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Rancho Naturalista was built in the traditional Spanish colonial style, and is located at an altitude between 2,528 and 3.850ft on the Caribbean slope in the Central Talamanca mountain range. The lodge is 2 ½ hours from San Jose and about 45 minutes southeast of Turrialba.  Its location makes Rancho Naturalista an excellent base to visit other sites on the Caribbean Slope and the lodge's room balconies provide stunning views of the Turrialba and Irazu volcanoes.


At Rancho Naturalista the atmosphere is warm and relaxed, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. The lodge is famous for its excellent, well prepared food, made with the best and freshest local ingredients. The weather is almost perfect year-round, never too hot or too cold making it a wonderful getaway for bird watchers, hikers, photographers and naturalists.


Rancho Naturalista is the premier birding lodge in Costa Rica, and among the finest in Central America.  Over 430 species of birds have been recorded on the private forest reserve and within the local area. You can hike and bird the trails on your own or with the excellent guides onsite.  They will maximize your birding experience and can guide the beginning birdwatcher as well as the experienced birder.


The “Casitas” are set very close to the lodge in the beautifully landscaped gardens which attract an abundance of birds and butterflies, and offer you more privacy as well as forest or volcano views. Most feature two bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. One casita is ideal for families or small groups as it has two upstairs and two downstairs bedrooms and four private bathrooms with a shared lounge along a private balcony on the forest’s edge.


The lodge also features 15 comfortable well appointed rooms. You can choose from a room with balcony view to a private casita with its own veranda. Most of the rooms in the main building, are located on the upper floor and are set next balcony along with other lodge amenities. The rooms are very comfortable and most have private bathrooms.


You will be delighted with the variety of Costa Rican and International dishes served family style, so that each guest can select the dishes of their choice.  All meals are included in your stay and they will be happy to accommodate any special dietary requirements.

Rancho Naturalista has its own mountain spring water, certified to be pure and safe.


RATES 2014 - 2015


Low Season
(April 15 to Dec. 15)

High Season
(Dec. 15 – April 15)

Room $139.00 $170.00


  • Lodging.
  • 3 delicious meals per day.
  • Coffee, tea, and fruit juice (sodas and alcoholic beverages are extra).
  • Maid service.


  • Rates do not include local taxes (13%).
  • All rates per person based on double occupancy.
  • Rates are subject to change without previous notice


Transfer from San Jose's Juan Santa Maria International Airport to San Jose area hotels $35.00 each way, for a minivan with a capacity of up to 9 passengers. Approximate time from the airport to San José 20 minutes.

Call for rates for hotels outside the San Jose Metropolitan area.

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