Sunday, May 30, 2010

Travel: Eco Friendly Family Ranch

I wish we were traveling abroad in the near future, because this place sounds amazing! Rancho Margot is a family friendly, sustainable, self sufficient ranch in Costa Rica. They raise their own chickens, pigs, have a dairy herd, stocked fishing pond, organic garden, & more. Guests can leave it up to the staff, or help with the milking of the cows, collecting of the eggs, etc. It's up to you to do as little or as much as you want!

If you think your family would be bored there, think again. They offer mountain biking, horseback riding, rappelling, hiking, kayaking, even a lava adventure tour! From the looks of it, you could easily spend a week there & not fit everything in.

Here's why I think it's a bargain: They have 2 accommodation options. They have a bunkhouse for their volunteers or budget travelers that has 20 rooms that can sleep 2 people in each(bunk beds) & 5 showers & 5 toilets for the bunkhouse. The bunkhouse rates are $45/night for single occupancy or $70/night for double occupancy. If you crave more privacy or are traveling with your family, you can rent one of 18 bungalows. The bungalow rates are $104/night for single occupancy or $140/night for double occupancy. Additional guests in a bungalow are $40/night (with a maximum of 4 people per bungalow). Children 11 & under are half price in bungalows when accompanied by 2 adults & children under 3 are free.

All of Rancho Margot's accommodation rates include: breakfast, yoga classes twice per day, a guided ranch tour, internet access, & shuttle rides to & from La Fortuna.

I realize a trip to Costa Rico isn't really inexpensive, but foreign travel never is. However, these prices seem like a steal considering all you get for the daily rate & all the activities that Rancho Margot offers (however the activities are extra). If you're looking for a tropical vacation with a bit of adventure mixed in, check out Rancho Margot. Your kids would love hanging out with howler monkeys instead of some theme park mascot for a change!

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