Bienvenido a Buenaventura... Where the Rainforest meets the River!
Buenaventura is a private retreat destination with a River-front Mountain Lodge & Eco-Village, Health & Wellness Rejuvenation Retreat & Learning Center, Eco-Adventure Wilderness Rainforest Park & Camp Grounds & Private Wildlife Reserve located in a pristine 'rainforest to river' valley within the greater Savegre River Valley of Costa Rica.
If Costa Rica has a Pandora, this is where you’ll find it! Buenaventura’s Old-Growth Tree Forest Park is home to La Ceiba Sagrada, a 200+ year old Sacred Ceiba "Avatar" Tree that greets and grounds our guests and visitors at Buenaventura. Start and end your visit and experience at Buenaventura by rooting your intensions at the base of La Ceiba Sagrada.
Nourish & Immerse yourself with home-grown organic meals, fresh spring mountain water and oxygen, rainforest eco-adventures, workshops and classes, simple living comforts and pure serenity for natural relaxation and rejuvenation.
Buenaventura welcomes groups, students, couples, families and individuals seeking a serene, private and off-the-map destination for eco-adventure activities, rainforest retreats, and to Live, Learn & Experience Costa Rica's local culture & language, organic foods & farming practices, and rural country living.
With over two miles of river-front and creek front property, Buenaventura's 160 acres of primary and secondary rainforest property are located along the north and south sides of the river, with 40% of the property within the southern border of the Los Santos Forest Reserve, an area north of Buenaventura with over 150,000 acres of protected primary and secondary Tropical Cloud Forests and Humid Rain Forests. Many endangered animals (like Jaguars, Tapirs, Sloths, etc.) and plant species live in this reserve located on the western valleys and foothills of the Talamanca Corridor. Guests and visitors explore and adventure around Buenaventura's Wilderness Rainforest Park and Wildlife Reserve on guided tours or on their own.
Buenaventura's Pueblo Nuevo Eco-Village comes to life with our visitors and group retreats. Set along the banks of one of the cleanest rivers in the country (and great for rafting and kayaking with Class 2-5 white water rapids), this is a magical and mystical sacred place where the Rainforest meets the River.
Buenaventura (and Three Seeds Eco-Education Rainforest Camp) are private and family-owned and operated rental facilities, lodging and learning center. Groups and guest visitors are by invitation & reservation only. Our groups and guests have exclusive use of our rental and educational facilities with personal hospitality & eco-teaching services from our Tico-American bi-lingual and bi-cultural family & locally hired staff.
Please download the BUENAVENTURA VISITORS GUIDE to learn more about Buenaventura, including:
* About Buenaventura & the Savegre River Watershed Valley & Los Santos Forest Reserve
* Our Serene & Private Location
* Getting to Buenaventura
* River-front Rentals / Turn-key Tent Camping / Event Spaces & Rental Facilities
* Rental Rates / All-Inclusive Packages / Meal Plans
* Tours & Activities / Free Things to Do / Local Attractions
* Workshops & Classes / Volunteer Programs
Buenaventura primarily hosts 'themed' visits and retreats for individuals and families/friends (FITs) and works with Group Leaders, Travel Companies, Educational Institutions and Businesses to host and faciliate the following types of experiences for their group trips:
* Health, Wellness & Yoga Retreats
* Eco-Adventure Challenges/Races & Outdoor Fitness Retreats
* Family Vacations & Reunions
* Summer Camps & Community Service (Middle School/High Schools/University Students)
* Honeymoons & Couples Retreats
* Art & Music Festivals & Celebrations
* Eco-Educational Workshops & Learning Seminars & Classes
* Community Volunteer Projects
* Incentive Travel & Team Building Retreats
* Nature, Conservation & Birding Retreats
* Research Trips & Expeditions
* Black Rock City "Playa" Camps & Other Community & Membership Groups
Buenaventura can also be exclusively rented out for unique outdoor Rainforest Weddings "Under The Ceiba Sagrada", Family & Friends Gatherings, Corporate Team Building Retreats, Commercial Motion Picture Film & Print Shoots, and for other Special Events, Gatherings & Ceremonies.
From December 1st through August 31st (9 months), Buenaventura is open to host guest visitors and group retreats.
During the months of September, October and November (3 months), Buenaventura is closed to guest visitors and group retreats, but remains open to long-term renters (1 Month Minimum stay).
About the Owner & the Newton Family:
Harlow 'Salvador' Newton - Host and owner
Harlow's first visions, inspirations, & manifestations towards his dream of creating Buenaventura began in August of 1996, when he was on a two month 'soul-searching' backpacking trip through Mexico and Central America; when he found himself sitting on the backside of a Mayan Temple in Tikal, and while looking out over the Peten & Lancandon jungles of Guatemala... it was at that moment the Buenaventura dream was born!
Read Harlow's Story & Bio
Five Generations in Costa Rica
The Newton family has been living and doing business in Costa Rica & Latin America for five generations. In the early 1900's, great-grandfather Harlow Arthur Newton Sr. worked in the copper mines of Chile as a consultant for Eternal Westinghouse.
Thirty years later, his son, Harlow Franklin Newton Sr. (pictured on the right on a CAT) arrived in Costa Rica in the late 1930's, an entrepreneur and businessman who introduced and imported some of the very first commercial Caterpillar tractors and heavy equipment machinery into Costa Rica and other countries in Central America.
Having partnered with Caterpillar and other machinery companies back in the U.S., grandfather Harlow Sr. opened and operated dealerships and equipment rentals in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Honduras, with the names Costa Rica Machinery, Salvador Machinery, and Honduras Machinery.
Harlow Jr. was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and raised in Florida and Central America, and returned to El Salvador to manage an ALCOA company and served two terms as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce of El Salvador, and one term as the Vice-President for all of Latin America before he retired back to Costa Rica.
Now Harlow III (Salvador) is taking the Newton Legacy to greener pastures with a more sustainable and socially responsible approach to tourism, hospitality and real estate/land development with his Latin American companies and projects.