Sustainable ecolodge Costa Rica | El Castillo | Arenal volcano
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Stay at a sustainable ranch near Arenal Volcano

Volcano Arenal is one of the seven active volcanoes in Costa Rica, and most definitely the most famous one. Since 1968 this pyramid-shaped volcano has been erupting glowing lava rocks every 20 to 45 minutes. But, since a couple of years the volcano has calmed down, and no lave has been seen for a while. Even though, the volcano still is an impressive landmark that towers above the small village of Fortuna. In this village, you find plenty of nice restaurants, bars, and shops.

Because of the volcanic activity, there are plenty of hotsprings in the area. Most of them are owned by luxurious hotels. They turned the hotsprings into lush green gardens with several pools, waterfalls, slides, and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The most famous hotsprings are Baldi and Tabacon, but personally, we prefer Ecotermales, because it is more intimate.

  • Farmtour
  • Yoga classes
  • Arenal volcano
  • Hot springs
  • Green Circle Member hotel

Rancho Margot

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Rancho Margot

Rancho Margot is located in El Castillo a small village near the most famous volcano in Costa Rica, the Arenal volcano.

Rancho Margot is a sustainable ecolodge in Costa Rica and inspiring farm estate located at the end of the road to El Castillo. 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.

You stay in a comfortable room in the lush green garden. It is a great place to relax in the natural pool, do yoga, read a book, or watch the birds fly over

This sustainable eco-lodge is a real experience and more than just a place to sleep. Therefore, we chose them to be Green Circle Member hotel.

Sustainability at Rancho Margot

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Sustainability at Rancho Margot

Rancho Margot is a sustainable eco-lodge in Costa Rica. Its goal is to achieve and maintain environmentally friendly operations. They strive to do this to make sure future generations are able to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica as well.

One of the ways to achieve their goal of a sustainable operation is with their own sustainable ranch, where they grow and breed their own produce. From free-range chickens and cows to fruits, vegetables, and even their own soap.

The efforts don’t stop at the ranch itself. They believe children are the future and are the key to make preservation and conservation possible. By educating the young about the environment and the importance of maintaining it, they want to make a positive impact on the future of Costa Rica.

Explore the area

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Explore the area

On the grounds of this sustainable ecolodge in Costa Rica, you find a beautiful natural swimming pool. In addition, you can take free yoga classes or go canyoning.

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 refresh

ing dive. If you want to feel like a cowboy, you can book a horseback riding tour. And, if you feel a bit more adventurous, book a canopy tour and explore the jungle from the treetops.

What to see around Rancho Margot

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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Gierman family

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:

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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.

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