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“Visiting a Ranch in the Forest”

July 17th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman
“Visiting a Ranch in the Forest”
 
By Sandy Zimmerman
 
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
 
I thought we were just stopping for breakfast but was surprised when our van drove through the gate at Rancho La Botija Mountain Hotel & Spa. It was a small, traditional Costa Rican hotel with extensive grounds and activities for their guests to enjoy.

Proud of their

heritage,

the owners created an

exhibit of early Costa

Rican farm tools at

the entrance.

One of the interesting pieces was a decorated wooden yoke with two open

places for the pair of oxen to wear around their neck to allow them to plow

the fields or pull heavy loads.

We had a choice of American-style or Costa Rican breakfast-

plantains, eggs, rice andvblack beans, then the guide announced it was time

for our tour

into the forest.

Untouched nature is so

beautiful and refreshing

compared to living in the city.

Trees surrounded the easy walking trail as we saw the sugar cane

fields and bamboo forest.

The highlight of the tour

were artifacts

and archeological rocks

said to have

been a ceremonial altar

dating back around

1300 AC,

registered in the

National Museum as

the petroglyph.

There was so much to see

with all of the fun of

wandering around the

forest to see all of their other attractions.

Although La Botija only had 11 rooms, they had so much to offer.


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Visiting a Ranch in the Forest (Continued)

Specially designed to enjoy nature, there was a lake filled with Tilapia, as well as boating, and fishing.

You could spend a few days at the ranch horseback riding along the trails to see the views of Chirripo Peak, Talamana Mountain Range, General River,Miravalles town, and San Isidro.

I was surprised to see Los Lagos Hall, comfortable to hold 80 people for parties, business conferences or special events.

The ranch had its own interests besides enjoying the forest.

They offered a playground, adult and children?s pools, restaurant, coffee shop, free and each hotel room includes a cable television, private bathroom, and hot water.

The archeological tour is free to hotel guests and $5 for others. Hotel Rooms:

$65-75 for two people depending on the season.

Being at the Ranch seems as though we are off-the-beaten-path far from everything, but the Rancho La Botija Mountain Hotel & Spa is just six kilometers from San Isidro, in Costa Rico.       info@rancholabotija.com

Tourist Information

In all of my trips as a travel writer, Costa Rica?s unspoiled nature preserves, jungles, and rain forests have the best eco-tours I have ever experienced. The nature preserves are the place to go on bird watching hikes or horseback rides. This is the best way to see monkeys and other wildlife. If you want the thrills of the jungle, Costa Rica?s jungles offer adventure.

The Costa Rica Tourist Board recommends romance in the mountains. ?Every option found in Costa Rica complements couples. Just the two of you, walking alone in close contact with nature. The regions where you can find mountain hotels are Monteverde, Northern Plains, Central Valley, North Caribbean, or the South and Central Pacific.

Several hotels have honeymoon package. The boutique hotels offer more privacy or you can choose an all-inclusive hotel on the beach. The countries? perfect atmosphere has been recognized by Modern Bride World?s Trendiest Honeymoon Local Award ranking it among the best 10 honeymoon destinations. Costa Rica is like a paradise, where you will enjoy relaxing or participating in the many activities they offer.?

The Costa Rica Tourist Board is ready to assist you in finding nature settings for weddings, honeymoons, vacation planning, adventure tours, and family reunions. Stay at eco-hotels, resorts with sustainability, and accommodations in all price ranges. Costa Rica is rich in attractions with something for everyone. Learn about their cooking tours, volcano hikes, rural tourism, meet the people, and more.

For information, call (866)-COSTA-RICA. Costa Rica Tourist Board, no artificial ingredients:       www.visitcostarica.com  

Airlines

American Airlines allows you to pay with AAdvantage miles for vacations or business trips. There is a special 14 day advance price now of $358 round trip to Costa Rica. For information about specials or flights, call American Airlines, (800)-433-7300, 7 days a week. www.aa.com