Most Biologically Diverse Park
Situated among the mist-covered peaks of the Talamanca Mountains, Los Quetzales is Costa Rica’s newest national park, covering more than 12,000 acres of cloud forest. Named after the emerald and crimson quetzal, which can be spotted in great numbers year-round, the park also hosts a variety of trogons, hummingbirds, tanagers and other highland species. Much of the park is covered in aguacatillo trees (a relative of the avocado), the favorite food of the resplendent quetzal. Seen less frequently are jaguars, tapirs, coyotes and the black guan. The park’s terrain ranges from rugged mountains to glacial lakes, with varying altitudes and ecosystems. Oak and cypress trees are common in the paramo, or high-altitude ecosystem that covers portions of the park. We start driving early in the morning, throw Cartago, the namesake capital city is one of the oldest towns in the country. Cartago was once the capital of Costa Rica, but it was partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1732,Cartago was founded in 1563 by Juan Vazquez de Coronado, the city was bigger than San Jose before it became the Capital, today visitors can still see ruins that date back to 16th century, most notably in the city is Central Park, we continue to Cerro de la Muerte, for our first stop as one of the country’s newest national parks
.After 3 hours nature walk with our Eco Adventures team guides, we will continue to restaurant Los Colibries, where we can enjoy of a fireplace and harmonious environment is the perfect way to savor the traditional and delicious Costa Rican cuisine, cooked on a firewood stove, surrounded by exuberant vegetation and pristine habitat.
- Meals: Lunch
- Professional local guide
- Entrance fee
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
What to Bring:
- hiking (or rubber) boots, long pants, camera, sunscreen, hat.