Finca Exotica rainforest eco lodge
Finca Exotica is a sustainable eco lodge that provides an environment for people to learn, relax and grow ideas near Corcovado National Park’s lush rainforest.
Finca Exotica was built with the vision of acting as a center for sustainability, art and healthy living while enjoying the advantages of a beach lodge next to the famous Corcovado.
Born from a passion for creation
humbled by the miracle that life is.
With the desire to dedicate life to something dignified
we make a difference and a change.
We jump the fences and cross the oceans
to find a place where we can grow,
balancing with desire and innocence
the beauty and the beast that we are.
Taking pride in what we do collectively
we overcome the fear to keep on dreaming
and trusting in the power of love
we’ll be eternally free in the now.
Ideas like this cross our minds as we are working, struggling and thriving to make sense. Here the ubiquitous beauty and the untamed wilderness, the energy of the elements, the ocean, the forest and the skies, teach us daily the rules of life and reward us with contentment to be part of it. We promote the exchange of seeds and knowledge. For us, the experience becomes deeper with every day and we invite you to share it with us.
Who we are
Markus Wehrmeister, Founder & Owner
Markus spent his youth in Mexico on a tropical family farm. Reaching adolescence he moved back to Germany, where he chose to study Architecture in Munich while supporting himself as an event creator and DJ with his Romantic Laboratory (vanguard entertainment). Reaching the realization that the world did not need another office building or shopping mall he moved to Berlin. There, Markus took up action cooking with the infamous Gordon W. and his “scharfness institute”, while collaborating in various scandal event productions with artists such as Laura Kikauka and Gordon Monahan in their Funny Farm East venues. He also developed “ersatz exoticism” scenarios with Club 103, including the winter bikini shop.
In 2001, Markus ventured out and began traveling Central America to scout out a new place to settle and realize his dreams. He was lucky to discover the property that is now known as Finca Exotica, an end-of-the-road spot surrounded by inspirational landscapes and breathtaking nature.
With no prior experience as an hotelier, Markus spent the first 3 years building up the farm – an appropriate foundation for his ideal of a Center for Inspiration. During that time Markus traveled around Costa Rica visiting hotels and ecolodges for insights into how to manifest his vision. Since that time, he has been dedicated to creating the unique infrastructure and ambiance desired to manifest an Inspirational Institute.
Gabriela Naranjo Madriz, Cofounder & administrator
Gaby grew up in Heredia, in the Costa Rica’s central valley, but her heart was always beachside. After finishing high school Gaby moved to Guanacaste and joined the electronic beach scene. Being called to see more of the world, she travelled to Italy and became an event decorator.
In 2011, Gaby received her master’s degree in elementary school teaching. Although a school teacher by training, Gaby is an artist in her soul. Her artistic expressions in Batik, an art style using beeswax to paint various textiles, and pottery adorn the hotel facilities.
At Finca Exotica Gabriela multitasks as administrator, decorator, chef, artist, guest liaison and manager. Her dream is to build a workshop where she can sculpt, create pottery and teach arts.
Phoebe has been with the team since 2010. A trained biologist, Phoebe conducts regular turtle patrols on the Carate beach and coordinates volunteers interested in protecting these endangered species. She also dedicates her time to assisting with reservations and hosting guests.