I personally love this time of year in town. Throughout the year, the vibrant town of Rancho Quemado continuously emits a positive air from the energy of the jungle that surrounds it and it’s 200 uniquely friendly residents. However during these next few months, all three rustic rural cabins: Rancho Verde, Paraiso Jaguarundi, and Laguna del Valle will be receiving guests, many of the tours receive guests as well. Besides taking advantage of all the rural Costa Rican cultural there is, these motivated youth are looking to make a bigger impact on Rancho than just an economic impact.
They are given community development projects to work on throughout their stay here, including painting murals on public walls, installing grey-water filters, reconstructing a foot bridge, painting motivational signs to be placed throughout the town, and working on establishing the biological monitoring committee’s plant germination and propagation center. In the future, the committee plans to construct a science lab research and education center, as well as interactive and concentrated biological trails. These research centers and interactive trails will provide the ability for a broad audience to learn about the different endemic plant and animal species of the Osa Peninsula.
The visitors bring a youthful energy and sense of curiosity to town, ready to discover and uncover the secrets that hide in the lush green rainforest. So while many other parts of Costa Rica are suffering due to it being the low season, Rancho Quemado is just kicking the summer off!