Central Valley Hotels


Rancho Naturalista

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 day trips
  • rough final stretch of road to get here

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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 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.

    Contact Information

  • 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; /2433–8278
  • Website:
  • Location: Turrialba

    Hotel Details

  • 12 rooms
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • No credit cards.
Updated: 04-09-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    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.

    by DannyUgalde, 7/16/07

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