Central Valley Hotels

Rancho Naturalista

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

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  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    Dawn Pando

  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    Dawn Pando

  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    Dawn Pando

  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    Dawn Pando

  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    Dawn Pando

  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    Dawn Pando

  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    Dawn Pando

  • Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    Dawn Pando

Pros

  • Birder's paradise
  • Hiking trails for guests
  • Warm atmosphere
  • Gourmet meals included

Cons

  • Some rooms are a little dated
  • Not a convenient base for day trips
  • Rough final stretch of road to get here

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Unparalleled bird-watching within a 160-acre private nature reserve with more than 400 recorded species, plus first-class food and comfortable lodging are the reasons nature lovers from all over the world stay here. During high season, two resident bird guides are on hand to help you find sought-after hummingbirds such as the snowcap and black-crested coquette, and more. Even if you are not a birder, the trails are excellent for hiking, and there's horseback riding up into the surrounding mountains. The two-story lodge is upscale modern, with rustic touches, as are the comfortable, separate cabins. Gourmet-quality meals (included) are served family-style in the indoor and outdoor dining rooms, both of which have beautiful views of the Turrialba Valley and volcano. Birding guides cost extra: $60 per group (up to five people) for morning excursions, $50 for afternoons.

Hotel Information

Address:

20 km (12 miles) southeast of Turrialba, 1½ km (1 mile) south of Tuís, then up a rough road, Turrialba, 30502, Costa Rica

Phone:

/2554–8100; 888-246–8513-in North America; /2554–8101-for reservations

Hotel Details:

  • 12 rooms
  • Rate includes: All meals

Published 06/18/2015

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