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The sleepy hamlet of San Gerardo de Dota is about three hours south of San Jose and is famous amongst the world's bird-watching community, with year-round sightings of the Resplendent Quetzal.

This is a much quieter alternative to other areas of cloud-forest in Costa Rica. It is a very peaceful, fairly isolated place and any visit here should be to focus on the beautiful environment and bird-life - purely enjoying your surroundings in simple but comfortable cloud-forest lodges.

Activities

Activities that can be arranged include walking, horse-riding and trout-fishing trips, making San Gerardo de Dota a wonderful place to stay for a couple of nights.

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This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in San Gerardo de Dota, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of San Gerardo de Dota

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    Places near San Gerardo de Dota

    Accommodation choices for San Gerardo de Dota

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit San Gerardo de Dota. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Savegre Hotel, San Gerardo de Dota

      Savegre Hotel

      Medium

      Also known as Cabinas Chacon, the Savegre Mountain Hotel is located in San Gerardo de Dota, in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica. It offers comfortable accommodation and excellent wildlife-spotting opportunities.

    • Two bedroom bungalow, Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge, San Gerardo de Dota

      Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge

      Simple

      A friendly and stylish lodge with spectacular views and knowledgeable staff, the Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge is a joy for visitors staying in this part of beautiful San Gerardo de Dota.

    Ideas for experiencing San Gerardo de Dota

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting San Gerardo de Dota, and which use the best local guides.

    • Resplendent Quetzal, Costa Rica

      Quetzal Walking Tour

      San Gerardo de Dota

      The famous Resplendent Quetzal is seen in San Gerardo de Dota year round but April and May are the best months to spot the striking birds.