Welcome to Rancho Ricco! A Spectacular 187 acre ranch in rural Guanacaste (the north-western cattle country of Costa Rica) with views of the Gulf of Nicoya and plenty of year-round pasture for dozens of horses, cattle, crops and more. An abundance of water exists from seven springs and two streams on property year-round. Partially furnished 8-bedroom, 5-bathroom, lodge with guest wing, large landmark rancho, barn, corral and storage rooms included. Another 5-bedroom house and 20 acres available on adjacent property for rent or purchase. Full size lot on a secluded beach for camping is also included.
We invite you to a horseback tour of 187 acres of pristine farm land with breathtaking vistas, including the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. There are multiple springs, streams, wooded areas including hard-wood and fruit trees, rolling hills often dotted with contented horses and cows, birds and wildlife abound. This property boasts the privilege of being bordered by thousands of acres of forest preserve down a steep canyon, offering its own spectacular views, which will never be developed. The many hills provide a builder an endless array of possibilities for nestling buildings on one of the numerous house pads created in where they will have both views and privacy. The elevation of the property at 1000-1600 feet above sea level ensures balmy fresh breezes and ideal year-round temperatures with a day-time average in the low 80’s for open-air living. Fruit trees include coconut, papaya, citrus, avocado, and mango.
The property is particularly rare and valuable in the fact that while, so rural, private and unspoiled, the property is 10 minutes down the mountain to the town of Carmona, the capitol town of the Canton (district) of Nandayure. Carmona is a thriving town with a clinic, four hardware/building supply stores, several restaurants, internet cafes, stationery, clothing, household, and appliance stores, massage therapists, a beauty parlor offering manicures and pedicures, attorneys, dentists, etc. You have all the convenience of having a large town within a short drive (or horse ride!) yet all the seclusion of being tucked away in the hills. Truly the best of both worlds!
This area of the Peninsula Nicoya south of the large town of Nicoya, is also part of the handful of places in the world designated as “Blue Zones”, which is to say they boast a higher number of people living to over 100 than anywhere else. Though no one knows the reason, it is thought that our natural life-style, the happy outlook of the local people, our mineral rich alkaline water and clean air may all play a part in this. The communities are supportive and extremely welcoming to foreigners.
We are located an hour and a half from the international airport of Liberia, or there is a comfortable and modern bus which will drop you right at the airport in the capital city of San Jose (4 hours by bus or 3 hours by car), If you are driving to San Jose you may take the magnificent bridge connecting the peninsula with the mainland, or enjoy a ferry ride across the gulf.
Rights to our extraordinarily special and private beach lot (approximately 100 sq meters with good frontage) will be conveyed along with the property. The beach is less than an hour’s drive from the ranch, over dirt roads which will eventually be paved making for a quicker trip. Still it makes a lovely evening drive to get their in time to watch the sunset and perhaps enjoy and small fire and a skinny dip.
The lot is in a protected area for wildlife and cannot be built upon, but is great for camping trips, fishing, and day trips to the beach. Someday the zoning may change, we’ve been told, to allow for a beach house.
Cattle farming is the primary agro-business in the area, raising exclusively grass fed free range cattle. Though Cia chose not to continue that business after purchasing the ranch, if it is something which interests you, she can provide details on what would be needed to get it started again, including costs and potential profit. Coffee, oranges and teak are other popular businesses and help is available for the start-up of such businesses from governmental agencies and local fair-trade coops. The soil of the ranch is very rich and, while it is not yet being done in our area, an eco-fuel crop could do very well in our climate. Other agro-opportunites would include creating produce to supply the ever-growing number of resorts and specialty markets making their way south along the coast.
One of the many advantages of this special property to you as a purchaser is that it will come, if you wish, with your own experienced, reliable, and highly qualified staff. And wages in our rural community have not kept pace with the more metropolitan, touristy areas or beach towns. From field hands, to household staff, to overseer, builders and carpenters, you can afford to create the life you want and manifest your visions. While minimum wage in Costa Rica is $18 per day, we recommend from $3-$5 an hour depending on the job and skill level.
Though basic care of the horses may be handled by a field hand, we have had the privilege of employing a well-known horse-trainer, Jose Ramon, with basic veterinary skills on a part-time basis. Our wonderful gardener, Miguel, lives just across the street and has worked on this property for 40 years, and thus is intimately acquainted with every aspect of it. He is now semi-retired and works just 1-2 hours a day caring for the yard and plants around the house. However he is readily on call for help with with animals, water systems, or anything else you might need. Miguel’s wife, Daisy, also semi-retired, keeps an eye on the house and is available for scheduled cleaning tasks.. She is also a wonderful cook, seamstress, skilled crafts-person, and well-respected member of the community who is one of the officers at our women’s micro-finanacing organization. Should you wish more housekeeping, Ligia, the wife of one of our very skilled field hands, enjoys coming in 3 days a week.
The property is tied into the local power grid currently. There are plenty of spaces on and surrounding the home for solar panels to take advantage of the almost all day sun. There are also numerous sites where wind turbines could be placed along the ridge at the highest elevation points getting breezes all day long.
Once power is generated on the land via wind and solar, crops are grown, and animals are raised, there is enough water on the property to make this a truly self sustainable property and community for generations to come.