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Reviewed 1 March 2013

We knew this was going to be a bit of a journey. The Ranch is located outside of the usual tourist spots in Costa Rica in the northwestern area but it was well worth the trip. The road was easy to navigate (with all of the warnings we were tentative)The owners have developed an idyllic world for themselves and their young family. They share it generously with their guests. The instant we arrived we exhaled and were relaxed and were never disappointed. The grounds were beautiful, the individual cottages were well equipped and maintained and the meals were simple and fresh. We will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank KProst
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

What a wonderful experience we had visiting this ranch. Pablo and Ana are truly lovely people doing a lovely thing. If you're interested in seeing a good example of sustainable farming that comes from a lot of heart and is helping the whole community around them, come and learn from these two. The rooms are rustic -- not fancy but well made and they have everything you need including an open-air bathroom, safe, refrigerator, and a large porch with a hammock. And the food -- wow. It was so good, so fresh. Yum. We will be back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank travelingyogi
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Every now and then when traveling you find a place that is unique and unforgettable. La Anita is an outstanding example, and we wish we could have stayed longer than our three nights. I'm thankful to have found it thru Trip Advisor reviews and now I gladly add my voice and experience to the chorus saying "go!"

Hosts Ana and Pablo have made something truly special here, nestled in lovely unspoiled natural countryside between the great northern volcanoes of Miravalles and Rincon de la Vieja. The property extends across gardens, sustainable plantations, pasture, woods, streams and lakes. It's not a faceless huge corporate resort, it is far more intimate and unique. It's personal in the best way. A handful of comfortable cabins are surrounded by hummingbird-attracting plantings and look out onto the woods and the country with distant views of mountain slopes. It is clear that this couple have put their heart and soul into this endeavor, and it feels like a privilege to be their welcome guest.

Meals are served in a gracious central dining area open on the sides, looking across the lake and gardens. (There's even a yoga platform.) The food was plentiful and delicious, freshly prepared. When they learned we were celebrating a major birthday, on our last morning my husband was presented with a lovely banana cake still warm from the oven, baked specially for him!

Even though the location feels quite remote, it is in the heart of the rural community and the owners have arranged for many activity options. Nothing was too much trouble for them as they made phone calls on our behalf to set us up with whatever we wanted to do to make the most of our time there. Highlights of these special activities included an early morning trip to the dairy in the next village where we milked a cow and helped to make cheese which we then ate with tortillas etc. for breakfast.... and a fabulous dinner with a local family (Aracely and her husband & daughter) where we received the warmest, genuine welcome and had a delightful evening complete with nesting hummingbird.

Can't finish this review without mentioning the La Anita Ranch tour we had with Pablo where we learned so much about the history and geography of Costa Rica and of this region. His expansive knowledge matched our curiosity and we loved being able to ask endless questions of such a fountain of passion and information. He gave us his special Hearts of palm demo (one of their crops) and the ceviche he prepared was delicious.

Our cabin was spotlessly clean and had a very attractive, stylish modern bathroom with as much hot water as we needed (which we did not always find elsewhere in Costa Rica). The front porch had 2 rocking chairs and a hammock to watch the birds. Wow I am so far along in this review and only just mentioning the birds! People come here especially for them, and well they might in this special Northern mountain/continental divide ecozone. Toucans abound in the area - we had several good sightings right on the property and up and down the rural roads - and the singing and antics of the Montezuma's oropendulas had me laughing. Hummingbirds all over, sometimes even zipping through the porch or under the roof in the dining hall, and many other bird species both colorful and tuneful, common and less obvious. (The blazing scarlet & black Passerini's tanagers bopping about right by our porch enchanted me.)

Regular cars can make it here, but I was glad we had a 4WD with higher clearance as it made driving the rutted dirt roads and negotiating the couple of shallow fords more like fun. Yes, fords. Mostly the stream crossings are bridges, but not all. Really you need to rent a 4WD vehicle to enjoy the real Costa Rica. Yes La Anita is off the beaten track, but that is what makes it so fantastic and once you arrive it will be hard to tear yourself away. This is emphatically NOT a touristed area and that is why it's both beautiful and unselfconscious. We passed many riders on horseback and also a bullock cart on the local roads. Oh and a troupe of howler monkeys too. Allow time to get wherever you are going, as the journey TO the activity is half the fun. Specially if you are headed for one of the Park entrances some miles away.

I hope this sounds like a place you would enjoy. If so, don't hesitate to go. We had a fantastic time and really can't say enough about this conscientious, thoughtful, dedicated young family and their outstanding hospitality. They have worked hard to create a very special place. If this is a vision of the future of sustainable small-scale tourism in Costa Rica, then the future is bright. We loved it.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank AlisonFromFareham
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

My teenage son and I spent four days at La Anita in January and had a wonderful time. Hosts Ana and Pablo went out of their way to make us feel welcome from the minute we arrived. The cabins were spotless and included thoughtful amenities such as toiletries and an in-room fridge. In such a unspoiled wilderness area such items seemed truly luxurious! All the people who work with Ana and Pablo are local, and Finca La Anita strives to showcase the talents and skills of the residents of Colonia Libertad, which results in an intimate and truly educational experience for the visitor. The food is fresh and delicious and focuses on produce from La Anita and the surrounding area. The coffee is to die for, particularly the cardamom scented variety, my personal favorite. Lying in bed at night or resting in a hammock one can hear the hummingbirds and other wildlife in the surrounding forest area; it is just magical. Ana and Pablo sent us on some wonderful trips during our short stay. We enjoyed a hike through a pristine cloud forest preserve to visit waterfalls and swim in beautiful blue thermal pools, accompanied by two friendly and helpful local guides. We visited a local inn where we were able to assist the local chef with making a special ricotta cheese, even milking the cow first. Later we rode horses in the shadow of Rincon de la Vieja where we had wonderful views, returning to a traditional Costa Rican luncheon featuring fresh fish. Perhaps best of all, our hosts were eager to share the work on their farm with visitors and answer any questions. They were the best hosts I have ever experienced in years of traveling all over the world.
For anyone interested in botany or ecology, or who seeks to experience the cloudforest microclimate around Rincon de la Vieja, Finca La Anita is well worth the stay. An unforgettable experience. We hope to return soon!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank wanderluv
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

We have just returned from La Anita and loved our three day stay. Wish we could have stayed longer. Ana and Pablo are the best of hosts as they make you feel like family. They arranged for wonderful tours for us and we met the nicest people, saw plenty of spectacular flora and wildlife (my favorite: a nesting hummingbird) and beautiful waterfalls. The cabins are private, very spacious, offer comfortable beds and a modern bathroom and we just loved to "hang out" in the hammock and listen to nature's sounds. The meals were the most affordable we ate in Costa Rica, yet the most delicious and plentiful (we ate the vegetarian dishes only) and we particularly devoured the homemade ginger lemonade, heart of palm salad and homemade taro chips from freshly harvested ingredients. We will be back!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank guggenheim50
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