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Los Quetzales National Park

Los Quetzales National Park

Just 12.5 km from San Gerardo de Dota and covering a 5,000-hectare swath of highland forests between 6,600 and 9,850 feet (2,000 and 3,000 meters) above sea level, lies Los Quetzales National Park. For visitors spending most of their time in the Southern Zone, Los Quetzales is a terrific way to experience the renowned cloud forests of Costa Rica without traveling to Monteverde. 

In addition to harboring the Resplendent Quetzal, the park has an astounding variety of animal species unique to Costa Rica’s montane habitats. Among them are Baird’s tapir, tayras, collared peccaries, pumas, jaguars, deer, and of course – hundreds of bird species.

The Savegre river basin originates within the park boundaries and forms several streams and rivers that support surrounding ecosystems and much of the area’s agricultural holdings. 

Hiking and fishing are permitted in Los Quetzales. There are at least eight hiking trails varying in length and level of difficulty. Birding, naturalist-guided hikes, kayaking, and river rafting can be arranged through local providers ahead of time.

Plan to spend a full day (or multiple) in Los Quetzales National Park, Costa Rica. Do remember, however, that rain is a regular feature of the region and it’s best to get an early start when conditions are usually drier.

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