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(*) 10 year olds and younger sharing room with parents.

Meet Your Hosts

Your hosts at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens understand that your Vacation Time is Precious.

They understand their role in making everything right so that you and your traveling companions can live this lifetime experience to the fullest. They understand that while on vacation you hope to reconnect with yourself and especially with your loved ones, that you expect to be met with an open armed welcome and a delicious meal cooked and served with love, that you will experience the luxury of knowledge and a deeper understanding of our planet and its intricate relationships and perhaps the most important of all to make new friends.

Meet your hosts at Monteverde Lodge and Gardens, their purpose is to delight you, our guest.

Bar & Restaurant Staff

Milagros Vallejo Ruiz
Head Cook

Born in Leon, Nicaragua, Milagros came to Costa Rica with her sister, Nubia, when she was 17 years old. They crossed the Costa Rica – Nicaragua border illegally at night, in dense forest, they were assaulted by three men who stole their money and their belongings. They were left with what they were wearing and 5000 colons.

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Luis Javier Garcia Zelaya
Head Server

Javier was born in Nicaragua, where he lived until he was 16 years old. Reaching that age, he made the trip south alone, to join his mother who had been living in Monteverde and working as a hotel cook for a decade.

He lives in civil union with a Costa Rican woman, the sister of fellow waiter Juan Fuentes, and together they have one daughter named Veronica, and another child on the way. When he is not at work he likes to relax at home with his family.

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Gerald Jiménez Varela
Bar & Restaurant

Gerald grew up an hour from Monteverde, in the small town of Santa Rosa de Guacimal. He describes it as very rural, known for some small agriculture, good steaks and a beautiful waterfall. He moved to the Monteverde area at age 13 with his family.

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Juan Fuentes Jimenez
Bar & Restaurant

Like many Monteverde natives, Juan was born in the biggest nearby hospital; two winding hours down the mountains in the port of Punta Arenas. Since then he mostly has lived and worked in the Monteverde community.

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Oscar Perez Arguedas
Bar & Restaurant

Oscar was born and raised in the town of La Florida, 30 minutes from Monteverde. His parents have a cattle farm there.

After graduating from High School, Oscar worked in bars and restaurants in the Monteverde region. He has worked at Monteverde lodge since early 2010 and says that what he likes about working here is that he has time to get to know the guests.

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Jeffrey Jimenez Alfaro
Bar & Restaurant

Jeffrey has worked at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens for a year. He has worked in the region in the Food & Beverage industry since 2000 and he had always dreamed of working at Monteverde Lodge. "It's such a classy place," he says.

"I like what I do because it gives me the opportunity to have conversations with all different kinds of people. Without being too forward, I always try to get guests to open up and interact with me and my co-workers."

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Lodge: 011 (+506) 2645-5057
Office: 011 (+506) 2257-0766
Fax: 011 (+506) 2257-1665


In Monteverde after passing World of Insects on your left, take the right fork in the road, drive 500 meters to the entrance of the lodge on your right.
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