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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 2 / Bathrooms 2 / Sleeps 7 / House
Bedrooms: 2  Bathrooms: 2  Sleeps: 7  Type: House
Near Monteverde Rancho el Rio- Lush Paradise/Farm
TripAdvisor property ID 3440214

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Book this 2 bedroom house in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve today! A total of 7 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a parking space and internet access among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 16 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $660, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jul 21, 2017.

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About the owner

About the owner

Alexander/ Veronica A.
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21 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Monteverde-cloud-forest-reserve Attractions




  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Fax machine
  • Internet access
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet

Property Features

  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Waterfront
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Private garden
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (16)

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“Living the Real Costa Rican Life!!!”

Reviewed 12 Mar 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”

Reviewed 26 Jan 2014

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.

“Tropical Ranch Paradise”

Reviewed 31 Jul 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 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!

“Tranquility ...”

Reviewed 12 Jun 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+.

“little slice of paradise”

Reviewed 20 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.

“Relaxing Rustic Comfort”

Reviewed 14 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.

“This place is fantastic!”

Reviewed 23 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. Zoe Morgan

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