In Guanacaste, the land of agriculture and tourism, we find Sergio Agüero, a great example of a Tico who combined both to make his living. Sergio has a small farm close to Liberia, just 15 km away from the Volcán Rincón de la Vieja National Park. In his green farm he produces hay bales to feed horses and sugar cane. Additionally, not long ago he built a small lodge, where he offers travelers a silent rest and an authentic Costa Rican experience.
The Rancho Curubandé Lodge (http://www.rancho-curubande.com/) is the typical example of a family owned, small hotel. It has 16 standard rooms and two villas, where it can accommodate up to 50 people, no more. It is nothing like an All-Inclusive Hotel: no busy lines in a buffet, no crowded tours, no impersonal attention. Here, you will meet Sergio, who will probably check you in and serve your breakfast while telling you some tips to enjoy the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Rosa National Parks. You will also meet “Coquita” the maid, who does not speak English but knows how to make you feel comfortable, like at home.
At Rancho Curubandé you can admire the magnificent Rincón de la Vieja volcano, while savoring the sliced fresh fruits on your breakfast plate. You can swim in the crystal clear waters of the Colorado River, which flows through the farm. If you love MTB, you are in the right place, since that is also Sergio´s passion. You can train in your bike, while crossing rivers, climbing mountains and pedaling in canyons. Finally, you can ride the farm’s horses, and enjoy a calmed and relaxed sunset on the back of a beautiful horse. This place is really a home for soul travelers.
You will miss the sun, the fresh wind, the mountain range and the happiness that shines in everyone´s face the very next day you leave this place.