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England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days 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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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Reviewed 1 week 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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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 1 week 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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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 3 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...

United States
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a few day and liked the lodge. We did not have the best weather, and even though this reflected in the number (and species) of birds we saw, it was nobody's fault. For $350/night charged though, we were bothered by some things. None of them real important, but again, expected at this price level, and I hope they...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We read your review and are very sorry that all was not as you expected it should be at Rancho Naturalista. We would like to address some of the things that bothered you although you said they were not so important we feel that all things are important when it comes to our guests. We have resisted putting plastic soap/shampoo...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the hummingbird verandah where scores of the flashing jewels of the avian world competed for sugar solution at the feeders, the only distraction was the volcano in the background gently puffing clouds of ash into the sky. Down at the hummingbird pools at dusk there were no such distractions, we were able to watch hummingbirds fly in for an...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Your descriptions are perfect!! "The volcano in the background gently puffing clouds of ash into the sky" and "Three tiny snowcap humming birds splashing into the water" I couldn't describe Rancho Naturalista any better! Thank you for the magical review!

Maine
Reviewed 5 January 2017

My experience at Rancho Naturalista was just incredible. Let me get to the pertinent information for your trip first. 1) Expect to receive top notch service in actually arriving to Rancho- they are well versed in getting people there in a worry-free manner. Your trip from San Jose airport will be approximately 3 hours in which the closer you get,...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

I'm speechless! I don't even have words to say how much we appreciate this wonderful review. It makes all the effort of our team worthwhile when we get a review like this! Thank you for taking the time to write this nice review it has made us all very happy!

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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: $163 - $199 (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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“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)
  • View from walking around Rancho
 of 5 bubbles BirdieMe, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“main lodge rooms are closer to the bird action on the balcony, outer cabins are further from the action”
  • One of the many excellent views of hummingbirds
 of 5 bubbles NeilBoyle, 21 Dec 2016 | Read review
“We enjoyed room #4 with a balcony view over the garden with the bird feeders and bird bath.”
 of 5 bubbles 939kenp, 5 Dec 2016 | Read review
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