Vista Hermosa Farm Project

About This Center

Vista Hermosa Farm is a not for profit educational model for the bio-intensive method of mini farming. A retreat at the farm involves a visit  (a week or more) in which you can attend the evening seminars, 3 meals per day and either observe or participate in the project. If you volunteer time, the price is reduced for the visit. 

Reconnect with nature and gain valuable knowledge about bio-intensive mini-farming at this breath taking beauty location!

Venue Highlights

Accommodations are in cozy and comfortable dorms with amazing views. There is horseback riding available as an extra and many hiking options. Either relax and enjoy the setting while learning a little about sustainable permaculture agriculture, or participate in the farm work. Tuition covers evening seminars, 3 healthy meals per day, dorm accommodations, and enjoyment of our 100 acre farm with some of the best views you have seen. Internet is limited to data, as the location is in the mountains, away from it all in Salitrales, Costa Rica. The data signal varies, but can is generally good enough to check email, facebook, etc. Be sure to pick up a Kolbi SIM card (about $2US), or we have phone time available to purchase in $2 amounts to use our cell hotspot. There is a restaurant/bar that has wi-fi about a 15 minute walk from the farm as well. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, yoga with views, evening gathering bonfires, reading, relaxing, games and movies. Reconnect with nature in a peaceful and majestic environment!


We have two dorms (men and women), each accommodates up to 6 people and each has its own bathroom. There is also a visitor kitchen, laundry, additional bathroom, gathering terrace with amazing views and terrace dining, also with amazing views. Towels and linens are provided, as is toilet paper. Please bring your own toiletries. This is a low cost get away, about $500 week for a visitor and as little as $280 per week if you would like to work 4 hours per day on the farm (5 days per week, with weekends off).


  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


We provide 3 meals per day and additional snacks, etc can be brought by guests who wish and kept in the visitor kitchen. Breakfast generally includes choice of oatmeal, muesli, granola, fresh fruit, coffee and tea, eggs and tortillas. Each day, lunch is the traditional costa rican dish of gallo pinto (beans and rice) with salad. Dinner will vary and be based primarily upon food that is or will be grown at the farm. The farm has many fruit trees, so seasonal fruit picking will also be available.


From San Jose, you can take a bus to Puriscal (about an hour and 20 minutes, for about $2), then a bus from Puriscal to Salitrales for under $1. Sometimes, we can have staff pick you up in Puriscal if you arrange it ahead of time.

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