Our family of four (my husband and I and our two sons, ages 10 and 13) spent three nights at LaAnita Rainforest Ranch and had a truly wonderful experience. I echo every positive review written about this place and the owners. We still talk about how it was a minor miracle that we found the place in the dark. It was no easy task driving on 14 km of gravel roads with seven bridges at night! When we arrived, Pablo met us in the driveway and dinner was waiting for us.
I wasn't sure how my kids would enjoy the rustic (as in no TV) location, but they really loved it - especially the "dog horse" Trueno that would follow them around. We had two cabins next door to each other; cabins either have one king or two twin beds. The rooms were spacious and comfortable, although pack some ear plugs if you need absolute quiet to sleep. There is no glass on the windows, only screens so you truly feel as if you are sleeping outside. The cabin decks are comfortable with chairs, a built in bench, and a much fought over hammock.
We booked the Toucan package, which included lodging, all meals, two excursions each, and a tour of the farm. We really enjoyed the meals at LaAnita. We were served a nice variety of good locally grown food. Best of all, Pablo and Ana joined us for many of the meals. What a great way to learn about the farm and Costa Rica.
Part of our package included excursions. Before the tour of the farm Pablo talked to us about the history of the farm and their plans for the future. I thought the kids might get a little tired listing to it, but they really enjoyed learning about everything. We learned that there is a strong connection between La Anita and Minnesota, where we are from. They offer a science camp through Seeds of Change, and quite a number of high schools in our area have attended. My sons want to go back when he is in high school.
We did the horseback riding provided by Edgar of Santa Maria Volcanic Lodge and the Canopy tour in Guayabo. Since meals were included in our package, and we were going to miss lunch at the farm one day, Ana arranged for us to eat at a nearby restaurant, Vista Verde, at no additional cost to us. On the day of our canopy tour we also went to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, which unfortunately, was a bust. We entered from the Santa Maria entrance. There were no maps or guides, so we pretty much on our own. And the road to get there was crazy…
Pablo and Ana were so friendly. We felt like we were saying good bye to friends when we left. Beer and soda are available in the ‘fridge in the room, but if you want to have something else while you relax back at your cabin at night, you should stop at a grocery store on your way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a small valley between the Miravalles, Rincon de la Vieja, and Santa Maria Volcanoes, La Anita Rainforest Ranch is surrounded by an incredible explosion of biodiversity. Our guests have the opportunity to tour our ranch and indulge in gourmet cuisine prepared with ingredients picked fresh from our gardens. We will guide you through rainforest trails, teach you about the flower and heart of palm, fruits and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Anita Rainforest Ranch Hotel Rincon De La Vieja
- La Anita Rainforest Ranch Costa Rica/Rincon De La Vieja