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“Serene respect for nature... And their guests”
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed for just two nights as part of a longer trip. The welcome and service at Bosque is personal and warm. We were shown round the spacious, simple, clean room by the owner, who explained the Eco-credentials of the hotel - save water, limit electricity consumption and respect the animals and plants. The hotel is in extensive grounds, in the cool cloud forest climatic zone in Costa Rica, and has several nature trails, including to the fantastic waterfall -well worth the hour or so walk up hill. It is a haven for bird watchers, so many of your fellow guests might be packing huge zoom lenses, reference books and binoculars. There was one bonus for us non-birders- these guys were out at the crack of dawn, leaving us to a peaceful and un-rushed breakfast, and to enjoy the gardens around the near hotel with hummingbirds coming out of your ears. Amazing creatures, buzzing around the flowers, beautiful colours. The food - recommend you stay full-board because of the location- was good, fresh home-cooked fayre, served up by cheerful, friendly team. There was a separate little bar with a BBQ, which I imagine would be good if you were in a group. There was a little library and seating area next to the restaurant. Couple of points to note- if you have small children who are not well-trained yet, then they will require careful supervision. There are features which are designed for adults- bridges, ponds, nature trails etc, which are natural and don't have every corner smoothed, every gap roped off and every slippery surface pre-warned. And a general Costa Rica hotels point, many remote places offer full-board, which is great, you won't go hungry, but there was a dearth of snacks or well-stocked bars... Beware, and if you are travelling around a few of these places, take some chocolate treats, potato crisps and beers, if they are your way of treating yourself on a hard-day out in the jungle.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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monica E, Public Relations Manager at Bosque de Paz, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Thank you for your review!
As you said in Bosque de Paz despite is not a dangerous place is good to have an eye on children.
We are glad you had a nice stay!
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

After several days in the heat and humidity of the lowland rainforest, it was a delight to experience the cool climate of the cloud forest, and the welcome we received at Bosque De Paz was exceptional. Frederico and Vanessa are charming, warm-hearted people, and perfect hosts. Their lodge is rustic, clean and comfortable; the food is delicious, traditional, and well suited for vegetarians. Our hosts made every effort to ensure we were enjoying our stay. Our young guide Kenneth successfully led us to see a pair of Resplendent Quetzals, a sight we will never forget. This is also the place to see hummingbirds up close.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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monica E, Public Relations Manager at Bosque de Paz, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Thank you for your review!
It is a pleasure to know you enjoyed your visit and our efforts to make you comfortable were successful!
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Bosque de Paz is a small ecolodge located in the cloud forest near Bajos del Toro. Frederico and Vanessa were very gracious hosts and we felt welcomed during our 3-day stay. The rooms are simple but clean. The rooms were tiled and fairly spacious. The beds and pillows were OK but not exceptional. There are 6 rooms downstairs and 6 rooms upstairs (no elevator). The downstairs rooms open to a garden but the upstairs rooms have a better view. Bright red passion flowers grow up the railings. The location and well planted grounds made up for any lack of luxury. The showers were wonderful with lots of steamy hot water which felt nice in the cool mornings. Nights were quite cold and there is no heat in the rooms. They do provide an extra blanket for the 2 double beds in each room. They suggest bringing warm clothing to sleep in so I brought long underwear and was quite glad I did. Another person in our group slept in flannel pjs, 30-degree below socks, a turtleneck, and a warm hat. You will need to bring a fleece and a lightweight jacket for mornings and evenings. Days warm up nicely so zip-off pants are handy. Make sure to bring an alarm clock if you are on a schedule. The electric outlets are the same as US but make sure to bring a 2-prong-to-3-prong adaptor. Wifi was apparently available in the small reception area but we did not try it. A beautiful stream runs through the property. This is an AMAZING place for photography especially for hummingbirds. They have hummingbird feeders placed around the grounds and 100s of hummers keep you entertained all day. The hummers are also attracted to red jackets and hats. The fruit feeders attract orioles and other birds. You can bring some hummingbird feeders from home to hang outside your room (bring some sort of hanging material) and they will supply the correctly proportioned sugar water. Pacas, agoutis, and coatis came in to the feeders as well. The lodge is famous for black guans but unfortunately, they did not show up during our stay as they were nesting. The orchid garden is absolutely fantastic with a huge variety of species including miniature orchids. The water is OK to drink and the food is excellent. Typical Costa Rican meals are served family style and quite hearty portions. One person in our group had a gluten allergy and they made sure to accommodate her with delicious choices such as fresh fruit desserts. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They have beer and wine for purchase. Our guide Erick Castro stayed with our group the entire 10-day trip, which was nice. Erick is highly regarded as one of the best birding guides in Costa Rica and he was absolutely fantastic. Erick and our bus driver ate meals with us and seemed quite welcomed at the lodge. The hikes are fairly strenuous as the lodge is surrounded by mountains – a hiking pole is helpful. Ponchos are better than raincoats to take on a hike as you can cover up your camera and backpack easier. Even though our visit was in the dry season, it rained one entire day of our stay (it is the cloud forest!). Some of the other TripAdvisor reviews have mixed messages about Bosque de Paz. Don't come with expectations of the Ritz. Come with expectations of some of the best hummingbird and orchid photography in Costa Rica as well as cloud forest bird watching and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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monica E, Public Relations Manager at Bosque de Paz, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Thank you for your review!
We love when our clients have satisfied their expectations and experienced pleasure during their time at the reserve.
As we are a small hotel, each comment is a precious way to learn and improve our way.
We are at your service, as always!

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Reviewed March 14, 2012

We began our 20 day tour of Costa Rica with a two night stay at Bosque de Paz. Although the area was breathtakingly beautiful and serene, Bosque de Paz was the worst lodging experience of our entire trip - overpriced and disappointing. We stayed in room #1, which was comfortable, but the shower did not drain properly and within the first 30 seconds I was standing in half a foot of water. It was a disgusting experience especially with young children. Our fellow guests (birders) made quite a commotion very early in the morning (5am), and they all had to walk by or above room#1 to get to their meeting place. The lodge should have planned better and placed us in a different room to avoid this inconvenience. We didn't see much wildlife except for in the courtyard where the staff maintains feeders for birds and mammals. We tried to enjoy one of the private trails, but the second half of the trail was noise polluted with the lodge's watch dog barking incessantly at who knows what. The food was awful, despite the grandiose blessing bestowed by the lodge's owner at every meal. We were able to find much better food (authentic and delicious Costa Rican preparation of fresh caught trout at NeNe) and grade-A coffee from local women in the nearby town thanks to our guide. Lastly, I have to question the sincerity of the owner's hospitality as we were made to feel quite uncomfortable and unwelcome on several occasions. We traveled with our own guide, a native Costa Rican who was with us the entire 20 days of our trip. The owner's disdain for our guide was obvious. When we asked Bosque de Paz owner if our guide could join us for dinner (we would pay the additional cost), first we were told the lodge might not have enough food, but after some pressing he finally agreed. Our meal ended up feeling like afterschool detention with the prinicipal watching every move. The only wifi available is in a common room in the main lodge, next door to the front desk. The room is dark and stuffy, so we opted to sit outside where you can enjoy a low signal. Both my wife and our guide were checking emails right before dinner when suddenly the wifi was turned off. The lodge's staff was very nice, but it wasn't enough to offset all the shortcomings. We even tried participating in a tree planting program. While the owner was happy enough to take our money, the actual tree planting butted up against our departure. My wife was told it would take more than an hour, even though the staff looked ready to go. We ended up leaving with certificates but no experience. An empty gesture to say the least. While we would certainly visit the area of Bajos del Toro again, we would not return to Bosque de Paz.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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monica E, Public Relations Manager at Bosque de Paz, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Thank you for your honest review!
First of all I apologize for each and every inconvenient during your stay at our lodge.
It is not regular receive comments like yours and I am sorry for your unpleasant experience.
As we are a small hotel, we make food for our guests and it is sized by portions, in no occasion we have wanted to deny food to anyone.
The dog now is restricted to the owners house backyard and wont bother anyone else.
About the wi fi, we never turn it off; in Costa Rica, specially at countryside areas, Internet service is often inconsistent.
However I regret your bad experience here.
We are at your service!

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Reviewed February 16, 2012

We spent two nights at Bosque de Paz as a last minute add on to a 2.5 week nature trip to Costa Rica and we are so glad we did. Bosque de Paz turned out to be our favorite lodge of the entire trip. The trails were pleasant, the lodge was beautifully cared for, the staff were all friendly and the food typical Costa Rican and excellent. We especially enjoyed a birding tour with Kenneth, although young he was extremely knowledgable and helpful. When not hiking or birding, we enjoyed sitting outside and watching the hummingbirds. Bosque de Paz truly lives up to its name!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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monica E, Public Relations Manager at Bosque de Paz, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Thank you for your review!
Nothing make us feel more blissful as knowing that our clients enjoyed their time at the reserve.
We are glad you had a nice stay.
We are at your service, as always!

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Reviewed February 1, 2012

This is a great place for birding and also to see some of the exotic mammals of Costa Rica. A lovely area, good accommodations and great trails. It is also only 1 1/2 hour drive from the international airport, so a good place to start or finish a trip to Costa Rica.

Room Tip: No heat in the rooms so be sure to bring very warm clothing. All rooms appeared to be the same.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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monica E, Public Relations Manager at Bosque de Paz, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Thank you for your review!
We are glad you had a nice time over here.
Always at your service!

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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Bosque de Paz is a great place to spend a couple days on a Costa Rican birding trip. It's easily the best place in the country to see Black Guan. The lodge has a pretty extensive set of trails and birding along the road outside of the lodge is also quite productive. We picked up a good number of birds here that we missed at Savegre Mountain Hotel/Cerro de la Muerte area.

The owners have hummingbird and a platform feeder up that attracts a good variety of birds. I would say two full days is enough to find a good percentage of species that are found at mid-to-high elevation.

One of my best birding moments in Costa Rica was here, my wife and I were walking the trails when we heard a trogon calling. I then began imitating the call and managed to call in a pair of Orange-bellied Trogons as well as a pair of Collared Trogons. We also saw a pair of Resplendent Quetzals on the same trail.

As for the lodging:

The rooms were very clean and comfortable. It does get quite cold at night but that's to be expected at this elevation. When we stayed there was at most 8 other people staying there so it was pretty quiet. The food was generally quite good. The area is absolutely gorgeous, the drive from this lodge up to the Caribbean lowlands was very nice. The drive up from San Jose got a little scary at one point, as we were in the area were a large earthquake struck in 2009 and demolished the road.

Overall a great place.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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monica E, Public Relations Manager at Bosque de Paz, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Thank you for your review!
We know our most valuable treasure is the forest and the wildlife that inhabits it.
We are glad you enjoyed your time over here.
Always at your service!

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Address: Bajos del Toro, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Bajos del Toro
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Bajos del Toro
Price Range: $175 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bosque de Paz 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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