|San Jose - PARK TOUR
Tapanti is located in the wild and wet country on the rain forested northern slopes of the Talamanca Mountain Range, accessible on a good gravel road in aprox. 30 minutes from Orosi. Although not a large refuge there are reported over 150 rivers within it, which gives an indication of the area?s wetness. It has two "life zones": lower mountain rain forest (lower mountain slopes) and pre-montane rain forest (lowlands skirting the lower slopes).
The forests are home to forty-five species of mammals, including tapir, paca, red brocket deer, eastern cottontail, kinkajou, raccoon, white-nosed coati, white-faced monkey, mountain hare (conejo de monte), agouti and such cats as ocelot, jaguarundi and tiger cat (an endangered species).
You?ll also find some 260 kinds of birds here: Quetzals, sparrow hawks, hawks, goldfinch, doves, hummingbirds, parrots, and falcons, etc. From the ranger?s cabin, a Quetzal nesting site can be seen.
On the first day, early in the morning your ?guide will pick you up from your hotel in San Jos? and begin the journey to Cerro de La Muerte in "Tapant? Macizo de la Muerte National Park" Breakfast on the way to the peak. After reaching the summit of 3491 meters (11,453 ft) of elevation you will begin an incredible trekking experience. During the hike you will be able to explore the Sub-Alpine Paramo and as you descend enter a magnificent Tropical Cloud Forest. The bird and plant diversity is great, an amazing oak forest with centenary trees all covered by mosses, bromeliads, and orchids, and home of the famous Resplendent Quetzal. After approximately 5 hours of trekking down the mountains you will be reaching the Valley of San Gerardo de Dota at 2200 meters (7218 ft) of elevation where the Savegre Mountain Hotel is nestled and you will spend a great night. (B,L,D).
On the second day, today you will enjoy an early breakfast and then you will take you in hike to find the Resplendent Quetzal, the bird that has made this valley famous. After you find this marvellous bird will hike along the river towards the Savegre River Waterfall. This hike, which immerses you in a beautiful cloud forest, will take about 3 hours, and you will be back for lunch at the hotel. Departure towards your hotel in San Jos?.
What to bring?
Hiking shoes (waterproof are recommended), rain jacket and rain pants, fleece coat, hat and good sunscreen, camera (200 ISO Film recommended), sunglasses, hiking poles, personal medicines, energy food, flashlight or headlamp, daypack for the hikes.
Note: Due to bad weather or rain conditions, this package may be changed or omit portions of any itinerary.
2 full days
Daily/ minimum 2 people
Departure times and location:
At 5:30 am from San Jose area.
Return time and location:
Transportation from Hotel in San Jos? - Cerro de la Muerte - San Gerardo de Dota - San Jos?, meals (1B,2L,1D), 1 night of lodging in Savegre Mountain Hotel, bilingual guide and two hikes.