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Unspoiled Costa Rica

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Costa Rica receives over 2.1 million visitors a year, and for a small country of 4 million people, that’s a huge number.

What is the allure? There are many, such as the stable and peaceful government which abolished the military in 1948. The friendly and hospitable ticos, as Costa Ricans are known.

There is of course, Costa Rica’s famous natural beauty, where in a small area guests can experience volcanoes, both the Caribbean and Pacific oceans, and tropical lowland rainforest up to highland paramo at over 12,000, where temps regularly dip below freezing. The mountainous terrain offers an almost infinite number of microclimates booming with a variety of wildlife. There is also a large array of accommodation for every budget.

la zona sur

In particular, the Southern Zone (Zona Sur), as this part of the country is known, is the least touristy area of the country. In spite of Corcovado’s allure, as it is considered one of the wildest places on Earth and a super diverse eco-zone with over 5% of the planet’s species, the Southern Zone remains largely off the beaten path.

It is an area bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one length, with hundreds of miles of unspoiled coastline, and the Talamanca mountain range on the other length. The mountains reach all the way to the ocean, provided unparalleled scenery and a huge array of microclimates.

In addition to the best opportunities to see wildlife in an unspoiled environment, the Southern Zone is home to one of the world’s most interesting archaeological mysteries, the stone spheres.

Because it is off the beaten path, enjoy this Costa Rica as you imagined it, without tour buses, crowds or stress.



The Southern Zone is the least known area and quickly becoming more popular with visitors to Costa Rica who are searching for the road less traveled. The piece above is from the Diquis region and can be found at the Gold Museum in San José

san josé

At Monte Azul, discover also the rich cultural life of contemporary Costa Rica. This small nation is home to many talented artists in the visual and theater arts. “Chepe,” as San José is affectionately known among the ticos, is the cultural center of Costa Rica offering numerous fairs, events and restaurants.

We encourage visitors to visit our capital city and experience another side of life in Costa Rica.

Only a 4 hour flight from New York City, Costa Rica is easily accessible from North America and Europe, with regular flights daily.


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Monte Azul Overview

Food that’s fresh, simple and delicious

Your Personal Chefs

Our priority is to offer guests the best culinary experience in Costa Rica. By sourcing our products 100% locally we ensure quality and freshness. In fact, our cooks personally select at the market, guaranteeing that our daily menu offers only what is at its peak of ripeness.

Guests are surprised to learn that our talented young chefs were trained on the job, as they are also surprised to find this level of service and ambiance so off the beaten path. We customize our daily menu catered to your specific needs and tastes, so in addition to our fresh and locally raised meats, we offer gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian diners creative and delicious options.

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Nature, Food & Art

“Comfort and Style”

Monte Azul partners, Randall Langendorfer and Carlos Rojas, conceived and developed an original destination in the mountains of Southern Costa Rica.

Eco-tourism is redefined with our stylish riverside “Casitas” and activities tailored to any type of traveler, particularly those who seek privacy. Monte Azul offers just 4 private Casitas on 100 acres along the Chirripó River in Southern Costa Rica.

Come and experience where art and nature come together, near the country’s highest point, Chirripó National Park. Only one hour from the beach, enjoy our perfect spring-like climate. In its short time, Monte Azul has achieved recognition from organizations like Condé Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor for elevating the standard for sustainability and style.

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Enjoy the exuberance of the rainforest in privacy!

Wild & Diverse

Monte Azul’s 100 acre nature preserve is part of the largest undisturbed and virgin forest found in Central America. Monte Azul protects primary rainforest that connects directly to this massive uninterrupted area, extending well into Panama and also north. Boasting some of the best bird watching in Costa Rica, with over 241 documented bird species on site, as counted by Noel Ureña –renown birding guide– and Luis Sánchez –Director of the Southern Region of the Ministry of the Environment (MINAET). MA is host to a large number of mammals, butterflies, orchids, creeks, and a waterfall, all accessible on our private 4K of trails, literally steps from your Casita.

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Fine art in the jungle

“Art in the jungle”

At the heart of Monte Azul –which was originally conceived as an artist in residency program– is art and creativity. Monte Azul Contemporary Art (MACA) offers guests original fine art produced in our studio by artists from Costa Rica and abroad, which are available for sale. Every wall at Monte Azul is gallery space, including the Casitas, which feature a curated selection of original works. Guests also have an unexpected opportunity to live with and learn about contemporary Costa Rican art in our innovative gallery and studio with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Activities and Experiences

“It’s like nowhere else”

All our local activities are private, with hosts that are experts in their fields, so you get a complete insider’s view.

No other luxury hotel or vacation home offers the variety of activities on site or literally next door. At Monte Azul, in addition to all the great activities a quintessential Costa Rica vacation is known for, zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking, spa, yoga, etc., our unique location, off the beaten path, offers guests opportunities to experience an authentic Costa Rica. Learn about country life as well as Costa Rica’s vibrant art scene

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“Simple luxuries”

As part of our effort to offer clients the best quality experience, Monte Azul produces a surprising large number of natural and organic products and amenities on site. Enjoy our Quick Monkey organic coffee grown next to our rainforest, fresh cheeses such as chevre or Camembert, a variety of breads from challah to rustic Italian, handmade soaps made from all natural ingredients, desserts like dark chocolate lava cake, plus homemade ginger beer and more! Find out why many of our guests consider Monte Azul one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica.

Whats art got to do with it?

At the heart of Monte Azul is art, in its most specific, as well as general forms. Art can be the act of creation, of innovation and problem solving. By emulating the practice and craft of the artist in everything we do at Monte Azul, we allow ourselves to try new things, look for creative solutions, and to innovate.

Ultimately, our goal is to inspire our guests with excellent service, beautiful

surroundings and delicious meals, in an authentic and memorable experience.

What to expect at Monte Azul and FAQs

With only four Casitas we offer more of a guesthouse experience as opposed to a typical resort, with personalized service, fresh farm to table meals served in our outdoor restaurant, and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. We take pride in offering an individualized experience tailored to your specific interests, from menus designed around your likes and preferences, to original activities designed to give you an insider’s experience of Costa Rica, always with our brand of one-on-one attention.

Monte Azul is located well off the beaten tourist path. A gravel road for the last 4.5 kilometers brings you to our 100 acre private nature preserve. The grounds include 1,200 meters of river front along the Chirripó Pacífico River, primary and secondary rainforest, recovering pastures, a waterfall and creeks, as well as abundant wildlife. At about 3,800 feet above sea level, guests enjoy spring like weather all year, with highs in the upper 70s and lows in upper 50s, with fresh air, pure water and the sounds of nature.

There are no luxury hotels in the area, high volume destinations or crowded roadways, yet San Isidro de El General, a bustling agricultural town with hospitals, banks, businesses and markets, is only 25 minutes away.

Designed for those who want to get away and experience something different, without sacrificing comfort and style. Monte Azul is often described as, “It’s like staying with good friends who are the perfect hosts.”

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For assistance, please contact us via email at, or by calling +506 2742 5222 during regular business hours.

Direct emails:

Melissa Matamoros, Sales & media contact

Carlos Rojas, Partner

Randy Langendorfer, Partner

Kahlil Calavas, Technical Director

Esteban “Teo” Quesada, Administrative