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Rancho Naturalista

Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

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

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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 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.

    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 in North America; 2433–8278 for reservations
  • Website:
  • Location: Turrialba

    Hotel Details

  • 12 rooms.
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • No credit cards.
Updated: 04-05-2013

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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