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Near Monteverde Rancho el Rio- Lush Paradise/Farm

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
7 guests
2 nights minimum
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This cabin helps to fund all the animal welfare, environmental and social welfare programs their owners run at the Sustainability Demonstration Center. Check out a video about what we do by looking up 'Sustainability Demonstration Center' on Youtube! SPECIAL PROMOTION: FREE TOUR of an animal sanctuary, the historic Sustainability Demonstration Center, an Organic Farm, and the surrounding tropical paradise of forest & river! Other special ADVENTURE, CULTURAL, SPANISH LANGUAGE, RURAL, AND NATURAL EXCURSION packages for a unique Costa Rican experience with DISCOUNTS available! Contact us for more details. WATER FRONT HOUSE IN A Birder's Paradise with over 110 bird species. Rancho el Rio is another slice of heaven that the owners of Casa Cielo in Monteverde are now making available to guests...This cabin helps to fund all the animal welfare, environmental and social welfare programs their owners run at the Sustainability Demonstration Center. Check out a video about what we do by looking up 'Sustainability Demonstration Center' on Youtube! SPECIAL PROMOTION: FREE TOUR of an animal sanctuary, the historic Sustainability Demonstration Center, an Organic Farm, and the surrounding tropical paradise of forest & river! Other special ADVENTURE, CULTURAL, SPANISH LANGUAGE, RURAL, AND NATURAL EXCURSION packages for a unique Costa Rican experience with DISCOUNTS available! Contact us for more details. WATER FRONT HOUSE IN A Birder's Paradise with over 110 bird species. Rancho el Rio is another slice of heaven that the owners of Casa Cielo in Monteverde are now making available to guests..112 acres of a unique combination between nature at its best and a real organic farm. Natural swimming pools in the gentle river and river beach areas. You get it all: Over one mile of river front with, forested areas, mountains with beautiful ocean views, pastures, orchards, and flowers, palm trees, vegetation and lots of trees, such as coconut, banana, plantain, star fruit, breadfruit, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, passionfruit, mangoes, avocados, cashews. The guest house is spacious and rustic with hand-made wooden furniture. It is right by the river so you can see and hear the rush of the water all the time while you are there--a natural sound that induces relaxation and a state of well-being. We are available and live on the same property. The weather is magnificent! It is warmer than Monteverde, but not as hot as the beach. Be ready to see wildlife - howler monkeys, iguanas, geckos, salamanders, frogs, TONS of birds (herons, birds of prey, parrots, egrets, manakins, migratory birds, toucans, etc.). At night you can build bon fires by the river and even camp there just for fun! You can help milk the cow, feed the chickens, geese, peacocks, pigs and piglets and fish and tend to and ride the donkey and horses. The river itself provides hours of fun. Children (and adults!) love to swim and wade in the natural pools, look at the fish and find beautiful rocks and tiny creatures, Jesus Christ lizards that 'walk' over the water surface and the iguanas that sunbathe. Enjoy traditional games, such as our home-made mechanical bull and other equestrian games. Collecting fruits to make drinks is popular too. Night or daytime hikes by foot or on horse- back through the ranch and the surrounding town are a true delight.. We have mountain bikes for rent. ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER-PERMITTING. It is located right on your way to Monteverde from either the San Jose or Liberia airports. It is along route 605, 3 km south from the intersections of route 605 and 606. Coming from the Liberia airport, turn left on the road right past the Lagartos Bridge and go for 11.5 km. and turn right. To go to Monteverde, continue on for another 3 km. then make a slight left and turn onto route 606. From the San Jose airport you can go 2 ways. Make a right at FULL Gas Station (onto route 606) and go until you get to El Sol Restaurant, then make a left and go exactly 3 km and make a sharp left, and you are there. OR… make a right from HWY 1 directly onto route 605 and go 11.5 km., then make a sharp right. Rancho El Rio is 2 hrs from the Liberia airport and 2.5 hrs from the San Jose airport. It takes 50 mins to get to Monteverde. It is an hour away from a lovely beach. It is close to the tiny rural community of Guacimal. Here, people still ride on horse-back to work and get around, use oxen to cart things from place to place and raise cattle... this is the real Costa Rica. There is a tiny restaurant-bar nearby or you can drive 3 km. to a larger restaurant at the intersection of route 606 and 605. You can also bring all your food in for the duration of your stay and cook onsite or purchase home-made meals from us. The kitchen is fully equipped. You can also buy lots of organic dairy products right from the people living nearby, eggs, coffee, and produce, not to mention eat from what is available at the Rancho. We provide you with free organic coffee for the first morning of your stay as we are coffee producers in Monteverde. Remodeled to suit and accommodate the needs of the handicapped, the house is spacious and all on one level. It has all the amenities: telephone, wi-fi internet, hot water shower, stove, fridge, fully equipped large kitchen, 2 bedrooms (1 with a double bed and one with bunk beds), living/dining room with a futon that sleeps two additional guests, towels and linens provided, 2 full baths inside. There is a very large covered porch overlooking the river and a smaller one by the front of the house. There is a wood stove for cooking outdoors and a large wood grill (we provide you with free wood for burning). There is no A/C, but we have fans. It is best suited for people who enjoy rustic.More
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alexander/ Veronica a
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2012
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Reviewed 19 July 2018

Are there dogs and cats running around? Yes. Does it smell like farm animals? Yes. Are there occasional bugs in the house? Yes. Is Rancho El Rio one of the most wonderful places on Earth? ABSOLUTELY YES! This home may not be for everyone but...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank 1966ReneeK
Reviewed 3 April 2018

Rancho el Rio I struggled with this review. Not because I have trouble writing it, but because I was torn on how to give an accurate depiction without turning people off to this location. First, this would probably be a great location for families with...More

Date of stay: March 2018
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Monteverde C, VR Owner at Near Monteverde Rancho el Rio- Lush Paradise/Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

We appreciate loving, honest feedback. As I sit here, there is a monkey eating mangoes right out my door… It is an accurate review for the most part. No TV. It does get dark at 6:00 (all over Costa Rica). We had hurricane damage and...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

This house is close to Monteverde and has a beautiful view and access to the Guacimal river! With wifi and hot water, a big beautiful screened in kitchen, and nice warm weather, this is definitely the place to visit if you want to combine luxury...More

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank Hannah G
Monteverde C, VR Owner at Near Monteverde Rancho el Rio- Lush Paradise/Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

We are so happy when people appreciate the beauties of Nature as much as we do. The house is rustic, but having the river literally down your back porch is hard to beat. The house sits on an organic farm with lots of animals, so...More

Reviewed 24 June 2016

I wanted to introduce some extended family to Costa Rica. True Costa Rica is not just beaches with tourist traps. The rural life of the mountains is what gives Costa Rica its flavor. This farm stay fit the bill well. The owner met us with...More

Date of stay: December 2015
Thank Sophia W
Monteverde C, VR Owner at Near Monteverde Rancho el Rio- Lush Paradise/Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2016

We are glad that this family stayed at our Farm. The reviewer liked our work, and we too enjoyed hearing of the work she does to better the lives of women in a very distant part of the world and, as we often do, we...More

Reviewed 3 June 2015

We spent three nights here based on wanting to be near Monteverde while still being out a ways. The reviews were good and so after emailing back and forth with Veronica reservations were all set. She will email driving directions which are accurate however the...More

Date of stay: June 2015
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Books
Ceiling Fans
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Local Guides/Maps
Water Views
Blender
Fax
Freezer
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Waterfront
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Mountain Views
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Kettle
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It is the Real Costa Rica. People speaks Spanish and do their ordinary every day activities such as traveling on horseback, carrying sand or rock using oxen-drawn carts, swim in the rivers for fun, have their patios filled with beautiful gardens, medicinal plants, chickens and pigs and some have cows and they herd back and forth to eat or drink from the river or more lush areas. There are TINY grocery stores. You won't see Starbucks, Walmart or McDonalds. Instead we offer food made from neighbors. Low population density so very likely to see monkeys and much wildlife.
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