Colonial-Style Hacienda in Tropical Valley
A classic hacienda in the thick of the Costa Rican tropics, Casa Turire Hotel overlooks rolling hills and shimmering Angostura Lagoon. There, travelers glide on kayaks and canoes. Orchids, bamboo, and red anthuriums lend local character to onsite gardens, which are frequented by toucans, parakeets, and butterflies. The grounds open up to views of Turrialba Volcano in the distance, and the hotel arranges excursions to rainforests, farms, and rushing rivers.
In the standard rooms, chairs hewn from local timber grace the balconies, which present panoramic views to Turrialba and the lake. A complimentary daily breakfast in the hotel restaurant fuels adventures with toast, sausages, and gallo pinto, as well as marmalade, eggs, and cheese.
Stop for a dip in the outdoor pool or hot tub, or detour to the lakeshore to rent canoes and kayaks. Guided horseback-riding tours pass through the area's tree-shaded hillsides and dazzling vistas and are led by seasoned vaqueros with saddle-embedded navigation systems. After a morning or afternoon on the trail, the spa welcomes tired muscles with restorative services.
Turrialba, Costa Rica: Natural Splendor with a Wild Edge
The mountainous terrain around Casa Turire brims with biodiversity, and a 10-minute walk from the hotel resides the CATIE Botanical Garden, a sanctuary for more than 4,400 floral specimens from ecosystems in Costa Rica and around the world. The agriculturally inquisitive can embark on a plantation tour where they'll learn about traditional farming methods of coffee, sugar cane, and macadamia nuts.
The regal Turrialba and Irazú Volcanoes jut out into the landscape just a little more than an hour's car ride from Casa Turire. Irazu's summit is easily reached by car, and rewards intrepid eyes with views of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as a neon-green sulfuric lagoon in its crater. Whitewater rafters on the nearby Pacuare River tumble across Class IV rapids under the expert guidance of bilingual guides, with pickup and drop-off service arranged by Casa Turire's hospitality maestros.