Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba, Costa Rica
One of Costa Rica's most famous birding lodges, the Rancho Naturalista has a well-deserved reputation with over 450 species of birds recorded in the area. Many of these birds may be simply observed from the garden of this comfortable lodge, famous for its excellent food, welcoming hospitality and stunning views.
There are a select number of trails through the surrounding forest in which to view numerous other species and a stay here includes the services of a resident professional birding guide, available from first light to after dark every day.
There are 15 comfortable, well-appointed rooms. The main building of the lodge is in a traditional Spanish colonial style. It has a sitting room with a large internal and external dining area along with their world-famous, recently-extended birding balcony, where over 250 species have been recorded. There is also a reference area which is stocked with various bird-related literature and internet access.
All your meals are included during your visit and the range of international and Costa Rican cuisine is served family-style at the table. Please note this hotel does not accept credit card payments.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the dramatic Puente Vigas Canyon with an experienced climber and guide. Rappel down cascading waterfalls, climb down vertical canyon walls, zip line through verdant forest canopies and witness the raw natural beauty of the Turrialba region.
Enjoy a guided tour of CATIE, one of the leading tropical and agricultural research stations in the world. Walk the winding paths, spotting many tropical bird, insect and reptile species along the way, and learn about the cutting-edge research and techniques being used by the centre.