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At a Glance
- birder's paradise
- hiking trails for guests
- warm atmosphere
- gourmet meals included
- some rooms are a little dated
- not a convenient base for adventure day trips
Rancho Naturalista Review
Unparalleled bird-watching within a 160-acre private nature reserve with more than 400 recorded species, plus first-class food, and comfortable cabins and rooms are the reasons bird-watchers and nature lovers from all over the world stay here. The ranch is a birder's paradise, with such sought-after hummingbirds as the snowcap and black-crested coquette. During high season, two resident bird guides are on hand to help you find the birds. 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 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.
- Address: 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Turrialba, 1½ km (1 mile) south of Tuís, then up a rough road, Turrialba, 30502
- Phone: 2554–8100; 888/246–8513 in North America; 2433–8278 for reservations
- Website: www.ranchonaturalista.net
- Location: Turrialba
- 12 rooms.
- Rate includes all meals.
- No credit cards.
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