AmaTierra is a life-enhancing guest facility nestled on 8 acres in the Costa Rican mountains 1 hour west of the capital city of San Jose and 1 hour north of the Central Pacific Beaches.
Make AmaTierra your home base as you venture on day trips to a variety of area attractions. AmaTierra's, elevation, at 2000 feet, creates an ideal climate which stays between 62-84 degrees year round.
This special eco-resort features an infinity-edge pool, dining/activity room, a balcony with breathtaking views and 10 private casitas, each with an outdoor patio. Versatility is our motto, and AmaTierra, offers basic lodging and breakfast as well as all-inclusive vacation packages such as our Wellness & Adventure Packages which include healthful meals, and activities and wellness services.
So many things to do!
AmaTierra also offers excursions to some of Costa Rica's finest attractions.
We'll help you visit the stunning Pacific beaches (less than 1 hour away), the hot springs beneath Arenal Volcano and the ecological parks that make up 30% of this fabulous country.
The magnificent Pacific Beaches are less than one hour away.
From AmaTierra, you can choose to explore the beaches, parks, hot springs or nearby towns on day trips, or stay put for a relaxing and rejuvenating retreat. See our in-house special packages for 3, 5, or 7 night stays, or choose to make AmaTierra a part of an extended Costa Rican tour. Let the staff at AmaTierra help you make your Costa Rican vacation dreams a tangible, wonderful reality.
Rica festivals are fun
the whole family.
Enjoy local festivals (and Costa Ricans LOVE their fiestas!) where you can sample "typical" food and watch the "caballos trotadores" Spanish dancing horses or bullriding events in nearby San Pablo or Puriscal. Tour a local organic coffee farm, watch the one-truck produce market in action on a Saturday morning, and see how tobacco is cured at a local cigar factory.
A birdwatcher's haven, AmaTierra's 3 hectares of mountain forest is home to 2 kinds of Toucans and hundreds of varieties of birds and butterflies. A stream, hiking trails with stunning views, dozens of mango trees and reforested Pochote hardwood are all part of the ecology here. Committed to rainforest conservation and sustainable agriculture, herbalist owner Jill Ruttenberg has created an organic garden and an atmosphere of discovery for learning about tropical plants. Slowly, AmaTierra is also becoming a state-of-the-art wellness center with integrated natural therapies for true rejuvenation.
Experience the authentic Tico rural life.
At AmaTierra guests can glimpse Tico life in a traditional "campo" rural setting, authentically Costa Rican. Here it is not uncommon to encounter cowboys herding Brahma cows down the road, and perhaps to take part yourself in herding cows on a horseback ride through breathtaking mountain vistas.
AmaTierra is ideal for honeymoon couples, families and active people of all ages who desire a more intimate travel experience, as well as those who wish a yoga or meditation retreat and a time to reflect and rejuvenate in an ecologically balanced part of the world.
"The Ultimate in Relaxation" A TripAdvisor Member, March 2008
"AmaTierra Hotel was just what I needed... The food is terrific, the staff is friendly... I felt very well taken care of. I would recommend AmaTierra for a genuine Costa Rican experience - I can't wait to go back!." Read the full review.
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AmaTierra lies on the winding but wonderfully pothole-free Highway 137, 19 kilometers past Puriscal toward Orotina, about an hour’s drive southwest from San José. We can also be accessed from the superhighway 27, 15 min. off the Escobal exit.
AmaTierra Address: 2 Km Este de la Iglesia Católica de San Pablo, Turrubares, San José, Costa Rica.
From San Jose or Juan Santamaria Airport, there are 2 WAYS TO GO. The new highway cuts off about 15 minutes but does involve a dirt road for about 15 minutes of the journey.
Directions from the NEW HIGHWAY:
Once on Hwy 27 toward Orotina, which is a toll road (you will need colones, though they do make change for dollars, don't worry)
Go straight on this road, past the Atenas toll, Past "Pan de Azucar", and EXIT AT ESCOBAL. At the top of the exit, TURN LEFT, then RIGHT once you're over the highway, onto the frontage road. Follow this to its end (about 1.2 km) and TURN LEFT. You STAY on this little dirt road for about 15 minutes, over a 1 lane bridge, until you eventually get to a town called San Pablo, with a town square on the left. Go straight past the town about 2-3 blocks, past Bazaar Kinito and you'll see SODA FRANCINI on the RIGHT. TURN LEFT there, toward Puriscal and go uphill. AmaTierra will be on your LEFT side about 1 KM up the road.
Local phone number is 2419-0110.
Directions for the slower, meandering but paved all the way road: Take the road from San Jose to Ciudad Colon. Once you're in Ciudad Colon, look out for a sign saying "no hay paso" that means you're going on to a one way street.
Instead turn right at the gas station and then left at the next street and you will see a green AmaTierra sign up high (on a car wash building) stating you are 35 KM from the Hotel. Go to the top of the hill thru the town of Cuidad Colon and turn left before the road turns to dirt, following paved road. You will see a University of La Paz (Peace) sign on the left. Make sure you follow the road out of town (do not turn right to the U. of Peace), but veer right after that sign and go towards Puriscal.
After about 20 minutes, you will arrive in Puriscal. About 300 meters past the gas station on the right, you will see a sign for Turrubares/Orotina/Jaco - turn left there, in front of the Red Cross/ICE building. Follow about 3 blocks past the church, and just after the stop light you will see a white sign that will say Turrubaris/Orotina/Jaco then you MUST turn right after the sign and take this paved road past the cemetaries, continuing on to AmaTierra. The Hotel is located 17KM or 20 minutes once you leave Puriscal. We are on the right side of the road 2KM before San Pablo and you will see a Green AmaTierra sign 200 meters before to let you know you are close.
It is easy to find and the road is paved the entire way - simply look for the living green fence and wooden gate. If the gate is closed, just honk and the guard will open the gate.
If you are driving to Amatierra, and you have a GPS, here are our coordinates:
Latitude 9.905586 N
Sustainability Mission Statement
The owners and staff of AmaTierra are dedicated to protecting the natural environment, to reducing waste and conserving, reusing and recycling resources. Even before we took over the hotel in 2006, the previous owners took care not to cut down any big trees or fruit trees to construct the lodge and buildings here.
Our name, loosely translated as “Beloved Earth” implies this dedication and embodies the belief that human Beings exist as part of the delicate web of nature and, as stewards of the earth must be conscious to minimize our impact on the earth’s ecosystems, especially in a place with so much diversity as Costa Rica. Virtually 5-6% of all the plant and animal species on the earth are found here. Read AmaTierra's complete sustainability mission statement.