Hotel Paraíso Río Verde

Bungalow in Sarchí

A 5km detour northeast of Sarchí, this spot in the highland village of San Pedro enjoys nice panoramic vistas of coffee plantations and volcanoes Poás, Barva and Irazú. Two inexpensive doubles (including one with prime morning perspectives on the valley) are complemented by a pair of spacious four-person bungalows with kitchenettes. The optional breakfast costs US$8 per person.

As it's only identifiable from the road by a huge German flag painted on wood, finding this secluded place can be tricky. With notice, the owners can provide GPS coordinates or meet you beside the giant oxcart in Sarchí's plaza. Credit cards are not accepted, and wi-fi only works in the outdoor common areas.