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Costa Rica Orchids, Flowers, and Hummingbirds at Bosque de Paz Private Nature Reserve Bosque de Paz Rain / Cloud Forest Lodge & Biological Reserve in Costa Rica
About the Biological, Ecological Private Reserve of Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica - Ecotourism, Research, Conservation, Education is our Mission

BOSQUE DE PAZ RAIN / CLOUD FOREST is a 1000-hectares (3000-acres) privately-owned Biological Reserve that, as a natural biological corridor, connects the Poás Volcano National Park with the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. It is a spectacularly rich ecosystem because of its privileged location. It is located on the Continental Divide with altitudes ranging from 1450 to 2450 meters above sea level.

Our Reserve is privately owned and it is exclusively open only to prearranged visits. We limit number of visitors to a minimum so that environmental impact is kept at minimum levels, and our guests experience our personal attention in a private and exclusive way.

Orchids and flowers at Bosque de Paz Ecological Private Reserve in Costa Rica - sustainable ecotourism is our goal
Costa Rica Rain Forest, Ecological Cloud Forest Private Reserve of Bosque de Paz - Forest of Peace

Our three main objectives are: CONSERVATION, RESEARCH AND EDUCATION. Most of our earnings are reinvested in buying more forest to be privately protected. Each year, many forested lands around our area are being acquired to leave this untouched, fragile and complex ecosystem as a heritage to mankind.

At BOSQUE DE PAZ our guests have the opportunity to pay a symbolic fee to plant a tree in our Reserve to help with the regeneration of the forest in areas that were once cleared.

The tropical forests are the richest and most diverse ecosystems of the world. It is estimated that there are at least 1000 different species of living organisms in every single tree. It is our duty as responsible human beings to save and protect this treasure, where there are hundreds of potential compounds that could have lifesaving pharmaceutical uses, to cure diseases such as AIDS or cancer.

At BOSQUE DE PAZ, we give provide jobs to the community of Toro Amarillo to set an example that conservation of this natural habitat can be economically beneficial to rural communities, and as a residual effect the local people have started by their own initiative to protect the forest and its inhabitants.

We have treaties with several Museums, Zoos, Labs, Colleges, and Universities, for use of the forests of our Preserve as living observation lab for tropical biology students and teachers, to do their research on some of the thousands of living organisms that have their home in these forests.

We have been visited by several famous researchers that have heard about our research grounds, such as Dr. Julio Sánchez (Costa Rica's foremost authority in Ornithology), Dr. Richard Whitten (entomologist who makes films for National Geographic), Dr. Bob Fisher (Ecologist and Ornithologist who studies the Costa Rican Hummingbirds and their specific external parasites), Dr. David Ross (Cornell University Ornithologist who tapes Costa Rican bird sounds), Dr. F. Gary Stiles (author of the book "Birds of Costa Rica") and the list goes on and on.


CST is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), that evaluates business compliance with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management. Bosque de Paz, as a leader in resource conservation, has joined the CST program, and we wish to explain our current compliance processes as follows:

1. Physical-biological parameters:
a. We only use biodegradable cleaning agents, and recycle all their containers.
b. Bosque de Paz has formal guidelines to avoid negative impacts on the surrounding ecosystem.
c. Our trail rules guarantee all guests are informed to minimize human impact.
d. All of the plant and animal species in the preserve are native to the forest.

2. Infrastructure and services:
a. We have a water and energy saving policy, and inform our guests to cooperate with our efforts.
b. Spring water used at Bosque de Paz is certified as potable, fit for human consumption.
c. All infrastructure is constantly checked personnel to ensure adecuate function and energy use.
d. Bosque de Paz operates under a strict recycling and waste reduction policy.
c. Our meals contain a maximum usage of fresh, natural and organic ingredients.
d. We operate a small experimental orchard, to supply organically grown ingredients for the kitchen.
e. Employees are constantly trained to assure better sustainability and conservation practices.

3. External Client:
a. Labeled trash cans to allow guests to separate garbage for proper disposal and recycling.
b. Guests may follow recommendations regarding our water, energy and waste disposal policies.
c. We formally ask guests about ideas about how to optimize our CST participation.
d. We offer our guests additional scientific literature regarding native flora and fauna.

4. Socio-economic environment:
a. As a formal policy, all of the employees at Bosque de Paz are part of the local population.
b. Bosque de Paz has a training policy for all our collaborators.
c. We have a public space to announce community activities and other locasl destinations.
d. Bosque de Paz has a commercial policy that favors commerce local farms and businesses.
e. The preserve exhibits local arts and crafts made by members of the community.
Sloth crawling up a tree at the Bosque de Paz Cloud Forest Private Reserve - tropical mammals