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#1 of 1 lodge in Zarcero
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4.7
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4.8
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4.6
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4.3
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Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve is a 1000-hectare natural biological corridor, located on the Central Volcanic Range, Continental Divide, between the Juan Castro Blanco Watershed National Park and the Poas Volcano National Park. It is a rain and cloud forest, located 1 1/2 tour away from San Jose, 35 minutes from Sarchi and 25 minutes away from Zarcero. It has excellent access to the Arenal and Poas volcanoes, and the area of Sarapiqui, San Carlos, Carara National Park, Jaco Beach.

At this lodge, you may enjoy the exuberant biodiversity of centennial trees loaded with orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns, surrounded by an unforgettable setting filled with impressive mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. Guests breathe the pure mountain air, while they hike through the trails though the lush rainforest, and then enjoying the exquisite food at the Bosque de Paz restaurant, which is a sample of Costa Rican hospitality offered through the personal attention of the Gonzalez family, owners of the lodge.

Accommodations: Bosque de Paz counts with 12 spacious and exquisitely decorated rooms, with Costa Rican exclusive designs and handcrafts. Each of the rooms has two double beds, and a private bathroom with hot water. Outside the rooms, there are large balconies with a spectacular view to our mountains. Guests can be surprised to be awakened by the song of tropical birds and the sound of howler monkeys.

At Bosque de Paz, guests enjoy a comfortable terrace, with a spectacular view to the mountains, where they can see birds, the hummingbird gallery, butterflies, mammals.......

The lodge has a library with books on natural history, a research laboratory, and a comfortable meeting room.

There is an interesting research Project at the Dr. Stephen Kirby Orchid Garden, which has become very popular with orchidologists and naturalists.

Activities:

Birdwatching; mammals, hummingbirds, and orchids observation; hiking, honneymoons, photography, annual family meeting, anti-stress program, yoga, meditation.

Day Trips from Bosque de Paz:

Canopy, rafting, horse back-riding, volcanoes, hot springs, safari river boat, National Parks, among others.

We receive small groups only, to protect our Reserve biodiversity. For that reason, we are able to offer personalized attention to our guests, who expects to come back to live another unforgettable experience in contact with nature at Bosque de Paz.

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Laura S wrote a review Aug 2023
Dallas, Texas15 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed two nights at Hotel Bosque de Paz at the beginning of June with rain in the afternoons. The dining hall served excellent “home cooking” style meals and had the best coffee. We were in Costa Rica for almost a month, I swear this place really did have the best coffee. The lodge promotes the natural beauty of the forest to be the landscaping. The hummingbird feeders were great. So many hummingbirds. We saw a lot of birds and agouti at the fruit station adjacent to the dining hall. The property has undergone reforestation for the past 27 years and is now a biological reserve with a huge secondary cloud forest. Our host, Mario, led us on a guided birding tour on our first morning stay. There are well marked trails throughout the lodge grounds. We hiked a little later in the afternoon prior to the rain and again the next morning before breakfast.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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tcbphoto wrote a review Jun 2023
San Manuel, Arizona132 contributions50 helpful votes
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Incredible location! Incredible staff! Lots of incredible comments about this place. Staff were great! Food was excellent! Rooms were perfect! Loved the trails and feeder areas. Birds galore! Coatimundi, Agouti, and more were seen during our visit. Birders should be able to find many species. Mario, Maria, and all are treasures. Would go back if life finds us near them in the future.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Morgan wrote a review May 2023
Liberty, Indiana2 contributions
This was an amazing stay, the showers were amazing and the people were even better. Everything was very nice and comfortable. The food was delicious and they accommodated for all of the dietary needs of our group. There are amazing hiking trails to waterfalls and around the area. It was a great stay.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Chris S wrote a review May 2023
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I visited as part of a college biology (natural history) class (I am an ecology professor). Bosque de Paz is a wonderful place, with a wonderful and friendly staff, owners that care personally about you and the habitat they protect, and visited by fellow lovers of nature. The expert guides, Mario and Noelia, are super awesome and know their stuff. The place is a gem. Also…great rooms with good hot showers; the food was superb! We had a blast!
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Date of stay: May 2023
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GoBlueKim wrote a review Apr 2023
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Amazing! The staff was extraordinary. The room was beautiful. The food was GREAT. You are steps away from the cloud forest. Wildlife comes right up to the lodge. The drive in is breathtaking. Close to the waterfalls. Hummingbirds galore all around the lodge. Great for a retreat.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Sharon E wrote a review Jan 2023
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina31 contributions6 helpful votes
This is a very small lodge with plenty to see and do. The hummingbirds were very close and easy to photograph, as well as the other birds that came in. Juan is a treasure and always helping to find different species. The rooms were comfortable and the food was excellent. Thank you for an enjoyable visit.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Christopher T wrote a review Dec 2022
Eustis, Florida276 contributions265 helpful votes
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Do not rush through Bajos del Toro on your way to La Fortuna. This town has long been a secret paradise to travelers with an appreciation for authentic local culture and natural wonders unequalled in Costa Rica. But you have to slow down to see the wildlife and hike to waterfalls that you can enjoy without any other tourists. Basque de Paz is the perfect home base for exploring The Valley. Only minutes away from the town, you are nestled in the natural mountains. There is no one else around. The birds and wildlife are incredible. We saw two species of monkey, agouti, agouti paca, coati, at least fifty species of bird, and I saw the tail of a puma on one of the many trails that crisscross the huge property. The staff are incredible. Everyone was so kind. We got to know everyone quite well, they helped my Spanish and I helped their English. The food was out of this world delicious. We are vegetarian and the chef accommodated us for three nights with creative, fresh cooking. We ate breakfasts and dinners at the lodge, and usually found some casado in town for lunch after our day hiked visiting the local waterfalls. Rooms are simple but very clean. Hot showers that worked great (which is not always the case in remote rainforest housing). Sitting each morning with coffee on the front porch and watching the innumerably colored birds and clouds of hummingbirds was the perfect way to start the day. There aren’t any clubs or televisions here. It’s all nature all the time. So yeah, Basque de Paz is amazing. Do yourself a favor and book more than one night.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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LyleSRice wrote a review Oct 2022
Redwood City, California31 contributions5 helpful votes
It has been 3 years since I have been able to visit Bosque de Paz due to the pandemic. This privately owned biological reserve has stayed true to its mission of conservation, preservation and education. At this time of year (the rainy season), there are very few people so we had a lot of privacy. Generally, the mornings were overcast, partly cloudy or sunny with the rain coming in the afternoon so I was able to go on a good hike every morning. When it was raining, I enjoyed sitting on the terrace listening to the rain beat on the steel roof. If you are an orchid enthusiast, the orchid garden is worth walking through. The orchids are all from the property legally repositioned to the garden from fallen logs and branches. If you are so lucky to be staying when the botanist in charge of the garden is there for the monthly visit be sure to schedule a tour. There are over 240 species that have been documented and as most of the orchids are small and it is easy to walk past extremely tiny orchids in bloom. When we were there 40 species were in bloom. If you are interested in birds ask for a birding guide (at an extra cost) who will enhance your experience. Because of the weather, the bird watching was not optimal but I did manage to observe several species including 3 I have not seen before. The meals are included in the price with generous portions. All the food is prepared on site - including the tortilla's, ice cream and fresh juices made from tropical fruits. The food is tasty. I particularly like the soups served at dinner time. If you have a special diet please inform them when booking your stay. This is located in a fairly remote area so letting those needs be know in advance is a must. Rooms are clean and comfortable. While there is Wi-Fi, there are no TV's or phones in the rooms so it is truly a getaway to a peaceful part of the world.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Stephen K wrote a review Oct 2022
My wife and I have stayed at Bosque de Paz about 30 times since first coming to the Reserve in 1999 when we fell in love with the place. It is the definitive cloud-forest reserve and lodge with up to 8 meters of rain annually. Although such high rainfall might seem excessive, it occurs mostly in the afternoon and brings with it an exceptional diversity of wildlife: more. than 200 bird species, including 20 species of hummingbirds, mammals, and plants. It is a large reserve at 1000 Ha with 20 km of marked trails, waterfall, and dozens bridges to cross streams. The Lodge is at elevation 1550 m (5085 ft.), so it gets cool at night. Typical of Costa Rican hotels, the rooms are unheated, but plenty of blankets are in each room. The rooms are what we call elegant rustic. The Reserve has reforested hundreds of acres of former pastures and the trails also take you through ancient cloud forest. Make no mistake, there are some places on the trails that are muddy, but consider what wonders these trails take you to. The food is a step above just simple rural food and plenty of it. All the desserts are home made, including ice cream. The staff is friendly and helpful and the owners are attentive. Check out the orchid garden, one of the best reserve orchid gardens in the country. So bring your boots, a rain parka, a fleece jacket, and binoculars and prepare yourself for a treat. A 2022 Four-star National Blue Flag Award for biodiversity, one of just a few in Costa Rica.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Bring a warm jacket, raincoat , boots, and binocular to get the most out of your visit.
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Seattle Meadowlark wrote a review May 2022
Seattle324 contributions251 helpful votes
Lodge Bosque de Paz A very twisty and potholed road leads to this cloud forest lodge. Our room was fairly spartan, with two queen beds, a table with two rather uncomfortable chairs, and a rack for our gear. The room was poorly illuminated, with just ceiling lights and a small, low wattage table lamp in between the beds. I relax after a busy day by writing the daily events in a journal and the lamp wasn't up to the job. There were only two electrical outlets, and of a design that demanded an adapter. Mario, the manager, was more than happy to provide the adapter. The room was unheated, and due to the high elevation, was cold and damp. There were plenty of blankets available and we used them all. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows were lumpy. The towels in the bathroom were never truly dry, even after laundering. While the bathroom sink only had hot water in the evenings, the shower had plenty of hot water. Both the bathroom and the room itself were spotlessly clean. We never saw an insect in the room at any time. The opportunities for photography or birding were everywhere. The lawn fronting the dining hall had numerous hummingbird feeders and beyond it, an area were agoutis, pacas, squirrels and coatimundis came to feed. In the morning I heard howler monkeys. We hiked through the beautiful forest, appreciating that it had never, ever been logged or managed. The staff of Bosque de Paz treated us like visiting royalty. There was nothing we wanted for (well, perhaps a little warmer weather, but it IS cloud forest). Our meals were fabulous, the portions huge. No fear of going hungry here! You could have '''typical food", the term for regular Costa Rican fare, that usually meaning the ubiquitous black beans and rice dish served with most meals. Or you could ask for 'american' cuisine, meaning eggs, toast, etc. Breakfast was eggs, or cereal, along with freshly picked fruit like mangos, papayas, watermelon and pineapple in the morning. My coffee hound husband adored the coffee so much we eventually brought home several bags. "American" food was staple in the evenings, the cook showing her expertise with perfectly cooked fresh tilapia (a farmed fish), or pork chops, chicken, etc. Their attention to service was such that I'm betting I could have asked for barbecued hippo and somehow, it would have been arranged. Bosque de Paz was the perfect introduction to life in Costa Rica.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bosque de Paz
Which popular attractions are close to Bosque de Paz?
Nearby attractions include Blue Falls of Costa Rica (4.5 miles), Finca Organica (4.4 miles), and Catarata Caida Del Cielo (1.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bosque de Paz?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Bosque de Paz?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Bosque de Paz?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bosque de Paz?
Conveniently located restaurants include Las Ventanas Restaurant at El Silencio Lodge, Mia's Pizza, and Restaurante Los Gallos.
Does Bosque de Paz have airport transportation?
Yes, Bosque de Paz offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bosque de Paz?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Bosque de Paz accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.