Near the tiny town of Bajos del Toro, El Silencio is a two-hour drive from San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, the last hour of which is up (and down) a narrow, winding mountain road into an isolated cloud forest.
El Silencio is for a honeymoon couple that wants to be unplugged in a serene and elegant atmosphere. There are no TVs in the villas (but there is one in the common room in the building that houses the dining room and bar) and there is no Internet access at El Silencio (for emergency use, there is a hookup in the office).
There are no generators, no compressors, no motorized lawn mowers, or weed whackers at El Silencio. Just the sound of rushing water and twittering birds.
The management at El Silencio has adopted the philosophy of harmonizing nature with care of its clientele. El Silencio’s staff is friendly, well-trained, and attentive, without being overly solicitous. There is no smoking anywhere on the property.
Landscaping at El Silencio consists exclusively of local plants and flowers. Environmental responsibility is made real when guests are invited to plant an indigenous tree on the property, to help offset the carbon footprint they made at El Silencio. We planted an avocado tree next to our villa.
A proverb on a recycled paper placemat at breakfast sums up El Silencio’s philosophy: “Treat the earth well. It wasn’t given to you by your parents; it was loaned to you by your children.”