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Rancho Curubandé Lodge: Small and Familiar for Soul Travelers

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.



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Why me and Why here?

My name is Ana, and I was born and raised in Costa Rica. I have the luck to live in a country with no army, with 25% of it’s territory declared as national park and home of the happiest people on earth. As if that wasn’t enough, I live in Liberia, Guanacaste; the province of agriculture, beaches, volcanoes and culture.

I grew up in a farm where my father produces sugar cane and hay. Still a farmer he built a small lodge, to offer visitors a relaxed and cozy place to rest while treated as part of the family. This allowed me to interact with many people; people who come and go looking for the meaning of a “Pura Vida” life. Inspired by the intercultural experiences and the stories heard, I decided to write about Costa Rica, about our people, places, food, culture… about our life. I hope you enjoy the blog!

Until the next time,