January 8, 2015 | Posted in: Events and News
Waking up was not difficult as we indulged in the rejuvenating fruits purchased yesterday for breakfast. After some coffee and maracuya we hopped on the bus to travel North to Rancho Margot. Along the way we made a spontaneous visit to a small, family operated dairy farm in San Carlos. The owner, Roberto, was thrilled to share his knowledge and passion with us. His cows, a mix of Jersey and Brahman, had ample land to graze on, and perfectly demonstrated the idea of “happy cows.”
When asked if he was happy with his career, Roberto told us he was proud and happy to work with his family, and provide for them. Roberto was also happy to express his love of the land with us. He owns a lot of land that he doesn’t plan on transforming to pasture, because he grasps the importance of a forested landscape, and its vital role in environmental health. The experience was both inspiring and humbling, as Roberto expressed his enthusiasm and ardor for his small scale farm.
We continued the trek to Rancho Margot, a small, sustainable eco lodge quite literally in the middle of nowhere. We observed the landscape along the way and were lucky enough to see a sloth! Upon arriving we had a delicious (and nutritious!) lunch, and unpacked into our bunkrooms. A tour hosted by informative and very friendly tour guides gave us insight into the operation. Rancho Margot strives to keep its system closed, growing the majority of the food served, and heating the water for daily use via waste from the animals (cows, pigs, chickens). The electricity is hydropowered, and the landscape aims to preserve and promote biodiversity. Every small building is topped with a roof that is literally lush with greenery. It is a utopia for anyone intrigued by the majesty of plants; specifically, everyone on this trip. In addition to this, Rancho Margot immediately made us aware of the kindness, genuineness, and intelligence of Ticos. We are thrilled to explore this beautiful area.
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