Arrival San José
After arrival you will be welcomed by your guide. He will accompany you the next following days on your Quetzal adventure.
You will be taken to Hotel Palma Real for overnight.
San José - San Gerardo de Dota
After breakfast you will leave early for a visit to Irazú Volcano National Park. You will be able to see the volcano’s crater from its edge, to have a good view on the green acidic lake below. An amazing experience. Take a sweater and raincoat, it may be cold.
After Irazú you will continue to Lankester Garden. Internationally recognized for its noteworthy collections of epiphytes, the Lankester Botanical Garden was established in 1973 as a centre for the exhibition, conservation and research of tropical epiphytic plants, with a special interest in orchids. On 11 hectares, the field collections, collections in greenhouses and secondary forests host over 3,000 species of plants. A dream for every plant lover and botanist.
Before continuing to San Gerardo de Dota, we will pass through the Orosí Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys of Costa Rica. Here we can find a colonial church from 1743.
Late in the afternoon we will arrive at Trogon Lodge, where you will spend the night.
San Gerardo de Dota - Manuel Antonio
Get up early for the Quetzal Search! You will hike the trails with our guide, in search for the quetzal.
The quetzal, or resplendent trogon, is a rare jewel of the bird world. Many birdwatchers travel to Costa Rica simply to catch site of this magnificent bird. Early Mayans and Aztecs worshiped a god called Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent, and depicted him with a headdress of quetzal feathers. The bird's name is derived from quetzalli, an Aztec word meaning "precious" or "beautiful."
In the afternoon we will departure to Manuel Antonio.
Overnight at Hotel Villa Teca.
We will visit Manuel Antonio National Park.
With only 682 ha it encompasses a great variety of flora and fauna. You may encounter the capuchin monkey, squirrel monkeys, sloths, coatis, raccoons, iguanas, ctenosaurs, and an impressive number of different exotic birds, such as the scarlet macaw.
Furthermore, Manuel Antonio offers the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the country.
You will be taken back to the hotel in the afternoon.
What to bring: rain coat / poncho; light sweater; firm shoes; insect repellent; sun screen lotion; bathing suit; binoculars; camera.
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