La Ecovilla

Last updated: January 15, 2012 (4 years ago)

Listing created on: June 8, 2009

La Ecovilla

(San Mateo, Alajuela, Costa Rica)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2012
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Marcelo Valansi
  • Phone: (506)8866-6969
  • Address:
    Contiguo a la planta potabilizadora del AYA, Rio Machuca, San Mateo, Alajuela, Costa Rica
    San Mateo, Alajuela, 00000
    Costa Rica

Mission Statement:


Community Description:

La Ecovilla is a unique project…
The Goal is clear and simple: To live in harmony with nature, with those who surround us, and with ourselves.
La EcoVilla offers a new concept in Sustainable Urban Development in balance with the planet. Through the practice of diverse techniques for food production, the use of alternative energy, management of waste and recycled black and grey water systems, and cutting edge environmental architecture, La EcoVilla sets a new standard for natural living.
In La Ecovilla not only you can live; you can also learn. Courses and seminars will be offered on different techniques to achieve the most precious goal of all people: being in harmony with ourselves. Plus we will have a school for our kids
The name La Ecovilla means The Ecovillage in Spanish.
La EcoVilla is situated San Mateo of Alajuela, in the western side of the city of San José, Costa Rica.
This excellent location allows you to live in the middle of nature only a short distance of hospitals (CIMA), schools, malls business centers and the pacific beaches. We do have “the best climate in the world”, with an average temperature of 77 F, all year long.
Warm during the day and refreshing at night to be able to enjoy a good rest.
Another of the benefits of its strategic location is the short distance from all the attractions of Costa Rica, like beaches, volcanoes, forest and hot springs.



  • Area: 45 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 40
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Child Members: 7
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.