The Toucan Rescue Ranch, a 20-minute drive out of San Jose, is a dreamy gem that is worth far more than the nominal fee that it costs to stay in their guest house. Leslie, an American-born animal lover, and her husband Jorge take care of 90-something birds, 3 sloths, dogs and other animals. They have their own banana and coffee plantations on the property and a farm that is about one hour away.
When you stay there, you don't get a plastic tour package. You get to share in their life at the animal rescue and spend all the time you want learning, being with the animals, helping out, or doing whatever you want. When my girlfriend and I stayed there, we felt like part of the family. It was a truly personal experience.
It was near the end of our vacation, and we'd paid for several tours in which we'd stared through binoculars for hours, hiked for days, and squinted and strained to see a sloth or a toucan looking like a tiny dot on a faraway tree. When we came to the Toucan Rescue Ranch, we could interact with these animals up close and personal. You just can't do this stuff anywhere else. The experience was amazing... we learned so much and we had a wonderful, relaxing time.
The guest room was comfortable and clean and very nice breakfast was included. If you're coming to Costa Rica and you're keen on seeing the animals and learning about them, you can't afford to miss this place. And NO ONE'S HEARD OF IT! It's crazy! This was our favorite place on the whole vacation!
- Also Known As:
- Toucan Rescue Ranch Hotel Heredia
- Toucan Rescue Ranch Costa Rica/Heredia