San Gerardo de Dota is a little jewel hidden away in the rainforest of the Talamanca Mountain Range, in the Province of San Jose. With an altitude of 2200 meters, San Gerardo de Dota has a fresh and clean air, lush green rainforest and an incredible biodiversity. Nestled in the valley of the Savegre River, this Marvel has managed to stay quite a secret, and thus visitors are still scarce; little do they know that this is the place to be to see the Resplendent Quetzals National Park. This is a true little paradise that will hopefully stay untouched for many more years to come; luckily there are many organizations and private owners that are contributing towards the preservation of this magical region.
The Resplendent Quetzals
Quetzals are amongst the most awesome birds of the world, with a plumage that has been admired by many. It is a shy bird, and it may be hard to spot them. The Resplendent Quetzal nest in this region and are present all year round. However, it is easier to see them between April and May, which is their breeding season. There are many other birds to admire such as the woodpeckers, the tanagers and myriads of hummingbirds. This is truly a haven for birdwatchers and birding. Be sure to bring the correct clothing as it may sound chilly and rainy. Good hiking shoes and binoculars are highly recommended. Don’t forget a camera for this unique shot to bring back home, proof that you did indeed see a Resplendent Quetzal and took a hike in one of the most beautiful cloud forests of Costa Rica.
San Gerardo de Dota, A Typical Little Town
The little town of San Gerardo de Dota sometimes called Shangri-La by the locals of Talamanca. It is one of the most picturesque of Costa Rica, and it has a good choice of Hotels and Lodges to choose from. While in San Gerardo de Dota be sure to see, and taste, the wonderful plums, apples, and peaches. Here the first settlers planted coffee and Cuban beans; they soon started to plant a variety of fruit trees. Trout Fishers will find much joy here, as there is a farming community in the Savegre River Valley and the fly fishing season goes on between May and June. Also, lure fishing starts in December and finishes at the end of March.
In and around San Gerardo de Dota are a nice choice of explorations and Tours. It is a true paradise for nature lovers who seek a close contact with nature, in peace and harmony. Included here are over 200 bird species, peccaries, coyotes and monkeys, and an unaccountable number of tropical insects, trees, plants, and flowers. San Gerardo de Dota is a real little paradise on earth. With an impressive ecosystem waiting for you, and the most exciting holiday of a lifetime! San Gerardo is definitely one of the unique cities in Costa Rica.