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The lodge at Rancho Naturalista
Photo © by HelenB


A Costa Rica birding lodge protecting a piece of forest as a private reserve, 2 hours southeast of the capital, San Jose.


The famous second floor balcony for viewing the birds
Photo by HelenB

Notable Species

Snowcap, Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, Lattice-tailed Trogon, hummingbirds, Band-tailed Barbthroat


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Birds you can see here include:

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Other Wildlife

The view from the second floor balcony
Photo by HelenB

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Rancho Naturalista does offer accommodation with full service restaurant but also offers access (for a fee) to day visitors.

Bird guides are no longer included in the cost of accommodation, but are still around and can be hired for leading a group around.

Contact Details

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External Links

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We got 80 life birds in the first hour from the balcony and over a 100 life birds the first day. Food was great, guides were the best we had during our 10 days in Costa Rica. They do everything for you but walk. The best birding I ever had.