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Albergue Ecológico El Porvenir: Lush Garden and Great Views of Volcán Concepción

Albergue Ecológico El Porvenir is a peaceful hillside escape located on the slopes of Volcán Maderas on the farm of the same name, owned by the Flores family. The entrance to El Porvenir is about 1 km from Santa Cruz where the road splits. The driveway is steep, but it’s an easy walk up to the place. Surrounded by attractive tropical gardens with beautiful flowers and fruit trees, it is an oasis of tranquility and nature, ideal for resting and enjoying a relaxed atmosphere away from the noise of the city.

Albergue Ecológico El Porvenir offers clean, spacious rooms with bathrooms, with capacity from one to three people. Outside the rooms you find rocking chairs and hammocks. I got a nice room with one single and one double bed. It was equipped with a chair and table, bedside table and a fan, and it was 8 US $ (December 2010).

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Unique Qualities: There is also a restaurant serving good-value meals, and two terraces with tables, chairs and hammocks under thatched roofs, where the food is served. I had several meals at El Porvenir and was quite happy with the food. And the view of Volcán Concepción from the terrace is truly amazing. I often came here to relax in a hammock reading a book, having a beer and appreciate the scenic beauty of the island. It's also a great place for a drink at sunset.

From here visitors can climb Volcán Maderas (8 hours) or hike to the coffee farm Finca Magdalena, to petroglyphs, to the viewpoint Puerta del Cielo (heaven’s door) and to a small lake. In addition, El Porvenir offers guided tours and horse riding, and they rent bikes. Owners José and his daughter America are some of the friendliest people, and this was certainly one more reason why I enjoyed my stay there so much.

Thank you Malena for recommending this beautiful place to me!

Comparison: least expensive

Directions: at the foot of Volcán Madéras, a 20-minute walk from Santa Cruz

Other Contact: doscarflores@yahoo.es

Phone: +505 8479 7580

Price: less than US$20

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2012
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