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Rancho Naturalista

1 Km este de Tuis de Turrialba | Tayutic, Turrialba 7150, Costa Rica
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Rancho Naturalista
Ranked #1 of 11 hotels in Turrialba
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We spent a weekend here with the Birding Club of Costa Rica, and we saw many bird varieties. Our hosts were amazing, especially Lisa, who is very kind, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable about the birds and local points of interest. The food was wholesome and delicious, served family style, with the meat being raised right on their farm. There are... More

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Victoria, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Rancho Naturalista is truly a gem. My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to stay at Rancho Naturalista for 3 weeks as volunteers helping out with the goings on of the resort. What an amazing, unforgettable experience we had. We met the sister of the owner (Lisa) earlier during our travels and she put us in contact with the ranch... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the really nice review. We enjoyed having you both here at Rancho Naturalista. The staff at Rancho are still talking about how hard you worked. They were amazed that someone from another country would come and take an interest in learning to do the everyday things that they (the Costaricans) do here. It gave them... More

Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We spent a weekend at Rancho with a group- the Birding Club of Costa Rica - expats and Costa Ricans that go all over the country on birding trips. The reason to select Rancho was because of its reputation for birding, and it did not disappoint! BUT... if you are not a 'birder' but want to see a really beautiful... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We feel that it was an honor for us to have had the Birding Club of Costa Rica as our guests at Rancho Naturalista. We know that you travel all over Costa Rica to the best birdwatching sites and that you have seen most of the best places to stay, so we are super happy that you enjoyed your stay... More

Oxford, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Recently traveled here on a birder trip to Costa Rica and have to say this was a fantastic place to stay. I loved the owners Lisa and Mario who made sure we were a happy crew and we were! The experience of having so many varieties and numbers of hummingbirds plus other birds was marvelous. I have to say the... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We feel honored that you rated our gourmet meals at Rancho Naturalista so highly! We hope that you will return again someday to enjoy some birdwatching and maybe to look for some of the ones that you haven't seen yet. Thank you for taking the time to give us a nice review! More

Monteverde, Costa Rica
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5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It's time to get out the thesaurus and find lots of superlatives. My husband and I and two companions recently spent 2 nights at Rancho Naturalista. It was an extremely positive experience. Lisa, the manager, was helpful, efficient, upbeat, and did everything to make our stay just perfect including giving us advice of a place to stay the night before... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

It is so nice to have our guests feel happy and satisfied with the Rancho Naturalista experience. We thank you for the wonderful review! We really enjoyed having you as our guests and we hope to see you back again soon. Good luck with building up your impressive Costa Rica bird list! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The most wonderful birding experience in Costa Rica. The host and hostess, Mario and Lisa, and their staff were gracious and very knowledgable of the birds, flora and history. Saw many endangered species if birds. The food was delicious and authentic. I highly recommend this mountain resort. We were a party of ten and we all agree this was the... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We loved hosting your group and having the chance to meet them! We are sure with a lively group such as yours, every day is an adventure and we hope your vacation continues to be exciting as you travel to new locations in Costa Rica. The morning spent at the farmers market in Turrialba "La Feria" was a lot of... More

Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stayed here as part of a group birding tour ( Ornitholidays for ref). However I must stress that from observation, individual travellers received the same fantastic service and support as a group. Our room was in a separate block, two huge beds so happy nights in one each! Rooms clean and airy. Wow if you get chance have laundry... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Wow!, all I can say is "What a nice review" and "thank you!" We are truly satisfied to have our guests leave as happy about their stay at Rancho Naturalista as you did. You would be amazed at how many people appreciate the little things like the laundry, and the details of the rooms. Most people have high expectations of... More

Fort Myers, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Everything was top-notch at Rancho Naturalista. Wonderful birding on the trails and many places to visit nearby. It's a beautiful setting with wonderful views. Both the casitas and main building accommodations are spacious and attractive.The hummingbird feeders made for constant activity and easy viewing. A highlight is the snowcap, often spotted around the grounds. A special treat is the short... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review about Rancho Naturalista. We are really happy that your group had a good time and felt at home while they were here. We enjoyed visiting with such a nice group and we hope you will come back again! More

Allendale, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

My wife and I stayed 3 nights in the main building and had all our meals there. The room was spacious and very attractive with a lot of wood furnishings and floor and an entrance onto the wrap-around balcony. The staff was helpful and efficient, the public areas were pleasant, and the family-style meal service was fine. The setting in... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Rancho Naturalista and we thank you for the great review. We are happy that you plan to return once again, it is guests like you that make Rancho Naturalista such a fun place to be! More

San Diego, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Excellent in the care of the habitat, trails, viewing areas, lots of birds. The accomodations and meals exceeded our anticipation. All of the staff were very helpful and accesible. Either staying at the premontain rain forest or selected day trips, we were very satisfied. This is our fifth visit to Rancho Naturalista and we will be back ! Very peacful,... More

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Rancho Naturalista! We sincerely hope that you will be back again soon to visit our little piece of paradise here in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Thank you! More

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Address: 1 Km este de Tuis de Turrialba | Tayutic, Turrialba 7150, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Rancho Naturalista Turrialba
Rancho Naturalista Hotel Turrialba
Rancho Naturalista Costa Rica/Turrialba

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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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 
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