To achieve sustainable operations, we work
to find means in which we can satisfy our needs
without compromising future generations’
abilities to meet theirs.

Rancho Margot welcomes the opportunity to share its best sustainable practices with other businesses in the UNESCO Biosphere of Water and Peace, the country and with guests from around the world.

Promoting sustainable practices is important throughout Costa Rica.  Rancho Margot is located in an environmentally sensitive region known as the Biosphere of Water and Peace, an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Conservation and sustainable use and respect for natural resources is critically important in this area on both a national and international scale. Beyond offering visitors and residents a peaceful setting within which they can commune with nature, Rancho Margot, with its focus on experiential education, is a seedbed of innovation and a model of sustainable business operation and living.

Our Mission is not only to strive to become a model of sustainable living and sustainable tourism, but to also show each visitor what is possible and to teach by demonstrating steps they can take to live in harmony with the natural environment and ecosystem of their own communities.

Our Sustainable Efforts

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. Learn More
Agroforestry or agro-sylviculture is a land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. It combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, and sustainable land-use systems. Learn More
This method of farming is beyond ‘organic’ and requires dedicated hands and a strong work ethic to remain totally chemical-free. Learn More
Self-sufficiency is the state of not requiring any aid, support, or interaction, for survival; it is therefore a type of personal or collective autonomy. Learn More
Carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. Learn More
Food processing is the transformation of raw ingredients, by physical means into food, or of food into other forms. Learn More

Commitment to Sustainability

To achieve sustainable operations, we work to find means in which we can satisfy our needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet theirs.

cstThe CST (Certification in Sustainable Tourism) categorizes and certifies tourist companies of Costa Rica according to the level that their operations achieve the model of sustainability, based on the grade of impact on the environment and on the community.

Based on 4 areas (Biological-Physical, Services and Infrastructure, External Client & Social-Economic Environment), Rancho Margot is recognized as a leader in sustainability with a 5-leaf award.

carbon negative
off-the-grid electricity
local costa rica employment
sustainable commitment
meals served each year
guests each year
day visitors each year
volunteers each year

Endorsements & Partnerships