a nap in a hammock. The house has Wifi as well as a Bluetooth speaker so you can play music from your computer or mobile device.
At the Estación, you can enjoy teas and aromatic herbs to improve digestion, relieve stress and stimulate sleep. You can harvest most of them right by the porch. Depending on the season, you can blend fresh fruit juice from oranges, bananas, lemon, lulo and mandarins that grow on the property. Aloe Vera (sabila) is planted by the kiosk. Ricardo, the property manager, can show you how to harvest the sabila to get the gel out to enhance your fruit juice. He can also advise you on the properties of various herbs for tea.
Descansos works closely with people from the local community of La Flor to provide additional services to visitors, such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, haircuts, transportation and so on
Descansos abuts Finca La Flor, our great neighbor. For a reasonable fee or donation, you can enjoy various activities at this organic farm and educational community, including Spanish classes, horseback rides, cooking, walking in the forest, meditating in a natural bamboo circle, feeding the horses, cows, goats, ducks and chickens. With a reservation, you can also take communal meals at Finca La Flor. Also, you can enjoy delicious dishes prepared at the farm, such as fresh salads, whole bread, goat cheese, etc. Additional information could be provided upon request. Please visit us at
The Cartago Province and surrounding area offers many opportunities for interesting day trips, including the summit of Irazu (Costa Rica's highest volcano), national parks, thermal springs, water rafting, zip lining, coffee plantation tour and more. It is a region not yet over- run by tourists so you get an authentic Tico experience with restaurants and markets charging local prices.
Descansos is a perfect place to vacation, rest, recover from medial tourism or simply enjoy one Costa Rica's most amiable, undiscovered settings.