Have you ever been to a place that you instantly clicked with?
A place you felt you somehow belonged.
Great feeling, isn’t it?
Well, here in San Juan del Sur there’s one place that more than any other makes people feel at home.
That place is Rancho Chilamate.
It’s brought so much joy to so many people that I’ve got a big smile on my face as I write this.
Technically it’s a 10 acre horse ranch in the south western corner of Nicaragua. A ranch with rivers, mountains, forests, haciendas, big skies, beaches and surf-breaks… as well as lots of horses and cowboy hats.
But the attraction of Rancho Chilamate isn’t just about these tangible aspects.
It’s about the atmosphere of the place and its personality. It’s about the smiles of the people you meet when you visit. It’s about living in relationship with the local community and giving back to it. It’s about Blue, the owner and original cowgirl, and her careful stewardship of the land.
Something in the air, under those big skies, makes you feel at ease.
Talk to people who’ve visited and they’ll rave about epic horseback rides along the beach.
They’ll tell you how they felt thrilled, soothed, pampered, deliriously happy and filled with possibility.
They go back to the ranch again, and again.
Because long after the adrenaline rush has faded they still feel drawn to what Rancho Chilamate represents.
That want to feel like they belong again. [Read more…]