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Bosque de Paz holiday reviews


Date of trip: 03/12/2019


Number of people: 1

"Another outstanding place and totally different. I had a private transfer (Christian was my chatty, informative driver) from Selva Verde up to this montane area. The second half of the drive is on massively pot-holed roads so very slow, but that's all part of the charm. Just sit back and enjoy the views (Christian stopped suddenly for me to take pictures of a Gray Hawk he'd just spotted). The terrible roads mean it will always be a special and protected place. It's like staying in the grounds of a private house. With just 12 rooms it's quiet and all about nature so if you want TV, bars or other facilities, move on... nothing to see here. The owner family all take part in looking after the guests. The young son and his friend Stephen did the front of house service (they have excellent English and are very keen) while the father Mario was my lovely, knowledgeable tour guide early in the morning and the mother was the most fantastic cook (best food of the whole trip as it was home cooked and super fresh). There's no bar - I didn't see any alcohol on offer with meals but didn't ask. Just saying in case you feel you need to bring your own! There are no communal areas apart from the dining room which is just open for meals but has a coffee urn early in the morning. The rooms are separate to the main house and are clean and spacious with an ensuite shower. It's here that they turn ALL the electricity off at 9pm to protect the environment so if you want to wander outside your room for any reason, you'll need a good torch. Get up early and go to bed early! The grounds are so beautiful and very well tended. A lovely stream runs right through the centre of mown lawns, and great gangs of Agoutis, Coartis, Black Guan etc come to feed on the grain left out by Mario. Great to watch and photograph. But of course, this place is all about the birds, or more specifically, the HUMMINGBIRDS. They gather in huge numbers around the feeders, and will even hover around your head if you're walking along the terrace. They are mind-blowing and you can spend hours watching so many varieties confuse you with their colour flashes. The mapped trails are very special, taking you through unspoiled montane forest terrain. Rocky rivers gush under little bridges, butterflies flutter in the sunshine and birds zip around the treetops. The Resplendent Quetzal is a local resident (I wasn't lucky enough to see one sadly) as are many Trogons, Tanagers, Toucanettes, monkeys etc. If nature is your thing, go here to absorb it in calm and quiet."

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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