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Natural Paradise, Bird watching, Rafting,Canyoning adventures

Bedrooms 5
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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 youwhenever 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 PACKAGE in Costa Rica, where we include 7 nights and 6 days with a lot of extreme activities everyday. It is a full week, 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 PACKAGE 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 with everything provided.

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.

More Details

jose calvo
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2017

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Natural Paradise house is very beautiful, the view from the deck is amaizing and and the whole house is very comfortable, but more than this the family is very special they made of our trip the best we have lived and joseph is very kind and knowledgeable, he is an exelent guide, we had a lot of fun with he.

I recommend it.
Aug 2011
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Cartago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , hot water
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 with hot water.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , it has one window and a closet.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , it has a window
    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)
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • 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.


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(28 traveler reviews)

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Natural Paradise, Bird watching, Rafting,Canyoning adventures
average rating of 4.75 based on 29 reviews

Alana and Steve (the girl who talks a lot)

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off Grid Paradise

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jungle to View

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Costa Rican Gem!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful Costa Rican Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was such a wonderful experience. The house is roomy and comfortable, the view from the deck is stunning, and Jose and his family are so friendly and helpful. Our family stayed at Jose’s house for about 10 days in Sept 2015 and there was never a dull moment; Always something to do. Jose set up activities for us, such as horseback riding, a trip on the Pejebaye River, and canyoneering which is an adrenaline-charged rappelling descent down the face of several waterfalls!

The house is reached by descending a steep (intimidating) road/driveway, but don’t let that put you off; the roads are gravel (not mud) and some neighbors use only 2wd sedans to go in and out. With a 4wd there will be no problem. The property is surrounded by beautiful forest on all sides so there’s no shortage of bugs and critters (arachnophobes beware) but the upside is you’re surrounded by an explosion of wildlife. You can hike the trails on the property or pass through Jose’s farm to secluded swimming in a nearby stream. There are so many birds; hawks, woodpeckers, toucans, oropendola, hummingbirds, finches, buzzards, egrets, owls, and you can see most of these from the comfortable stone deck that overlooks Jose’s farm and the forests. If you have a passion for bird-watching, Jose has a remarkable knowledge of the local species and can explain the detailed characteristics that set them apart from one another. He’s a pro.

Breakfast was included with the rooms, so you will get a chance to meet Jose’s family when they bring the food each morning. The food is delicious and they are so much fun to have around. We felt very fortunate to get to know them and their energetic children, and other neighbors as well.

We definitely want to go back someday. Altogether, the house, the location, Jose’s family and the neighbors make for a complete vacation package. Don’t miss this opportunity to make new friends and see some of the best Costa Rica has to offer.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best experience in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

This review is much overdue; we spent 6 glorious months in the quaint, welcoming community that this house is in. Jose's entire family is wonderful, and they did everything they could to make our stay possible and amazing. We traveled around the country after our stay here, to many typical "tourist" destinations, and nothing compared to being at this home. The location is amazing, though the lane down to the house is a little rough sometimes. It is off the main road (a 10-minute walk) and the view is over a green valley complete with toucans, parrots, and hummingbirds galore. It is absolutely peaceful and gorgeous.

When we had guests, we had the family take us on their adventure tours. Their ziplining tour was quite an adventure with many lines and hanging bridges. Sergio's horseback riding tour was excellent; we went through pasture, forest, and along the beautiful mountain roads. For a break, we stopped for a river swim. Jose can set you up with virtually any tour you might want.

If you are interested in a "Tican" experience, this would be it. The house is more of a typical style, Jose's mother (and sisters) are fantastic cooks, and they are all willing to teach you about the natural history, and culture of the area.

We were able to get around on the bus well, but if you are there for a short time, I would recommend a car. There are nearby volcanoes, an archaeology museum, a dairy for you to tour the local Turrialba cheese-making scene, a small serpenatarium (Parque Viborana) with an extremely knowledgeable host, but they all require a bit of a drive from the Finca.

My children, then 10 and 8, were completely welcomed as well, and they had a great experience. The community is incredibly safe and there are many paths, creeks, and trees on the Finca for them to explore.

The whole family can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Juan Santa Maria international airport
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
mirador sitios angostura
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: recommended

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $5 per person per night

breakfast is included in the nightly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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