WATER FRONT HOUSE IN A Birder's Paradise with over 110 bird species identified by certified guides: Rancho el Rio is another slice of heaven that the owners of Casa Cielo in Monteverde are now making available to guests. It is 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, cattle pastures, orchards, and of course, beautiful flowers, palm trees, vegetation and lots of trees, such as coconut, banana, plantain, noni, star fruit, bread fruit, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, passion fruit, mangoes, avocadoes, cashews, are all around.
The guest house is spacious and rustic. The furniture is mostly hand-made...even the flooring on the large patio overlooking the river was hand-milled. 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 live on the same property, so we are available should you need us.
The weather is magnificent! It is warmer than Monteverde, but not as hot as the beach, so different wildlife can be seen there, such as howler monkeys, iguanas, geckos, salamanders, frogs, TONS and TONS of birds (herons, birds of prey, parrots, egrets, manakins, trogons, migratory birds, toucans, etc.). At night you can build bon fires by the river and even camp there just for fun!
There are many things to do. 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, not to mention look at all the Jesus Christ lizards that "walk" over the water surface and the iguanas that sunbathe. There are several traditional games, such as our home-made mechanical bull and other equestrian games. Collecting and eating coyoles (tiny coconut-like fruits that you crack with rocks) and other fruits to make fruit drinks is quite 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 for those who love cycling
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, you would turn left on the road right past the Lagartos Puente (Lagartos Bridge) and go for 11.5 km. , then make a right, and the Ranch´s driveway is along a white fence, a few meters after you make the turn. To go to Monteverde, you would 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 the Rancho Grande 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 (Interamerican Highway) directly onto route 605 and go 11.5 km., then make a sharp right and you are there.
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.
In this area of the country 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 much larger restaurant at the intersection of route 606 and 605. But you can just 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, and many other produce, not to mention eat from what is available at the Rancho. We provide you with free organic coffee during 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)....Read more
Rancho el Rio-A Natural Paradise/Farm Combination Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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Rancho el Rio #14, Hwy 605, 3 km south from the intersection of highway 605 and 606. Right on your way to Monteverde from the Liberia airport.
2 hrs from the Liberia airport, 2.5 hrs from the San Jose airport. 50 minutes from Monteverde. This is the real Costa Rica! Tropical
15 mins to thermal pools, 20 mins to gorgeous water fall, 2 mins to butterfly garden, 5 mins to Sustainability Demonstration Center, gentle river right on premises
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Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Liberia, 66 miles Nearest train station: none Nearest ferry port: Puntarenas, 32 miles Car is recommended
Last updated on March 09, 2015
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Left on 03/12/2015 for a stay in February 2015 | mindyandchrisReviewed Mar 12, 2015Stayed Feb 2015
When we decided to stay at Rancho el Rio, we had no idea or expectations about what this vacation would be like. Emailing back and forth with Veronica, I knew we would be in good hands but I had no idea what amazing things were in store for us!! We had no car but we found out that would not matter! Everything that is listed about Rancho el Rio are true..the horseback riding was incredible, hiking every day to see new places and things, milking the cow , seeing a baby calf one hour after it is born, baby chicks, feeding the hens, roosters, peacocks, sheep, pigs, donkeys and even an Emu !!
The gift that we had was immersing ourselves into the true AUTHENTIC rural culture that Guacimal has to offer was the highlight of our stay. There is a Fairia every Saturday from 12-5 that is put on by the residents living there with fresh produce, fruit, someone making a hot lunch for purchase each week,fresh bread, desserts, eggs and other wonderful specialties. We were able to purchase much of our food for the week at the Fair which helps the locals sustain a living for themselves..and everything is fresh and delicious!!! There is always a Marimba band or local Mariachi singers and they play Bingo at the end of the day for prizes-I played so I could bone up on my Spanish numbers!! The people are just wonderful in town and we got very close to a lot of them while we stayed there.
Veronica and Alex and their son, Stuart are wonderful hosts. Stuart is a wealth of knowledge about local birds, trees, insects, etc and took us for a night hike. Veronica and Alex are dedicated to helping Guacimal become a place where tourists can come and see what real
Costa Rica is about, and to help sustain the culture for the people living there. If you stay at Rancho el Rio or are passing through, stop at the Demonstration Sustainability Center which you will see as you are on Route 606, ask them about it as they have many wonderful ideas, dreams and plans for the future of Guacimal. Staying at Rancho el Rio, you only have to walk thru two River areas and down a path to get to it!!! Swimming in the river and then going over to the Casona, to visit, was a treat that you won't soon forget!!! There is always some kind of fruits on the trees on the Rancho so you can pick whatever you like to eat - Yum!
The Saturday afternoon Fair is a must stop if you would like to experience true Costa
Rica and you could very well see some Howler monkeys living in the trees on your visit!!!
"Amazing Wilderness Experience--Fantatsic for Kids"
Left on 01/26/2014 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 26, 2014Stayed Jun 2013
We stayed at Rio Rancho in June 2013 with our two children, ages 6 and 4. It was one of the highlights of our six week visit to Central america. Veronica, Stuart and alejandro made us feel so welcome with a wonderful snack upon arrival and horse back rides for the kids. Our children were enchanted with Stuart who introduced them to wild cilantro, feeding animals, and great river swimming holes. What an amazing naturalist. The view from the back porch is spectacular. It's so nice to really be off the beaten path with all of the comforts that you need. We can't wait to go back.
Left on 07/31/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Steve & KarenReviewed Jul 31, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
Where to start! After having spent a wonderful week in June at their other property, Casa Cielo, nearer to Monteverde, we spent the first week of July at Rancho el Rio. As always, Veronica was the perfect host and there to greet us upon arrival. We then took a quick tour of the property to get our bearings and so we'd know where to pick the bounty of bananas, mangos, avocados, coconuts, starfruit, etc, from their trees. The cottage is perfect, lots of space with a great patio for relaxing and cooking on the BBQ while watching the river run by. An astonishing variety of birds are constantly on the move around the property and Veronica's son, Stuart, provided us with a great tour during which we saw Spectacled Owls, Keel-billed toucan, Chestnut-billed toucans, tanagers, and many others. While hiking on our own we came across Howler Monkeys, parrots, and many others. During the week we spent a day at the beach at Playa Dona ana. A beautiful location near Puntarenas but because of all the rain the water was like chocolate milk...best left for the dry season. A highlight of the week was our horseback ride with Veronica, Alex and Stuart up to a waterfall. None of us had been there before and it was a real treat! Like something from a postcard with a beautiful pool at the bottom to swim in. To make it complete, a Blue Morphos butterfly entertained us during lunch. After the horseride we thought we could use a long soak in hot water so we travelled to arenal and Tabacon thermal resort for the day (an interesting 3 hour drive from the ranch). A gorgeous place with lots of natural-looking lounging pools for adults and a larger pool for the kids. All in all, it was a terrific vacation to a beautiful location that was made even better by the wonderful family that shares it!
Left on 06/12/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 12, 2013Stayed May 2013
Wow, what a beautiful paradise! The cottage is set on over 100 acres of land, and the day we arrived Veronica took us on a hike to get us a little oriented which was great! She knew we were nature lovers (especially birds) and knew exactly what to point out to us. She showed us a great spot in the river to go to and the next day we packed a picnic and lapped up the beauty of the surroundings sitting in a pool in the river with rushing water on our backs (sshhh, we went skinny dipping!!!) We saw the elusive manakin bird and numerous others. We picked mangoes and I relaxed on the beautiful porch overlooking the river in the hammock with a book. It's a real working ranch so is also perfect if you have children as they can be involved with the animals! The cottage is rustic, simple, spacious and comfortable with beautiful hand made furniture. It's a fantastic getaway from fast paced life to relaxation in this beautiful area of Costa Rica!
Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, people with disabilities, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Left on 05/20/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 20, 2013Stayed May 2013
If you are looking for a place where you can have an assortment of things to do, then Rancho el Rio is the place to go. You can sit on the porch and watch the river flow or you can walk on the multiple trails and watch the tremendous assortment of birds. It really is a birder´s paradise. You also can help with the animals which include cows, horses, chickens, turkeys, oxen and water buffalo as it is a working farm.
No matter what you chose, you are sure to have a wonderful time.
Left on 05/14/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | KatReviewed May 14, 2013Stayed May 2013
Rancho El Rio is a very special place run by a charming couple, Alex and Veronica, who go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. The cottage is comfortable, the scenery is stunning and the peaceful sounds of the river rushing below the patio are mesmerizing and oh, so relaxing. With the porch positioned on the side of the steep hill leading down to the water, you feel like you are perched in the treetops. When Toucans come to visit - as they did for us - you look out at them at eye level as they flit from tree to tree. Although we never saw any Howler monkeys, we could hear their calls frequently and knew they were nearby.
As a horse lover, I was especially excited to be able to ride and these horses are well-trained safe animals but with spirit and enthusiasm. Obviously, they are not your typical plodding beasts bored with the same old monotonous work. With Veronica as our guide, we roamed around the huge 112-acre ranchland, checking out the new baby water buffaloes, the herd of cattle and the stunning "spirit rock" which stands like a sentinel on a hilltop. Like many of their horses, my mount was a rescued horse but she was more than willing to take off at a canter as we explored the hills on the property. When we stopped at the river we took a refreshing dip in the shallow rapids to cool off, sitting down among the rocks and letting the water wash over us. Delightful!
If you want, you can stay busy with hikes around the ranch or along the country roads, going for a dip in the river's several swimming holes, watching the farm animals (watch out for those geese!) or visiting one of the attractions of the Monteverde area. Or you can just snuggle down into the hammock or the swing and while your day away reading or napping or just enjoying the beauty of Nature surrounding you.
Left on 03/23/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Zoe MReviewed Mar 23, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
This place is fantastic! The scenery is gorgeous and there is so much to do. The roomy, comfortable house features a large porch overlooking a rushing river. The river runs through about fifty acres of property, and features five swimming holes, shallow rapids to play in, and rocks to sun on. The ranch has lush pastures with sharp hills and gorgeous vistas of surrounding mountains. There is a forest with hiking trails. Birds are everywhere. My husband and I have spent 2 months in Costa Rica, and this is his favorite place. He enjoys the birding and the hiking, while I enjoy riding the horses Veronica and alex are very nice. They are more than willing to offer advice your make reservations. They try to make sure you have everything you need,
Veronica speaks fluent English. Alex, who grew up nearby, and I had fun laughing while I struggled with Spanish, and he practiced his English. You can be as much or as little involved with them as you wish. On my second visit with my granddaughter, we spent almost all of our time on the ranch. We fed the chicks, watched a group of howler monkeys until we go tired, saw a coati mundi, rode horses, and swam everyday. The wrangler patiently taught my granddaughter how to ride (she was scared). We even ate a typical Costa Rican dinner with Veronica and alex one night.
You are close to other attractions as well. An hour away is ziplining, hiking over suspension bridges in the cloud forest, suspension bridges, and exploring the rain forest.
There are very few mosquitoes and some ticks... No Lymes.
Afternoons are best spent in the water, or on the porch.
You are very safe here. Veronica is scrupulously honest, and all of the ranch's employees are relatives.
Food: El Sol, the restaurant 3 kilometers away, is good. Be sure to get your groceries in a large town before you come.
TAXES AND FEES INCLUDED.
$5 Additional guest fee applies after the second guest
Ask about discounted rates during the months of September and October.
$150 refundable deposit for pet owners
Guests are responsible for upkeep of cabin during their stay. Cleaning services could be contracted upon request.
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Rancho el Rio-A Natural Paradise/Farm Combination
2 BR / 2 BA / Sleeps 6
Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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