Yes, we are birders, but we also want to enjoy ourselves when we travel, which includes seeing the sites and being able to relax. Rancho Naturalista fit the bill.
Rancho Naturalista is geared towards birders - everyone on staff knows the birds and can give you tips where to find them (if they don't take you there) - but if you are not a birder and just want to enjoy being the in Costa Rican rainforest, this a also a good place. The food was wonderful - plenty to eat at every meal. And if you were going out at an odd time, they made sure there was something available for you.
The rooms were comfortable with enough room for the two of us. The bathroom was clean and there was always hot water (important after a long day of hiking). Neither of us had any trouble falling asleep quickly at night.
No matter why you are there, make sure you spend quality time upstairs watching the hummingbird feeders. Stand still and they will fly right up to and around you. With 20+ birds zipping around, it is quite an experience. (The Snowcap is there, but you will probably have to go away from the feeders to see the male!)
We only stayed for 3 nights, which was enough time to introduce us to the area. We had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people and look forward to going back!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Naturalista Turrialba
- Rancho Naturalista Hotel Turrialba