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San Gerardo de Dota

The Hidden Valley

Tucked deep within the cloud-shrouded Talamanca Mountains, San Gerardo de Dota is one of the most idyllic valleys in Central America. The minute you turn off Highway 2, you know you're headed somewhere special. The road descends through emerald pastures, then traces the curves of the forested mountainsides. Your destination is one of the area's simple-but-cozy eco-lodges. Here, you can be free of distractions. Decompress, unload, and sink into the tranquility of the landscape. This is the place to finish that novel, or nod off to plaintive birdsong and the gentle gurgles of the Savegre River.

In the morning, set out early for a wildlife viewing tour with an expert guide. She will carry the spotting scope and help you navigate the cloud-forest trails. Birds that can be difficult to spot in other locations are perplexingly abundant here. Chief among them are the Resplendent Quetzals, cloaked in eye-popping green and crimson plumage. Although these birds are easily observed year-round, they are especially numerous during the April to May breeding season. You'll also find dazzling tanagers, trogons, woodpeckers and hummingbirds. 

In the afternoons, you can visit an orchid garden, ride horses, tour a coffee plantation or fish for trout (fly fishing season is December to March). For a full day tour, visit Los Quetzales National Park, where you can hike thick montane forest, paramo, and rocky peaks. 

San Gerardo de Dota can add texture to any vacation in Costa Rica, but it is ideally paired with visits to Turrialba, the Southern CaribbeanDominical, and the South Pacific.

Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel in San Gerardo de Dota and throughout Costa Rica. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, domestic flights, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!"

John Muir