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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 our private forest reserve and within the local area. You can hike and bird the trails on your own and excellent guides are available. They will maximize your birding experience and can guide the beginning birdwatcher as well as the experienced birder.

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. The weather is almost perfect year-round, not too hot and not too cold. Rancho Naturalista is a wonderful getaway for bird watchers, hikers, photographers and naturalists. Make Rancho Naturalista the highlight of your trip to Costa Rica!


Have a look at our website and you will find information about the lodge, the local area, the birds, the guides and the many activities available at Rancho Naturalista. If you have any questions that are not answered, please do not hesitate to email us, we will be happy to answer any of your questions!

The Adventure Hotels of Costa Rica - an assortment of cool mountain inns with panoramic views, sun, sand, and surf hotels, extreme adventure lodges, bed and breakfasts and nature retreats.

Rancho Naturalista is a participating member of a select group of boutique, small hotels located on the beach, in the mountains, near National Parks, and all offering nearby adventure activities.

The Green Season

Plan your vacation to Rancho Naturalista in the “Green Season”. Leave the hot summer weather behind and escape to the cool green rainforest of Costa Rica. Traveling in the “Green Season” means you will get better room selection, more personalized attention, lower rates, and great bird watching. If it does rain its usually only in the afternoon or during the night.