Wonderful hotel located in a fabulously scenic area. Rancho Naturalista is an amazing place perched high above Turrialba overlooking two volcanoes. Rancho is a place mostly for birders and photographers of wildlife and there is probably no better place to be. Hummingbird feeders are hung up on the balcony enabling us to see and photograph many different species. Bird tables are loaded with food for all the other many, many species of birds, squirrels, butterflies, lizards and the odd coati to feed from. There are many trails on the property and excellent guides to show where the more secretive birds and other animals are. Guides can be hired for very reasonable rates to take guests out for a morning or whole day. Accommodation here is fairly basic but comfortable and very clean. There is also beautiful luxury accommodation in the main house down the road below the Rancho. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the rates are exceptional and all menus are catered for. Free coffee all day too served by the most friendly helpful staff you could ever meet. An absolute must for all birdy folks. We came home to the UK with over 100 new species and a great love for Costa Rica and it's people. We will return.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Naturalista Turrialba
- Rancho Naturalista Hotel Turrialba
- Rancho Naturalista Costa Rica/Turrialba