Situated at 3000 feet in Costa Rica's Cordillera de Talamanca, Rancho Naturalista has long been regarded as one of the country's finest birding lodges. Comfortable rooms, personal service, and delicious home-cooked meals combined with great birding and easy access to other habitats make the lodge a wonderful place to stay.
One of the pleasures of being at Rancho is starting the day on the lodge's balcony, a hot cup of coffee in hand and a myriad tropical species parading below. Over the years, more than 200 species have been seen from the balcony, and hummingbird feeders and flowers in the garden attract a host of beauties, including the incredible Black-crested Coquette and Snowcap. It's a memorable show that one never tires of watching.
Just behind the cabins, several trails allow access to the lodge's 120-acre private forest reserve, a mix of primary and secondary foothill forest habitats that host a variety of species. Specialties include Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Bicolored Hawk, Carmiol's Tanager, Zeledon's Antbird, and a trio of manakins.
We'll also bird at several other sites, from the mid-elevation cloudforest at Tapanti National Park to the Caribbean lowlands at Centro Manu, a small private rainforest reserve. And we'll visit Irazu Volcano National Park, home to the stunningly beautiful Resplendent Quetzal and high-elevation specialties such as Fiery-throated Hummingbird and Volcano Junco.
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"I can't say enough great things about the tour. Our guides, Megan Edwards Crewe and Harry Barnard, far exceeded my expectations on finding and identifying all the beautiful birds that we observed; these two guides worked great individually and as a team, and they were respectful and professional. It was truly an experience that I will never forget and will be a challenge to top. Caroline Lewis in your office was great, she answered all our questions and was always available. So glad you are an employee-owned company; I wish more companies were; employee attitudes reflect their employment satisfaction." D.Y., COSTA RICA: RANCHO NATURALISTA