BOSQUE DE PAZ… YOUR HOME IN THE GREEN HEART OF OUR PLANET
Bosque de Paz, a lush jungle paradise, surrounded by magnificent cloud and rainy forests, which constitute the richness of the tropics, in the middle of Costa Rica, at barely 1 ½ hours from the capital, San José.
In our Lodge, you will discover great natural beauty, abundance of crystal waters and the richness of some extraordinary forests where the privacy and our personalized attention form a unique and unrepeatable experience.
An experience of peace that helps the Planet
Your visit at our Bosque de Paz Reserve will be an important personal contribution as well as an extra ecological support against the environmental damage affecting the world. In addition, live the experience of being able to breathe the purest air of the mountains, while resting or walking through the jungle, without any environmental pollution and in evident contrast with the daily life of a world full of stress, worries and scares.
In this magical place, where the daily preoccupation is non-existent and the presence of God, peace, harmony, serenity and balance are natural elements that permeate the atmosphere and calm the spirit and where you can sensitize the senses, reflect, meditate, interiorize and find yourself.
Our Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve, is a natural biological corridor, located in the Continental Divide, between the National Poas Volcano Park and the National Juan Castro Blanco Water Park, and therefore, some of the best birdwatching in Costa Rica.
Tourist Sustainability Certificate (CST)
Bosque de Paz Eco Lodge & Reserva Biológica has obtained the official ranking of Tourist Sustainability Certificate (Certificado de Sostenibilidad Turística C.S.T.), awarded by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, as an acknowledgement for our eco-friendly achievements.
What we offer our guests
Our small Lodge is only made up of 12 very spacious rooms, pleasantly decorated, exclusively designed and adorned with Costa Rican handicraft and providing a comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Each room has two double beds, a private bathroom with hot water and ample balconies to admire the magnificent landscape of our mountains. Upon waking up the hosts can get surprised by the concert of birds that contrast with the howling monkeys.
When you walk along our various natural trails, you will be able to admire the fabulous biodiversity up in the centenarian trees loaded with orchids, bromeliads, moss and ferns, set in an unforgettable landscape and surrounded by impressive mountains, valleys, rivers and imposing waterfalls… and then, taste a delicious home-made meal in our dining room.
Our Lodge has a small natural history bookcase in a comfortable living room. Also, our hosts can enjoy the ample terrace with a spectacular view on the imposing mountains, where they can marvel at the great variety of birds, multicolor humming birds and several mammals.
We have developed an interesting research Project in our Dr. Stephen Kirby Orchid Garden, which is being visited more every day by renowned orchid specialists and naturalists, interacting with the University of Costa Rica and Lankaster Gardens.
Certificate for planting a tree and regenerating the forests
Because we believe in the marvelous miracle of Creation, collaborate with mankind by planting a tree in our forests, birthplace and bosom of life… and you will leave your print in the forest and receive a certificate crediting you as a contributor in our Planet-aid programs.
Personalized attention and privacy
Bosque de Paz is definitively the best model of what the marvelous nature and great Costa Rican hospitality can offer you, through the personalized attention of the González family, the owners.
We only receive small groups, with prior reservation, so as to protect the flora, fauna of our Reserve and the privacy of our hosts. This enables us to stand out by providing a personalized attention to our clients. These often come back to live this unique and intimate contact with nature, which they have only managed to experiment at Bosque de Paz, your eco lodge in the green heart of our planet… and most importantly, you will always be an extra member of our family!
In an effort to protect the exuberant flora and fauna in the Central
Volcanic Mountain Range of Costa Rica, Federico González-Pinto, his
wife Vanessa, and his son Federico Jr. are dedicated to fulfill
create a large Biological Corridor for future generations
to enjoy and admire;
And create a consciousness about the importance
of conservation through ecological tourism and education.
the González family personally attends nature and orchid lovers, and bird watchers, from around the world to share their natural treasure. Come and enjoy our comfortable rainforest hotel in a cool, mountain jungle with waterfall hike on our maintained nature trails, and help Costa Rica realize its sustainable eco-tourism goals.
Federico Gonzalez Pinto 24 August 2014
Bosque de Paz Biological Preserve
Alajuela, Costa Rica
From: Stephen H. Kirby, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Bosque de Paz Orchid Project
Member: International Orchid Specialist Group
Research Associate, Lankester Garden, UCR
Scientist Emeritus and Distinguished Scientist
U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California 94061 USA firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
1 650 868 5061
Federico and Vanessa,
I am pleased to write this letter summarizing the importance of Bosque de Paz
Biological Reserve to science, forest conservation and biological diversity, to
scientific education in Costa Rica, and to ecotourism and regional employment.
The González family purchased this property in the 1980’s and has devoted 30 years to reforesting of former grazing land with native tree species and protecting the large surviving areas of primary and secondary cloud forest. I remember the meadow above the Lodge in 1999 that had been just recently planted with trees and now it is a dense forest with trees as tall as 20 m.
This property is a “hot spot” for species diversity in both the animal and plant life in Central America. To date, 351 of the 859 birds documented for Costa Rica have been observed at the Reserve. A long-term orchid inventory has also been in progress since 2004 that is demonstrating the rich diversity of orchid species found there. As of the summer of 2014, 213 orchid species have been described at the Preserve among the about 1600 for all of Costa Rica. These orchids include a charming miniature species that is new to science, Pleurothallis silvae-pacis (Karremans & Muñoz 2011). This orchid survey at Bosque de Paz is made possible by the construction of large orchid garden, a well-equipped field laboratory, an orchid herbarium and spirit collection of orchid flowers, and a new Bosque de Paz Scientific Website (www.orchidflorabdp.org) devoted to orchids at the Preserve. These facilities and resources at Bosque de Paz are unique in the Cloud Forests of the Central Volcanic Range. Especially significant that this work that reveals the diversity of tropical orchids has nearly all aspects of orchid biology present in its
Orchid Garden: pollination, germination, and flowering.
It is a special priority of the Preserve to protect the natural flora and fauna in this 1000-hectare cloud-forest environment. Its location between the active Poás Volcano and Juan Castro Blanco National Park crosses the mid-to-high elevation cloud-forest life zones from 1300 to 2200 m elevation along the continental divide in the Central Volcanic Mountain Range. As such the Preserve plays a vital role as a biological corridor for the migrations of tropical mammals and birds and is a very important complement to the Costa Rican Government’s efforts to conserve its natural resources.
Bosque de Paz also plays an important role in education in Costa Rica. As part of the orchid project, its scientist work with national and international students who want to develop part of their thesis projects inside Bosque de Paz. Moreover, the Orchid Project scientist coordinate with professors in public and private universities, give speeches about the projects and plan guided field trips to the Orchid Garden and the Reserve. For example, Dr. Mario Blanco regularly brings biology students from UCR to survey high-elevation orchids along with the Bosque de Paz Botanist in Charge. Also its scientist give speeches about orchid biology and the orchid projects in the Reserve at private and public universities and at meetings with volunteers groups in the country. Two major international orchid conferences have organized field trips at Bosque de Paz for their participating scientists.
The land area of Bosque de Paz represents a large fraction of the upper Rio Toro watershed where much of the rainfall occurs. As such, it preserves the water resources of that river system and the hydroelectric reservoirs downstream.
Finally, this Biological Preserve is a vital part of the local economy. Ecotourists who come to the Preserve support the employment of many residents of the nearby town of Bajos del Toro Amarillo. The Preserve is, in fact, the largest individual employer of the upper Rio Toro Valley.
Federico and Vanessa, congratulations on your extraordinary success in achieving your ambitious goals that you set for yourselves with the inauguration of Bosque de Paz more than 30 years ago. With the modest support from the government of Costa Rica and the protection that you have provided this marvelous forest, I hope that 30 years from now, that the Preserve will still stand in defense of this Costa-Rican jewel. Regards,
Nature and Birding Tour Leader
Co-Author and Consultant – The Reader’s Digest Book of North American Birds, says of his visit to Bosque de Paz:
"Having escorted hundreds of birders and nature enthusiasts to Costa Rica over the past decade, I am often asked if I have a favorite place there. The fact is I do. It is Bosque de Paz Cloud Forest Lodge and Preserve. The simplest way I can explain choosing this place is to say that whenever I take people there, or send them there on their own, I am 100 percent certain they will enjoy an outstanding experience.
Lou Orr from Los Angeles County, CA !!! WOW !!! I was "Quite Surprised" at this location. My friend and I are nature photographers and are planning to return as soon as possible to capture many more images here at Bosque de Paz! There are so many birds of many varieties !!! Hummingbirds are plentiful, as are many other species. We spotted and photographed more than 40 different species of birds alone, plus, amphibians, insects, flowers (especially orchids)! We were treated like family here! The food was fantastic. The employees were very helpful and even took several opportunities to lead us on the many trails. The owners, Federico and Vanessa are quite the genuinely naturalists that I adore! They even arranged transportation to another lower elevation so that I could photograph even more species of birds and orchids there
Many factors combine to assure consistent quality at Bosque de Paz. These include excellent wildlife viewing, bird watching, orchid garden and tours, expert and friendly guides, delicious food, (vegetarian / vegan, too) wonderful service, spectacular surroundings and unequaled hospitality."