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jose calvo

Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

Natural Paradise, Bird watching, Rafting,Canyoning adventures

26 Reviews
Sleeps15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cartago House Rental Photos and Description

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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
jose calvo (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

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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Reviews

4.7
based on 26 traveler reviews

Natural Paradise, Bird watching, Rafting,Canyoning adventures
average rating of 4.730769 based on 27 reviews
5

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
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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
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5

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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5

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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
5

A Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with our two children (11 & 13) travelled to Costa Rica in November of 2014. This was our 3rd trip to Costa Rica (previous was ’08 & ’09). One of our goals on this trip was to spend a bit more time in the Turrialba area and to connect more with locals. Also, as an adventurous family (we have a sea kayak company in British Columbia: www.bcseakayak.com), we were keen to do some river rafting. Finding Jose’s “Natural Paradise” was perfect as it seemed to satisfy all these goals. Initial communication with Jose was clear and concise - and gave us confidence to move ahead with more questions before booking. Since Jose and his brother Sergio are guides, they easily organized a rafting trip for us on the Pacuare River (what a great day!!). Staying at the family farm was not only peaceful and relaxing but it allowed us to connect with a kind and wonderful Costa Rican family. This kind of experience is priceless! In learning my kids love soccer (they brought a soccer ball with them…), Sergio was keen to organize a fun soccer match with some of his friends and my kids. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate, as intense rains shut down the field on both days we tried to play. Regardless, the thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated! Relaxing at Natural Paradise, connecting with the Rivera family, experiencing their kind hospitality and partaking in some well-organized adventures was a highlight of our 2014 trip to Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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St Maries, ID USA
5

Highlight of our Costa Rica Vacation

  • 5 of 5

I am a travel agent from the states and have traveled to "many" destinations and stayed in many different places over my past 39 years in the business and I will say that this home and the family, especially Jose, was once of the nicest experiences I have had. The location of the house among the gorgeous vegetation offers not only beauty but relaxation. I will admit, I have never been much of a bird watcher but I became enamored with all the different ones and learned a lot. The food that Jose's Mom cooked was fantastic, the tours that we took were so much fun and entertaining I just cannot say more for this place or for the friendly family that welcomes you into their home. My girlfriend and I traveled together, our husbands left back home were a little apprehensive but once we gave them an account of what we were doing and how great everything was, their nerves seemed to calm down. This was well worth traveling to a new area that I don't think is as well known when people travel to this country and I would highly recommend it. I have sent clients since my own personal experience and they have been very happy. The home is rustic while the location and tours offered are way beyond our expectations. I would love to return and take my family.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Juan Santa Maria international airport
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
mirador sitios angostura
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
limon
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.

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Rates & Availability

Cartago City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
$60
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$420
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

breakfast is included in the nightly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Cartago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , hot water
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 with hot water.
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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