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“This was our favorite experience in Costa Rica.”

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La Anita Rainforest Ranch
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Novelty, Ohio
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“This was our favorite experience in Costa Rica.”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We spent 8 days/7nights in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. Our stay at La Anita was hands down the best experience of our trip.

The accommodations were beautiful, tranquil, and comfortable, but it just doesn't seem right to evaluate La Anita in the same way that I would evaluate a Hilton. The experience felt much more like we were visiting our friends at their ranch in Costa Rica than like we were staying a hotel. At La Anita, Pablo had personally reviewed information about us and our trip before we arrived. He greeted us when we arrived, showed us around the property and to our bungalo. He made special dietary accommodations in the meals that were planned. Each meal was freshly prepared by two local women and served in a pavillion, where all of the guests congregated to eat, drink, and make merry. We met the other travelers staying at La Anita and spent many long evenings sharing stories in the pavillion after dinner. During our stay, we met guests from the United States and Germany. La Anita seems to be a magnet for interesting travelers with great stories to tell.

Pablo's kind and unimposing advise helped us to make the most of our time in the area. We had planned to hike the Rincon de la Vieja summit trail, but Pablo was able to let us know that the trail was closed due to volcanic activity. He made arrangements for us to hike the nearby Miravalles summit with a local guide, Freddy. Pablo called Freddy, made the arrangements, and packed us a lunch. We had never hiked with a guide before and were skeptical about the necessity of a guide, as we are experienced hikers. However, going with a guide was definitely the right decision. There were several times we might have lost the trail if we weren't with Freddy, who carried a machete, and had to clear the path on a few occasions. Freddy was very mindful of pace and was happy to hike as quickly or slowly as we liked. The hike was beautiful and tranquil; we didn't see another hiker once during our 6 hour ascent/descent. A word of caution: despite the steep incline of the trail, the trail does not have switch backs, so this hike is not for the faint of heart, or weak of quadriceps!

A few other words of advise: 1. Use Pablo's maps- they provide better directions than your GPS will, 2. If you're planning to drive to Rincon from La Anita, a four wheel drive vehicle with reasonably high ground clearance is a necessity, 3. If you are planning to hike, have a few bottles to fill with water- it will be difficult to find bottled water for purchase en route to the trails, 4. Plan on eating all of your meals at La Anita- the food and company will be the best part of your trip! Food and drink can be purchased as you go on a meal-by-meal basis, and the prices are very reasonable, and 5. Stay at La Anita! When we finally left La Anita, Pablo, Ana, and Corleone (a farm dog for whom I had developed a particular affinity), stood at the edge of the driveway to wave good-bye and watch us go, and I felt like I was leaving close family or friends.

Many thanks to Pablo and Ana for an amazing experience.

Room Tip: There are only 8 bungalows, and they are all private and beautiful.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

when I think of the hosts of this lovely property, must give the them extremely high marks for all their efforts and consideration. One chooses to stay here to be away from the usual tourist areas, to experience the land, the farm, the area near Rincon National Park and to enjoy another way of life...peaceful, serene, gracious and welcoming. Three meals a day are served, all meals are made with fresh ingredients, with thoughtfulness and with many items from local farmers or from the property itself. The dining room is open air, community tables and free of pretense. The property and inn are 5 star,for what it is which is not the Four Seasons.. The rooms are basic, beds are without a matress cover, and there is nothing but simplicity...this is what one is here for, so am not faulting, only stating.
it is wonderfully peaceful, nights are lovely with the stars....and mornings are wake up perfect.
great reading lights over the bed...better than most hotels. Ana and Paolo are so considerate, will help with any request, will give you their time and honesty in explaining their vision for their "finca" and for the future...we were simply enchanted.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Diriamba, Nicaragua
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

I am still chuckling at the negative reviews -- all of which we view as positive. No TV, no phone, 'family dining'. Thank you, Ana and Pablo, for a wonderful couple of days. All we can say is 'ditto' to all the positive reviews. Your knowledge of the country, the community, the farm is excellent and your passion for what your are doing is shown in all the little ways in which you assist those who come to visit.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I can only confirm what so many others have already written: this is a wonderful place. The owners have a clear vision of Costa Rica's past and future and want to contribute to its environmental leadership. They are highly intelligent, educated and speak excellent english. The cabins they rent (as only a small part of their project) are beautiful, clean, simple and spacious. The meals were excellent, and the tour (rain forest and farming) quite fascinating. We felt privileged to stay 2 nights, and even enjoyed the impressive, and essential rain. There are flowers everywhere and a lot of interesting palms (including beautiful sealing wax palms). A final plus: other guests at La Anita are likely to be as interesting and international as those staying during our visit, and definitely part of the experience.

Room Tip: Bear in mind that the cabins have plenty of screened but glassless windows. You will enjoy the fores...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rahway, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

After reading about La Finca here on TA, I was sold! My friend and I took the Hummingbird Package, which is 2 nights' accommodation, all your meals, a farm tour, and one additional tour. We arrived late in the afternoon on our first night, and I really wish we had been able to arrive earlier or stay one extra night. It just wasn't enough.

We followed the directions on the farm's website and had no trouble finding it. However, please do realize that it's in the middle of nowhere and you must drive 14 kilometers on a gravel road. In some places, the gravel could more realistically be called small boulders! We had a small car and we made it, but it was rather harrowing. I would really recommend something with 4 wheel drive.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Pablo and checked into our cabin, which was the second closest to the main lodge. The farm's horse, Trueno, lives in a pasture just outside the cabins, and he loved to come say hi. Our cabin was charming and rustic with 2 twin beds, coffee maker & refrigerator, and a shelving area for our luggage. The bathroom had a large shower with hot water, and the water in the sink was safe to drink. There was also a safe in the room, although we didn't feel the need to use it in such a remote location. By the way, I am very much a hotel snob and I found the accommodations clean and comfortable. The cabin's porch had a hammock and rocking chair, and after 5 minutes sitting there, my friend (who had not been as excited as I was about the farm) said, "Thank you so much for picking this place!" Relaxing on that porch was a tranquil heaven.

We met Ana and had a delicious first lunch which included fresh juice (we would find out they serve a different fresh juice at every meal) and hot chocolate made from the farm's own cacao. Then Pablo gave us a demonstration of how they harvest hearts of palm, and he used the fresh ones to make a ceviche for that night's dinner. Next we went on a tour of the farm with Pablo (and the farm dogs!), where he explained some of their crops and provided really fascinating information about their philosophies of farming.

Dinner was a relaxing affair where we chatted with Pablo and the other farm guests. I saw other reviewers mention that they felt like family, and it was really true for us. We loved meeting other travelers and hearing about their adventures, as well as the unique lives that Ana & Pablo lead at their farm.

It gets really dark out there in the middle of the rainforest, so we definitely needed a flashlight to get back to our cabin. And I had no idea the wildlife would be so noisy! The insects (and whatever else was out there!) were an interesting lullaby for sure. Also, the farm dogs made themselves at home on our porch (our guards for the night?), which we loved.

The next day (our only full day, unfortunately) we enjoyed eggs, rice & beans for breakfast, along with delicious strong coffee and the freshest fruit. We chose to do the excursion to Las Hornillas which I reviewed separately and we really enjoyed. That night's dinner was another enjoyable evening with the other travelers and Pablo. Pablo and Ana are just so open - they really like to share the details of their lives and their philosophies. I was sad we didn't get to meet their kids, although we did hear Pablo's good night phone call with them and it was the cutest thing.

The next morning we had to leave, and Ana & Pablo asked the kitchen to come in a little early for us so we would have time for breakfast before heading to the airport. I found that really thoughtful. We couldn't resist purchasing a few souvenirs from their shop, including earrings that their daughter Ana Paula creates.

Our stay at Finca Anita was like no other place I have ever been, and that's really why I picked it. I would love to go back and take some more of the excursions in the area and just spend time relaxing in the beautiful and pristine setting. If your Costa Rica travel plans permit, you really must book it. It's an incredible and unique experience with the warmest of hosts.

Room Tip: We liked being close to the main house - less distance to travel in the dark.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

It's hard to think of something that hasn't already been said about this wonderful place. As we were driving the long road to La Anita I was wondering what makes people come out to the middle of nowhere to visit this Rainforest Ranch. The answer didn't take long to find.

I am almost reluctant to add to the glowing reviews for fear that too many people will get to know about this fabulous unspoiled spot. If you want swimming pools, TV, air conditioning, room service forget it. If you want an authentic Costa Rican experience staying on a working organic cocoa farm in the rural countryside, hosted by the charming Pablo and Ana, then this is the place for you. The ten wood cabins are nicely presented and have spacious decks with superb views over the Miravailles landscape.

You really need your own car to get here if you want to avoid hefty charges for long distance taxis, but having made the effort you will not be disappointed by La Anita. The meals were delicious and full of farm grown ingredients. Apart from relaxing on the farm there are numerous activities within stirking distance- trips to the volcanoes, horse riding, trekking and hot springs.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed here for three nights with our 15 month old and 4 year old. What a lovely and relaxing experience! Ana and Pablo welcomed us like family. We even had lunch with their children. The food was fresh, made mostly from ingredients grown on the farm itself. The accomodations were clean, comfortable, and reliable. Make sure to sign-up for the cooking class and dinner with a local family. We got to make tortillas and much more. We even had other villagers join us that even for a truly joyous and festive dinner. This is the real Costa Rican experience! We can't wait to return. Thanks again, Ana and Pablo, for a wonderful vacation!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: La Anita Rainforest Ranch
Address: 500 metros este de la iglesia catolica | Colonia Libertad de Aguas Claras, Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Rincon de La Vieja
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Rincon de La Vieja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — La Anita Rainforest Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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