San Jose to San Gerardo, Dota
First stop on your journey will be the Irazú National Park. Home to the still active, Irazú Volcano (don’t worry too much, it’s been donkeys years since its last eruption), at 3400 meters above sea level. This is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Here you take part in a small hike up to the top to the majestic crater of the volcano, nothing too demanding
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! This lovely little village huddled up against the roaring Talamanca Mountain Range and nested in the Savegre River Valley, surrounded by oak tropical cloud forest and nearby Sub-Alpine Rain Paramo covered peaks.
Once you reach the cloud forest, there’s the opportunity to take one of it’s many stunning hikes, there’s all different types depending on your experience level. But the highlight has got to be the 2km hike to the secret waterfall.
After you return, you’ll head to your accommodation for the night, the wonderful mountain lodge Trogon Lodge (where you’ll stay for two nights) and rest up for day 2.
Tonight, you’ll stay at Trogon Lodge. Breakfast only is included today.