A Gift of the Gods "
December, 1995







"Rancho Corozal
Offers Refuge from
the World. "
- Michael of Greece
January, 1998




Rancho el Corozal is the rainforest retreat par excellence. This ecological retreat is a compound of Indo-Maya architecture. It resonates with charm, serenity and magic - essential attributes for the Quinta Maconda lifestyle.

Rancho Corozal is nestled in a grove of corozo palms and surrounded by the pristine rain forest of the Río Dulce National Park. The compound lies along the jungle shores of the Río Tatín, a tributary of the majestic Río Dulce - whose lazy flow winds through a stunning 300-foot tall rain forest canyon that spills into the Caribbean Sea a fifteen minutes boat ride away.

Rancho Corozal is not the archetypal tropical resort; it is designed to bring about an intimate and authentic experience, representative of our handmade lifestyle's seductive way of life. Guest book


Electricity? No… Instead you will enjoy glowing torches and candlelight to illuminate your evenings and the dancing shadows of tropical flora.

Hot water? No… Rainwater - nature's best - is collected from evening rain showers and flows in the compound’s graceful majolica tile and stucco bathrooms.

Sabino, Corozal’s caretaker extraordinaire, a Kek’chi Maya Indian, will guide guests through enchanting jungle rivers and foot trails.

He will introduce them to the neighborhood's quaint riverside restaurants, where they will be offered local recipes made with the catch of the day – for example, freshwater crab cooked in coconut milk by our favorite local culinary diva, Dona Lola.

For the adventurous at heart, an evening stroll through the Garifuna community of Livingston is a must. The nighttime boat ride back through the Rio Dulce Canyon is an especially worthy thrill. And when the moon is full, it is a mystical experience….

Rancho Corozal is a 20-acre rain forest compound. The living areas are set in 2 acres of tropical gardens bordering a lagoon and surrounded by palms. It sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 double beds with elegant safari netting under soaring thatched roofs. Facilities include a hammock house, living room, kitchen, and dining areas. Tropical hardwood decks surround the buildings and overlook the Rio Tatin.


Service: A staff of two (plus a night watchman) serves breakfast, cares for the compound, and guides you.

Ambiance: Torch and candlelit, beautiful bathrooms run cool rainwater collected during evening tropical showers. Rancho Corozal is an ecological compound where luxury is the suspension of time.

Water transport: Boat & guide are available for rent to explore neighboring points of interest. A 20 foot skiff with a 40 horsepower motor and driver/guide is US$125.00 plus fuel used (8 hrs., local taxes & service included).

Meal plans: Full meal plan can be arranged with us or with our neighboring culinary diva, Doña Lola.

Please note: This property is not a hotel, and is rented as a house (not by the room) to ensure total privacy to its guests.


Rancho Corozal enjoys
reliable cell phone service.

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"Corozal is a haven of relaxation and, in such a setting, beware: it soon becomes addictive"



John R. Heaton
Amazon 1942

"True luxury at Rancho Corozal is the suspension of time and the harmony of man and nature"