The Toucan Rescue Ranch was our last stop on a 10 days trip through Costa Rica. I booked the guest house for me, my husband, and my mother-in-law based on the reviews here on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed!
My mother-in-law came to CR primarily to see wildlife so reading about the rescue ranch it sounded perfect for us. I will start with the cons because there are so few. We rented a car and since this stop was at the end of our trip and our previous accommodation had very poor internet access we were unable to get good directions. We did pretty well for ourselves getting right to the area but we eventually passed it and couldn't find any locals who knew of the place. Luckily my mother-in-law's phone had reception (she had ATT. We could never use out phones in CR with Verizon) so we called them and got directions, it was fine after that.
The other con is the bit of noise at night. I was fine with my earplugs and they provide earplugs in the guest house but you have to know going in that this is a ranch with many animals like noisy toucans and many neighbors have roosters that crow at 4am. Otherwise it is quite relaxing and quiet. No street noise or other city noise.
The grounds are lovely and it is so neat to be able to walk around and peer into each cages at the various birds like owls, toucans, and macaws, the monkey, the porcupine, the several sloths. You can get right up next to the sloths and watch them climb around. We were so excited to help Leslie prepare the food for the sloths one night and watch her feed the baby sloths milk one morning.
Leslie and Jorge are extremely kind hosts with a wonderful story! The breakfast each morning was very delicious and filling!
For the price and the experience this was an amazing find. I highly recommend anyone interested in seeing animals up close to stay here. It's true all of the animals are in cages, they are not wild. Leslie tries to release them back into the wild whenever possible. Nevertheless, this was probably the highlight of our trip!
- Also Known As:
- Toucan Rescue Ranch Hotel Heredia
- Toucan Rescue Ranch Costa Rica/Heredia