We all have dreams, but only some of us roll up their sleeves to really achieve them. As ambitious or crazy they may seem, our dreams are one of the most precious things we have, a powerful tool to produce happiness.
Hogan and Erica, a couple from Colorado, should have known this very well because, in 2006, they sold everything they had and went in the south of Costa Rica not only to change their lives, but to create a reality that became a model for a sustainable existence.
Costa Rica has such a strong green identity that it aspires to become the first world’s carbon neutral nation by 2021. Just as an example, Costa Rica is home to the only carbon neutral airline in the world (the Nature Air), but this is just one of the thousands improvement the country has done in the last years towards sustainability.
Hogan and Erica bought 62 acres of pristine rainforest (that later became 600), studied carefully the ecosystem around them, and laid the foundations for what would become the Finca Bellavista: a village suspended in the trees inhabited by people who have made a radical lifestyle choice.
A community united by the common desire for a balance between man and nature, a network of tree houses connected by ziplines, and spaces devoted to tourist hospitality: all around, a world thick and green, a soundscape animated by the roaring waters of waterfalls and rivers, by the cries of monkeys and tropical birds’ singing.
Travelers who arrive at Finca Bellavista to enjoy a vacation completely immersed in a pure ecosystem, rich and wild, have to respect the rules of the host community: needless to say it is not a holiday for everyone.
You go there armed with backpacks, comfortable shoes, flashlights, swimwear, sunglasses. You go there to relax in the spa or on the front porch with a good book, to explore the forest with a book guide on flora and fauna in the hands, to swim in the streams or experience the thrill of using the Sky Lines.
You go there to dive into a new and possible world, which aspires to energy and food independence, getting in touch with what seems a utopia but it is not.
The inhabitants of Finca Bellavista are also involved in education and conservation programs and the real risk of making a holiday there is to decide not to go away anymore.
For those who deeply love nature, for those who know the happy contentment that comes from osmosis and reciprocity, to live (for seven days or forever) in a world suspended between earth and sky, hosted by a tree and all its inhabitants, is an experience hardly forgettable.