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Bosque de Paz

Central Valley & Mountains

Rating: Mid-range    

Bosque de Paz overview

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. 

There is only a low risk of malaria in Costa Rica. 

Communication: There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in rooms and public areas.

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client reviews

Mr Adrian Townsend

"Accommodation lovely position nice walks, beautiful humming birds. Food average."

Mr. Garrett O'Hanlon
"disappointing. terrible food options with literally no choice at all (if you don't like what they dish up you don't eat !) pre payment of $20 lunch and $22 dinner with not even an indication of what the no choice food will be.rigid fixed meal times ( it felt like a 1950s cheap English bed and breakfast ) draught roared in through the windows and door which are all very ill fitting.lovely humming bird feeders at which we got lots of photos but they are worth a two hour visit not a two day stay. Would not recommend as a location to stay."
Mr. Dyfrig Davies
"Humming birds everywhere and such lovely friendly staff."
Kate & Dave (27/02/2018)
"The location is fantastic and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly particularly Rosie, Brian and Mario. We were greeted by a tarantula strolling past the terrace outside our bedroom! Watching the hummingbirds at the feeders at breakfasts was magical. Lovely hiking trails; one fairly steep one up to a water-fall The accommodation (we were on the ground floor) was very dark and felt damp and musty- this might be due to the location in the cloud forest and the use of natural materials: wood and stone. We felt the food was comparatively overpriced and as it is a set menu there is no choice and you'd better like beans and rice. The free access to hot coffee and water was very welcome."
Mr. J R (10/03/2018)
"Cloud forest experience rich in wildlife especially hummingbirds fabulous waterfall and trails. glad we brought warm clothes for evenings"

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