This small lodge has just twelve guest rooms, giving it an exclusive and intimate feel. The abundant birdlife, attracted by the many feeders, makes this a great favourite with ornithologists, and photographers will enjoy capturing images of the wildlife and scenery. The owners, Frederico and Vanessa Gonzales, are dedicated to conservation and research. They developed the lodge and private reserve to protect the wildlife and ecosystems of the Central Volcanic Range of Costa Rica, and save this precious environment for future generations. Staying here you'll experience their passion for nature as well as their warm hospitality, making you feel more of a family friend than a guest.
All rooms have private bathrooms with hot water on tap, and balconies where you can sit and watch butterflies and hummingbirds. Bedrooms are roomy with high wooden ceilings, whitewashed walls and tiled floors.
The large restaurant has picture windows with views of the butterfly garden and forest. The chef specialises in local recipes so you'll have the chance to sample typical Costa Rican fare. Coffee is available throughout the day free of charge. There's an inviting lounge with comfy sofas, where you'll find a number of board games as well as a TV. There's also a small library.
Outside, you can follow the many walking trails and hike to a nearby waterfall, and pay a visit to the renowned orchid garden with over 200 species on show. There are several outdoor seating areas where you can sit and take in the beautiful surroundings.
Open: Bosque de Paz is open all year.
Location: Bosque de Paz is about a 90 minute drive northwest of San Jose, in Alajuela Province in Costa Rica’s central valley. It is located in the private Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve, between Poas Volcano National Park and Juan Castro Blanco Water Park.
Rooms: There are 12 rooms, all with 2 double beds, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, and balcony. They have a homely feel, with terracotta tiled floors, wooden beamed ceilings, colourful bedspreads and local artwork. All have private bathrooms. There are 4 categories of room: standard, superior, family and junior suite.
Activities: The gardens are a haven for wildlife and the bird feeders attract large numbers of hummingbirds and other species. There are 22kms of nature trails in the grounds, made up of 5 main trails: the botanic trail, the gallery trail, valley trail, Jaluares trails and the waterfall trail, letting you experience different aspect of the rainforest. On all you’ll witness varied vegetation and a great many birds. The orchid garden was created in 2000 and showcases over 200 species of these exotic flowers. Visits can be arranged to local natural attractions such as the Rio Celeste, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Sarapiqui, Cano Negro, Poas Volcano and Arenal Volcano.
Facilities: The lodge has a lounge with a collection of reference books, which leads out to a large terrace where you’ll be able to watch birds including brightly coloured hummingbirds, against the backdrop of the mountains. The large restaurant has floor to ceiling windows which flood the room with light. It specialises in local food. There’s an equally light and spacious lounge with several couches and a selection of board games and books plus a book exchange and a TV. Outside there are secluded sitting areas.
Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are family rooms.
Health: There is only a low risk of malaria in Costa Rica.
Communication: There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in rooms and public areas.
Experience the rich diversity of Costa Rica's ecosystems and marvel at the array of bird and animal life at wildlife hotspots.
"Humming birds everywhere and such lovely friendly staff."