The Ultimate Rainforest Bungalows

Cabin - Private room · Rancho Margot, El Castillo, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Rancho Margot

We are committed to offering guests and visitors an experience of a lifetime at our world class eco-lodge where EVERY MEAL IS INCLUDED and you will learn about sustainability, self-sufficiency and organic agriculture while relaxing in the rainforest.

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We are committed to offering guests and visitors an experience of a lifetime at our world class eco-lodge where EVERY MEAL IS INCLUDED and you will learn about sustainability, self-sufficiency and organic agriculture while relaxing in the rainforest.

The Space


Each spacious bungalow is equipped to house couples or families of up to four people. Bungalows are available with two queen beds or one queen bed and two single beds. Beds feature orthopedic mattresses set within handcrafted frames. All furniture, right down to the rocking chairs and the bedside reading lamps, is built on-site with locally grown teak.

Bungalows have private bathrooms with a shower stocked with our handmade soaps. Additional amenities include ceiling fans and mosquito netting.

With a total of 17 deluxe bungalows, we have the capacity to host large groups. Please contact us prior to reservation submission.


Prices listed on AirBnB reflect a reservation for 2 PEOPLE per room, per night. Additional persons and/or children age 6+ are extra.


Guest Access

All guests at Rancho Margot receive a plethora of amenities, including:

- Buffet-style Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day of your stay
- Guided 2-Hour Ranch Tour
- Twice Daily Yoga Classes (7am & 4pm)
- Use of Hot & Cold Pools
- Wireless Internet Access (in Reception area only)
- Access to Hiking Trails
- Daily Cow-Milking Opportunities
- Regular Soccer Games

Interaction with Guests

Our Front Desk is open daily from 7am - 9pm to answer any questions and offer assistance with your travel needs. Additionally, during your time here you will become familiar with our knowledgable tour guides, bartenders, chefs, farm workers and volunteers all of whom are committed to making your stay as enjoyable as possible. We also have overnight security guards who can provide assistance after Reception is closed.

The Neighborhood

Our motto sums it up perfectly:
Where the Middle of Nowhere is Somewhere Special.

We are literally located in the middle of the rainforest. We are 26km from La Fortuna which is where you will find the closest ATM, bank, gas station, etc.

Our closest village, El Castillo, is 3km away and is a really nice 40-minute walk along the shore of Lake Arenal in front of the majestic volcano.

Getting around

From La Fortuna, there is a twice-daily collective shuttle that can transport guests to Rancho Margot for $8.00 per person. Otherwise, most guests reach us by car, private driver or taxi.

Other Things to Note

In 2004, the Sostheim family bought 400 acres (162 hectares) and chose the name Rancho Margot, in honor of Juan Sostheim’s mother. At that time, the valley was an over-grazed cattle ranch, barren of trees and wildlife. Today, thanks to reforestation and efforts to propagate indigenous species of plants, the Ranch is alive and teeming with hummingbirds, butterflies and is home to one of the largest varieties and densities of birds in Costa Rica. At Rancho Margot, we recognize that education is the key to progress. By preserving and expanding the rainforest, we live what we teach everyday. At Rancho Margot, students in our Eco-Literacy Program, guests, volunteers, residents and staff are constantly planting. In sync with the seasons and our changing environment, we continue to paint on an ever-changing living canvas. We especially enjoy experiencing this landscape through the eyes of our returning guests who come back year after year to experience our growth…and to renew.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $65 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)
  • Rancho Margot is an amazing experience. The food is incredible, and is also grown or raised on site. The bungalows have a wonderful rustic quality while still having all the amenities one might need. My wife and I loved bird watching from the porch. Juan, the owner, is incredibly passionate about sustainability and sees what he is building as far more than just a get away, but as an example of a different way to live. Rancho Margot is a very special place and I can't wait to get back there again.

    May 2014
  • It so hard to put into words, how incredibly special our time at Rancho Margot was!!! The property is absolutely stunning. Our cabin was a slice of heaven, and i am truly going to miss walking down to the main house every morning past all those beautiful flowers to get coffee. Well we are on the subject. The food is outstanding. I am vegetarian and I picked up a few new ideas well I was down there on dishes. Everything was very healthy. Wish I could have brought those cooks home with me.

    For all you parents out there, I can't express how safe I felt having my daughter here. She is 7 and ran around all day doing her own thing. It was wonderful, as it was just the two of us on this trip to feel more safe then home, on the ranch .

    This is officially the first place I have cried leaving, and my daughter cried for the first two hrs of our trip to Tamarido. We found new friends and will miss all of them! Next yr we are coming back for a month. Special thanks to Freddie, Diana, Able, Ginger, Wagner, Yiandra, Paola, and. Oscar! You guys are superstars! Hope to see u all again next yr!

    February 2014
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Rancho Margot is a family enterprise focused on sustainable business operation and living. With a staff of 30 people, an average of 8 to 10 rotating volunteers and upwards of 10,000 annual visitors, Rancho Margot is a remote and dynamic place. We are located in a lush lakeside valley between rain and cloud forests in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve. In addition to providing a peaceful place that facilitates connection with nature, Rancho Margot strives to inspire each visitor to relax, enjoy and explore ways in which they can incorporate the concept of sustainability into their own lives. Along with a 5-Leaf Award by CST in 2012, Rancho Margot was also featured on ‘The Next List’ on CNN (Cable News Network), a program devoted to innovation and forward-thinking individuals from around the globe highlighting big ideas and events that will help to shape our collective future. “What Juan Sostheim does better than most is create that ‘Aha!’ moment’ when you say, “Yeah. I get it! We’re all part of the same cycle – the same circle of life,” reported Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN. Rancho Margot is also recommended by the most recent Lonely Planet as the ‘Best Place to Stay’ in Northwestern Costa Rica.
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