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Rancho Margot

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3km beyond El Castillo | La Fortuna de San Carlos, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Loved the atmosphere, loved the mission. Be sure you know what you are getting into when booking here. It is an Eco-lodge that prides itself in systainability. I loved it, but it's not luxery (no AC). Food was delicious and included. Decent wifi. Very nice warm pool and free yoga. Only complaint, and reason for not all full marks, is... More 

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San Antonio De Belen, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Racho Margot was an amazing paradise. The workers and volunteers love what they do and it shows. I had a blast horseback riding and they suited me with my perfect horse! When I come back to Costa Rica Rancho Margot will definitely be on my list! Oh and we did yoga and milked cows and played soccer with some of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Delicious food, caring staff, knowledgable guides, pretty colours, flora and fauna galore, nice horses, natural pools, recycling geniuses, an unforgettable pleasure... Would love to buy property there... Owner has ingenius incentives.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

A group of us traveled around Costa Rica and found Rancho Margot to be the highlight of the trip. The place is truly amazing, not only because of its beauty but also because of the operation they have. You start with a tour of their facilities where you learn about self sustainable practices, they have their own micro-hydroelectric plant, they... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

We are travelling around Costa Rica for 3 weeks. We had researched the Rancho Margot previously to travelling and loved the sound of what the Eco lodge stood for,so we booked 3 nights there with the expectation of being the highlight of the trip.However, we came away with mixed feelings.The positives are : The ranch is set in beautiful surroundings,with... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We spent two nights here and absolutely loved it! We are a family of three (two parents and an 8 year old boy) and there was something here for everyone. We stayed in one of the bungalows which was absolutely beautiful, surrounded by a veranda and lush gardens. It was wonderful to sway in the hamock, read and watch the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

We were really excited about staying at Rancho Margot - having read winning reviews on Trip Advisor and a big write up in our guidebook (Rough Guide to Costa Rica) we were expecting great things. Firstly the good points - the location is stunning, the bungalows are gorgeous and being able to sit on the veranda to your own lodge... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

I was in search of an eco hotel/ tourism and when I came upon their website. I was impressed but nothing like I was once I arrived on the ranch. I was lucky enough to catch a ride with the owner Juan from town, so I had a briefing before we arrived. The why, how, when ect... Nothing can prepare... More 

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Ottawa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

The first impression is not positive. In an incredibly poor design decision, the ranch located the horse stable directly beside the registration desk, bar, and restaurant making for immediate and continual odour issues. Also, on booking we were given the impression that it was more of a resort and drinks would be included, which they are not. However, the room... More 

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Palmer Lake, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Quite, beautiful, secluded yet well appointed experience in an out-of-the-way corner of Lake Arenal, Costa Rica. We were camping so didn't get to see the lodges. The dining area was rustic but very comfortable - the food was GREAT! Great, friendly staff. The grounds were very spread out so you didn't get a crowded or rushed feeling. There are lots... More 

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