Welcome to Cooperative El Silencio, a place where you can truly experience the traditional lifestyle and natural beauty of Costa Rica. Tranquility….nature…Pura Vida! El Silencio is an independent cooperative based around agriculture and is comprised of various projects, including African palm plantations, a dairy farm, an organic garden, reforestation and environmental conservation projects, and a wildlife rescue centre. Coopesilencio welcomes tourists from all over the world who want to become a part of our culture and lifestyle.
We hope that this website provides all the information you need to come and discover for yourself all that we have to offer. We hope that you have an unforgettable time here in El Silencio and that this true Costa Rican experience will become a lasting memory.
At the moment we have 10 cabins that can house up to 45 people. There are several sizes available from doubles to dorm-style rooms that house up to 9 people. The accommodations include private bathrooms with hot showers, cable television, fans and clean linen. Situated adjacent to the restaurant and bar, the quaint wood cabins are decorated with murals depicting the wildlife of the Savegre valley region.
The costs for staying vary depending on the timing of your visit. High season, Costa Rican summer, runs from November 15th until April 30th. Low season begins May 1st and ends November 14th.
November 15th – April 30th Low season
May 1st – November 14th
Single/ Double 42 31
Per additional person (max. 5) 16 16
Students 28 28
Prices are in dollars
Prices include breakfast and taxes
Children under the age of 4 will not be charged
Children in the age from 4 to 12 will be charged 40 % of the single/ double price
The student prices are for one person and include three meals and taxes
For groups larger than 10 people, the guide and chauffer receive free accommodations
For all reservations please contact Coopesilencio directly. Remember, we are very flexible regarding group reservations. Please contact us so we can fully cater to your needs. Details can be found on the contact page.
The ingredients comprising the food served in the restaurant are all organically grown by the village in its own fields, including fruits and vegetables such as bananas, sweet potatoes, cassavas, celery, coriander, cucumber, papaya, pineapple, and radish. Additionally, the milk and cheese served in the restaurant comes from the town’s own organic dairy farm.
The restaurant’s cheaply priced menu includes both traditional Costa Rican meals and Western dishes. Typical Costa Rican fare includes rice, beans, fried plantains, and the meat of your choice. However, there are many vegetarian options available. The varied menu includes pancakes and spaghetti as well as gallo pinto (rice and beans with seasoning). At night, the restaurant serves drinks of all kinds and many a time music will be put on after dinner so the locals, and of course the tourists, can go for a dance.
El Silencio is part of the Central Pacific region, offering you the chance to enjoy nature in all its diversity. The region is known for its varied landscape, containing both dry and wet rainforests and a beautiful sun-drenched coastline that not only attracts tourists, but also Ticos looking for a weekend break. Despite the increasing tourism in Costa Rica, it is still an ideal place for spotting diverse wildlife, including scarlet macaws, squirrel monkeys, and white- faced monkeys. El Silencio forms part of the “Cuenca del Río Savegre”, an area of 600 km2 renowned for its biodiversity that stretches from the Talamanca cordillera to the Rey beach. The Rio Savegre dominates the landscape, and is one of the most important and strongest rivers in the country. Coopesilencio is located on the low area and its vegetation is characterized by the humidity of the Pacific coast forest. With still relatively few tourists visiting the town it might just be the best place to discover Costa Rica’s culture and beautiful nature.
As well as the volunteer opportunities and getting to know the community, El Silencio can offer hikes through the rainforest, trips to the local waterfalls and rivers, and horse treks through the surrounding area.
The guided tours that El Silencio offers are:
• A Wildlife Rescue Center tour
• A Wildlife Rescue Center and Reforestation tour
• Hiking tour to the waterfalls and through the rainforest
• A tour through the community
• A tour through the African Palm fields
• A tour of the dairy farm
• A tour of the vegetable gardens
• A horse riding tour
A combination of the above is of course also possible. For more questions about reservations and costs please feel free to contact us.
Though El Silencio offers incredible ecotourism opportunities, it is also located in the heart of the Savegre valley region, bursting with flora and fauna. If staying for a longer period of time, make sure to take advantage of the great places surrounding the town and participate in such adventures as white-water rafting or canopy zip-lining.