Comments about Loco Natural Jungle Houses Write a comment/review Marya from Washington, DCI stayed at Finca Loco Natural for 3 months this summer. Except for a few weeks I had friends and family from the U.S. visit, I was on my own. Pamela and Carter, who are loved in the community, were amazing. They went above and beyond what was necessary and really made me feel like I had a family in Puerto Viejo. It's really a beautiful place to be. There is so much I loved about it. I loved the sounds of night monkeys, crickets, and toads at night and tucan songs during the day. I loved the humming birds that flew through my casa and the giant dragonflies and blue butterflies in the yard. I loved seeing an armadillo and anteater from the deck of my house. I enjoyed my daily visits from Blu, one of Pamela and Carter's dogs. I loved being so close to the ocean and going to one of the many beautiful beaches anytime I wanted. I loved that crabs cross the road in their sideways way. I loved taking dance classes on Saturdays and Sundays with the community. I loved how friendly locals are in town and that there are so many people from all over the world who made Puerto Viejo their home. I loved that fresh food is abundant and easy to find. I loved taking Spanish classes from Matias Llaituqueo. I loved that nobody cares what you do for a living and that life was so much simpler. I had an amazing time and hope to be back soon. It's a hard place to leave.August 23, 2012 Freya, Alex & Ari from Seattle, WAWe stayed in Casa Mambo for three months . . . the most amazing adventure of our lives. Puerto Viejo, is, of course, an amazing destination – we believe it is the most international small town on the planet. Fantastic people, astounding and powerful experiences with the jungle and the ocean, a wonderful vibe and a great home-away-from-home for our family (we are two moms and one 7-year-old boy). Pamela and Carter are warm and loving people, and were helpful with every aspect of our experience, from the basic challenges of jungle laundry, to sourcing great organic groceries, to finding the perfect activities in town, to pointing us towards adventures in other areas of Costa Rica. If you are curious about anything, just ask and they will help you figure it out! This property is absolutely beautiful. The blend of carefully tended gardens and fruit trees with the gorgeous surrounding jungle is elegant and inspiring, and the wildlife really WILL visit you . . . from the howler monkeys who wake you before dawn to the fireflies and bats who fill the evening with brightness and beauty. This is the place to stay if you want to be immersed in the rhythms and beauty of the jungle. Be sure to bring your Costa Rica field guide, and you can check off dozens of species just sitting on the deck! The house has a great kitchen with excellent counter space and everything you need to throw together fresh meals for a big group. Thanks to Pamela & Carter for a great experience.August 13, 2012 Charlie and Lesli Young from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USAMy wife and I had an unforgettable trip, thanks to Loco Natural and its owners, Pamela y Carter. Carter hand-crafted the houses from beautiful wood, and they added artful touches throughout. The homes just set the tone for a relaxing journey to a beautiful way of living. The landscape is lush, filled with flowers and hummingbirds. The nature trail gave us our first close view of a sloth. The walk into Puerto Viejo is brief and provided time to talk and reflect. Walking past the school seems to ground you into the community, too. Morning on the beach is a beautiful experience, just a short stroll from the house. We felt safe at Loco Natural, too. The owners live on the grounds, and there is a locking gate. Pamela y Carter took care of us too, answering our 10,000 newbie traveler questions and booking our whitewater rafting, ziplining and jungle trek adventures. Muchisimo gracias! Pamela y Carter. We only wished we could have stayed longer.June 09, 2012 Tiffany from ChicagoWe decided to rent the Casa Mambo house at Loco Natural a bit last minute and on a total whim, but it was the best decision we could have made for our trip. Firstly, Pamela and Carter were very kind and informative, answering about a million emails from this Costa Rican newbie. The house was fantastic, beautiful with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Loco Natural is one of those special places that offers you the perfect in-between. Very close to the beach and a short walk into town (about 20 minutes along the beach) but also very private and quiet, so you could choose each day whether you wanted solitute or entertainment. I can't wait to come back for a longer visit with friends and family. Thank you Pamela and Carter. Pura Vida.May 03, 2012 Catherine from Raleigh, NCWe stayed at Casa Mambo for a month this past summer. It was a truly amazing time. Pamela and Carter are perfect hosts - attentive and available when needed but also very respectful of your privacy. They are also just beautiful people who I am glad to have met. The house is beautiful, simple and perfect. I loved the outdoor shower as well as the overall openness to the outside world. We cooked some wonderful meals using various items from the farm as well as local markets. The fresh ginger and the zapote tree were my favorites. Gelato from the place near the bus stop in town was also a favorite. We rented bikes after the first week and that made getting around much easier - quick 5 minute bike ride to town, maybe a minute to the beach. Walking would be fine (its a nice walk along the beach), except we have a three-year old so it would take forever when we tried to walk. Once we had the bikes it was much easier to do more things (we rented the bikes from Pamela and Carter (very reasonable) and then found a kid's seat to rent from one of the bike shops in town). Though most days we would just hang around the house, figure out what we would eat for dinner, and head to the beach for a few hours while one person rode to town for a few things. The last thing that was great about the house is the laundry service they offer (for a charge). It was very helpful to have clean clothes waiting for you and without having to hassle with going into town. Also, the weekly cleaning service was a nice treat. I could keep going about all the wonderful things, but perhaps I have said enough! Definitely the best vacation we have had and hope we make it back there soon!January 28, 2012 Erin from Seattle Wa. USAWe arrived into San Jose after 12 hours of travel, got into our 'hostel' for the night and almost cried! It was nothing like their website and all we wanted to do was close our eyes and pretend it was already morning. Fast forward 12 hours and we found ourselves being dropped off at the gate to Finca Loco Natural, and being met by Giovanny who works for Pamela y Carter. What a cute guy, all smiles and full of cheer. He showed us down the path to Casa Mambo and when the garden opened up to reveal the house, my jaw dropped and my friend and I looked at each other, threw our hands up and just sighed! It was truly amazing, and to top it off.....exactly as advertised! You cannot and will not be disappointed when booking a stay with Pamela y Carter. The house is a woodworking marvel, from the artistry that went into the floors, windows, staircase, deck and rails. What a masterpiece. The garden on the other hand....brilliant! When people write they saw more wildlife from the porch...they are not lying! At first light, waves of birds swing into the garden to wake you up. The Toucan's show up around 5:30-6:00 am to sing their songs. Hummingbirds, Kiskadee's, Oropendola, Palm Tanager's, Passerinis's Tanager, Clay colored Robin's and the Great Tinamou (just to name a few) all call the garden home. Butterflies are everywhere, and you may spot a few Blue Morpho's as they flit on by. There is a family of Guatusa, and you will see them every morning sitting under the star fruit tree eating the fallen fruit. Go down to the creek and you will find Strawberry poison dart frogs everywhere, along with the Black and Green dart frogs and bats who call the old log across the creek home. Pamela y Carter are the most gracious hosts, supplying fresh banana's, educational tidbit's about what you see on the Finca, as well as helping to set up any activities you may want to participate in. I highly recommend a guided tour with Tico Riki!...local born and raised this man is a wealth of knowledge and they will put you in contact with him. Giovanny who can be found in the workshop daily is wonderful as well. I was constantly stopping by to check in with him to ask a question about something I had spotted. Put the three of them together and you feel as though you are part of the Finca and not just a tourist staying on their property! 2 weeks of lying in their hammocks listening to nature did this woman well and I know I will be back at some point for another stay.December 31, 2011 Kathleen Roper from Greenville, SC USAWe stayed in the "Bird House" for three days in June. This was a great set-up for families. The boys had the upstairs to themselves and we were downstairs. The house and grounds are well-tended and the owners very friendly and helpful. Fans and mosquito netting made for comfortable sleep. Quick walk to the beach and 20 minute walk to town.July 13, 2011 Jose Toriello from GuatemalaBeautiful house. Beautiful surroundings. Great hosts, know when to be there, when not to. Even with lots of rain, had a great time with my brother and girlfriend. It's relaxing to wake up in the jungle. Very outdoors feeling. Far enough away but close enough to town. Lovely, lovely place...May 22, 2011 Jon and Laura from Washington, USWe stayed at Casa Mambo at the end of January into February and it was awesome. Besides the good weather (we only had one significant morning of rain) we were happy to stay with Pamela and Carter, as they really made us feel at home. Their hospitality was welcoming after the long day of traveling from the northwestern United States. Case Mambo was a beautiful place to stay with Carter's woodwork complimented by the deck, unique stairs, and especially the hammocks for lounging. We really enjoyed the kitchen which was easy to stock after a few trips to the local store. Their property has a really good balance between proximity to the beach/town and solitude in the jungle with a full kitchen for those days/meals when you don't want to go into town. Coffee (don't worry they have a coffee pot!) on the porch listening to the jungle come alive in the morning (and as things quiet down in the evening) was one of our favorite times. I'd recommend picking up some local chocolate to go with the local coffee (Café 1820 is pretty good, but our favorite was from "Carabeans" local coffee shop on the beach). We found it to be a great place to take children (our girls were 1.5yrs and 3yrs old) we just kept an eye on them near the stairs as there is no handrail. The girls loved the freedom to play in the house, read books in the hammocks or explore in the yard with all of the beautiful flowers and interesting animals. Really nice to not worry about traffic or other people as we had plenty of space to roam and be free. We highly recommend staying at one of their houses - you won't regret it. One last word of advice...don't forget your headlamp/flashlight if you plan to walk back from town at night (or more so even if you don't plan on it)....it's very dark in the jungle!May 19, 2011 Steven King from LaPorte, Indiana, USAMy wife Martha, son Sam and I just returned from a 5 and 1/2 week stay [1-19-11 to 2-25-11] at the Birdhouse, Loco Natural. . .a booking we made sight unseeen based in significant part on the reviews read here. . .and a decided need to escape another dreadful winter in Northwest Indiana. It totally worked! Our thanks to the many accurate observations of previous guests at Loco Natural. . .we had a wonderful stay in the Birdhouse . . a handsome, clean, and well maintained structure that, with its open-air living areas [bedrooms enclose for sleeping] provides sensory immersion in the rain forest environment cultivated over many years by owners Pamela and Carter. Groups of toucans, hummingbirds, distant calls of howler monkeys, sloths, Morpho butterflies and everblooming flora and fauna were our daily experience. . . from the hammock, the breakfast table, or while checking e-mail via wireless internet. The location of the Birdhouse provides great privacy and security, yet is a 5-minute stroll to the beach and a 15-20 minute beach walk to Puerto Viejo. . with its abundant and diverse cuisine and funky music scene. [We became casual groupies of Carter, an accomplished percussionist, hitting several of his gigs at local haunts]. Proximity to Cahuita to the north and Manzanillo to the south make Loco Natural an ideal place to land on Costa Rica's Carribean coast. . .with nearby and inexpensive visits to botanical gardens, surfing, snorkeling, and hiking in national parks [at Cahuita and Manzanillo]. Zip-lining and kayaking tours are also nearby. . .but our favorite was whitewater rafting on a day trip down the scenic Pacuare River. Pamela graciously arranged that trip for us, as she also arranged our travel to more distant points in Costa Rica. We learned when you stay at Loco Natural, you have at hand the acquired wisdom and insights of their many years in the Puerto Viejo community and larger Costa Rica. Inobtrusively, they provided safety tips, guided us to local color and good eats, and answered our many questions about flora, fauna, and sounds of birds They are seasoned hosts of genuine warmth. . .how fortunate for us that a woman from Chile [Pamela] met a guy from Michigan [Carter] many years aqo. .and that they made the considerable leap of moving to Costa Rica [a great life story] and combining their talents, both "hands-on" and intangible, to the development of Loco Natural. They were the icing on the "Pura Vida" cake! Steve, Martha and Sam KingMarch 08, 2011 Kevin from Highland, INCarter and Pamela were incredible hosts, concerned as much for our well-being as for the land on which they developed the house. They even were up in an instant and willing to help when a false alarm key loss had us locked out of the upstairs bedroom at 1 a.m. The fully-stocked kitchen had us making everything from our own tortillas to baked birthday cookies while the others sipped their coffee and watched toucans jump from tree to tree. This place is a gem. Don't forget your flashlight!March 01, 2011 Joey and marie-eveWe've been to Loco Natural in january and we loved it.The houses are very comfortable,beautiful and very unique because they have been design in harmony with the nature.The houses are half closed and half open on the outside. It makes you feel that you are living in the jungle but you have all the facilities of a very nice house.You will see very nice birds. It's a real experience!!! You have to stay at least a week. It is very private and you will feel very safe.Pamela and Carter, the owners, are wonderful. At night, you will need a flashlight to come back home and to get to the village of puerto viejo you have to walk about 20min. You can rent bikes very easily in the vilage.February 16, 2011 Cathy Geard from Ontario, CanadaWe spent one month over the Christmas holidays at this beautiful home in Puerto Viejo. The unique craftmanship and thought to detail is obvious in Pamela and Carter's homes. The exquisite wood construction and mosaic tile work is outstanding. Casa Mambo offered a open-air, peaceful tropical jungle living experience. The kitchen fully equipped to cook up all the local food from the market's. The hammocks created comfort and the wood decks a great viewing place for animals, birds and nature. I cannot say enough about the host's Pamela and Carter and their dogs of course! Their advice, support and knowledge of the area is outstanding. They are always available if needed yet give you all the privacy you want. The dogs welcome you daily and fresh fruit is often found at your doorstep. The property is secure and just a short walk or bike ride to the beach and town. Sloth's, toucans and all the jungle's beauty is right at your doorstep. Down the road is the beach with surfing, scuba and just plain old ocean fun. The town has all the amenities needed and the bus service reliable. Pamela and Carter recommend great restaraunts and tours. Make sure you visit their waterfall's and the Jaquar Rescue Center. Thank you so much for a wonderful home, new friends and gracious hosts. Everyone will enjoy a stay at Finca Loco Natural Jungle Houses. Pura Vida, Cathy and Michael 2011January 18, 2011 Dillon from Saskatoon, CanadaMe and my friend stayed at casa mambo for 2 months in september and october and could not of had a better time! whether it was wasting a day laying in the hammock enjoying a book or sitting out on the deck and watching the toucans, this house and farm are truly amazing and in such a perfect location. Pamela and Carter were great hosts and as much as they could we would have fresh fruit waiting for us every morning. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and doesnt mind the odd bug or two flying around.November 19, 2010 David from Minneapolis, MNFour of us stayed at Casa Mambo in April, and we couldn't have had a better time. The beautiful house, nestled in the jungle, provided a comfortable and serene place to stay in Puerto Viejo. We especially loved lazing around in the hammocks, sitting out on the upstairs deck, and hiking to the waterfall on the back side of the property. We also enjoyed cooking delicious dinners in the Casa's kitchen. This stay is ideal for those who are not too squeamish. Nearly the entire house is open air, which makes for great airflow and a round-the-clock tropical feel. But on the other hand, people creeped out by insects might want to find something different. Pamela and Carter are excellent hosts. They helped us find the best restaurants and most interesting activities in the area. We strongly recommend Casa Mambo!July 19, 2010 Sativa Turner from San Francisco, CALoco Natural is paradise found! every single aspect of it. The House - my family and i stayed in the Ranchito for several weeks. it was like living in a treehouse on the ground floor. airy, open, private. built from the beautiful Laurel trees on the property. the house felt warm, soft, almost alive. we fell in love. swinging in the hammocks listening to reggae and watching the toucans fly from tree to tree. The Property - it felt like we were alone in the middle of a landscaped jungle, nature vibrant and in bloom all around with little trails into wilder parts. although the town was only a 15 min walk it felt like miles so we really got the best of both worlds. party when we wanted it. privacy when we needed it. the beach was only 5 minutes away, close enough to hear the waves at night. in the morning we would take our coffees for a walk along the black sand and in the afternoon spent hours surfing, bodysurfing, anything to keep us in the water. The Hosts - you could not possibly ask for better hosts than Pamela and Carter. they are the best. they have lived there for 15 years and are known and loved by many there. they can tell you everything you need to know about the town. they are real people! thoughtful, warm, kind, attentive, easygoing, respectful. the type of people, that as soon as you walk in a room you know you want to go up and talk to. don't be surprised if you find little flower arrangements and some bananas at your door in the morning. when we first got there they were our hosts, but by the end we called them friends. if you are looking for a dreamy island vacation without condos and all those touristy resorts go here! if you are looking for a place that feels like a dream home go here!July 17, 2010 Suann Foust from Grand Rapids, MI, USALoco Natural is the PERFECT place to stay in CR!! Our house was beautiful, spacious, and talk about location!! Carter y Pamela are more than gracious, very helpful, and warm. Words really fall short of describing how staying here made our trip!!July 07, 2010 Francina and Gerrit Vink from Grand Bend, Ontario, CanadaDuring the winter months of this year (2010), we rented the Bird House at Finca Loco Natural for two months. A beautifully constructed and roomy two storey home. We are two seniors and enjoyed the house and surrounding jungle with all its wildlife tremendously. Not to mention the tasty home-grown bananas our hostess Pamela would drop off at our place now and then. And we agree with all the other comments on this page that Pamela and Carter are the best hosts you could possibly wish for. In the evenings we enjoyed watching movies on our laptop while sitting on the upstairs balcony. A very different kind of experience to say the least. The combination of the Bird House and surrounding jungle were truly 'home' to us for the two months we stayed in Costa Rica. We highly recommend it. Francina & Gerrit, Ontario, CanadaJune 08, 2010 Lisa from Satellite Beach, FLI've been in Puerto Viejo a total of four times, now, and I have to say I Love Loco Natural! This is quite possibly the most peaceful place on earth. The houses are all very unique, and have everything you need to be comfortable. The finca is well kept--like a manicured jungle. Your neighbors are not too close, and the outdoor shower at Casa Mambo is fabulous. Beds comfortable and sturdy :) Bring some books and maybe some binoculars so you can get up close to the wildlife that is abundant on the farm. There are poison dart frogs, blue morpho butterflies, a symphony of birds, sloths, and now there are even monkeys. Pamela and Carter are wonderful hosts. You will love them and their dogs. Looking forward to the next visit!June 07, 2010 Rene from Fargo, USAHello Lisa... I am just curious and responding to your comments on the Loco Natural webpage. My husband and I are planning a trip to Puerto Viejo and noticed you've been there 'four' times!! We have a trip planned for Dec. 9th, 2011 for two weeks, but am not reconsidering if this is even a good time of the season to go?? We're considering Dec., Sept., or Mar.... any suggestions? Thanks for your time! R. Parke :o)July 22, 2011Load more comments Write a review Reply to: None Email: (required) (Address never made public) Name: (required) Show only first name? (full name will be published unless clicked) Website: (if you'd like a link included to your homepage) Add photo? You may upload a photo from your hard drive to accompany your comment if you like. Your photo will be automatically resized but to upload must be no more than 6MB. Contact Reason: (required) Subscribe? Email me when someone replies to my comment Email me when any comment is made on this page No, I don't want to receive any email Due to a problem with spam, your comment will not appear until it has been approved.