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Goes, The Netherlands
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Hi travellers. We were so lucky. The Rancho Naturalist was fully booked. But we could stay in one of the guestrooms of the Rancho Baja. The private villa of John and Kathy (the own the Rancho Naturalista). What a tremendous villa. The living had the size of a football field. Our bedroom was at least 100 sq. meters. Kathy and...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! We hope to see you back once again at Rancho Naturalista! We are happy that you liked your room, the gardens, the food and even the dogs!

Flagstaff, Arizona
Reviewed 18 March 2016

1. Excellent staff. Room always cleaned and serviced promptly. 2. Great Costa Rican coffee always available at 5:30 AM. 3. Outstanding food served family style. 4.Free reliable WIFY in lobby and lounge.

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for the spot on review about Rancho Naturalista and just so you know, besides all of the above there is also a new coffee bar on the upstairs balcony for all of our guests to enjoy 24/7

England
Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

We had such a wonderful time at Rancho Naturalista & were extremely fortunate to stay at the owner's house with Kathy & John ? We had a large bedroom that opened onto a huge private balcony with hummingbird feeders & fabulous views. I had a lovely surprise, finding our room decorated for our 45th wedding anniversary. Roses, champagne,grapes, balloon,etc. So...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are so happy that you liked your anniversary suprise! I was happy to be able to see the Quetzal with you. You are right it was an amazing experience! Im happy that the birding at Rancho was good and that you enjoyed your accomadations and the nightwalk as well. Thank you for your excellent comments on Rancho Naturalista, it's...

Lindsay, Ontario
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Tucked away in the foothills of the mountains, this gem of a place offers a unique experience for naturalists. The birding is fantastic as are the trips you can take off resort. The resort itself is excellent, the service is top notch and the food is incredible. Lisa and Mario strive to make the experience as good as it can...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

It is wonderful that you stayed for 2 weeks at Rancho Naturalista and with all the things that there are to do in our local area and just around the lodge. It certainly dosen't get boring. Rancho is your home away from home in Costa Rica and you are always welcome! We thank you for the nice review!

North Carolina
Reviewed 6 March 2016

We are first time birders, but had read so many great things about Rancho Naturalista that we decided to " learn the ropes" here. We had the beautiful, convenient and spacious Room #1 on the second floor of the lodge. It was great to roll out of bed at 5:30 AM and be right next door to the porch where...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are happy that you did not feel intimidated with the birding at Rancho Naturalista as you are first time birders. I'm sure that by now you really have launched into a lifelong hobby! Thank you for the wonderful review! I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay!

Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 March 2016

Our stay at Rancho Naturalista was one of the highlights of our stay in Costa Rica. Rancho is a famous birding-themed lodge, and this in particular influenced us in choosing to stay there. Sometimes when you stay at a place that's renowned for its wildlife, the accommodation is average but you accept this because the wildlife makes up for it...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

What a wonderful review! All the nice things you have said make us so happy! We really do try to make it a wonderful experience for each and every one of our guests when they come to stay at Rancho Naturalista. Our guides are awesome with the birds and our staff really do love their job and it shows, they...

Minnesota
Reviewed 26 February 2016

A beautiful site with lots of room to hike or great just sit on the balcony and watch the many species of humming birds, tanagers and so many other birds come to the feeders. The three bird guides were so accessible...they even at meals with us. The food was fresh, interesting and wonderfully well presented. The accommodations were comfortable and...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time out to write us a nice review! We are pleased that you found Rancho Naturalista to be the favorite our of your visit to Costa Rica because of its small size, birder-friendly atmosphere and great amenities. You are welcome back anytime!

Fletching, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

We visited Rancho as a result of previous reviews stating it was a great place to see birds and other wildlife. We were self driving with a SatNav but relied on the car hire co to set the coordinates. In short we got completely lost and it took a while longer to find Rancho than we had bargained for. The...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review! Sorry that you had trouble finding the lodge but great news that you were happy about everything else once you arrived. You are right that Rancho Naturalista is really the place to be for birdwatchers. Thank you for your compliments on the room and the staff. We were wondering did you spot the Antpitta?

Ipswich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 February 2016

After the disappointment of our first stopover I was expecting the worst, how wrong I was. As we ground to the end of the mountain track we were met with the welcoming sight of Rancho Naturalista. From the moment of our arrival until the day we left we were surrounded by kindness, good natured (if slightly intense "twitchers") and a...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

We are pleased that during your stay at Rancho Naturalista you felt "surrounded by kindness".That is the kind of impression that we want all our guests to have during their stay at Rancho. You are right the family style meals taken together are a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of similarly minded travelers and also help our guests...

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

We received a warm welcome from Lisa and Marco the present owners of the converted farm house. Our room was spacious, clean and had many facilities. The setting is magical in the middle of a tropical rain forest on the side of a gorge where over 450 different species of birds have been seen! Our room had a large veranda...

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TexasTicaCR, Manager at Rancho Naturalista, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of our Lodge! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Rancho Naturalista in the middle of the tropical rain forest. We know it was humid, wet, and sometimes misty, but we are pleased that the photo opportunities and variety of birds and other wildlife made up for any discomforts. We hope you...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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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
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
Price Range: $164 - $200 (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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“Lodge for modern, cabins for privacy and quiet.”
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 of 5 bubbles michaelcY9549PP, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The lodges not in the main lodge will be quieter, but have no wi-fi”
 of 5 bubbles Stevec1959, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We had the snowcap room - in the lodge, spacious, walk-out to the deck; but somewhat away from the activity on the deck and very quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles GreggB344, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Talk to Rancho and they will help you determine a great room for your wants”
  • Rooms 10 & 11 at Rancho (10 on left, 11 on right)
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 of 5 bubbles BirdieMe, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“main lodge rooms are closer to the bird action on the balcony, outer cabins are further from the action”
  • One of the many excellent views of hummingbirds
 of 5 bubbles NeilBoyle, 21 Dec 2016 | Read review
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