Trogon Lodge - Overlooking the cloud forest
The Trogon Lodge is located in San Gerardo de Dota, less than two hours from San Jose. This amazing Lodge is located on a family farm in the mountains with a crystal clear river running through the property. The Lodge offers charming guest accommodations each with private baths, hot water and heating. Delicious home-cooked meals are available in a family-style restaurant for very reasonable prices. Overlooking the cloud forest and boulder-strewn river, the Trogón Lodge is a relaxing hideaway. The green wooden cabins surround an amazing garden bursting with color and a riot of roses, calla lilies, and geraniums.
Amazing river view
Each cabin at Trogon Lodge boasts two separate rooms with big windows, queen-size beds, and baths with hot showers and rain-forest shower heads. Gas heaters and extra blankets guard against chilly mountain nights. Cabins share verandas allowing you to spend time with other guests and family members. A romantic honeymoon cabin is perched in secluded spot on the property with a king-size bed and a whirlpool tub with a spectacular panoramic view. Meals are served in a charming family style restaurant with tree-trunk tables. There is a newly remodeled bar area adjoined and a dining terrace with an amazing river view.
Lots of activities are available while staying at this special lodge. Quetzal-watching, horseback riding, waterfall hikes, and a canopy tour are some of the most popular. For days when you are not out exploring you can relax and enjoy a massage at the new spa at Trogon Lodge. This is THE place in Costa Rica to see the mythical Quetzal- the holy bird of the Mayans! At over 7000 feet in elevation the highlands of the Talamanca Mountain range, the oldest geological formation in Costa Rica. The Rio Macho Forest Reserve is Costa Rica's largest protected area, composed of 13 different units for a total of over 200,000 acres.
Immense variety of flora and fauna
This area is home to an ecological niche in which the quetzal (holy bird of the Mayan culture) may be seen year-round. This area is also home to a great diversity of flora and fauna; some of the plant species include the cipresillo (oak - querquis costaricensis), mountain needle, and blueberry, all native to this area. Also to be found are hundreds of species of bromeliads, lichens, mosses, ferns and a multitude of orchids and colorful flowers such as gesnerids. Besides the amazing quetzal, you can also observe trogons, the unique silky fly-catcher, coppery headed emerald hummingbirds, cerise-throated hummingbirds and the peg-billed finch, all of which are endemic, found only in this part of the world and definitely worth a vacation in Costa Rica.