Hotel Spotlight: Rancho Margot Off the Grid and On a Mission

Travel advisor posing
Curated By

Marilyn Fay

Icon Share


  • Nature Escapes

  • Sustainable Travel

  • Costa Rica

  • Relaxation

  • Outdoors

  • Romantic

Hotel Spotlight: Rancho Margot Off the Grid and On a Mission
Curator’s statement

Every once in a while, you encounter a place that embodies a vision that not only harmonizes with nature but also actively protects it. Rancho Margot is that place. Having the pleasure of staying here, I was deeply inspired by their commitment to sustainability and their unwavering belief in a regenerative future. Rancho Margot is a testament to the power of extraordinary vision to coexist harmoniously with the natural world. At Rancho Margot, you can witness firsthand how off-grid living and a deep respect for nature can create a haven of tranquility, adventure, and farm to table cuisine.

The Fora Difference

Book with Marilyn to access exclusive perks and experiences on your trip.

[object Object]
Killer perks

Free upgrades, spa credits and more—we got you

[object Object]
Personalized recs

Customized travel planning for your style

[object Object]
Insider knowledge

Expert advice from people who’ve actually been there

Where to stay

Rancho Margot Eco Lodge

Where sustainable living meets nature's embrace in a Costa Rican paradise.

Icon [object Object]

Unlock perks by contacting Marilyn to book your trip.

Rancho Margot, an eco-conscious retreat in the heart of Costa Rica's rainforest. This Eco-Lodge is located 2.5 hours from San Jose Airport and 45 minutes from the town of La Fortuna. Immerse yourself in a haven of sustainability, where off-grid living and a deep respect for nature go hand in hand. Discover the essence of true living as you unwind in an eco-friendly lodge, savor fresh locally sourced cuisine, and participate in exhilarating adventures amidst the rainforest's embrace. You can participate in hands-on activities, from organic farming to reforestation projects. It's not just a place to stay but an incredible experience with lots of activities on and offsite.

Farm Tour

Come see regeneration in action. I got to experience truly regenerative off grid living. At Rancho Margot, you’ll dive into discovery, exploring all aspects of our sustainable and self-sufficient practices, from organic agriculture and food processing to energy production and carbon neutrality. Witness a more conscious way to live in the making.

Forest Trail

Hike through a portion of the forest and upper plantation area. Humbly, the trail starts behind the laundry building and ends by the pigsty, but the sights and sounds along the path are nothing short of extraordinary.

Kayak In Flat Water

A short flat water kayak tour is a wonderful way to connect with nature, unwind, and enjoy the serenity of calm waterways.

El Mirador Hike

Breathtaking scenery awaits on this self-guided hike to the Mirador lookout point. At the peak, you’ll absorb panoramic views of the extraordinary Arenal, Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes. For a more interactive and educational hike, request a professional guide at the front desk.

Guided Yoga Classes

Yoga outdoors and breathing in the purity of rainforest air. Senses awaken, inspired by the rush of the river, the valley breeze and the playful birdsong. The yoga palapa is a welcoming space, tune into the sights and sounds of nature, and find your place in it.

Night Hike Tour

On this guided tour, you’ll hike along rainforest paths after dusk, learn to identify mini-landscapes burgeoning with life, and spy some of the rainforest’s nocturnal creatures.

Massage Treatments

Take a break from excursions and exploration with this deepest form of relaxation. You can schedule a professional massage at our therapeutic bodywork center, surrounded by lush gardens and the fresh scent of rainforest flowers.

Microorganisms Workshop

Learn from an expert and participate in the production of mountain microorganisms. Found in the rainforest soil, these microorganisms are beneficial in many ways, such as being used in the preparation of organic fertilizers as well as here at the ranch as a farm fly repellent.

Cheese Making Workshop

You know cheese comes from a cow, but how? Satisfy this life-long curiosity by learning about and participating in this age-old process of creating farm-fresh cheese.

Soap Making Workshop

Participants in this workshop get to create their own unique, locally inspired soaps while learning about traditional soap-making techniques and ingredients specific to the region. It's a hands-on and engaging activity that allows tourists to connect with local artisans and take home a personalized, culturally enriched souvenir.

Offsite Tours Offered

  • Horseback Riding

  • Lake Arenal Kayak Tour

  • Butterfly Conservatory

  • Arenal Volcano National Park

  • Místico Hanging Bridges

  • Arenal 1968 Volcano Trails

  • Sky Trek

Need to Know

The Eco-Lodge is perfect for couples, families, yoga retreats and destination weddings immersed in the rainforest. It offers a variety of accommodations to suit all types of travelers, from a private home to shared bunkhouses. The Rancho Margot Eco-Lodge features a variety of accommodations that are located in a secluded area of the rainforest.

The Rancho Margot Casa is a private house that can accommodate up to 10 guests. It features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a large living area with a fireplace. The Rancho Margot Casa is perfect for large groups or families who want to enjoy a private and luxurious stay in the rainforest.

The Bungalow Deluxe is the largest and most luxurious accommodation option at Rancho Margot. It features a spacious living area with a queen bed, a private bathroom with a shower, and a wraparound terrace with stunning views of the rainforest. Each bungalow features a queen bed, a bathroom with a shower, and a balcony with views of the rainforest. Perfect for those who want to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the rainforest in style.

The Deluxe Studio is a smaller and more affordable option than the Bungalow Deluxe. It features a queen bed, a bathroom with a shower, and a balcony with views of the rainforest. The Deluxe Studio is perfect for travelers who are looking for a comfortable and affordable place to stay.

The Bunkhouse is the most affordable accommodation option at Rancho Margot. It features two bunk beds and a shared bathroom. The Bunkhouse is perfect for groups of friends or families who are looking for a rustic and affordable place to stay.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Costa Rica. In need of further inspiration? Check out Lauren Keeton’s guide, Spring Break in Costa Rica.

Travel advisor posing

Travel Advisor

Marilyn Fay

Get in touch with Marilyn

Did you like this guide? Reach out to customize and book your own experience. Or, just to chat about travel in general.

You can normally expect a response from Marilyn within a business day or so. You’ll also be subscribed to our travel newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time).