With a staff of 45 people and 10 to 15 rotating volunteers, Rancho Margot is a family enterprise where everyone is welcome. We’re living our dream, and we invite you to join us.
We believe that education is key to preserving the rainforest, protecting our way of life and leaving our children hope for the future. Reforestation brings everyone a little closer to being part of the solution. At Rancho Margot, students, guests, volunteers, residents and staff are constantly planting something. Our fences are gradually becoming living fences. Old pastures are being reforested w...See More
On the hills of Rancho Margot, you will find our 17 deluxe bungalows. The Caño Negro river's whisper will guide you to the most peaceful rest possible, only to wake up the next day with the loud call of the howler monkeys.
Hidden in our botanical gardens are bungalows, equipped to house couples or families of up to 4 people. Each bungalow has its own terrace on which you may enjoy the incredible ...See More
The family has planted thousands of trees and turned acidic, downtrodden soil into rich, abundant earth that grows food--without chemicals--for volunteers and guests of the resort, education and wellness center that they've built. Fruit and vegetable gardens, a pig pen, a chicken coop and a dairy, tucked among hills alive with birds and butterflies, provide up to half the ranch's food needs. (The family hopes to be completely self-sufficient by 20TK.) Workers from nearby El Castillo used river stones and wood salvaged from the previous ranch to build a restaurant and stables, bungalows and a bunkhouse, a yoga platform and a healing center.
Today a dozen hummingbird species, as well as yiguirro, sangretoro and green quetzal, flit among the heliconia and bamboo orchids that spill onto Rancho Margot's winding paths. The ranch is returning to its natural abundance while employing local farmworkers, cooks and craftsmen. Carpenters make furniture using teak and laurel from nearby La Tigra and giant cane from the ranch; soapmakers turn the kitchen's spent cooking oil into soap and laundry products; and cheesemakers roll out wheels of farm and goat, cheddar and mozzarella. Power is generated through turbines on the Cano Negro River, delivered through underground cables. Animals eat protein-rich food grown on the ranch, and their manure is turned into rich compost that feeds the sandy soil. Beyond the farm's 10 acres, which are protected from wildlife by a living fence of madero negro trees, endangered agouti pacas and their predators, pumas and janguars, are returning to reforested hills.
Rancho Margot's blend of sustainable development and agriculture, education and tourism draws government-sponsored apprentices and families, students and dignitaries, yogis and equestrians from around the world. The ranch has become a hub for ongoing conversation about what's possible in the jungle--and anywhere.