El Castillo is a small village near the most famous volcano in Costa Rica, the Arenal volcano. Your final destination the sustainable is an eco lodge and inspiring farm estate located at the end of the road. At the Rancho, everything you eat is produced organically on the farm. You can help as well by milking cows, collecting eggs, picking herbs or learn how natural soap is being made. This sustainable eco-lodge is a real experience and more than just a place to sleep.
On the grounds of the Rancho, you find a beautiful natural swimming pool. In addition, you can take free yoga classes or go canyoning. If you want to explore the area, check the activities near the Arenal volcano and the town of La Fortuna. Tip: go for a walk in the late afternoon to watch the sunset over the volcano, great pictures are guaranteed!
If you’re looking to explore the region, you can visit the Arenal volcano, in the park you can walk on lava and see the volcano up close. Besides, there is a beautiful waterfall near La Fortuna where you can take a refreshing dive. If you feel a bit more adventurous, book a canopy tour and explore the jungle from the treetops.
What you can see in El Castillo and surroundings:
Nel and Egbert
Beautiful lodge at the foot of the volcano and fantastic natural surroundings with a great story about how everything is done in a sustainable way and eco: cheese, eggs, soap, vegetables, biogas, electricity, etc. We heard wonderful stories about animals and plants, about Costa Rica, the advantages and disadvantages of the country …. We met with the owner of Rancho Margot and heard his very special story.
Joost and Robert
The location is beautiful, everywhere you look you see mountain peaks with untouched jungle. A fast flowing river that flows into a large lake runs alongside the terrain and you can see the volcano Arenal on the horizon. Rancho Margot is a completely self-sufficient farm. Cows produce milk and meat, gas is produced with their manure and the water is heated by heat released from compost. At the Rancho, attention has been paid to every detail and everything works as efficiently and ecologically as possible. Never before did we visit a place where everything comes together in such a fantastic way. This is really a dream come true.
Ton and Jolanda
Beautiful location with friendly people. The way in which they deal with sustainability has made a big impression on us. Also, because they try to include their guests in their vision during their stay and the excellent guided tour. At Rancho Margot, there are many volunteers and that gives the place a good “vibe”.
Yoga class at 7 o’clock in the morning, nice swimming pools (hot and cold) and an excellent story that explains the Rancho concept in detail. What a great experience! Our farm tour lasted no less than three hours and was great (we spotted the famous green frog with the red eyes!). In addition, we visited the hanging bridges by car Again very nice and fun tour.
Insider tip from Renee:
Insider tip from Renee:
If you travel from San Jose to El Castillo, you will find the shop and art studio of recycle artist Erian Hererra next to the main road near the village of La Tigra. See how art is made from waste and try it yourself as well! If you call Erian in advance, he will plan a workshop with you to make your own recycle art creation.
The following destinations are close to this travel package:
Discover volcano Arenal from La Fortuna
The Arenal volcano is one of the seven active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The little town of La Fortuna at its foot has developed into an important travel destination and offers a wide variety of restaurant, shops and bars, but also great tours.
Hotel Grano de Oro is a fabulous boutique hotel in the centre of San Jose. The Canadian owners have been living in Costa Rica for more than 25 years now and have developed a deep respect for the local community they work with and live in. In the hotel you'll easily encounter their love for the city's traditions and history. It's truly a great place to stay!
Rio Perdido hotel is a sustainable luxury hotel offering great activities to its guests. You can go hiking, moutainbiking, rafting....and afterwards book a relaxing massage at the beautiful hotel spa. The hotel is a really off the beaten track destination, but you definitely will not get bored!
Monteverde is famous for its unique cloud forest reserve. The village lies in the mountains and is one of the few places in Costa Rica where you can still spot the beautiful quetzal. While in Monteverde you can explore the cloud forest by foot or hanging bridge, but also book a zipline tour and soar beyond the trees, a great experience!
Bijagua is a charming village near the river Rio Celeste and the Tenorio National Park. The river was named after the intense blue colour of its water. Take your time hiking up to the beautiful waterfall in the jungle and explore the area by horseback or mountain bike. You stay in a comfortable bungalow with great view of the volcano.
Bubbling mud pools near Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano has 9 craters and is still an active volcano. The area is wellknown for its thermal mud pools, waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. You can explore the area by foot, horseback or mountainbike. Enjoy your stay here!
The Caño Negro natural reserve is regarded as one of the most important 'wetlands' in the world. This is the perfect destination for nature lovers and a great place to spot reptiles and birds. From here you can also explore nearby Nicaragua and the jungle near San Carlos.
This destination is a true paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. The most famous (and protected!) inhabitants of the Maquenque region are the Great Green Macaws. But you're likely to spot other birds, like toucans, turtles, caimans and crocodiles. Enjoy the jungle and set your alarm to wake up to a spectacular sunrise!
Stay at a real ‘finca’ in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Finca Sura is a typical Costa Rican family run farm. Don Rodolfo, his wife Doña Rosa and their 8 adult children will warmly welcome you at the finca and will happily share their lives with you for a couple of days. You will stay in basic, but comfortable bungalows and the culinary skills of Doña Rosa will pamper your tastebuds and make these few days unforgettable. Experience the true Pura Vida of Costa Rica here at Finca Sura!
Sarapiqui was originally a small town on the banks of the Sarapiqui River. In the region you find many cacao, coffee, pineapple and banana plantations. Join Jean-Pierre, the Belgian owner of the lodge you're staying, on his tour and learn more about the history of cacao and chocolate!
San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and here you usually arrive and start your holiday. Even though the city might be the least interesting destination of your trip, it is definitely worthwhile to explore. There are a few great (free) city tours and the neighbourhoods of Barrio Escalante, Dent and Amon are really up and coming and provide a great local offer of nice bars, restaurants and boutiques.