San Jose to San Gerardo, Dota
This Morning you will be collected by your guide and driver. The first stop on your journey will be the Irazú National Park, home to the still active Irazú Volcano. At 3400 meters above sea level this is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Here you’ll take a short hike up to the top of the majestic crater of the volcano, and see the amazing views inside the crater.
Later on, you’ll visit the colonial capital of the country San José, with the opportunity to explore her beautiful Basilica.
You’ll then continue to San Gerardo de Dota, one of Costa Rica´s favourite bird watching sites to see the extraordinary Resplendent Quetzal! San Gerardo is a lovely little village huddled up against the roaring Talamanca Mountain Range and nestled in the Savegre River Valley, surrounded by tropical cloud forest and the nearby Paramo covered mountain peaks.
Once you reach the cloud forest, there’s the opportunity to take one of it’s many stunning hikes, there are several hiking routes and you and your guide will decide on the best one for you. One of the highlights is the 2km hike to the secret waterfall.
After you return, you’ll head to your accommodation for the night, the wonderful Trogon Lodge where you’ll stay for two nights.
Trogon Lodge is simple but stylish, and the comfortable guest rooms are set in exuberant cloud forest gardens. The terrain around is a rugged and hilly collage of green trees and mountains. It’s a peaceful setting at 2,200m above sea level, where you will be soothed by the sounds of the river below.
There’s a shared terrace with rocking chairs, where you can relax to observe the birds flitting through the foliage and the location in is one of Costa Rica’s key areas for sighting the resplendent quetzal.
The lodge includes a botanic garden, a swimming pool and a bar and restaurant which features a shaded veranda, its gardens produce much of the fresh fruit and vegetables used in the restaurant and there is a trout pond, ensuring fresh fish is always on the menu.