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Natural Paradise, Bird watching, Rafting,Canyoning adventures

Cartago, Costa Rica
  • House861 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps15
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 nights

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Natural Paradise offers you the opportunity to experience another culture by sharing a bit of a Costa Rican family’s day to day life and traditions in a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The local family who owns the property lives nearby and is available to assist you whenever you need it. Walk in our forest or farm with your senses open to the life surrounding or adventure with our licensed English-speaking guide, Joseph. Natural Paradise farm provides a wide range of activities in a magnificent rain forest setting such as coffee and sugar cane tour, canyoning tour, horseback riding and much more.

In NATURAL PARADISE there are plenful hummingbirds on the large balcony where you can enjoy the great views of the rainforest and our farm, you can hike and watch a lot of birds in the trails on your own or our exellent guide Joseph will be available . He will maximize your birding experience as he knows the birds in the area.In NATURAL PARADISE the atmosphere is warm and relaxed and the staff-family are friendly and welcoming.This comfortable house is famous for its exellent food well prepared and made with the best fresh local ingredients from our farm.

The weather is almost perfect year round not too cold and not too hot. NATURAL PARADISE is a wonderful getaway for bird watchers hikers, photographers and naturalist.

The house is located in the small farming community of Sitio Mata, which is only 20 minutes from the town of Turrialba. The house is in a private and safe location with spectacular views of the rainforest. Come and immerse yourself in nature through tours offered by the farm owners’ bilingual son, Joseph. Joseph’s tours of the farm and forest will introduce you to many hidden wonders while melting away the stresses of your daily life.The Natural Paradise Farm is 16 acres where the family grows coffee, sugar cane, fruits, vegetables, tubers and several herbs. There are also cows, horses, pigs and chickens. Through the farm flows 3 rivers which sustain the wide diversity of flora and fauna making this a true NATURAL PARADISE.

The traditional architecture of the house provides a comfortable, cool and healthy environment for your stay. The completely furnished house has a living room, dining room, large kitchen, bathroom and accommodates from 2 to 10 guests. The large covered deck has a spectacular view of the farm and forest, where each morning you can enjoy a delicious breakfast (included) cooked by Ailen ‘’the house’s mom’’ who with her kindness will makes you feel more like a guest than a tourist.( see on the reviews the great cook from Ailen) Also from the deck you will encounter many well-known Costa Rican birds including oropendolas, collared aracari, blue crowned motmots, keel billed toucans and white crowned parrots.You may choose to prepare your own meals or for an extra charge you can have our great cook Ailen, using organically grown vegetables, tubers and herbs from the farm.

We also offer the best ADVENTURE in Costa Rica, where we can enjoy several days with a lot of extreme activities. these are , hiking to waterfalls, horseback riding, climbing trees in the jungle, white water rafting (the magnificent Pacuare River) great food and nature, mountain biking, and of course, hiking in the rainforest, rappeling into a jungle canyon and zip line canopy tour on ropes and cables- all of this with the lowest price in Costa Rica.

And for the nature lovers we also offer the magnificent NATURE activities where we enjoy and learn from our amazing flora and fauna: spectacular views, traditions and cultures, beautiful landscapes, tasting tropical fruits and vegetables, and visiting the most beautiful places in the Turrialba area.

All included with NATURAL PARADISE means from the moment you step out of the San Jose airport and meet our guide, Joseph, all of your worldly needs are met so you can focus on having fun in this paradise. Our home, freshly prepared meals, private transportation, quality equipment, and professional staff will exceed your expectations.


jose calvo

Member Since 2011
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within a few hours
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Jan 28, 2018
About jose calvo

We are a family of 7 siblings and our parents, we own a farm where we grow coffe and sugar cane as well as different vegetables and fruits , we offer a unique experience to our guests while we share with them our culture and traditions.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, it has a window
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, it has one window and a closet.
      • Bedroom 3
        1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed, it has a big window
      • Bedroom 5
        2 double, 1 twin/ single, double
      • Bedroom 6
        2 double
      • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) bunk beds (1)


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, hot water
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • 2 with hot water.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View


            • Adventure
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Living Room
                      with TV, CD player.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      2 fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Internet
                      wireless internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                      for all the guests
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                      wireless internet in the whole house
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Catering Available
                          we can provide you any extra meal for an extra charge
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          we have all kinds of dishes to cook and utensils for all the guests.
                        • Kitchen
                          gas stove, oven and sink.
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator
                          a big refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          gas stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              we have 2 tables and also a picnic table too.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 14 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Music Library
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Outdoor Grill

                                      Onsite Services

                                        • Car Available
                                        • Staff


                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • whitewater rafting


                                                            • Enjoy the best Rafting in costa rica with us , also have a great experience in our privated Canyoning trip in the middle of the forest, Natural paradise farm tour, horseback, and birdwatching will make you feel in a real NATURAL PARADISE.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: Flexible

                                                              Check-out: Flexible

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              30 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Nice house - nice hosts.

                                                              Wavell F.New Hampshire, USA

                                                              We enjoyed our stay at "Natural Paradise." For the most part it was a quiet, relaxing stay. Jose and family were very nice. We didn't need all the five bedrooms but everything was quite comfortable and the facilities were what was needed. It seems that Ticos don't expect much in the way of lighting. This was our sixth HomeAway stay for this trip and only one had really good lighting, especially in the kitchen. It is not easy to cook or wash dishes when the light is behind and above you and not very bright. Otherwise, we would consider staying here again if we were going to be in the Turrialba area. Oh yes, and it is definitely a good idea to have a vehicle with good clearance as the road down to the house has some big bumps.

                                                              Natural Paradise was all we hoped it would be and more!

                                                              Steve T.

                                                              The house was the original home for the family who owns the property, so it definitely helped us have the true Costa Rican experience. Jose took care of everything for us, from the wonderful excursions to a recommendation for our anniversary dinner.

                                                              Every morning we watched for the beautiful birds to visit, then Yeimy (pronounced Jamie) would bring an amazing breakfast! She was very kind to share with us about her family and their community.

                                                              Jose, along with his brothers Sergio and Cesar, helped our family make memories that will last a lifetime! The first day Jose took my wife and adult daughter on the farm tour, which was beautiful, educational and so fun! At the same time Sergio and Cesar took myself and our son & 2 neices repelling down some nearby waterfalls. It was amazing! On the short trip to the river we even saw a small ash eruption from the volcano and then a two-toed sloth that was resting at the top of a tree.

                                                              The next day we enjoyed the canopy zip-line excursion, which was breathtaking. After lunch in Turrialba, Jose took us through a coffee plantation (saw 2 more sloths) to a beautiful waterfall. Jumping in from partway up the fall was a favorite for several in our group!

                                                              The rafting looked awesome, but we didn't have time to try it. Our other day we drove to the beach near Limon to see more wildlife and try some snorkeling.

                                                              The wonderful breakfast is included with renting the house, and we also ordered dinner on a couple of evenings. After one of these meals we heard some singing in the distance. Sergio was getting married the following week and his father and a friend were serenading the bride-to-be outside her house. As is the custom, after a few love songs, she opens the door and the two families enjoy a fun evening together.

                                                              As other posts have suggested, if you are renting a vehicle make sure it is 4-wheel drive. And there are flying and crawling bugs, but they never really bothered us. Each bed has a net around it so it's fine. Also having the second bathroom and a washing machine made the stay for our group of 6 adults even more comfortable.

                                                              If you are wanting to experience the natural beauty and adventure that Costa Rica offers and appreciate its people and their culture, I cannot think of a better place than Natural Paradise!

                                                              Alana and Steve (the girl who talks a lot)

                                                              Alana L.

                                                              We wanted to do a home-stay to get a true feel for the Costa Rican culture. I can't imagine staying in a better home, with a better family. The food was absolutely delicious, and it was particularly exciting to do a cooking lesson with them. They toured us through their farm (beautiful!), took us repelling down waterfalls and swimming in beautiful clean rivers, they even invited us to join them in a family celebration as one of the daughters was soon to be married. It warmed my heart to see how close the large family was, they spent so much time together. I honestly didn't want to leave. It was my favourite part of the trip. The home was clean, the food was delicious, the view was incredible and the family was kind and warm. Thank you for inviting us into your home. I can't wait to come back!

                                                              Off Grid Paradise

                                                              Lainie Singapore

                                                              Our family of 7 (children ages 8-17) stayed here over the holiday and had a wonderful time. While wifi is available at times, we didn't use it that much. We loved waking up to a gorgeous view right off of the deck with numerous hummingbirds floating nearby as we read or ate. The family is wonderful. The food was perfect. The hikes were fun and educational. We also went ziplining and horseback riding, amazing!! Please note that this is a true Costa Rican experience. it isn't a five star hotel, nor a tourist packed city. The roads are dirt with lots of holes. The amenities are simple, true to the culture. We wanted to immerse our family in the culture and we did. Some suggestions: Bring card games, we played them a lot in the evenings since it gets dark at 6:00. Bring boots or extra sneakers. It was muddy some days, even in the dry season. The TV didn't work, but not a big deal to us.

                                                              Jungle to View

                                                              Marc and Lynda M.

                                                              This was the third place we stayed out of four on our Costa Rican vacation. The weather is cooler than on the coasts, we felt we should have brought more people, the place is large and very comfortable, everything you would need. The views are spectacular! Our stay included breakfast and these we delivered on time and were great. We were also invited for a family meal that was out of this world. This family is very friendly and will go out of their way to accommodate their guests needs. They offer several packages (we were only able to do the farm tour, great). We would recommend writing a explanation of the packages so guest could look them over at their leisure, may inspire more bookings, or even send your future guests an email with these activities so they can be arranged in advance.

                                                              My husband and I had a great experience here and if we go back to Costa Rica would like to stay again.

                                                              A Costa Rican Gem!

                                                              LeEtta F.

                                                              Our destination was Guayabo National Monument, so we were looking for a two night stay in a quiet, rustic and restful place. This was idea for us: 2 residents and 2 perpetual snowbirds to Costa Rica. This was a great place to just unwind and enjoy nature. The food was excellent and the family so friendly. The beds were comfortable! We could easily have stayed longer. The deck is perfect for birding without the usual hiking effort! We will return. The only thing keeping us from giving the place an excellent rating is the lack of screens on the windows.


                                                              Cartago, Costa Rica

                                                              In Natural Paradise you will have a magnificent experience, with the nature around, a lot of birds, and spectacular views, the best white water rafting and enjoying our canyoning tour in our privated canyon.

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Additional Guest Fee

                                                              breakfast is included in the nightly rate.

                                                              30 Reviews
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