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 RanchÂ´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.
ORâ€Ś 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, 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.
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 can be contracted upon request.
Payment upon arrival, cash USD. For reservations longer than 2 weeks, a deposit is required.
1 day off for every week-long stay
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.