FAQs

How long should I stay at Casitas Tenorio?

While some people are only able to stay one night- we recommend that you make a reservation for at least two nights to truly appreciate the local area and activities that are on offer at Casitas Tenorio and in the local area.

What animals might I be able to see at Casitas Tenorio?

Our farm supports many species of birds and mammals. We have hummingbirds, toucans sloths, monkeys and kinkajous make regular visits to our extensive tropical gardens.

Will I be able to see a sloth at Casitas Tenorio?

We have protected the forest habitat of many animals including sloths! It’s not uncommon to be able to spot a two-toed or three-toed sloth onsite at Casitas Tenorio and in fact, Donald and his brother Anthony are both expert sloth spotters and we can almost guarantee to find a sloth for you!

What is the bird watching like at Casitas Tenorio?

You can spend days at Casitas Tenorio just bird watching, and the great thing is, you don’t need to leave your casita to do it! You can except to spot Toucans, Aracaris, Tanagers, hummingbirds and Honeycreepers. We have had many bird watching groups and photographers visit Casitas Tenorio.

Please see our bird list here

What should I pack?

Casitas Tenorio is located in a humid rainforest setting and we receive high rates of rainfall.  We recommend that you pack closed shoes for hiking, long pants, insect repellent, rain jacket, travel umbrella, flashlight, hat and a camera. You can also pack some items to donate to the community. Click here for more information.

What activities are available in the area?

There are many activities available in the local area. Most people who come and stay will visit the Volcano Tenorio National park where the Rio Celeste river is located. We also highly recommend the night tour at Frog’s paradise.

Do you recommend going to Rio Celeste with a guide?

We work with local bilingual guides. Going to the national park with a guide provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area as well as meeting someone from our local community and gaining an insight into local customs and culture. You would also be engaging in responsible tourism and sporting local rural tourism. We work with several local guides and you can contact them directly to organise a tour.

Are there many mosquitos and bugs at Casitas Tenorio?

Casitas Tenorio is located in a humid tropical environment. There are many bugs and insects that we share our environment with. We recommend that you bring bug spray and where long pants/sleeves at night time.  All our rooms are screened. You do not need to worry about Malaria or Dengue when visiting our area.

What is the weather like?

Bijagua is located in the valley between Volcano Miravalles and Volcano Tenorio. The weather is influenced by the Caribbean and can quickly change. We experience over 4000mm of rainfall a year, you can’t have the rainforest without rain!

When is the best time of year to visit?

You can visit Casitas Tenorio year round. The driest months are March and April and August through to October.

Is breakfast included in the rate?

Yes! Each day, we serve breakfast in our open air lounge and dining area. It’s an area we’ve designed for guests to breakfast with some of the local wildlife

We pride ourselves on offering homemade and wholesome breakfasts using as many ingredients from our farm and local area includingfreshly grown organic fruits, our homemade bread, butter, jam and cheese. freshly laid eggs, and fresh cows milk.

Do you offer a dinner service at Casitas Tenorio?

We currently don’t offer  a dinner service at Casitas Tenorio. We however have he menus of local restaurants and you can order takeaway to Casitas Tenorio and our local driver will deliver your meal to your casita!

What do people think about Casitas Tenorio?

We have received really positive feedback from guests about their experience at Casitas Tenorio. You can read some comments from previous guests here.You can also visit our page on TripAdvisor to read some comments of past guests at Casitas Tenorio. We were added to the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame this year for having received excellent reviews for five consecutive years.

Can I volunteer at Casitas Tenorio?

Yes! We have accepted volunteers who have worked at Casitas Tenorio and in the local community. Do you have a particular skill or passion? Please contact usor visit our volunteering pageto find our more information.

How can I help the local community?

There are many ways in which you can give back to our local community. You may like to pack some supplies for the local schools or engage in volunteering.You can also eat in our local town and buy your supplies here, supporting other small businesses.

What is rural tourism?

Rural community tourism consists of planned touristic experiences which are integrated sustainably with the rural environment and developed by local citizen organizations for the benefit of the community.’ – ICT, UNDP and the Alliance for RCT, 2005.Click here for more information.

How does Casitas Tenorio engage in Rural Tourism?

For us, rural tourism  means integrating our B&B with our farm  to provide guests with an opportunity to see and participate in rural Costa Rican life. It’s about making tourism part of the community, rather than creating new communities to cater to tourists. Click here for more information.

Do you welcome children at Casitas Tenorio?

At Casitas Tenorio, we welcome all types of guests including guests with children. Our farm is a wonderful place for children to explore the outdoors and learn about nature and the tropical rainforest. Children can be involved in milking a cow, feeding the chickens and spotting wildlife. Our children also enjoy meeting and sharing time with children.

Is Casitas Tenorio a good place to visit on our honeymoon?

Casitas Tenorio is a wonderful place to celebrate your honeymoon. It’s peaceful and romantic and the casitas are perfect for honeymooners. You won’t be disappointed.

Do you welcome LGBT travelers at Casitas Tenorio?

At Casitas Tenorio we do not discriminate based on race, religion or sexual orientation. We welcome all guests including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.

Do you welcome travelers with disabilities?

We welcome all types of travelers at Casitas Tenorio and do not discriminate. We have one room which is built to standards for people with disabilities, however it may be difficult to enjoy the full of extent of our gardens if you a mobility impaired. Please contact us in regards to your specific needs.

Who are the owners/managers of Casitas Tenorio?

Casitas Tenorio is our home and business. We are Donald Varela Soto and Pip Kelly. We are a Costa Rican/Australian couple. We have two daughters. we’ve turned our commitment to sustainable living into a working farm and eco tourism venture.

Why should I book directly with Casitas Tenorio?

We recommend that you book directly with us on our webpage. You will be assured that no commission is paid to large companies and you are supporting a small business in rural Costa Rica. It’s safe and secure to book directly with us and you can contact us at anytime about your reservation requirements.

What is the Bijagua area like?

Bijagua is quintessentially Costa Rican – it’s not uncommon to see people using horses for transport through the town, and you can still buy a machete in the hardware store.  As in any farming community, everyone in Bijagua relies on each other – we’re united by a great sense of pride in our community, and in the incredible forest that surrounds us.Bijagua is in a unique wildlife zone between Volcano Miravalles and Volcano Tenorio.

What is ‘Water and Life’ (Agua y Paz) Biosphere Reserve?

Bijagua has also been declared of being part of the ‘Water and Life’ (Agua y Paz) Biosphere Reserveby UNESCO. The reserve is comprised of eight core zones that are protected wildlife areas legally constituted and that are administered through the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC).

Is there a laundry service at Casitas Tenorio?

We have a laundry service and will gladly wash and dry your clothes for a small fee.

Can you recommend any good restaurants in the area?

There are many great places to eat in Bijagua. We recommend the Pizzeria El Barriogon, Soda Las Tinajitas and La Casita de Maiz. You can find all of these on TripAdvisor and also on the PDF map of Bijagua.

Are there any annual events in Bijagua?

The Fiestas Bijagua are held annually in April the fiestas raise money for the local community and include a traditional horse ride, hose competition, rodeos and other traditional events in central Bijagua. They are a great spectacle and insight into Costa Rican culture!

Do you accept pets at Casitas Tenorio?

Unfortunately we are unable to accept pets at Casitas Tenorio.

Do you have WIFI at Casitas Tenorio?

Wifi is available in the open air lounge and dining area, but not in the rooms. It’s perfect for switching off and truly unwinding, but just connected enough to keep in touch when it suits you.

Is your calendar up to date?

Our online calendar is ‘up to date’ and ‘live’. It changes as soon as someone makes or modifies a reservation. What we have found is that lots of changes happen! If the dates that you require are not available, we encourage you to please check the calendar again in the future as you may just become lucky and the dates you require may just open up! You can also e-mail us to be on a waiting list for specific dates.

How can I get there if I don’t have a car?

Lots of people arrive here without a car. You can ride the public bus or come in a private shuttle. Please contact us for further information.

Do you cater for gluten free or vegetarian diets?

At Casitas Tenorio B&B we can modify our breakfast menu to suit your dietary requirements. We do not serve any meat products and we can make corn tortillas if you can not eat gluten. Just be sure to let us know at check in what your requirements are.

Do you have a pool or a hot tub at Casitas Tenorio?

Unfortunately we don’t have a pool or a hot tub here. There is a nice local swimming pool near us and you can also swim in the Rio Celeste outside the national park at the place called Cabinas Piruri.

Why should I stay at Casitas Tenorio?

At Casitas Tenorio, you’re perfectly placed to visit Rio Celeste and the Volcano Tenorio National Parks– two of Costa Rica’s most beautiful sites. There’s so much to see and do around the farm and village itself – hiking, bird watching and horse riding – you can have the full Costa Rican experience right here. Let the local people, geography and wildlife treat you to a truly incredible stay.

 

What is your exact GPS location?

Our exact location is: +10° 43′ 11.93″, -85° 2′ 31.92″

How far from Rio Celeste and the Volcano Tenorio National Park is Casitas Tenorio?

We are located about 10km from the entrance to the Volcano Tenorio National park where Rio Celeste is located. The travel time is about 35 minutes in car, as the road is unpaved and bumpy in some parts. A vehicle with high wheel clearance is recommended.

How long does it take to arrive at Casitas Tenorio from San Jose?

The driving time between San Jose and Casitas Tenorio is about four hours. You can see more information about travel times and directions on our location page.

Do I need a 4×4 to get to Casitas Tenorio?

The road from Bijagua to Casitas Tenorio is unpaved. At times it can be rough but a 4×4 is not needed, however a car with high wheel clearance is recommended.

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