In the middle of the rainforest, out of reach of any landline, lies Rancho Margot. This sustainable eco-lodge is surrounded by rainforest and will help reconnect you with nature. Acting as an all-encompassing environment in which everything has a purpose, and lives in harmony with its surroundings.

They offer yoga classes twice per day on their off-grid paradise and encourage guests to take part to embrace the feeling of slowing down and doing things intentionally.

This amazing place to stay was recognized in 2012 as being the first carbon-negative company and one of the most sustainable eco-lodges in Costa Rica. With natural spring-fed pools and minimal impact on the environment, it’s obvious why this is such a sought-after place to stay.

Their story

The story starts with Juan Sostheim, who came from a history in the fast food industry before realizing there was a better way to make a living without sacrificing our planet. The team here at Rancho Margot truly cares about their guests and the environment. This is why so many activities are offered on-site, and they offer many immersion programs.

Those looking to learn a little more about what goes on behind the scenes might be interested in their 6-day sustainable living immersion program, where they educate you on how to re-create a strong relationship with the natural world. These immersion programs are also a great idea to learn some best practices on things like waste management, consumption, responsible production, and relationship to food and energy. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

  • A Rancho Margot has embraced the “Green Roof” concept everywhere, to regulate temperature, create an even more diverse environment, and add visual appeal to the otherwise bland roof.
  • All furniture here was handmade with love by local carpenters who work with reclaimed or waste wood from the ranch, adding charm and character to each piece.
  • Two hydroelectric generators, along with a small percentage of solar panels, provide energy to the property, with a focus on moving towards more solar in the future. 
  • They are happy to say they are off-grid, and self-sufficient when it comes to power sources.
  • In a part of their effort to reduce consumption, transportation trips to and from the resort are strategic – collaboration happens with neighboring businesses to ensure no supplier is traveling exclusively for the ranch.
  • Wastewater is processed in three on-site bio-digesters that treat waste, producing methane gas used for cooking and heating in the kitchen. A final “cured” liquid substance comes as a by-product, which is applied to grazing fields to maximize the growing potential of this nutrient-dense product. 
  • In the kitchen, used cooking oil is repurposed into handmade laundry detergents and fine artisan soaps, which they encourage you to use.
  • There is also a huge initiative for composting, with a compost site hosting tonnes of this valuable resource used throughout the property for landscaping and other needs.
  • Rancho Margot has a beautiful organic farm that generates over 50% of the food needed, and oftentimes upwards of 75%. The bar is always being raised.
  • Food is made fresh, including sauces, mayonnaise, and even vinegar which they make from bananas and plantains.
  • Fruits and vegetables are harvested by hand, animals are butchered on-site, and dairy products are produced right here too. It is the ultimate farm-to-table experience.
  • With a team ranging from 40-55 employees, priority is always given to local community members. They value the opportunity to make an income and be a part of a greener future. They educate people and show them the full circle ecosystem, from start to end, on how our actions impact everything around us.
  • Local work is done with the next generation of environments and conservationists through the support of many programs. Local school children can get help with homework, language, music, arts, and even soccer. In class, English lessons are taught weekly, as well as music classes; they have even formed the El Castillo School Marching Band! Development is fostered and encouraged to create a positive mindset for a greener future, kids are also encouraged to play through soccer lessons and fun-raising events.
  • They also host over 50 universities from all over the world, to share their knowledge and best practices on the things they have done to achieve carbon-negative status and encourage others to strive for the same.

Most Popular Activities near Rancho Margot

  • Guided ranch tour
  • Yoga Classes
  • El Mirador Hike
  • Forest Trails
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking

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Best time to visit Rancho Margot

  • The humidity in Costa Rica is high all year around. 
  • To avoid the rainy season, plan your visit outside May-June and September-October. 
  • If you want to enjoy this place the sunniest it can be, visit in March or December.
  • Smaller showers or thunderstorms can be expected all year around, so please be prepared.

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Features

Location

Rancho Margot is 145 km from Juan Santamaría International Airport.
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