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Just 15 km from the Monteverde Biological Reserve, Rancho Margot has its own unique micro-climate. A steady gentle breeze, flowing mountain rivers, Lake Arenal and the Arenal volcano contribute to maintaining a comfortable temperature and friendly environment year round. Rancho Margot is owned by the Sostheim family who upon visiting Costa Rica fell in love with Lake Arenal and its surrounding area. As luck would have it, they were able to purchase approximately 400 acres on the shores of the lake with beautiful volcano views, primary rainforest, eleven natural springs and the largest river feeding Lake Arenal flowing through the property. Having traveled all over the world and witnessed the devastation that had occurred in other “paradises”, the family decided to develop Rancho Margot as a teaching community based on sustainable rural tourism and conservation. There are no cables or wires that come into Rancho Margot. Electricity is generated with two hydro turbines located on the ranch. Methane gas for cooking is produced with bio-digesters, and hot water is produced by heat exchangers located inside compost ovens. No waste, only reusable resources. Accommodations: On the hills of Rancho Margot, you will find 17 deluxe bungalows. These bungalows are hidden in the botanical gardens, each equipped to house couples or families of up to 4 people. Each bungalow has its own terrace on which you may enjoy the great view, relax on your hammock and read a book. The Caño Negro river whisper will guide you to the most peaceful rest possible, only to wake up the next day with the loud call of the howler monkeys. Included in your stay: - Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all meals are buffet style. (Coffee, tea and water are available from all day, natural fruit juice or ice tea are available during meals) - Yoga classes twice a day - A guided ranch tour with a two hour duration - WIFI at the restaurant and bar area - Catch and release fishing in our fishpond and river - Trails, obstacle course and children's play area Activities at Rancho Margot: Pools Built with river rocks and filled with pure crystalline water from the onsite springs, the pools are the perfect spot to relax on a hot day. This natural setting combined with great views of the primary forest, the lake and the Caño Negro River will cast a spell on you. Bar/Lounge The bar is the center of the Ranch's evening life. Nghtly salsa, wine and rum will delight your senses. The cozy atmosphere and the variety on the cocktail menu combined with the opportunity to mingle with people from all around the world are some of the elements that will make for an unforgettable evening. Yoga Join your fellow guests for everyday yoga practices at 7am & 4pm. The Yoga center at Rancho Margot sits perched above the Caño river and nestled amongst the trees. The facilities are designed in an open air concept that allows you to feel completely submerged in nature while offering protection from the elements. Imagine a place with fresh air filling your lungs, an abundance of elements to nurture thousands of species of local flora and fauna, allowing you to listen to nature's whispers. All the senses come into play as the sound of the rushing river, the singing of tropical birds, the gentle breeze sweeping through carrying the soft scent of indigenous flowers and the vivid colors of nature surrounds you in all directions. Organic Sustainable Ranch Guests will enjoy a variety of activities on the organic sustainable ranch, such as milking cows, making soaps and cheeses. The ranch carries approximately 50 calves a year for beef, and sustains enough milking cows to produce enough dairy for guests at the ranch. The ranch works 10 acres of cultivated land for fruit and vegetable gardens. Guests will enjoy getting their hands dirty while learning new sustainable techniques, as well as the confidence developed while growing their own food. At Rancho Margot, not only is organic fruits and vegetables grown, but their own herbal pharmacy is also cultivated. In the medicinal garden, you will find culinary herbs which are grown worldwide such as spearmint and basil, tropical plants including cardamom, ginger, and turmeric, and native rainforest trees like senna, amargo, and firebush. In recent times, rainforest plants and the indigenous groups that use them have become an important resource for treating the modern ailments seen today. Trails The ranch and its surrounding beauty is the perfect place to hike and observe birds, trace wildlife or watch the sunrise as the whisper of the river along with the magnificence of the jungle transport you to another world. Mountain bikes are available to rent for a reasonable fee, or bring your own.
Day 8: rafting with Kenneth
$1,775
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Adventure Pacifica

9 Day Itinerary
  • Hike near Arenal Volcano
  • Zipline through the cloudforest
  • Raft the Rio Savegre
  • Explore Manuel Antonio's beaches
Spend 9 days in Costa Rica on this ultimate adventure vacation! Experience all that Costa Rica has to offer with opportunities to hike, raft, search for wildlife, zip line, and more. This is a great itinerary for travelers short on time but big on adventure!
Activities: Land, Trekking & Hiking, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Places: Central America & Mexico, Costa Rica, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde Cloud Forest, San Jose
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Cattleya hybrid at Monteverde Orchid Garden
$1,995
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Earth, Fire and Water

9 Day Itinerary
  • Learn about rainforest conservation
  • Horseback ride, fish, hike and surf
  • Watch for the Resplendant Quetzal
  • Hike the national park near Arenal
A naturalist's dream, this Costa Rica tour takes you into the rainforest, cloudforest, and to the foot of Costa Rica's most active volcano. The relaxed pace make it a perfect choice for those desiring to visit the Pacific Coast and enjoy Costa Rica travel at an easy tempo.
Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land, Rainforest Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Central America & Mexico, Costa Rica, Arenal, Monteverde Cloud Forest, San Jose, Tiskita Jungle Lodge
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White water rafting on the Pacaure River
$1,365
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Costa Rica Quest

8 Day Itinerary
  • Observe nesting sea turtles
  • Hike in the rain forest at night
  • Raft the Sarapiqui River
  • Explore nearby Arenal Volcano
Enjoy Costa Rica's incredible wildlife with an 8-day tour of Tortuguero National Park and visit one of the most important nesting sites for the green sea turtle in the western hemisphere. Then raft down the beautiful Sarapiqui River. Finish this Costa Rica vacation with a visit to Arenal, one of the world's most active volcanoes!
Activities: Land, Rainforest Exploration, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Places: Central America & Mexico, Costa Rica, Arenal, San Jose, Sarapiqui, Tortuguero
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Arenal and flowers
$1,615
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Adventure Pacifica Express

9 Day Itinerary
  • Hike near Arenal Volcano
  • Zipline through cloud forest.
  • Raft the Rio Savegre
  • Explore Manuel Antonio's beaches
Enjoy this independent version of our classic Adventure Pacifica tour. Experience all that COsta Rica has to offer with opportunities to hike, raft, search for wildlife, zip line and more. This is a great itinerary for travelers short on time but big on adventure.
Activities: Land, Local Market, Rainforest Exploration, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Places: Central America & Mexico, Costa Rica, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde Cloud Forest, San Jose, Savegre Valley
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$1,250
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Pura Vida

6 Day Itinerary
  • Raft down the Pacuare River
  • Find wildlife in the rain forest
  • Explore the Arenal Volcano area
  • Hike along the old lava flows
Live the Costa Rican way, with a "Pura Vida" mindset. Enjoy this thrilling itinerary jam-packed with adventure! Focusing on rainforest activities you can whitewater raft, zip line, explore Arenal Volcano, and more! Get the most out of your quick getaway and enjoy life's simple pleasures
Activities: Land, Rainforest Exploration, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Places: Central America & Mexico, Costa Rica, Arenal, Rios Tropicales Lodge, San Jose
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Kayak guide having some fun on the job!
$2,450
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Coast to Coast Multisport

10 Day Itinerary
  • Plunge through the Pacuare's rapids
  • Rappel down waterfalls
  • Kayak off the Pacific coast
  • Hike lowland tropical forest
Explore Costa Rica from coast to coast! This active 10-day itinerary has it all, from river rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, and canyoning to relaxation time. Enjoy all Costa Rica has to offer while seeking adventure and staying in sustainable lodges.
Activities: Beach Time, Kayaking, Land, Rainforest Exploration, Snorkeling, Whitewater Rafting, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Central America & Mexico, Costa Rica, Arenal, Pacuare River, Puerto Viejo, Rafiki Safari Lodge, San Jose
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The new swimming pool
$1,950
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Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure

9 Day Itinerary
Embark on a 9 day adventure across Costa Rica, driving yourself from one beautiful destination to the next. From the roaring rivers of Rincon de la Vieja National Park, to the pristine jungle of Arenal Volcano National Park, and to the white sand beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula, this tour allows you to experience the best of Costa Rica from the …
Activities: Land, Village Visit, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Places: Central America & Mexico, Costa Rica, Arenal, Liberia, Nicoya, Rincon de La Vieja, Tango Mar
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Toucan relaxing in the tree
$10,680
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Panama to Costa Rica: Monteverde, Arenal, and Tortuguero

15 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Lion
  • See Pacific & Caribbean Costa Rica
  • Transit the Panama Canal
  • Kayak, snorkel, swim, and hike
  • Hike in mist-shrouded Monteverde
  • Relax in hot springs near Arenal
  • Tour remote, car-less Tortuguero
An extraordinary, holistic expedition - experience all the wildness and beauty of Costa Rica and Panama on a sweeping 15-day adventure through the canal, along the coasts, and inland to a mist-shrouded cloud forest, volcano, lake, and a car-free, jungle village.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arenal, Barro Colorado, Colon, Golfo Dulce, Isla Coiba, Los Suenos (Herradura), Manuel Antonio, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Osa Peninsula - Golfo Dulce, San Jose, Tortuguero
Cruise Details
Rafting the Pacaure River in Costa Rica
$1,395
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Holiday 2016 Pura Vida

6 Day Itinerary
  • Raft down the Pacuare River
  • Find wildlife in the rain forest
  • Explore the Arenal Volcano area
  • Hike along the old lava flows
Enjoy Costa Rica's incredible wildlife with a 6-day tour focusing on the rainforest activities that put Costa Rica on the map. Enjoy a two day rafting trip down the beautiful and challenging Pacuare River. Next explore the active Arenal Volcano and the surrounding rainforest!
Activities: Land, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Places: Central America & Mexico, Costa Rica, Arenal, Rios Tropicales Lodge, San Jose
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