We, Luis Videla from Chile, Almut Schenk from Germany, and Kilimiliki our constant companion, packed our bags in Cologne in March of 2004 and started on a trip around the world. Our search for "THE" sunny place to live brought us to India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. We traveled south from Los Angeles, passing through much of Central America, and finally ended up in Costa Rica, a little bit less than one year after we began our journey.

We immediately fell in love with the land and its people, the breathtaking nature, and the friendliness of the "Ticos". In Puerto Viejo we finally found what we had been looking for. Through a combination of lucky coincidences, good fortune, and lots of support, we were able to realize our dream almost six months later, in August 2005, when we assumed ownership of our hotel "Pura Vida".

We share our home with our dogs Duchi and Salchichon as well as three cats. Our purpose in life is to make our guests from around the world feel at home in our hotel. Let us indulge you and show you the beauty of Costa Rica. Welcome!