Located about 2 hours northeast of Bagaces, set between two volcanoes, Miravalles and Rincon de la Vieja, Finca La Anita is a family business run by two lovely people, Pablo and Ana. Not only do they grow cocoa and hearts of palm, they also produce ornamental plants and greenery for florists. They have turned the farm in to a multifaceted operation that has partnered with the local village to create sustainable crops that not only preserve the rain forest, it provides ongoing employment for many local Ticos.
In addition to farming, La Anita offers overnight accommodations in well appointed cabins, complete with a porch, rocking chairs and a hammock.
The cabins are set into the edge of the rainforest, and it is a short walk to the main cabin where meals are prepared using organic, local produce.
Although it was warm and sunny on the coast, it was cool and wet in the mountains. The last 14 km were over what could generously be called a "track" and took us about 45 minutes of bumpy driving, but well worth the effort.
While we were taking our bags to our cabins, the resident stallion "Trueno" (Spanish for Thunder) ambled over to check out the new guests . From that point on, every time we ventured out, Trueno would come over to say hi and get his nose rubbed.Thunder
On top of the good food, the conversations with Pablo and Ana were both interesting and fluid.
They are engaged in a wide variety of ventures ranging from finding niche markets for their products to hosting students from the US seeking course credits to experimenting with new products (they have concocted a guava based marmalade that is quietly addictive). They are home schooling their two adorable children, and offer tours of their farm that explain the crops, the programs and their future directions. And to top it off, Pablo and Ana are really warm and welcoming, love visitors and the chance for lively discussion.
Two nights went quickly, and although the afternoons and evenings were sometimes cool and wet, it was fun and interesting.
On the way back, we stopped in at the studio in Guyabe of one of our favorite Costa Rican artists, Tony Jimenez. A young and gentle man, passionate about his work, Tony produces lovely and haunting pieces from exotic reclaimed wood. His work is featured all over CR and he is quickly developing an international fan base for his sculptures. He favors fluid, female forms that seem to simply emerge from the wood. We couldn't resist adding another of his pieces to our collection.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a small valley between the Miravalles, Rincon de la Vieja, and Santa Maria Volcanoes, La Anita Rainforest Ranch is surrounded by an incredible explosion of biodiversity. Our guests have the opportunity to tour our ranch and indulge in gourmet cuisine prepared with ingredients picked fresh from our gardens. We will guide you through rainforest trails, teach you about the flower and heart of palm, fruits and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Anita Rainforest Ranch Hotel Rincon De La Vieja
- La Anita Rainforest Ranch Costa Rica/Rincon De La Vieja