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Central Valley Hotels

Rancho Naturalista

  • 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

  • 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

Updated 04/09/2014

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.

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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

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Phone:

/2554–8100; 888-246–8513-in North America; /2433–8278-for reservations

Hotel Details:

  • No credit cards
  • 12 rooms
  • All meals

Updated 04/09/2014

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Jul 16, 2007

Good Bird watching!

Very good birds and the area is wonderfull. as a Naturalist Tour Guide I love to go there to do some birding.

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Jun 6, 2003

Beautiful Views & Hummingbirds Galore!

Three nights at Rancho Naturalista were not enough! We were there for bird watching and it was fabulous! Every morning at 5 a.m. coffee is available on the veranda, rice and fruit are in the garden and the hummingbird feeders are filled. All you have to do is sit there and watch the action! In fact, if you so desired that's all you'd have to do all day long BUT there is more! Trails abound in primary and secondary forests, there is a shelter

in the forest where more feeders for hummers exist as well as a spring with small shallow pools where we were able to watch the birds bathing at the end of the day. This is a heaven for birders and on top of that the meals are absolutely delicious and the staff very accomodating! We will return!

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