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Our Home: The San Luís Valley of Costa Rica

Finca Camino Nuevo is tucked into the beautiful green mountain, with the main Monteverde Reserve above us to the northeast, plus views of part of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, and another privately owned reserve to the south and southeast. We enjoy beautiful sunsets over the Gulf, as the last light of day graces the various reserves along the valley. We feel so fortunate to have found such a perfect location for our retreat center, and are blessed to have one of the greatest views in the area. This region is known for misty days, which often bring many rainbows in the afternoon, leading some to call it the ¨Valley of Rainbows.¨ We generally experience sunny, sometimes windy days (due to the location along the Continental Divide), but with the cooler weather (and the right clothes!) hiking through the forests of this magical green mountain will bring you in touch with nature in a way many do not get to experience in their day-to-day lives.

We invite you to come stay with us, enjoying the amazing natural beauty of this area and taking advantage of the climate here to do some deep diving within yourselves, as you journey on your own, individual path of healing. We will provide you with a safe, nourishing space in which to do your own internal work, and we invite you to get to know our community, here in the Monteverde and San Luís region, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Costa Rica.

The San Luís community is located nearby the better known Monteverde region, and is known for warmer weather due to the lower elevation — around 800m-1200m compared to 1400m in Monteverde. Being hugged by the various reserves of the greater Monteverde area, the community is a close knit, rural farming community with focus on coffee production, agricultural and subsistence farming. In recent years the Community Development Association is making strides toward promoting a Rural Tourism initiative that is being bolstered by the development of a Pacific Slope Trail, that will eventually become part of a larger trail system stretching from Panama in the south to Nicaragua in the north.

The Monteverde region is well placed for such a trail, boasting some of the largest areas of protection in the form of public and private reserves totalling more than 33,000 hectares (more than 81,000 acres). Among the largest reserves are the original Reserva Biológico Bosque Nuboso (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve), the Bosque Eterno de Los Niños (Children’s Eternal Rainforest), and the Reserva Santa Elena which dedicates a majority of its profits to the local high school. Some 250,000 tourists visit the region each year, although thanks to the numerous reserves, hiking trails and adventure tourism such as ziplining along the forest canopy, it rarely feels ¨too busy¨. And in San Luís, we enjoy a close proximity to the amenities offered in Monteverde, without any of the crowds.

Pre-colombian artifacts found in the Monteverde and San Luís areas have led archaeologists to determine that earlier civilizations have been in the region dating back to 3000 B.C.E., although most of the artifacts that have been found date primarily to 300-800 C.E. (Nadkarni, Nalini. Monteverde. 1. Berlin: Oxford University, 1999.) The richness and vitality of the area can be felt in the San Luís valley as one views it from above, with the mountains of the continental divide and numerous reserves to your back, and a view extending down to the Gulf of Nicoya.

Although the average mean temperature of the the Monteverde area is around 24 C (63 F), the San Luís Valley is noticeably warmer due to the lower altitude, from Los Altos de San Luís (where we are located!) which is at 1200m, to the center of the community at 1000m, and down into the warmer Bajo San Luís at 800m. It is a short distance to travel, but one is amazed at the difference in temperature and climate between the areas!

We are waiting for your visit, whether you are hosting or attending a retreat with us here at Finca Camino Nuevo, and look forward to holding space for you as you embark on, or continue, your journey inside. Saludos!

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