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Rancho Makena

Rancho Makena

Rancho Makena is located some 3 miles (5 km) from the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde.
Rancho Makena is a comfortable, family-run establishment that — considering its moderate price — is one of the best options in the area.

You will be delighted by the cafes, restaurants, and museums that populate Monteverde. There is a wide range of culinary styles (many of which use local produce) and museums that exhibit everything from bats to frogs to butterflies. The two cloud forest reserves are notably spectacular, as are the hiking trails, suspension bridges and zip line tours that wind through them.

Rancho Makena began as a dairy farm in 1998. The dairy farm is still producing along a 50 acre (20 ha) plot of land that also includes primary and secondary forests, reforestation areas, and pastures. You will enjoy exploring some of this area on horseback or foot, and are invited to tour the dairy farm for free.

Accommodations at Rancho Makena are simple but sufficient. All are built with reforested wood products and have access to hot water bathrooms. Standard rooms have double beds or bunk beds. Your cabin rental is larger and come equipped with a kitchen. The cabin is perfect if your family or group desires privacy and the ability to cook at home.

If you're staying in accommodations lacking a kitchen, then you are invited to enjoy a free breakfast every morning. Lunch and dinner can be had as well (although they must be reserved in advance), and include such entrees as stuffed zucchini, cauliflower au gratin, and potato cakes.

Finally, Rancho Makena offers a shuttle service in the morning and afternoon to town, making it easy for you to get to and from Santa Elena.

Rancho Makena Facilities
Internet access, TV lounge, restaurant, free breakfast (for Standard Rooms), gardens, parking, shuttle service.

Hot water, mini-fridge, private bathroom, internet access, TV lounge, restaurant, free breakfast (for Standard Roooms), gardens, parking, shuttle service.

ROOMS AT Rancho Makena

Standard Room
These rooms have double beds, bunk beds, and hot water bathrooms. They can sleep 5 people.
3-Bedroom Cabin
Spacious, with three bedrooms total. Private bathroom. Kitchen included.


  • Hot Water
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Internet Access
  • TV Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
  • Gardens
  • Private Parking
  • Telephone
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