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Rancho Naturalista

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South Burlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I stayed at Rancho Naturalista for 2 nights in early May 2016. First of all we wished we had stayed longer as the birding opportunities in and around Rancho Naturalista are huge. The first cool experience for us was the drive up the hill to the Rancho. We highly recommend taking a 4WD vehicle. We rented a... More 

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Portola, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for a place in Costa Rica to take our daughters, their husbands and the seven grandkids ages 7 - 16 so we booked Rancho Naturalista for a five night stay. We couldn't have found a better place! We had a a fantastic time. Three times a day we had delicious and well prepared meals. When the mealtime... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rancho Naturalista is truly a paradise on earth. Lisa and Mario are an amazing couple, and are some of the most accommodating hosts I've ever met. I felt I could ask Mario anything at all about the region and he stood ready to help. The property is in the jungle and has trails that were perfect for immersing us in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't say enough about this jewel of Costa Rica. This was a family vacation--grandparents with two families, 13 people total and it was effortless. The staff was friendly and wonderful. This is an owner run property, Lisa and Mario's hospitality and efficiency are evident everywhere. The rooms were great, there are three rooms upstairs and the view and ambience... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

My husband had set up a birding trip (with other options as well) for ourselves and 7 friends. This was our first stop for 4 days and everyone was in awe. The accommodations were excellent as was the food served. Even our non-birder friends enjoyed themselves sitting on the 2nd floor veranda watching hummingbirds flit from flowers to feeders. Ken... More 

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Snohomish, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

My daughter and I stayed at Rancho Naturalista for 4 nights at the end of our first trip to Costa Rica. The accommodations were very comfortable and the food was delicious. We enjoyed hiking around the numerous trails on the property. We also hired Harry to be our guide for several half-day trips and a night hike. All were excellent.... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are pleased that both you and your daughter had a great stay at Rancho Naturalista on your first trip to Costa Rica. The numerous trails on the property really are good for hiking and for birding. Although the hummingbird feeders had a variety of species we are sorry that the fruit feeders did not have as many birds. Sometimes... More 

Mesquite, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Awesome stay thanks to all the staff all the way up to the owners. Beautiful rooms. Beautiful veiws. Great food. and all around wonderful experience!! World class birding and wildlife viewing in a cool climate with a stress free environment. Will be back soon. Thank you Mario and Lisa!

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so happy that you really enjoyed your stay at Rancho Naturalista and we do hope to see you back again soon! More 

Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

A well-run owner operated facility. Our main objective was photography and both inside the compound and outside there were lots of opportunities. You can hardly meet more welcoming people than the owners and staff. Eating family style and at fixed times are not our favourites, but the food and staff makes up for it all. Nice big rooms. If you... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write us an excellent review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay especially since you traveled so far to stay with us as a guest at Rancho Naturalista! We hope all your photos came out very nice! More 

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Our first visit to Costa Rica!! Stayed at Rancho four nights (could have stayed much longer!) We have traveled the world and have seen many amazing places, but Rancho is right up there with the best of them!! Loved the small, intimate environment, the smiles and generous service of the staff. Meals (prepared by an outstanding chef) (a very nice... More 

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for the AWESOME Review! Since you have traveled the world and have seen many amazing places it made us so excited that you rated Rancho Naturalista right up there with the best of them!! After birdwatching with the great guides at Rancho and going on night walks, and early morning walks we are so happy that you were... More 

Corvallis, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

We just returned from two weeks in Costa Rica and kicked the trip off with 3 days at Rancho Naturalista. I wish we had stayed here longer. Everything is comfortable, food was great, staff were always super helpful and the birding will knock your socks off. You'll love this place.

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Since you started your trip to Costa Rica with a comfortable stay at Rancho Naturalista, we are happy that you enjoyed the birding, the food and the staff. Thank you for taking time out to give us a nice review! More 

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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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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 

Additional Information about Rancho Naturalista

Address: 1 Km este de Tuis de Turrialba | Tayutic, Turrialba 7150, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
Price Range: $55 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Rancho Naturalista Turrialba
Rancho Naturalista Hotel Turrialba
Rancho Naturalista Costa Rica/Turrialba
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