Savegre Crossing Los Quetzales National Park

San José, San Gerardo de Dota, Cuenca Rio Savegre, Manuel Antonio
From $1430 p.p

On this Costa Rica Trekking Tour, you will experience the true nature and culture of Costa Rica. Getting in the very core of the country, this itinerary is made for real nature and trekking lovers.

The best way to experience a country is to get into its paths and trails, regardless of whether they are remote or hidden. This is a package created for Costa Rica trekking lovers as we will visit primary and secondary forests in the recently created Los Quetzales National Park. Its name comes from the magical bird that lives in the area and that thanks to its iridescent colors and its charming way of flying has become a travel objective.

We will leave the national park which is over 2000 MASL (6500 FASL) and go in the mountains by trails that lead to villages hidden in the fantastic landscapes.

We will walk through the true traditional Costa Rican culture, stay with families in houses conditioned to receive visitors and where there are shared dorms and bathrooms. The food will be traditional Costa Rican.  This is a journey in which we combine the impressive nature of Costa Rica with the eminently peaceful and cheerful culture of the Costa Ricans.

  • Suitable only for people with good physical condition
  • Learn about the Costa Rican culture by sharing with your people during the tour.
  • 5 days walking through different ecosystems


  • Arrival in Costa Rica: You will be received at the Juan Santamaría Airport and transfered to your hotel in San José.
  • San Jose - San Gerardo de Dota: Private transportation to San Gerardo de Dota. (2.5 hours approximately) San Gerardo de Dota, is a village located in the tiny valley of the Savegre River, in the Talamanca Mountain Range, at 2,200 MASL (7,200 FASL) San Gerardo is a paradise for birdwatchers and hikers, counting more than 200 species of birds including the Resplendent Quetzal and the majestic high altitude cloud forests. In this magical woods where the fog reigns, there are gigantic centenarian trees covered with moss, bromeliads and other epiphytes. In the area, there are herds of peccaries and coyotes, deer, tapirs and even margays and jaguar, as well as countless species of insects.
  • San Gerardo - Providencia: After Breakfast We'll meet the guide who will accompany us for the next five days on this journey of the Savegre. Today's day will be approximately 6 hours. We will enter the National Park Los Quetzales and walk to Providencia, a beautiful village that hides in the mountains of Talamanca. A site of great biodiversity and spectacular views. We will take our lunch to eat at the riverside and in the middle of the jungle. We arrive at the Caserío La Piedra, which is approximately 1750 M.A.S.L. (5.500 FASL) and is a small rural village where there is a coffee processor that we have the option to visit. Then we reach the Armonía Ambiental Project. A family proposal for the production of various products in a completely organic way. There we will be given a short hike through its orchard of medicinal plants. The view from Armonía Ambiental is extraordinary. From its restaurant you will see fourteen peaks covered with rain forest and cloudy. Cerro Pangolin, Cerro Frio, Cerro Las laps, Cerro Ojo de Agua, Cerro Quebrada Seca, among others with wonderful views. Overnight at Armonía Ambiental in shared dorms and bathrooms.
  • Providencia - La Chaqueta: From this project we start the walk that this day will be 8 hours, we will take our lunch. We will start the walk at an altitude of 1750msnm. We will climb until 1950 meters above sea level. to descend towards La chaquetat at a height of 706 meters above sea level. At about 5:00 p.m. we will arrive at La Chaqueta, this is a beautiful and remote valley where the Bruncas or Borucas (indigenous tribe) had a pre-Columbian settlement. Coots, tapirs and even the cougar have their territories for these mountains. Accommodation in upgraded houses, here you will sleep in shared rooms with cabins, with shared bathroom and cold water (average room temperature 24 degrees Celsius) Accommodation with shared bathroom.
  • La Chaqueta - Rancho Tinamu: We will have an early rise to depart from La Chaqueta to San Isidro de Dota. Then we take the path to the Piedras Blancas Community, and El Río Lodge where the Granados Family will have a typical lunch for us. In the afternoon we will continue to Rancho Tinamu. In this tour, the observed landscape is primary forest intervened by the practices of agriculture and cattle raising of the inhabitants of the neighboring communities. During the journey, we must cross the Savegre River twice, the first one by a suspension bridge and the second by a cableway. San Isidro de Dota is a typical village in the very rural areas of Costa Rica, located near the Cerro Nara Protective Zone, with lush evergreen forests. It is a region with an impressive water wealth, with many springs. It is one of the rainiest areas of the country with rainfall of up to 5000 mm (196 in.). From certain places in San Isidro de Dota, you have magnificent views of the Savegre River basin and if the weather permits you can see the Cerro de La Muerte and a beautiful landscape of the Pacific coast. Rancho Tinamú hostel is owned by the Parra family, engaged in agro-livestock activities. The route is approximately 14 Km (8,6 Mi), with an approximate duration of 6 hours of active walking. The hike starts at an altitude of 706 MASL (2316 FASL) in La Chaqueta, and continues down to approximately 400 MASL (1312 FASL)in Piedras Blancas, and then up to 600 MASL (1968 FASL) towards San Isidro de Dota, where the Rancho Tinamú is located. Overnight at Rancho Tinamú in shared dorms and bathrooms.
  • Rancho Tinamu - Shelter Campesinos: We will start early this trek from San Isidro de Dota to Quebrada Arroyo where we will find Reserva Los Campesinos. This property also is known as the ""Men of Vanilla"" as this is one of the main plants produced in the region. The forest is in recovery. After lunch, there is a walk to the waterfall and ponds of the river where we will have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim. During dinner, there is a meeting with local people who will tell us about the history of the town. Duration 5 hours, on moderately difficult terrain with a descent level of 400 meters (1300 feet). Distance 14 Kilometers (8.6 Miles). Overnight at Los Campesinos in shared dorms and bathrooms.
  • Shelter Los Campesinos - Manuel Antonio: At 7:00 am breakfast at the hostel and departure to Londres town where our transportation will be waiting to take us to the famous Manuel Antonio Beach and National Park where we will stay near the sea. The guide says goodbye to the group. Overnight at Manuel Antonio.
  • Day off: Free day for optional activities such as visiting Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Manuel Antonio - International Airport: Departure to the International airport by shuttle at 8 am.
  • 1 night in Hotel Park Inn in standard room (San José)
  • 1 night in Suria Lodge in standard room (San Gerardo de Dota)
  • 1 night in Armonia Ambiental Shared Dorm and Bathroom
  • 1 night in La Chaqueta Shared Dorm and Bathroom
  • 1 night in Rancho Tinamu Shared Dorm and Bathroom
  • 1 night in Shelter Los Campesinos Shared Dorm and Bathroom
  • 2 nights at Hotel Espadilla in Manuel Antonio
  • Transportation and reception at Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO)
  • Shared transfers
  • Tickets, transports and bilingual naturalist guide from day 3 to day 7
  • 8 breakfasts (Days 2, 3,4,5,6,7, 8, 9)
  • 4 lunches (Days 3, 4, 5 & 6)
  • 4 dinners (Days 3, 4, 5 & 6)
  • Attention to our offices every day including weekends.
  • Voluntary Tips
  • Meals and drinks not stipulated
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional excursions
  • International flight

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  • Prices are stated in U.S. dollars.
Starting $1430 p.p

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