Lets take it time back to the beginning of our town, to the time of… 1947, when Macho Rubio and Carmen Pizarro, two Costa Rican’s from the neighboring town of Estero Guerra set off, in search for an adventure. They didn’t know what they would find, but when the moment arrived, they knew exactly what it was that they came for.
The lands were dense with wildlife, plenty of food to eat and clean water to drink. They explored a little deeper from the creek where that the sparkling water came from, discovering more than just consumable water. After digging a little deeper in those creek banks, they discovered bountiful amounts of gold. From that moment they set up camp, building immense ranchos (impermanent structures made from wood logs and thatched roofs) that they would pay visits to frequently. Of course they would be not be so senseless as to share their new discovery with others, so for years, it remained the duo’s secret paradise.
It was just another average day on the homestead— while Rubio and Pizarro were out digging for gold, they had a chancho de monte, or peccary (a wild boar—which to this day call Rancho Quemado home) roasting over smoky hot coals back at the ranch. They were looking forward to this scrumptious treat for supper later that evening. When they returned at nightfall, they were shocked at what they’d found—their refuge of this paradise rancho burning to the ground!
After the structure was destroyed, the two adventurers decided that this burning was a sign from God to retreat from there, permanently returning home in Estero Guerra, and leaving behind their secret paradise in peace.
Almost two decades later, and in search for fertile soils and a new place to settle, Pizarro shared his knowledge of the previously discovered territory with his family. Shortly after this family meeting, they began packing their bags and moving themselves from Estero Guerra to the valley nestled within the rainforest-mountains some kilometers away. At the same time, the Ureña family coming from the direction of Buenos Aires was too in search for healthy lands to settle and develop. Realizing that the lands of the Rancho Quemado (meaning ‘”Burnt Ranch”) territory were rich and flat, they chose to settle here to produce agriculture and raise their family.
As families began populating the zone, the territory had to be named. It was proposed that the area be called “Las Delicias” because of the healthy soils and ability to grow a wide variety of produce, but as it turned out, a neighboring town on the Sierpe side already had that name. It was only logical then to call the region “Rancho Quemado”, because great legends never die.