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Reviewed 3 April 2012

La Anita Rainforest Ranch was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. After spending five days at the southern end of the Nicoya peninsula in Montezuma, our two nights at La Anita were the perfect ending to our Costa Rica trip. The owners Pablo and Ana are a truly warm and kind couple. The food was delicious, the room was spacious and had all the necessities. Pablo and Ana have relationships with many of the local tour/activity owners, and are happy to suggest and arrange activities for any interest. La Anita is also a working farm, and the couple are passionate about sustainable farming and serve incredibly fresh meals from the farm and surrounding area. They are expanding into cacao farming, and we can't wait to return to try their chocolate! If you are interested in a true Costa Rican experience with amazing people, La Anita must be on your list.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dawn T
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

La Anita's location near Rincon National Park makes it a great base for exploring wet and cool jungle on the flank of the volcano.
If you take a bus there, you arrive at a small town that is quiet and genuine. We walked a few hundred metres down the world and found ourselves in a beautiful farm that practices sustainable agriculture (mostly cacao and ornamental flowers) and has first-class accommodation.
The cabins have screen windows, not glass, so the sounds of the jungle at night make you feel like are sleeping outside. The cabins are a few years old and very clean.
The food was great - with extra's like "heart of palm ceviche" - and lots of fresh fruit, salad and vegetables.
Pablo, the host, was very engaged in meal-time conversations with guests and set up tours and trips. Strangers are placed together at tables for meals, so you quickly became friends.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Olivette C
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

Stayed two nights at La Anita. The cabins are basic, but comfortable. The windows are all screened so you can hear the sounds of the rainforest surround you while you sleep. The big draw for me was the beautiful porch with its rocking chairs and hammock. It's a wonderful place to relax or explore Rincon de La Vieja. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Marvic51
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

I had a lovely time here. The cabins are rustic but have everything you need. The owners are wonderful people, full of heart. I learned a lot of interesting things and met interesting people that I wouldn't have had the chance to meet. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I couldn't sleep at all -- a rooster outside my room crowed constantly through the whole night, and it was not possible to close the windows to keep out the chilly breeze, so I was shivering all night. The food was very good and fresh, although extremely heavily salted. If they'd use less salt, it would have been super fabulous! Even so, I would recommend this place and I'd go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank travelingyogi
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

La Anita is located in the northern part of the country, nestled between two dormant volcanoes in a tiny little rainforest community of Colonia Libertad. It is about an hour and a half from the airport in Liberia and most of the travel is on paved road. The last 14 km is on a gravel road and I would suggest you have a four wheel drive vehicle for travel around this area.
The ranch is a truly beautiful property, beautifully maintained and teaming with tropical birds, amazing rainforest plants, and a working cacao plantation to boot! There are about 8 "cabins" which are really beautifully appointed bungalows on stilts, nicely furnished, clean and back right up to lush beautiful plants and trees. There are hammocks on the porch and an endless variety of hummingbirds, small parrots, occassional toucans and a huge flock of egrets that constantly fly here and there around the cabins.
Pablo and his wife Anna own the property and are excellent friendly, knowledgeabe hosts. They both speak english very well and are passionate about their property and the surrounding community. They are well on the way to being a large, busy cacao plantation and retain a keen interest in organic production methods and processes.
We travelled to the Rincon de la Vieja Park (about an hour from the ranch) and had a fantastic hike with a guide named Javier (arranged by Pablo and Anna). He took us for a 3 km tour of both the rainforest side and the desert side of the volcano, explaining (in perfect english) biologic processes, finding birds in the dense forest, and discussing the fumaroles (volcanic vents) that are present on the trail. Pablo and Anna had arranged a box lunch for us to take for the hike and when we left the ranch accidentally without it, Pablo got on his motorcycle and took a short cut trail and caught up to us delivering the lunch before we left town!
We also were able to spend an evening in Colonia Libertad with a local family that put on a wonderful meal, shared wine, and told stories and played games even though none of us spoke spanish and they spoke very little english. Anna and Pablo arranged this and it was a very fun and enlightening experience.
We have been to Costa Rica many times and La Anita was one of the most relaxing and memorable places we have been. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with them and left feeling they are our friends. We will definitely return and look forward to seeing the new Cacao plantings and having much more authentic Costa Rican food.

Room Tip: Be sure to take insect repellant for those days that you spend hiking.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jim H
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