Jorge Serrano and family are wonderful hosts and do everything to make guests feel welcome.
The main building with the restaurant has a nice view and a terrace with a hummingbird garden. The feeders attract five different kinds of hummingbirds, among them the spectacular fiery throated hummingbird (see photos). Taking pictures of them is a nice passtime during the day. The highlight, though, are undoubtedly the Quetzal-tours. Jorge and his sons obviously know a number of places where you can see them and it doesn't seem to happen more than once or twice a year that none of these magnificent birds is showing up. In order to be sure, we stayed for three nights and had two early morning-Quetzal tours, where we drove for about 10 minutes by car. At both occasions we saw several birds, both male and female (see photos) - even non-birders get excited (the birders are me and my oldest daughter, my wife and second daughter are interested, but not passionate). These birds are simply breathtaking, especially the males with their endless tail-feathers and the green metallic glare of their bodies.
The cabins are simple, but cosy. At almost 2,700m altitude it does get really cold at night, though, and you have to have the heater running at full blast. Especially as temperatures around 5 degrees celsius or less feel very different at such a high humidity than in the Alps or Rocky Mountains. And as insulation of the cabins can't be measured with European standards. This is the reason, why we give four instead of five points - along with a clear recommendation to stay here. A must for anybody who would love to see a Quetzal - forget Monteverde or any other place. With the beautiful mountain forest and some nice trails around the place still a worthwhile stopover for anybody else - we had the most beautiful sunset of our two and a half week Costa Rica holiday. Plan a night or two and you'll see everything you could hope for.
- Also Known As:
- Paraiso Quetzal Lodge Costa Rica/San Gerardo De Dota