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Bosque de Paz

Zarcero Costa Rica
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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.


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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felixstowejohn wrote a review Mar 2020
Herefordshire, United Kingdom162 contributions107 helpful votes
This was my wife and my first visit to Costa Rica and the first stop on a three-week tour, organised by Aratinga tours visiting four different ecozones. And what an excellent introduction it was. We had a brilliant guide who made sure that we saw as much of the wildlife as possible during our stay. The best was the ability to watch and study, up close, the many hummingbirds that came to the feeders. We did not have the best of the weather but this is cloud forest so what can you expect. Rain and cold sums it up. The accommodation is spacious and clean but the bedrooms could do with heaters as everything felt damp and you did not really want to get out of the hot shower which is why I have deducted a star! The food was tasty but very little choice and the desserts were unimaginative. However, most visitors come for the birds, wildlife and the flora and that more than made up for any deficiencies in the accommodation.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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JWWKWW wrote a review Feb 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom131 contributions49 helpful votes
The owner and all his staff were so enthusiastic throughout making sure there is as much wildlife around as possible. You walk straight into hummingbirds as soon as you arrive. Wonderful photographic opportunities everywhere. Throughout our stay we saw an eclectic array of colourful birds in and around the impeccable landscaped gardens which includes a pretty stream. You regularly see Coati’s (Pizote), Agouti, Black Guan, Red squirrels and after dark Paca’s. In the early morning we were woken to sound of the Howler money’s in the distance. Our room was immaculate and spacious with a fabulous warm shower plus great views of the forest. The homemade food was nice and plenty of it,in fact far too much for us. We loved the different walks around the property in the cloud-forest, all different levels and distances so you could decide which best suited you, none were too difficult we easily managed them all. They are clearly signposted and mostly interconnecting so you do not get lost. Once away from the hotel itself you feel like you are alone up there, just wonderful. We prayed for just one Resplendent Quetzal but to no avail I’m not sure there are many about (if any) but it’s still fun being up so high where they could be and searching anyway. A few things to note it’s a cloud forest it rained, a lot, if you do not have a car or have not arranged any tours you are a tad stuck because there is very limited WiFi/internet (understandably so). It was also a little cold so definitely take a fleece as well as a raincoat. Three days was sufficient for us in fact more than enough because we arrived early morning on the first day and didn’t leave until lunch on the last. All in all it’s a very peaceful and beautiful unique place we feel lucky to have experienced Bosque de Paz and it rightly deserves a 5* rating.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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John P wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia1079 contributions451 helpful votes
The attractions of this accommodation lies in its location at the edge of an ecological reserve supplemented by the provision of feeding programmes that attract mammals and many birds to the site. When eating meals one can watch the landscape outside and enjoy native wildlife almost at your fingertips. After this consideration other things are almost secondary but the rooms are clean and comfortable, the food is above average and very enjoyable and all together the place offers good accommodation especially for guests interested in ecology.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Mike K wrote a review Jan 2020
Inverness, United Kingdom97 contributions118 helpful votes
This is a wildlife lodge that is made by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff and their willingness to interact with their visitors; command of English isn’t great (but neither is my Spanish) and common interests prevail. If an unusual animal or bird appears they will tell you about it and then take you to see it. It’s in the cloud forest and that means it rains, often heavily and is significantly cooler than elsewhere in Costa Rica. I was very glad to have both a lightweight waterproof and a fleece jacket. Between the periods of heavy rain, it is good to get out and about on the well-maintained trails around the lodge’s estate to see a variety of birds and exotic vegetation. If the rain is too heavy hummingbird feeders and a feeding station for Coati, Aguti, squirrels and even racoons will keep you occupied. Rooms are simply furnished but most normal hotel facilities are present including hot water, vital in the colder temperatures. The food service is the hotel’s weakest point; the local cuisine and may not be to everybody’s taste and, unless you have a dietary problem, there is no choice offered. Vegetables are very well boiled.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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jeroma25 wrote a review Dec 2019
Menlo Park, California143 contributions62 helpful votes
Best part of the property was its many nature trails and rushing streams/ creeks during a very wet stay. Could not hike extensively because of the poor weather, just took a few quick walks before the next rain arrived. My room wasn't up to par- it seems that it was meant for guides. One of the windows was boarded up with plywood. Checked the other building where most guests where staying and those rooms where superior. Meals are preset with very little choice for selection. Service was good. There is an orchid garden and several bird feeders near the common areas.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bosque de Paz
Which popular attractions are close to Bosque de Paz?
Nearby attractions include Finca Organica (4.4 miles), Blue Falls of Costa Rica (4.7 miles), and Blue Falls of Costa Rica (4.7 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 Quelites, Restaurante Los Gallos, and Las Ventanas Restaurant.
Does Bosque de Paz have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Bosque de Paz offers an airport shuttle 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 wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.