Albergue El Socorro in the Central Valley

For our last two days in Costa Rica, we stayed at Albergue El Socorro. This place is about 30 minutes drive on a windy and half-unpaved road from San Miguel. We found it to be the perfect place to relax but be warned that it’s difficult to get to without 4WD; though you can ask Don Jose (the super hospitable owner) to come and pick you up at San Miguel. Albergue El Socorro is a working farm that abuts a huge rainforest.

The price for a stay is $75 per person per night and includes all meals, tours, and taxes. It’s very tranquil around the farm but there were still a good number of things to do. We really enjoyed the hikes around the rainforest, the horseback riding tours, and the farm activities. I even got to milk a cow for the first time and learned how to make cheese (queso palmito)!

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A ginormous tree along the trail in the rainforest

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Horseback riding in the rain

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Don Jose supervising my cow milking session

The food here was great. Don Jose’s wife and daughters cook the meals and they are able to come up with a great variety of dishes. We had 8 meals here and each one was different and each portion was huge. All meals are very balanced with some sort of protein, carb, and vegetable. It’s also vegetarian-friendly; Don Jose will ask you about meal restrictions when you book the reservation. Note that Don Jose speaks almost no English so a bit of Spanish knowledge is useful here. When I asked him how he communicates with non-Spanish speakers, he said that he usually used a combination of hand gestures and Google Translate.

I’m not a big bird-watcher but we did see many different colorful birds here. They have feeding stations for hummingbirds around the eating area and a larger feeding station out in front. Birds would also flutter around the trees near our cabin throughout the day, including a huge black one with a small orange beak, which made a “bloop bloop” sound (I know, I’m so good at describing birds).

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A bird on the farm

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