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El Copal Reserve

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IronLenny wrote a review Mar 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina145 contributions49 helpful votes
We only visited here for a couple hours on our way toward San Gerardo de Data. This area is known as a birding hotspot thus explains our interest. We hiked a trail across from the main building. The birding was slow and we didn't linger long as there was a threat of rain in the air. We had some luck but missed out on the Ocellated Antbird as it wouldn't show itself. There actually was a good bit of activity in the trees surrounding the lodge rooms. Might be worth a couple days stay next visit.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Annie D wrote a review Jan 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom12 contributions5 helpful votes
This place is pretty amazing...its a birders paradise - and a lot can be seen just from the veranda.. Its a basic eco lodge - and they really do mean eco lodge...so don't expect wifi and running mod cons.. The staff are lovely and serve great home cooked/fresh food. The rooms are basic (and you may need to share bunk rooms) but are very comfy and clean. There is nothing to do except listen to the sounds of the night and relax... Family run - being transformed into a co-op. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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TravelingFamily714 wrote a review Sep 2019
42 contributions25 helpful votes
We visited El Copal on a day trip with guide Cris from Peregrinus Expeditions (reviewed elsewhere on TripAdvisor). While the reserve is difficult to get to, Cris made it easy by providing transportation both ways. The reserve itself is remote, quiet, and beautiful. There is a cabin for rent as well as modest dormitory facilities, and they host college student groups a couple of times per year. This would be an excellent place for students who are studying abroad, doing summer research, mission trips, or similar, and we hope it becomes more widely known. The road through the surrounding area includes many small communities where Cris shared his insights about how the locals live, what challenges they face, and where there is a need for policy reform and/or partnerships with NGOs to help bring about positive changes. During our visit we saw a wealth of bird species, both in the sunny morning on the balcony and during a rainy hike in the afternoon. Cris knew all the bird calls, which helped locate many species in the dense foliage. Overall, a beautiful place to spend a day or longer immersed in nature.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jim P wrote a review Aug 2019
Dallas, Texas66 contributions12 helpful votes
You need to be a committed bio-bum or birder, but if you are, then this place should be at the top of your list. It's a non-profit reserve, so don't expect anything but the basics. Other reviews spell this out. Very nice people as cooks and caretakers though. You should have a bird guide even if you know Spanish. You'll be birding by ear on the trails, but lots to look at, including Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Dull-mantled Antbird, and Rufous-browed Tyrannulet. The veranda is fabulous for birds right after a rain. You're at eye-level not more than 10 meters away. Snowcaps are in the garden. Collared Trogons, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Emerald Tanager, White-ruffed and White-collared Manakins all seen from the veranda. I consider this place and the San Gerardo Field Station as two of the best birding hotspots in Costa Rica. Message me if you want deeper info on birds.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Jeremy H wrote a review Jun 2019
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions10 helpful votes
El Copal was the highlight of a very enjoyable holiday in Costa Rica. The sleeping accommodation is basic but if you don't mind that we highly recommend it. The food is wholesome and plentiful, they provide all meals. Birding is very good, we recommend you arrange a bird guide in advance to get the most out of the visit. One thing for drivers - we strongly advise against tackling the road coming through the park from the east, you should access el Copal via Humo from the west.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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