Three well maintained campsites nestled among the coffee plants near the butterfly conservatory and the Blue Trail offer the best opportunity at FEV to be at one with nature. Thick tropical forest canopy make this area perfect for spotting sloth and howler monkeys as well as other forest creatures. Also nearby is the Blue Trail waterfall for enjoying early morning dips.
The camping area includes a covered picnic area, water faucet, latrine and outdoor shower.
From a camper who visited FEV January, 2010
“I have been living in the dry mountains around Achuapa, and came to Finca Esperanza Verde to experience a different, and perhaps more humid ecosystem. Last night I slept well on a tent pad surrounded by coffee and banana plants. As light returned to the forest this morning, I awoke to a pleasantly novel drizzle. In the distance I heard the throaty howls of a howler monkey. I unzipped my tent door and called back, trying to replicate the sounds coming from the trees. Then I saw branches shaking as invisible animals moved closer, curious to see the stranger imitating their language. Between periods of silence, I would call and one of the monkeys would respond, or they would call and I would answer. Finally, a black mass with a curl at the end of its tail emerged on a branch at the edge of the campsite clearing. Facing each other, I called with an invented staccato call, and this time my conversation partner copied me! After a while, the group of three made their way back into the jungle canopy, and I headed up to the lodge for breakfast.”
FEV reopens Feb. 10th
FEV in Oprah Magazine
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, David Zucchino, writes about his trip to FEV in the UU World, Fall, 2011.
The rutted road continues up a lush mountainside, past banana plants heavy with fruit and tree canopies inhabited by howler monkeys and sloths, to an outpost high in the rain forest. Carved out of the mountain 4,000 feet up, the setting offers spectacular views of the Dariense mountain range and the green valley far below.