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Rancho Naturalista

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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
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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motril
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24 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our stay here. The owners obviously enjoy having people and everything is geared to "joining in". Meals are communal and enjoyable. The siting combined with the efforts of the staff means that there is always some wildlife activity. The resident guides are exceptional in the knowledge and love of their job.

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

It's true we really do enjoy having guests stay at our lodge and also being able to share the natural beauty of Costa Rica with them. The guides really are amazing and they love their job. We feel that we are very lucky to do what we do here at Rancho Naturalista. Even though it is hard work it is... More 

Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Rancho Naturalista for 3 nights. The accommodations, at the main house, as well as the three meals, were excellent. We went birding with Cali who is a local guide and he was outstanding. He speaks English well and can discuss other things such as plants, ecology etc. Lisa and Mario, the management, were very friendly and helpful.... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We really enjoyed having you and your family stay at Rancho Naturalista, it was a pleasure to visit and get to know you. It is great that you found Rancho Naturalista to be one of the friendliest and most relaxed lodges out of all of the places you visited in Costa Rica. We also agree that it makes a big... More 

Bedfordshire
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of an organised tour of Costa Rica. The location is very pleasant indeed with many trails for birding, nature watching or simply enjoying the peaceful countryside (although note that they can be steep and somewhat narrow in places). Service has the personal touch here and the food is absolutely wonderful. I had... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for giving us a really nice review! We are happy that you enjoyed the trails for the birding and nature watching. We have just recently put gravel on the trails to the hummingbird pools and the to the forest feeders. This should help make even easier walking for our guests. We always try to keep a personal touch... More 

Silver City, New Mexico
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not stay at the lodge itself. There were no rooms open. So instead we were fortunate to stay at the owner's house! What a treat!! We treated like personally family friends. Kathy and John were the finest of hosts. The food was absolutely incredible. It was prepared by a personal chef with the finest of local ingredients. Our... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are pleased to know that you liked the food, the spacious and comfortable room, and that you enjoyed having your own private deck to watch the birds come feed on the fruit in the morning. What a nice complement for us that this was probably your favorite place on your whole trip! Thank you for the nice review! More 

Macungie, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I made a solo visit to Rancho Naturalista in February and enjoyed it so much, I'm returning in April. Yes, as everyone knows, the birding here is excellent. But I'm not a birder. My interest was in the amazing variety of insects, especiallly moths, to be found at Rancho. During a short four night stay I took over 2500 pictures.... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Rancho Naturalista so much that you are returning soon! Even though you are not a birder it is nice that you found an amazing variety of insects, and moths at Rancho. Its also amazing that you took over 2500 pictures in such a short time. Thank you for the kind words... More 

Middlebury, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We are birders who have been to many birding lodges and used their guides and we were not disappointed with Rancho Naturalista. The hummingbirds are numerous at the feeders and the delightful Snowcap was.often in the plantings by the viewing deck. We did some birding with Harry who was knowledgable and a wonderful companion. We took a day trip to... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

When our guests are birders who have been to many birding lodges it makes us very happy when they are not disappointed with Rancho Naturalista. We know that not just the birds but many things about the hotel are also important. We are pleased that you found the guide knowledgable and good company. Thank you for the nice comments about... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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 

Coboconk, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

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 

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