Casitas Tenorio B&B is our home


Stay a while, it can be yours too

Welcome to our family home. We have designed our home and farm to be shared -with our community, with the wildlife all around us, and with curious travellers from all over the world. Join us! We are Donald Varela Soto and Pip Kelly. Casitas Tenorio B&B is both our home and our business. We met working together on a conservation project in Bijagua in 2001 and since then, we’ve turned our commitment to sustainable living into a working farm and eco-tourism venture. Donald is from Bijagua and Pip is from rural Victoria in Australia. Casitas Tenorio B&B is more than just a place to stay –it’s an invitation to experience Costa Rican life as part of our community.

Our private Casitas

Casita La Luna

Casita La Luna


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The Casita La Luna is a special casita designed specifically for couples and singles. It features a queen bed, sitting area, kitchenette and private bathroom. It’s set on stites which allows you fabulous view of the trees.


Casita El Tucán

Casita El Tucán


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Casita El Tucan is light-filled and airy with two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. The casita is set among lush tropical gardens and morning or late evening on the patio will produce a surprising amount of birds, and monkeys and sloths can sometimes be seen.


Casita El Sol

Casita El Sol


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Casita El Sol has high ceilings and large windows for lots of natural light. This casita features two bedrooms, each with a queen sized bed, and a single bed in the living area. There is a kitchenette and a full bathroom and a second toilet. This Casita is perfect friends or families travelling together. It’s not uncommon to see sloths or monkeys from the raised patio as they move through our property, looking for fresh leaves for a meal.


Casita Pura Vida

Casita Pura Vida


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The patio of Casita Pura Vida is a wonderful spot to relax, read a book, or watch the birdlife from the comfort of your rocking chair. Beautiful wood ceilings and garden views in the bathroom complete the “natural” experience.


Casita El Volcán

Casita El Volcán


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The Casita El Volcan features fantastic views of the forest on our property as well as Miravalles Volcano (on clear days). Everyone loves spending time on the covered balcony and watching the ever-changing life that is happening.


$20 double occupancy. Can sleep up to four people.
Casita El Bosque

Casita El Bosque


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The Casita El Bosque has been architecturally designed. It’s a two bedroom Casita that includes a large bathroom with forest views, outdoor patio and kitchenette. It has large glass windows and exquisite local timber used throughout. It’s unique location means that the Casita El Bosque is hidden in the garden forest. It’s ideal for couples and families or frieds travelling together and con accommodate up to five people.


Activities


Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste is located in the Volcano Tenorio national park is about 11km from Casitas Tenorio.

Tapir Valley Nature Reserve

Tapir Valley is our own private nature reserve near the Tenorio National Park. It has primary rainforest and wetland and is a nature-lover’s paradise.

Farm Tour

Participate in our daily farm tour.

Tubing on Rio Celeste

Enjoy a great ride down the beautiful, blue Rio Celeste. Ride in a tube across rapids and past gorgeous rainforest.



Virtual Tour


Make a Difference



You can make a difference by engaging in Rural Tourism. For us, rural tourism means integrating our B&B with our farm and our community to give guests an opportunity to see and participate in rural Costa Rican life and helping our guests enjoy the life that rural Costa Rica provides. It’s about making tourism part of the community, rather than creating new enclaves that cater onlyto tourists. Casitas Tenorio B&B is a rural tourism project. We are also involved in the promotion of rural tourism and actively involved in networks of other rural tourism operators to strengthen this sector. We have participated in many trade fairs to promote thistype of tourism



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Rise and shine 🌞 Time to milk the cows 🐮 This is Cristian, one of the awesome farmers who milks the cows each day and makes delicious, fresh cheese for our guests to enjoy with breakfast. On your next visit to @CasitasTenorio, come along to a tour of our farm, departing daily at 7am!⁠
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Río Celeste - Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio
😍😍😍 In Tenorio National Park, if you follow the trail all the way to the end, you will reach the 'Teñideros'. This is the point where you can see with your own eyes where the river drastically becomes bright blue 💙 Two rivers meet, you can see the currents of different minerals collide 🌀and…bam: Rio Celeste! We are only a 20 minute drive from this natural wonder. Come stay with us and see it for yourself! 📷 @ra.du.cu⁠

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How's this for a room with a view? Donald and Pip designed Casita El Volcan over lunch one day 🏡🌋 We scribbled the design down on the back of a serviette, and *this* is the result! It sleeps four people so it's great for a family or friends travelling together. Everyone loves spending time on the covered balcony and watching the ever-changing life that is happening in the tree tops - which you can even see from bed! 😀😴 Book your stay directly through our website - link in bio! ⁠🎥 by @ra.du.cu⁠
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Tree Chocolate tour
Need any more reasons to come visit us at @casitastenorio? We are only a short hop away from the @treechocolate_tours 🍫🌳 We have had several guests come back from this tour raving about how this was "the best tour EVER!" (yes, EVER!). Not only will you get to know the whole process of producing chocolate, from bean to bar, you’ll take a walk through plantations of cacao, coconut and a wide array of other fruit trees and plants, and you’ll get to taste all sorts of locally grown delights 💕 Add in the spectacular scenery and a walk through the farm and neighboring rainforest, and you have all the ingredients for an excellent experience in real, rural Costa Rica. Ask us about booking the Tree Chocolate Tour when you visit us!⁠
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Stay with us and you could have breakfast with these beauties 😍 The Collared Aracari! We know that the large and colourful bill is the hallmark of toucans, but here's a fun fact: despite its size, the toucan's bill is actually very light. It's made of bone struts filled with spongy tissue of keratin between them. One of it´s many uses is to intimidated other birds... so they can keep more bananas for themselves 😉🍌😏⁠
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👰❤️🤵 It was our absolute pleasure and privilege to host the wedding of Katarina and Brett at @casitastenorio over the weekend! Here is a snippet of the ceremony, in the meadow beyond Casita El Volcan. There wasn’t a dry eye anywhere 💕😭 Annnd, swipe to find out who almost stole the show as a wedding crasher 😂 Only in the rainforest... 😄😍 Thank you, Brett and Kat, for trusting us with your special day 💕💕💕 PS do you recognise the girls carrying the dress? Yep, Kira and Ellie got to make a little cameo. They were SO happy 🌷 #casitastenorio #costarica #wedding #destinationwedding #puravida #puravidalife #beautifulwedding #bijagua #rioceleste #bride #outdoorwedding #jungle #rainforest #nature #naturelovers #vacation #explore #costaricacool #junglewedding #travelgram #instagood #beautiful #love #travelenjoyrespect #sloth #slothsofinstagram
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Game on! Ticas vs Tourists! Taking advantage of the blue sky and sunny ☀️ afternoon during the wet season ⚽️ Kira and Ellie having a great time showing off their sweet skills with @j0siephina from Australia 🇦🇺 and @ra.du.cu from Romania 🇷🇴 Can anyone guess who won? 😉
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🎄🎅🤶 Feliz Navidad 🎁 We want to wish you a merry Christmas 💫 It has been a huge and exciting year here at @casitastenorio ⭐️ We - Donald, Pip, Kira and Ellie - want to extend our gratitude to everybody that has made 2019 so special 🤩 Our fabulous staff, volunteers, and - of course - our guests (past *and* future 😉)! Have a happy, healthy and safe new year, and come visit us in 2020 😃🥰💚
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🎄🎅🤶 Feliz Navidad 🎁 Queremos desearles una feliz Navidad 💫 Ha sido un año enorme y emocionante aquí en @casitastenorio ⭐️ Nosotros, Donald, Pip, Kira y Ellie, queremos extender nuestro agradecimiento a todos los que han hecho 2019 tan ¡especial 🤩 Nuestro fabuloso personal, voluntarios y, por supuesto, nuestros invitados (pasado * y * futuro 😉)! Que tengan un año nuevo feliz, saludable y seguro, y vengan a visitarnos en 2020 😃🥰💚
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It's amazing! For the first time ever at Casitas Tenorio B&B in northern Costa Rica we had a visit from an endangered Baird's Tapir on our trail! Cristian our farm hand reported seeing tapir tracks in the cattle fields and we rushed to check the camera trap installed by Nai on our trail. And sure enough at 11.07pm a few nights ago we received a visit from an endangered Baird's tapir! This has never happened before. We are so proud and honoured to have received a visit from this amazing species. We have worked to protect and regenerate a tiny forest corridor of land on our property and we constantly are seeing the results of our efforts. We are active members of our biological corridor and made the decision to regenerate and reforest parts of our land to foster connectivity and create a safe habitat many species. We've removed cattle raising from the lower section of our property a few years ago and the difference it has made has been marked. It's been incredible to watch new plants colonise the old cattle fields and the myriad of wildlife that has settled into these new safe green spaces that are conducive to their existence. We are lucky that we have this opportunity to take an active role in the conservation of habitat and work alongside different organisations such as @sinac_cr @naiconservation to make this dream a reality. It also feels satisfying to add forest cover and a local carbon sink during this uncertain time in the world and our local community due to the impacts of climate change. One tree at a time we are tying to make a difference. ⁠🌳🇨🇷💚💯⁠⠀
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Bijagua, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Three years ago today (November 24, 2016) Hurricane Otto struck our village of Bijagua. Otto, which was the first hurricane to cross into Costa Rica as a hurricane (as opposed to a tropical storm), devastated our community and the northern region of the country. We received over a month's worth of rainfall in less than 24 hours. The force of the hurricane hit the Miravalles Volcano which created enormous amounts of rain and walls of water and flash floods full of mud, rocks and fallen trees which destroyed houses, roads, bridges created widespread floods here and downstream in Upala. On that terrible night we lost the lives of four of our community members. No one who was here that night will ever forget what happened. In the aftermath, what became clear is how resilient our community is in times of trouble. Together we rebuilt, we supported each other, and we took steps to heal collectively. We set up a local committee and raised funds and sought donations for our neighbours. In the photo above you can see Donald with his friend Henry standing on the foundations of what remained of Henry's mother's house. Three years on we are still waiting for the government to provide housing to those impacted. In fact, this even exposed the complete lack of emergency planning and response procedures on a local and national scale and we have been advocates and spokespeople for those impacted. We have sat on committees and in meetings with government agencies and organisations to make change. Bijagua is strong as ever - and the spirit of the community continues to grow each day. We just hope that one day those who lost everything will be compensated and provided with the land and housing that they lost that fateful night. ♥️🇨🇷⁠
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How often do you take the time to stop and smell the flowers? 🌺🌼🌸
Beautiful Yellow-Throated toucan, reminding our guests to enjoy the simple pleasures in life 💛 📷 @ra.du.cu⁠
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Did you hear? The Simpsons recently visited Costa Rica 🇨🇷 and we were lucky enough to host the family in Casita La Luna!
On Sunday, November 17th, Fox TV aired episode #669 of the famous cartoon family The Simpsons, in “Livin’ La Pura Vida”, in which the entire Simpson family and members of their Springfield community visit Costa Rica on vacation. What’s “Pura Vida”? “It means pure life — kind of a state of mind down here. Very chill. Like what you think is chill, but, like, a million times chiller". Thanks for the visit! It was a blast 😂🤩💥.
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