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Distance from San José

92kms/57miles from San José (around a 2hour drive).

Great for:

Nature Lovers, Birdwatchers, Photographers.

The cloud forest of Savegre has been acclaimed by birdwatchers as the best place in the country to see the quetzal all year round; in other forests throughout Costa Rica the quetzal is seen only on a seasonal basis.

Additionally, more than 200 species of birds have been spotted in Savegre, making the region a bird watcher’s paradise. There are several bird watching tour options available, leading you down hiking trails and into the marvelous cloud forest filled with exotic flora.

One of the most popular attractions of the region is Los Quetzales National Park. Established in 2005, this park covers over 4856ha/12000acres of pristine cloud forest. It was named after the crimson and emerald quetzal, a resident of the region. Because Los Quetzales boasts a great deal of aguacatillo trees (the bird’s preferred food), the quetzal can be spotted here in high numbers all through the year.

Bird and wildlife watching are the park’s main attractions. It is home to an amazing variety of bird species, including trogons, hummingbirds, tanagers and other highland species. Although less commonly spotted, the park is also home to jaguars, tapirs, coyotes, and the black guan.

Sunny season from November to May

Rainy season from June to October.

Usually, in the rainy season it only rains in the afternoons

December, January and February temperature may fall down to 5° C (40°F) or even less.