The Poco Cielo jungle cabins are accessible by way of several steep paths descending into a deep ravine, at the bottom of which is a rock filled stream. These paths are not for the out-of-shape and they are not lighted at night. Once inside one of these "cabina", however, I did not want to leave. What an experience! There are full screened in windows on three sides so you feel that you are perched inside the jungle with huge trees, lianas, flowering vines, bird and insect noises, butterflies — let’s talk “surround-sound”. Moreover, the ceiling fan as well as the windows on all sides allow cool breezes to flow through that are not present on higher ground.
The cabins themselves are made of tropical wood, as are the cabinets and the handhewn bedstead. The furnishings are perfect, and accentuate the jungle surroundings. Colorful patterns of leaves and flowers are repeated in the bright new bedspreads, a subtle leaf pattern in the lovely drapes, gloriously patterned plates, colorful glasses, placemats, utensils…and those breezes and trees all around. I never wanted to leave! There are a pair of folding chairs for sitting out on the porch — listening to the river, or the rain in season. Everything you need to get by is already there. There is a toaster oven, a small refrigerator, sink with washing items, cooking pans. The path down isn’t so formidable that you can’t pack in groceries, a few bottles of wine for those sparkling wine glasses —but remember, you will have to pack out all your leavings. Don’t even think about lugging down huge suitcases. Pack as though you were embarking on a sailboat journey. Best to carry down a back pack. The owners will safely store your luggage for you.
And the necessaries? There is running water which is safe to drink. There is a nicely decorated little bathroom with a full shower and bright towels in those tropical colors. The expensive Therapeutic mattress is brand new and comfortable enough even for my own tricky back. There are no exterior porch lights, so if the other cabins were occupied, my night watching was not disturbed. All night the river below trickles soothingly.
Continue further down the path if you care to, and you can reach the river and before that, a rocked in natural pool fed by a spring glistening down through the jungle. It was a pleasure to sit on the rock walled edge and soak my dusty feet and flip flops. Yes, you can venture down in Teva’s or flip-flops. Just watch your step. Once darkness sets in, don’t plan on coming or going — you won’t want to leave your cabin, I promise you, but with a good flashlight and a little courage, you could make your way up or down that trail in the dark.
The jungle cabin fed my sense of adventure and novelty without asking me to give up comfort and a real feeling of luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our property is set in the mountains of Atenas, overlooking the central valley below. We have 4 private cabins available, two with a kitchen and one queen sized bed, and two cabins with two queen sized beds and small kitchenette. The cabins all have Wi-Fi, 32" LED flat screen TV,DVD player , Cable TV and the rancho has surround sound an iPod dock and once in a while we do a movie on the big screen. All guest have access to the kitchen located in the Rancho pool-side. The "cabinas" are very private and surrounded with tropically manicured gardens and lawns that are frequently visited by toucans and parrots. Sit back and relax in our large Rancho area while you socialize with family, new friends, read a book or listen to your favorite music. There are some wonderful restaurants within walking distance or a short ride to town will provide you with many more restaurants. The grocery store in town is modern with just about everything you will need. Come and stay with us here at Poco Cielo for a little piece of heaven in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. ... more less