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Review of Toucan Rescue Ranch

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Toucan Rescue Ranch
Certificate of Excellence
Winnipeg, Canada
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120 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Excellent Place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

This ranch was beautiful. It was very neat to walk around and look at all of the animals. We even got to see Leslie feed 2 baby sloths. There was a bunk bed and a single bed and a queen. We slept very well. Leslie was very generous and it was included with breakfast and a tour. There was also a menu you could order off of and the restaurant would deliver it to you. Breakfast, Leslie had two options either gallo pinto or pancakes, the food was beyond. I have never seen any of those animals so close up. Lots of cool wildlife to see. I would for sure recommend staying at this ranch. the service was so great and I had a great experience. I loved this place it was excellent

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Alameda, California
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

We spent the first 3 nights of our 2 weeks in Costa Rica at Toucan Rescue Ranch. It was an amazing and inspirational experience! Our guest lodge was beautiful and comfortable. We liked to sit on our patio in rocking chairs, surrounded by chirping and squawking from the myriad of birds and other wildlife on the ranch. Leslie and Jorge care for lots more than just the many injured or orphaned toucans on site. There are several species of owls, both two and three-toed-sloths, beautiful parrots, macaws, some kinds of wild cat, spider monkeys, and lots more, including Ralph, a cute and curious small duck who followed us wherever we went. Leslie's tour of the grounds and the ranch's history was fun and very informative. The breakfasts were delicious. But most of all, it was great just being there and knowing that our stay was contributing to such a worthwhile endeavour.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Al M
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

Leslie and Jorge are both wonderful hopitable activists. The place was beautiful, completely surrounded by Costa Ricas wild life and coffee plantations. Visiting or staying/ volenteering at the ranch is a great way to ensure you see some of Costa Ricas amazing wildlife in a place where you know the animals are being treated with nothing short of compassion and love as apposed to some other tourist traps that abuse the innocent animals.

Leslie and Jorge have done something absolutly wonderful for Costa Rican wildlife with the ranch, Constantly taking in ill and hurt animals and nurturing them back to health, and, if possible for the animal to survive, releasing these animals back into the wild.

Thank you so much Leslie and Jorge for an amazing day, I wish i knew about this place before I was in Costa Rica because then I would have planned to stay and volenteer. oh well, next time. Keep up the great work!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrea24121993
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new jersey
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Leslie and Jorge are so dedicated to spreading the word of respect for the wildlife of CR-their place is a haven for both the animals that wind up there and any people lucky enough to visit. I've visited the ranch twice now and am so impressed with the level of care, compassion, knowledge and commitment that they pour into the well being of the animals in their care and also into teaching anyone who will listen, how to love the wild animals of CR in their natural habitats and to only keep pets that are more naturally domesticated without harmful effects to their well being. A must see place!!!! Donate too!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dogwalker100
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Birmingham, Alabama
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54 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

I stayed here for several days with my cousin. We had the most amazing time here; it was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. As animal lovers, we were in heaven. Leslie and her husband Jorge, are the best hosts ever. We will definitely come back. I cried when I left (to give an indication of what a special experience it was) Any animal lover will absolutely be over the moon to be able to see the variety of wildlife here at Toucan Rescue Ranch. Leslie is doing an amazing job helping to save these animals and rehab them. She is so devoted to these animals; it is a beautiful thing to witness! I give the experience 10 stars!! Also, she cooks an amazing breakfast and gives a fascinating tour of the facility. Plus, the accommodations are very cozy and I slept great each night. Do not miss out on this fantastic experience!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ShayC30375
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Turkey
Level Contributor
49 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

This was our last and very interesting stop before returning to our sailboats. Leslie and Jorge work very hard to save all of the animals that tend to get deposited on their doorstep. The accomodations, I feel, were in line with what Leslie was offering. If you want to see birds, and other animals, hear how they end up there and why they needed to be rescued this is the place for you. It is up close and personal. This is a place you would visit if you love animals. Breakfast was good and included in the overnight stay. Leslie gives you a tour of all of the animals that are there and provides you with a lot of background, of not only the animals, but how Costa Rica deals with their wildlife.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Phoebe W
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

We went to the Toucan Rescue Ranch on a recommendation from the owner of Casa Bella Rita where we had been staying. Rita set up a tour for my wife and I and to our great surprise we were the only ones on the tour that day. If you want to meet the real Dr. Doolittle go see Leslie on the ranch! Leslie is a former occupational therapist who is, (in our opinion not by her own proclamation) using her knowledge of helping others in a different application which is rehabilitating and caring for every type of animal you could imagine. Don’t be fooled by the only animal name in the title of the ranch being toucan. The list of its residents is long and varied. As we were taken through the ranch we were able to hear the calls of many animals and Leslie was sure to point them out to us. This proved to be a VERY useful tool for the rest of our trip. At our next location in Costa Rica we heard what sounded like frogs croaking and my wife jumped up and said, “There has to be a toucan out there!” We crept to the balcony and sure enough FOUR toucans were in the tree right next to us. Had we not done the tour we wouldn’t have known. Things like this happened countless times on our trip and we were so grateful that fate led us to the ranch for our first nature tour in the country. For people looking for a petting zoo this is not it, but if you want to see a large variety of animals close enough for you to see a sloth’s cute little nose or a monkey's little hands this is the place. You will likely never get this close to the animals in the wild. Leslie will proudly show you every animal and tell you some part of her or his story. It was unreal the way she’d walk up to many of the enclosures and say the animals’ names and they’d come to see her. There is even a duck there that followed us for part of the tour just like a small dog would. When you are there with Leslie you really feel like you are part of her world where everything seems in balance with nature, animals, and humans. Even though the circumstance that brought each animal there may seem sad, they honestly couldn’t have hit the jackpot better than to be at the ranch where the care given to them is excellent and the love and connection between Leslie and the animals is palpable. It is 100% worth a visit to the ranch if you are in Costa Rica. You will be amazed.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Toucan Rescue Ranch

Property: Toucan Rescue Ranch
Address: San Josecito, Heredia 40601, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Heredia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Heredia
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Toucan Rescue Ranch Hotel Heredia
Toucan Rescue Ranch Costa Rica/Heredia

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