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Posada Andrea Cristina
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Slovenia
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60 reviews
59 hotel reviews
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“We loved the place and the hosts”
Reviewed 23 November 2011

Posada Andrea Cristina is a place that in my book is an example of local sustainable tourism. Owned and operated by a Tico family you get a nice place to sleep, an excellent breakfast, a garden full of birds and sometimes even a sloth, one of the best bird guides in the area (Alex and Kevin), and if you are interested in wildlife rehabilitation they operates also one nearby, named Tierra Hermosa. No A/C but none needed. Sarapiqui area is often overlooked as a tourist destination ... yet there are excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, a boat ride on Sarapiqui river, and more. Close to San Jose also. It was our second time here and we loved it even more then the first time. New for us was the tree house, we did not sleep there but it looks lovely.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

Great hospitality in a small jungle setting. Nice big and clean bungalows. Staying in the treehouse is nice but since it is a very ecological treehouse, there are a lot of bugs, it looks like your staying in a real treehouse. When we stayed there, there was some leakage in the treehouse, but the owner was planning to get it fixed so...(and he was very honest about it). The owner takes care of animals and he can take you to the animal rescue centre were you can see animals who are rescue and taken care of.

There were a lot of animals in the trees and in the surroundings. There is a little froggpond where we saw the green red eye frogg and the big poisonest tode. There were hummingbirds, a sloth high up in the tree, a lot of birdwatching, squirrels,...(a dog OF COURSE)

Breakfast was good: fresh bananas from the tree (which he planted himself...), other fresh fruits, eggs, bread and jam.

Conclusion: great quality for a small price and a great host

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

All we can say is WOW! We arrived to stay at the Andrea Cristina in the evening after a 6 hour day boating down the Rio San Juan. We were exhausted and relieved to had made it and Alex welcomed us with open arms. The property is beautiful and the rooms were some of the cleanest, well kept and modern rooms we stayed in.

Alex is one of the kindest souls we have ever met and his little piece of paradise is something everyone should experience. Alex and his family are naturalists and operate a animal rescue up in the hills. He is very passionate about the environment, all things involving animals and the best birder in Costa Rica. While we were there, Alex had rescued a baby sloth that we interacted with and experience.

A testament to how good of a person Alex and the staff at the Andrea Christina are, my wife and I were in need of a ride to the Nicaraguan boarder. Alex offered to drive us to the border for the same price as local shuttles and he toured us on one of the most beautiful drives we have ever been on. In addition we got to experience the release of a bird into the wild that Alex had rescued a few months previous. Alex made sure we got into Nicaragua safely and left us as he had greeted us, with a handshake and a hug. By far one of the best experiences of my travelling life. Oh did I mention breakfast was hands

We will be going back and will be looking to stay for much longer our second time.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco Bay Area
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

We stayed with Alex at the start of our 3-week honeymoon, and it turned out to be our favorite place to stay for the whole trip. The breakfasts were tasty, with as much organic fruit as possible. Alex and Kevin could organize any activity or trip in the Sarapiqui area in a flash. We enjoyed seeing a sloth in the tree, hearing oropendulas, and even getting a baby iguana visitor in our Tree House. We took advantage of the wifi in the breakfast area. Having a toilet & shower in a treehouse was an unexpected but welcome arrangement. Our stay in the treehouse was a unique introduction to Costa Rica and makes for a great story to tell!

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 May 2011

A nice relaxed stay. Roofs leaked in the rain but owner alex was very accommodating. Good breakfast. Nice father & son team.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2011

run by alex,who cares for local wildlife waifs and strays,this is a great place for kids or any animal lover.upon arrival my son was introduced to/allowed to hold a baby sloth,which was the highlight of his trip.good large clean cabins (although the start to reroofing my cabin before my checkout was a surprise!),set in grounds with plenty of wildlife-frogs,birds,squirrel etc..great buffet breakfast with good homemade fresh bread (surprisingly difficult to find in C.R.),fruit and eggs.close to tirimbina bio reserve-a must do!-especially the chocolate tour,great for wildlife,(we saw frogs, lizards, snakes, sloth, ocelot!?).alex was helpful with maps for our forward journey.good local soda.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Yorkshire
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

A wonderful visit. 
We came here for our final 3 days in an 8 week trip to Costa Rica. What a great place to finish our time in a delightful country. 
Alex is a friendly & caring host. We enjoyed wonderful breakfasts with his homemade bread & coffee a real treat. The cabina was comfortable with local style., set in it's own oasis of greenery. 
One early morning we went out with Kevin who is a marvel. He can hear & see birds everywhere!!! How does he do it??? We were spinning like tops to look through his spy scope.  It was a brilliant morning- we must have seen 50 birds in 3 hours--then back home for breakfast. 
We were able to go & see the majestic Green Macaws which are nesting only 10 minutes from here. A wonderful experience only possible because of Alex's work to preserve their habitat. 
One late afternoon Kevin took us to see the 'rescue centre' that Alex & he are developing. Their aim is to provide a place for released animals & birds & to provide a 'corridor' for the passing wildlife.   We enjoyed a seeing a pair of Scarlet Macaws!! ( well spotted Gisella) Both Macaws in one day!! That was followed by excellent sightings of 3 different types of woodpeckers within 10 metres of each other. As the light faded we completed the day by finding several beautiful types of tree frogs. 
During our 3 days we had the unusual experience of 'babysitting' a rescued sloth. Lola was brought to Alex after being found by the roadside. She was enjoying her climbing lessons & her carefully gathered flowers & leaves. Seeing all the care given to her wellbeing- she has a good chance for a healthy future. 
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is not a tourist town but we found the local Soda to be excellent value & the staff were super friendly.
Oh did we mention the 3 Aracaris on the bird table???
This place & these people are amazing. They deserve a medal. We wish them every success with their great work. 

  • Stayed April 2011
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Property: Posada Andrea Cristina
Address: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Number of rooms: 26
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Posada Andrea Cristina Costa Rica/Sarapiqui

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