All proceeds from Rancho El Río fund the animal welfare, environmental and social and economic justice programs at the Sustainability Demonstration Center.
We promote relationships between humans and the environment through community-based rural tourism. We aid in organizing opportunities for Guacimaleños to interact with national and international visitors to demonstrate beautiful traditions in our rural agricultural society. We encourage travellers to engage with the places they visit in ways that support the communities they interact with and the surrounding natural environment.
We offer farm stays at Rancho El Río, our 112-acre family-owned experimental sustainable organic farm, and our guests have the opportunity to experience a hands-on perspective regarding humane animal husbandry, the importance of sustainable agriculture, and the ways in which members of different communities connect and share. Through hiking through the forests on our farm, swimming in the Río Veracruz, and interacting with our guests, we help travellers reconnect with the world we live in.
We have three available cabins on the farm: Rancho El Río cabin, La Granja cabin, and Panorama cabin. We offer private parking, and our property is secured with locking gates and fences. Set amongst a peaceful rural farming community and in the heart of tranquility, Rancho El Río offers a lot of privacy while at the same time providing you with a home base for easy access to Monteverde for day trips, which is just 17km away. Experience our whole farm and surrounding forest: over one mile of river front with natural pools, forested walking trails, mountains with beautiful river and tropical forest views, pastures, and orchards.
Rancho El Río is a spacious, rustic cabin overlooking a tropical river and surrounded by a lush forest. The furniture is mostly handmade– even the flooring on the large porch overlooking the river was hand-milled. Overlooking the river, your days here are filled with the natural sound of rushing water which provides a peaceful setting for your vacation.
La Granja is an original farmhouse with true rustic charm, surrounded by gardens, tall fruit trees, and farm animals. This antique farmhouse has traditional tall ceilings and original wood construction. With a large open porch, you’ll feel as though you’re taken a step back into the past– with the exception of modern amenities. La Granja is situated just above the river, and you’ll have direct access to various natural pools in addition to many trails throughout the farm to explore.
Panorama is a lovely, newly built farm cabin with gorgeous views. With large picturesque windows, you’ll enjoy the view of the tropical mountain landscape as you relax in the hammock. The cabin features handcrafted wood furnishings made from local sustainably-harvested wood, custom slate floor, and beautiful naturescape murals painted by a local community artist. Relax on the wraparound covered patio in one of the hammocks or rocking chairs, and make sure to say hello to the farm animals who may wander up the hill to the fence looking for a tidbit of extra food. You’re sure to see a variety of wildlife while taking in the surrounding view, and will love the vibrant sunsets in this tropical paradise.
We have a variety of animals on our sustainable farm, including rescue dogs and cats, donkeys, horses, cows, water buffalo, sheep, goats, pigs, geese, and chickens. We grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, and encourage our guests to try the fresh mangoes and starfruit just outside the cabin. We also encourage our guests to join us in learning about our farm work, and are happy to have your company when collecting fresh eggs or taking a horseback riding tour around the farm.
Newly rescued Ganga and her foal Shiva
We rescued Sonadora many years ago and now she just gave birth to Ganesha, a beautiful palomino
Alex with Ganesha