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1 Km este de Tuis de Turrialba | Tayutic, Turrialba 7150, Costa Rica
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The veranda birding is superb. The stunning Snowcap hummingbird is a regular visitor to the garden. Harry, the resident bird guide, knows the local birds better than any guide that I have met. We had fantastic views of Sunbittern on a nearby river. Perfect!

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review! As coming from a well traveled birdwatching guide, we take this as a great compliment! We are happy that you rated our guide so highly and that you enjoyed our regular visitor, the Snowcap hummingbird. The fantastic views of Sunbittern did make a perfect ending to your stay at Rancho Naturalista! Thanks once again! More 

Jackson, Mississippi
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was on my repeat visit to Rancho Naturalista in january 2015. This visit was as pleasant as the previous one. The location of Rancho Naturalista is beautiful, on a mountain top, overlooking the beautiful valley below and the views of mountains from the ground floor as well as the deck. The drive from San Jose is convenient on a... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are pleased that your repeat visit to Rancho Naturalista was as pleasant as the previous one. It was a pleasure to have you back as our guests! As you mentioned, the beautiful mountain top location, overlooking the valley below with the grounds including flowering shrubs and bushes do help to attract several species of hummingbirds along with other types... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I came here for a day trip because I LOVE hummingbirds and we heard this was the place to go. We are not "birders" so we went in the afternoon for the hummingbirds and hiking only. It's $40 per person for the whole day and lunch is included. There was good and bad, which ended up making... More 

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Coboconk, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We can't find enough superlatives to do Rancho Naturalista justice - everything exceeded our expectations. Our accommodation was clean and very comfortable, the staff members were efficient and friendly and the food was excellent. The variety of habitats and the extensive system of trails on the property make RN a must for birders and botanists alike. The guides are incredibly... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We and all the staff at Rancho Naturalista are pleased that everything exceeded your expectations during your stay with us! We are glad that you enjoyed using the extensive system of trails on the property, and the knowledgeable guides. We also think that this part of Costa Rica is very beautiful.Thank you for the nice review! More 

Lindsay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for a week. This place is rustic near the top of a mountain. Be prepared for the long steep driveway. Rooms were excellent and very clean. Mattress was firm.(Bed made during breakfast and then cleaned before lunch). Good wifi is only provided in main lodge but there is a comfortable sitting room to use. The food was superb,... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a great review about your stay at Rancho Naturalista! We are pleased that you enjoyed your typical Costa Rican lunch with the local "Chayote) squash. I think you are the first to mention the packed lunches, we try to make them good because when you are birding out in the forest all... More 

Lindsay, Ontario
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rancho Naturalista embodies everything for a unique, exciting and unforgettable experience. The accommodation is somewhat rustic, as it should be, but excellent. The rooms are very well looked after. The food is incredibly delicious; they have a superb chef and there is good variety. Lisa and Mario go out of their way to make everything work. The property itself has... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are happy that you found the accomadations excellent, the rooms well looked after and that you enjoyed the delicious variety of food that the chef prepared for your group. We are also happy that you enjoyed the amazing rainforest with all the wildlife found at Rancho Naturalista. Thank you from all of us at Rancho for your nice review! More 

Kirkfield, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in Costa Rica with a group of friends from a local naturalists' club. Everything here exceeded my expectations from the rooms to the food to the birds. The casita was fun though we were always too tired in the evenings to do much more than sleep. The food was unbelievably delicious with no lunch or dinner menu repeated for... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

All the staff at Rancho Naturalista agree that since you have plans to return in 2016 we guess you could have a repeat of the banana tacos! The next time around Im sure that you will be prepared for the all the birds to be found and you will see even more. We are thankful for your wonderful review and... More 

Hereford, AZ
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11 reviews 11 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Rancho Naturalista on a bird watching tour. The inn is situated up a long twisting driveway - with paradise at the end. Best food we had in Costa Rica - mostly from their own farm so it is fresh and nicely prepared. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Great birding as we wandered around the extensive property. A... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

The chef is happy that you liked the amazing cake that he made for the birthdays that were celebrated during your trip to Rancho Naturalista. It's true that our food is farm fresh and nicely prepared. Thank you for your kind words about our staff,and our lodge. We very much appreciate your kind review and you are always welcome at... More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just about every aspect of Rancho Naturalista is worthy of an Excellent rating . . . Certainly the birding, service, food, guides, and scenery are super. My only complaint concerns the specific accommodation that I had. My room was in a kind of "duplex" away from the main lodge, with another room (occupied by other guests that I did not... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for rating the birding, service, food, guides, and scenery as excellent. We are sorry that you had a complaint about the noise from the room next door. If it were possible we would have moved you to another room if you had let us know. Next time please remind us when you book and we will be sure... More 

New York, NY
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in a large, lovely room on the second floor on the large patio where coffee was served each morning. The staff were warm and friendly and the birds were abundant and fascinating, especially at the bug screens. We also visited the nearby Rio Platanillo where we saw sunbitterns and fascinated tiger herons as well as numerous tanagers.

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us a nice review! At Rancho Naturalista we pride ourselves on our warm and friendly staff and we are happy that you noticed this. This is the true spirit of Costa Rica, it's people really are friendly. It's what makes this such a nice country to visit. We are pleased that 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): $$
Number of rooms: 14
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Rancho Naturalista Hotel Turrialba
Rancho Naturalista Costa Rica/Turrialba

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