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Nova Scotia, Canada
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love birds and fun, come to Rancho Naturalista. During our two week stay here, we were made to feel like part of the family Lisa and Mario (owners) have enough energy for three people. Lisa took us to the market, and bought local treats for us to sample. She also hosted a cooking class, where we made (and...

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Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Off the beaten track, and set half way up a jungle-clad mountain, the lodge is a wonderful base for walking and bird-watching. The bird-life is actually so prolific that you don't even have to leave the balcony to see scores of different species. The staff are friendly and welcoming (and mostly English-speaking - the owner is from USA), the meals...

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New Bern, North Carolina
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited this lodge after reading many reviews of those who came before. We attempted to make our reservation one year in advance, but our dates were sold out. A testament to the popularity of this location. We shifted some dates around, and secured a five day reservation in January. We arrived after a very bumpy ride up their road...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay here at Rancho Naturalista and we are so happy that you felt a warm welcome right from the start! Of course, we are very sorry that you had some problem with the humidity – we take this seriously and would have tried to improve the situation if possible if we had known....

England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Out first visit to Costa Rica and to a birding lodge. This lodge is situated at the top of a long winding narrow road. Its tucked well away so the only sound in that of the birds. We stayed in the main lodge and the room had direct access to a balcony with wonderful views. The meals were served at...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are glad you appreciated our hidden location, the sounds of the birds and the views from our balcony across the valley to the volcanoes beyond. The birds at Rancho Naturalista are fabulous, especially early in the morning – as you are keen birders, I am hoping that the wake up call was not such a bad thing! People who...

Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently spent 16 nights in Costa Rica, involving 11 different lodging establishments -- a whirlwind tour of a large portion of the country. Out of all those places, Rancho Naturalista was the most amazing & wonderful place I stayed. It's hard to know where to start in describing this gem. The staff were wonderful, the food was the best...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

This is music to our ears – we are so happy that you had a good time here! Obviously we’re biased…but we agree that our staff, food and setting are something special, so it is lovely to hear that you see things the same way. We will pass your kind comments onto Harry, our chefs and all of the other...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent accommodations in a beautiful setting. The fruit and hummingbird feeders attract a variety of bird and mammal species providing close and extended views of several hard to see species. The rooms are spacious with a sitting area. The food is very good and served family style. The guides are excellent; knowledgeable and personable. The lodge and property are well-maintained...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Great to hear that you were pleased with your stay here at Rancho Naturalista! We are glad that you enjoyed your accommodation, and that you got some good views of the birds and other wildlife around here. It is also great to hear that you found the food very good and that you rated our guides as excellent– we will...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This family operation is perched on the slope of a lush, volcanic mountain in a tropical rainforest. On our arrival, we were greeted warmly by the owners and the staff, who gave us a better meal than we had sampled elsewhere in our previous 3 weeks touring the country. The chef at Rancho is brilliant; the food is local or...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Your review was a pleasure for us to read! It is important to us that all of our guests feel right at home here, so we are pleased that you were welcomed so warmly. Our chefs work very hard to produce quality food with an imaginative twist, so they will be thrilled to hear that their efforts are appreciated. We...

Rochester, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Turn off your cell phone, brush up on your binocular and camera skills, bring only comfortable clothes and shoes, and come to the Rancho prepared to look at life a little differently. It's a magical place. The lodge, the grounds, dining, the staff, the birds (including most especially the hummingbirds) - all remarkable, as the other reviewers have said. But...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

You really said it all when you said "If you're open to living "differently," at least for a few days, you'll have a vacation like none you've ever had. " You have truly caught the essence of Rancho Naturalista and we thank you for that! We are grateful for such a wonderful review. We hope that your experience at Rancho...

Whitby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A totally special place that we did not want to leave. Everything was given with care. The food was outstanding, including exceptional vegetarian food, the expert guides were were keen, generous, friendly and knowledgeable and available all the time. Family atmosphere created by Lisa and her great team, suffused everything. Both of us were novice birders, but have come away...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review and nice comments about the vegetarian food, the expert guides, the staff and the family atmosphere at Rancho Naturalista. We are happy that although you are novice birders, you came away feeling informed and enthused. We would definitely love for you to return for a visit to Rancho!

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 3 nights at the lodge and thoroughly enjoyed it. The guides were true expert birders who pointed out lots of things we would not have seen otherwise. The morning birding just near the lodge is lots of fun. We also took a trip to CITIE and to Tapanti National Park which were fun. People here are REALLY into...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your 3 nights at Rancho Naturalista! Thank you for your kind review! It's true the guides at Rancho are expert birders who help to make the morrning birding lots of fun. People here REALLY are into birds but we also offer a wide range of activities for guests who are not that into...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The premier birding lodge in Costa Rica, Rancho Naturalista is among the finest in Central America. There are plentiful hummingbirds on the large, open upstairs balcony where you can view the distant smoking volcano. Over 430 species of birds have been recorded in the area. You can hike and bird the trails on your own, and excellent guides are available as well. At Rancho Naturalista the atmosphere is warm and relaxed, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. This comfortable lodge is famous for its excellent food, well prepared, and made with the best fresh local ingredients. (All meals are included.) The weather is almost perfect, not too hot and not too cold. Rancho Naturalista is a wonderful getaway for bird watchers, hikers, and nature lovers! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rancho Naturalista

Address: 1 Km este de Tuis de Turrialba | Tayutic, Turrialba 7150, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
Price Range: $176 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Rancho Naturalista Turrialba
Rancho Naturalista Hotel Turrialba
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“Our room (#2) - Cotinga, opened directly onto the balcony. We loved it!”
 of 5 bubbles alusk77, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Lodge for modern, cabins for privacy and quiet.”
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 of 5 bubbles michaelcY9549PP, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The lodges not in the main lodge will be quieter, but have no wi-fi”
 of 5 bubbles Stevec1959, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We had the snowcap room - in the lodge, spacious, walk-out to the deck; but somewhat away from the activity on the deck and very quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles GreggB344, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Talk to Rancho and they will help you determine a great room for your wants”
  • Rooms 10 & 11 at Rancho (10 on left, 11 on right)
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 of 5 bubbles BirdieMe, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
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