We spent 3 nights at Rancho Margot and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
By far the most interesting activity we did was the ranch tour, which was included in the price of our bungalow (normally $20). Guided by Edgar who was extremely knowledgable we explored the various self-sustainable aspects of the ranch including the biogas collector and manure water heater (doesn't smell!), and we seemed to stop every 10 yards to eat or smell something different from the garden. Good fun.
We also took a 3hr horse ride with Aurelio to a look-out point over Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano (we saw probably 4/5ths of it which apparently is not bad going!). Aurelio made me feel completely comfortable on the well trained horses and was great at pointing out plenty of wildlife along the way (howler and spider monkeys and many birds as well as a dead armadillo).
We were collected from and taken back to La Fortuna and driven to the local Sky Trek canopy tour (at no extra charge) by Fernando the ranch driver who was a lot of fun and very welcoming.
The food at the ranch is fantastic - 90% of it comes from the ranch itself and everyone eats buffet style in the same area - the guests, ranch workers and the volunteers. This can make for a slightly strange dynamic at times, but actually it was fine - everyone was extremely friendly and the dogs including two retriever puppies were great fun. We were very glad to be able to share a beer with Edgar, Aurelio and Fernando on our last night.
We would recommend this highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ALL RESERVATIONS AT RANCHO MARGOT INCLUDE DAILY BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER FROM OUR CHEMICAL-FREE GARDENS. ADDITIONALLY, 2-HOUR GUIDED RANCH TOUR AND TWICE DAILY YOGA CLASSES ARE INCLUDED WITH EVERY OVERNIGHT STAY.On the hills of Rancho Margot, you will find our 17 deluxe bungalows. The Caño Negro river whisper will guide you to the most peaceful rest possible, only to wake up the next day with the loud call of the howler monkeys. Hidden in our botanical gardens are bungalows, equipped to house couples or families of up to 4 people. Each bungalow has its own terrace on which you may enjoy the incredible view while relaxing on your hammock with a great book. Bungalows feature Orthopedic mattresses and are available with two queen beds or one queen bed and two singles. Additional amenities include mosquito netting, rocking chair, table & chairs, and handmade soaps. Each bungalow is equipped with a private bathroom with shower.Our vision is to protect our sustainable rainforest facility but also to make it an educational playground for adults and children alike, where we can inspire a new generation of global citizens to continue ‘closing the circle.’Rancho Margot is a family enterprise where everyone is welcome. We’re living our dream, and we invite you to join us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rancho Margot Hotel Arenal Volcano National Park