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Rancho Humo Estancia

Rio Tempisque, Nicoya 50203 Costa Rica
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#1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Nicoya
Our eco-boutique hotel at Rancho Humo rests in a privileged setting bordering the Palo Verde National Park in the important wetlands and mangroves of the expansive Tempisque River delta in Costa Rica. Our large estate ranch – known as an “Estancia” in Latin America – protects these endangered tropical ecosystems and offers you pure enjoyment of nature, bird-watching and adventure at its best.
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Rio Tempisque, Nicoya 50203 Costa Rica
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Aqua413 wrote a review Apr. 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand86 contributions33 helpful votes
This wasn't the best time for birds as it was very dry but we still saw many on our safari drive one day and boat tour- so many crocodiles! - the next. This is a great place to come if you want a break from the busyness of more crowded resorts. We had the pool to ourselves the first day and only one family the next. It was also the most comfortable bed we had in 3 weeks in Costa Rica. The manager and staff really seem to care about the food and service. There is not a choice of meals but what we had was good simple and tasty with lots of variety. It is interesting staying in a place that is part of a working farm. No mosquitoes while we were there and plenty of lizards.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from Buddha House, Agencia/asesor at Rancho Humo Estancia
Responded May 26, 2020
Dear Aqua413, We love knowing that you have enjoyed your visit and the service so much. Your comments motivate us and encourage us to continue working to offer unique stays. We are happy to know that enjoy the facilities, the service as well as the possibility of knowing the surroundings and admiring the unimaginable number of birds that accompany us every day. We certainly hope that you visit us again, Rancho Humo
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Bruce M wrote a review Mar. 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand739 contributions178 helpful votes
We spent two nights here and really enjoyed the elegant rooms and the simplicity of the location. The kitchen was not a full a la carte or buffet but we were fine with this as the meals were well cooked and presented. The pool was essentail in the afternoons.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Raymundo Rojas, Ventas at Rancho Humo Estancia
Responded Mar. 19, 2020
Thank you so much, we enjoyed so much having you here and wish you all the best in these difficult times. Sincerely,
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Florian254 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Norddeutschland1316 contributions725 helpful votes
Location: Far in the wilderness, getting there by car takes, time, patience and careful driving (look out for iguanas) and for food and drinks there is no alternative. Strongly recommend to stock up on drinks and snacks in a supermarket. But this also means a stunning star sky, quietness (if not for the wind) and a good amount of wildlife. Rooms: We had one of the bigger rooms and they are stunning. Very nice view, large bed, large terrace, large bad, well kept and clean with all needed amenities. One big caveat and that lead to 3 stars in the end (with some other minuses): Bad noise insulation. You can easily listen to dialogues from the TV in the next room and listen to the comments of the couple to it. What else both sides could listen to... Staff: Very friendly and helpful but with one exception totally lacking English knowledge. If you speak a couple of words in Spane they light up but f you arrive (if you come by car, straight on and yes, continue, you will know what I mean once you are there) and nobody is there to show you your rooms and make the arrangements that is not good. Food: A nice breakfast (ask for menu), and the dinner did its job, nothing fanciful but very well prepared and more than satisfying. We did the tour to the storks and the river tour which were both really marvelous, lots of wildlife and not too much work. A walk around the area can also be nice (then you know why there is no cold water) and thing some relaxing time at the pool was also a nice thing. Some hints for the management to improve: Make sure there is always one guy to greet people who speaks English. Have the tour options in a nice, new and fancy brochure explained, times, costs, possible combinations... oh and btw replace other infomaterial when worn out. Make sure that the lights at night are minimized (to enable better stargazing) and maybe have the staff be a bit more attentive to people lying at the pool. It would have been 4 points but bad noise insulation...
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Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
DominicFaringdon wrote a review Feb. 2020
Faringdon, United Kingdom17 contributions7 helpful votes
We visited this lodge as it is quite close to the Palo Verde National Park and a venue for wetland birds and birds along the Tempisque River. This is a lovely hacienda with friendly and welcoming people running it. Raymundo is the manager and is a jack of all trades. He does the wildlife drive, helps with check in, helps out with wine and food and is an outstanding host with all of his team. There is no option for food - you eat what the chef cooks and it is great to have no choice as it is always a surprise and excellent. In fact it was almost too much and we had to give lunch a miss!! The highlight was the wildlife drive - we saw many wetlands birds and were also lucky to see a jabiru - an increasingly endangered large woodstork and this is one of the few places where you can see it. Also lucky to see the lesser ground cuckoo and a mangrove cuckoo as well as many tiger herons, egrets and crocodiles plus a pygmy owl and many caracaras. The boat trip along the mangroves was also good with an excellent guide. We had a junior suite cabina with lots of light, quite spacious and clean and tidy. Yes it's a bit of hassle to drive here but the dirt track road was good and much more has been tarmaced. This place is slightly off the beaten track but well worth the visit as it is a different habitat and you can do the drive on your own once you know the roadmap. Gerat hospitality from Raymundo and his team!!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from Buddha House, Agencia/asesor at Rancho Humo Estancia
Responded Feb. 26, 2020
Dear DominicFaringdon, We love knowing that you have enjoyed your visit and the service so much. Your comments motivate us and encourage us to continue working to offer unique stays. We are happy to know that enjoy the facilities, the service as well as the possibility of knowing the surroundings and admiring the unimaginable number of birds that accompany us every day. We certainly hope that you visit us again, Rancho Humo
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madelynemjay wrote a review Feb. 2020
Hollywood, Florida100 contributions13 helpful votes
I traveled with my family through Costa Rica and needed to get from Arenal to Manuel Antonio. Since the drive was too long to make in one trip, we looked for something interesting to do along the way with a hotel for over night. There were very few options so we settled on this place. It got great reviews and we liked that it bordered a national wildlife sanctuary. The drive down was rather rough as much of the road was unpaved and went through very simple villages. We expected to see a change but the entrance to this property was on a dirt road. The building itself was impressive. There was initially no one at the front desk but a woman soon came and greeted us. Unfortunately she spoke no English (we speak little Spanish) but she managed to tell us the English speaking manager would come around 6. We arrived around 4pm and there was nothing to do. We already knew there was some sort of local boat ride so we found a number and called. I spoke with the owner of Tempisque Ecotours. We checked out the meeting place for the boat trip and then returned to our he hotel where we met the manager. He was very courteous and spoke English very well. Since there are NO restaurants anywhere near this place, we had an early dinner at the hotel. Dinner gave no options, except beef or fish. The food was the same for everyone - a fruity quinoa salad (tasty for me but not my husband), main dish with fish or beef, dry bread, and a fruity dessert (which we didn’t like). They poured some sort of fruity drink that tasted watered down. Coffee was burnt tasting and the milk was spoiled. The waiters were very attentive and were obviously trained to served formally but that did not make the food taste any better. Overall not a good experience. The hotel included breakfast but not dinner and we had no idea what it cost. As to breakfast, we were told we could order what we wanted but didn’t know there would be no menu for dinner. We had no other options in the area. I guess they know that and charge accordingly. At checkout we learned dinner was $25 each. We were in room 1A which was simple but large. It was also in the main building, right next to the kitchen. At 5:30 in the morning we woke to people talking loudly and clanking dishes. Not sure why we were put there when there were plenty of room as the place was almost empty. If you stay there, I suggest you request a more remote room. Breakfast was pretty good - this time we asked for fresh milk (after the first milk was bad again) and we had a few choices. I had the typical Costa Rican breakfast. I don’t like writing reviews without finding something good. I could tell they were trying hard to be very Westernized in their presentation. We didn’t see many birds at the hotel but we did see wild pigs. The owner did recommend an amazing place to stop for a cocktail half way down to Manuel Antonio called Hotel Villa Calitas. That was a nice surprise. Overall, for me and my family, this hotel was pretty disappointing.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteNicoya
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rancho Humo Estancia
What are some of the property amenities at Rancho Humo Estancia?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Rancho Humo Estancia?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Rancho Humo Estancia?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rancho Humo Estancia?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rancho Humo Estancia?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rancho Humo Estancia?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Rancho Humo Estancia accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.