Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dr Sanjay Gupta does Rancho Margot

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, is Doin' Costa Rica. Yup, Gupta will be visiting Rancho Margot in El Castillo, about a 40 minute drive from La Fortuna, next to Lake Arenal, and doing a story on Rancho Margot and its owner, Juan Sostheim. I've known Juan for about 6 years and if anyone deserves to get their story out, it's Juan and his vision, which is Rancho Margot.

Here's the entrance of Rancho Margot- Self sufficient - Organic Ranch.
These couple snippets, taken from the Rancho Margot website, might give you a little insight on why Dr. Gupta would make his way to a little diamond in the rough that is Rancho Margot:
"Having traveled all over the world and witnessed the devastation that had occurred in other “paradises”, Juan Sostheim and family decided to develop Rancho Margot as a teaching community based on sustainable rural tourism and conservation."
"At Rancho Margot there are no cables or wires that come into Rancho Margot. Electricity is generated with two hydro turbines located on the ranch. Methane gas for cooking is produced with bio-digesters, and hot water is produced by heat exchangers located inside our compost ovens. We have no waste, we only have reusable resources."
Coincidentally, yours truly was out at Rancho Margot yesterday doing a little videotaping when Juan told me even BETTER news he'd just learned moments before. Rancho Margot has been OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED- the first place in ALL Costa Rica, to be certified carbon negative. That's right, not just carbon neutral but carbon negative. Nothing like leading by example.

That's the yoga center, pretty COOL I think.

Needless to say, Rancho Margot is an impressive piece of property and if you're interested in any of the following, Rancho Margot just may be a perfect place to visit and get a little education on how it 'could' be.
sustainable - carbon negative - organic - Lake Arenal - Volunteer Programs - vacation bungalows - off the beaten path - cows pigs chickens - medicinal gardens - wildlife - rainforest - Volcan Arenal - rivers - waterfalls - fishing - horses - education - agriculture - tropical plants and flowers - yoga - beautiful views - learning Spanish - and much, MUCH MORE.
I'll be writing more on Rancho Margot, this was really just an INTRO.

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