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Los Quetzales National Park

Located in the highlands of Costa Rica, Los Quetzales is a relatively new National Park. Dedicated in 2005, the Los Quetzales National Park is comprised of 5000 hectares, encompassing Los Santos Reserve. Consisting of mostly cloud forest, the park contains 3 types of rain forests and 14 ecosystems, making the area a major life source for both plants and animals.

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Meandering along the Talamancan mountain range, there are vast elevation changes, climing to approximately 3000 meters.  This region has a taste of it all when it comes to weather, elevation, flora and fauna.

The Quetzal (hence the name) is the most famous bird in this region.  Generally spotted best in January through April, due to their having their young at this time, this region may be the best area to find this rare species of Trogon.  In addtion to the Quetzal, humming birds, sparrows, swallows and several other types of birds are abundant in the park.

The Rio Savegre river provides a home for Trout and a watersource for the plants and animals in the region.  Rafting, Bird Watching, fishing, hiking and horseback riding are all popular activities in Los Quetzal National Park.

Accessible by travelling south of San Jose through Cartago, or coming from the Pacific coast from Jaco/Manuel Antonio destinations, the park could provide a great day trip to view the plethora of wildlife.  Or, to stay longer, there are a number of hotels and cabinas that have popped up over the past few years.  Most offer fishing, horesback riding, bird watching tours and several have restaurants.


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