Dear Rainforest Friends,
I only have two more places to share with you that are open to the public in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, and they are my favorite sites to visit. I, of course, love every part of the reserve, but the field stations have everything a traveling nature-lover needs: beds, bathrooms, food, hiking trails, picturesque views, abundant wildlife, and they are definitely off the beaten path. They also hold a special place in my heart because of the incredible experiences I have had there, and for this I have left them for last. In this particular blog I will present to you the Pocosol Field Station, a unique place that few people have had the privilege to discover.
The Pocosol Field Station is comprised of a bunkhouse (a very nice bunkhouse, I might add), a newly renovated dinning hall, a classroom and two older buildings formerly used for guest housing and environmental education activities. All of the buildings are clumped together on a small clearing which is surrounded by beautiful regenerating tropical rainforest.
Just 100 meters from the dining hall is a small lake formed in a volcanic crater…a great place to take a dip on a hot tropical day or after a long hike among the maze of trails. It is deep and refreshing, and is a host to a myriad of wildlife such as otters and birds. Pocosol also boasts a beautiful waterfall, which can be reached by one of the trails and viewed from a platform built by MCL park guards and maintenance crew members. Another of Pocosol’s natural features are the boiling volcanic mud pots. It’s like having a little spa in the rainforest. Exfoliate your skin and bird watch at the same time!
What You Will See
Like any other tropical rainforest, Pocosol is surrounded by an incredible amount of biodiversity. From frogs to sloths, and from fungus to mountain lions, you are guaranteed to see something wonderful and wild. When I hear guests talk about Pocosol, though, the main attraction is its birds. There is no sleeping in at Pocosol…the birds will not let you!
What You Get
Once you get to the field station, you really do not have to worry about much else. The newly constructed bunk house is more like a rustic hotel, with multiple bunk beds in each room and a restroom equipped with a shower, toilet, mirror and sink. The MCL provides you with a towel and a small bar of soap, as well as pillows and blankets for your bed. You even get your own balcony to view the canopy outside your window. The bunk house also includes a lecture room for presentations and a lounge area, for those times between hikes and meals or to escape the frequent rain. One detail you do have to consider is the limited amount of electricity available at the station. Once the sun goes down, the electricity is provided by a gas-run generator, but during the day the generator is off, meaning no charging your electronics until after dinner.
Because I love to eat, the food at Pocosol is one of my favorite features. The field station manager cares for the facilities, but also dedicates much of his time to making delicious meals cooked from scratch three times a day for the guests. The coffee is a genuine Costa Rican blend, and most of the meals are based on local cuisine. You really have not experienced rice and beans until you have gone to Pocosol!
How to Get There
This is probably the most difficult part, but it’s worth the trouble! Pocosol is located about one hour away from La Tigra de San Carlos, a small town outside of La Fortuna. A partially paved (but mostly dirt) road leads up to the station, and the only way to get there is with a 4×4 vehicle (especially when it is raining). The MCL will provide you with transportation for a fee, which I would recommend because the road is difficult to navigate ( I prefer to leave it to the experts). But once you are in Pocosol, you will never want to leave.
If you would like to visit Pocosol, please contact the Monteverde Conservation League at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must make a reservation to stay at the field station, and the earlier the better. The months of December through June are very popular due to the lower amounts of rainfall, so if you prefer the station all to yourself I recommend visiting during the month of November. If you would like more information on prices per night, please visit http://acmcr.org/pocosol_biological_station.htm.
The Monteverde Conservation League would love to have you as a guest at the Pocosol Field Station, and MCLUS is always organizing group trips to Costa Rica with the field stations as one of their many places to experience the CER.
If you have any questions about visiting Pocosol, or just want to learn more about it, please write to email@example.com.
For the Forest,