Tours

Tour Rates 2017-2018

From January 1, 2017 until November 14, 2018

With our certified English/Spanish speaking guide

Children until 6 years free, 6-12 years half price, with the exception of the horseback tour.

Lunch or snack available to take with you; snack 4,50 US$, lunch 9,50 US$

Price per person with own transportation
Tours
Time (Hours) Rate Tour (US $) Total price (US$) included confirmed admission rates Transportation Dantica
Price (US $)
Maximum # of pax per transport
Quetzal Tour (1) 2 25 25-30 15 4
Guided flora-fauna tour in our private reserve short 1 12 12 X X
Guided flora-fauna tour in our private reserve long 2 22 22 X X
Bird Watching Tour San Gerardo short 2 22 22 15 4
Bird Watching Tour San Gerardo long 4 43 43 15 4
Bird Watching Tour with waterfalls 4 43 43 15 4
Bird Watching Tour Savegre (2) 4 43 53 20 4
PNLQ – Páramo Tour (3) 3 36 36 25 4
PNLQ – Cerro de la Muerte Walk (3,4,5,6) 6 62 72 40 3
Night Tour 2 26 26 X X
Horseback Tour (7) 2.5 25 25 20 4
TIP: please wear clothes without bright colours when you make the quetzal or bird watching tour, in order to minimize the impact.
  1. It can happen that you have to enter a private property with admission fee, depending the migration pattern of the Quetzal. This fee is NOT included in the rates and is maximum 5,- USD per person
  2. Does not include 5,- USD admission fee per person included to enter private property
  3. Does not include 15,- USD admission fee per person included to enter the Los Quetzales National Park (this fee is not charged at the moment).
  4. Does not include 7,- USD admission fee per person included to pass private properties
  5. This tour is only possible with transportation of Dantica
  6. Minimum of two persons per tour
  7. The horseback tour is not made with our guide

Have a look at the bird-checklist and mammal-checklist of our forest reserve.

Quetzal Tour

Leave for an early morning walk to see the Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno), the sacred bird of the Aztec and Maya Cultures.
San Gerardo de Dota is known to be the best place in Costa Rica to see the Quetzal, with a yearly success rate of over 95% with our experienced guide.

Starts: Between 5.30 and 6.15 AM in front of the main parking
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Valley of San Gerardo de Dota
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, warm clothing, poncho

Guided flora and fauna tour in the Dantica Forest Reserve

During this tour we give special attention to our ´´wild avocado trail´´, where many avocado species can be found, native to this forest and the favourite food of the resplendent quetzal. Our reserve is famous for bird species such as spotted wood-quail (Odontophorus guttatus), buffy-crowned wood-partridge (Dendrortyx leucophrys) and the buffy tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes lawrencii).

Starts: Between 9.00 AM and 17.00 PM from one of our parkings or at the entrance near the bridge
Duration: 1 Hour
Location: Dantica Forest Reserve
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, poncho

Guided flora and fauna tour in the Dantica Forest Reserve

Enjoy the trails of our private Forest Reserve along the ´´Ojo the Agua´´ river, one of the clearest rivers in Central America, and walk beneath ancient oak trees, learning about the many plant species such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and mosses. Traverse natural clearings and secondary and primary oak forest to give you a better insight in how regeneration works.

Starts: between 9.00 AM and 16.00 PM from one of our parkings
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Dantica Forest Reserve
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, poncho

Bird Watching Tour short

Explore the valley of San Gerardo de Dota and see the birds that are typical for the upper montane cloud forest, such as the acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), black guan (Chamaepetes unicolor), golden-browed chlorophonia (Chlorophonia callophrys) and volcano hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula).

Starts: Between 9.00 AM and 15.00 PM from the main parking
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Valley of San Gerardo de Dota
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, poncho

Bird Watching Tour long

The valley of San Gerardo is a wonderful place to observe birds; it is catalogued in the famous book: ´´Fifty place to go birding before you die´´. Of the more than 150 species that are found in this valley, over 30% are endemic, such as the long tailed silky-flycatcher (Ptilogonys caudatus), fiery-throated hummingbird (Panterpe insignis), black-faced solitaire (Myadestes melanops) and collared redstart (Myioborus torquatus).

Starts: Between 9.00 AM and 13.00 PM from the main parking
Duration: 4 Hours
Location: Valley of San Gerardo de Dota
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, poncho

Bird Watching Tour with waterfalls

This attractive birding tour takes you to the beautiful waterfalls of the Savegre river, the first one leads you over a bridge into a small cave to become part of the waterfall, the second one is one kilometer further away, surrounded by lush forest. Because you are at lower altitudes this forest is very different from the other forests you can visit in the valley.

Starts: Between 9.00 AM and 13.00 PM from the main parking
Duration: 4 Hours
Location: Lower valley of San Gerardo de Dota and the waterfalls
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, poncho

Bird Watching Savegre

This tour leads you along the Los Robles trail in the Savegre Forest Reserve through primary forest, where many bird species can be found, and especially famous to see the emerald toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus) and the collared trogon (Trogon collaris).

Starts: Between 9.00 AM and 13.00 PM from the main parking
Duration: 4 Hours
Location: Savegre private Forest Reserve
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, poncho

Los Quetzales National Park – Páramo Tour

Visit the second highest peak in Costa Rica (3480 meters asl) with its unique, mainly endemic Páramo vegetation and with a beautiful view of the Pacific coast and the Turrialba, Irazu, Barva y Poas volcanoes.

Starts: Between 9.00 AM 14.00 PM from the main parking
Duration: 3 Hours
Location: Cerro de la Muerte, which is part of the Los Quetzales National Park 
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, warm clothing, poncho, sunglasses, sun protection

Los Quetzales National Park – Cerro de la Muerte Walk*

Walk down the second highest peak in Costa Rica (3491 meters asl) into the forest of the San Gerardo de Dota valley. Ascending through 2 different ecosystems and 4 different vegetation zones, this is the most complete tour we offer and it gives you a perfect insight in the biodiversity of this region.

Starts: Between 9.00 and 11.00 AM from one of our parkings
Duration: 6 Hours
Location: Cerro de la Muerte, which is part of the Los Quetzales National Park, and valley of San Gerardo de Dota
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, walking shoes, poncho, sunglasses

Night tour

During this tour you look for birds that are active at night, such as owls and nightjars, but this tour gives you also the posibility to know the cloud forest by night and learn about the behaviour of other animals.

Starts: Between 18.00 and 19.30 PM at the reception
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: In and around the Dantica Forest Reserve
Don’t forget to bring: flaslght, walking shoes, binoculars, poncho

Horse Back Tour to the waterfalls

Make an adventurous ride through rivers and lush forest to the waterfalls at the end of the San Gerardo de Dota valley.

Starts: Between 9.00 AM and 14.00 PM, 3,5 km down the road
Duration: 2,5 Hours
Location: Lower valley of San Gerardo de Dota and the waterfall area
Don’t forget to bring: binoculars, poncho

“Highly recommended for all those who are not only interested in birding. Costa Rica‘s nature is more than birds and this is the only place (on a 4 weeks trip) where we got competent information on plants and vegetation.” Ulrich & Annick – Germany / France. Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge –  Hotels San Gerardo  de Dota – Costa Rica