I almost didn't stay here, because of some of the negative reviews. But it's actually among my best overall experiences in four years of coming to Costa Rica. I guess it all depends on what you're looking for. Beautiful uncrowded hiking trails with a variety of birds--including close-up views of collared redstarts and a pair of black guans--and lovely waterfall with bromeliads everywhere. Gorgeous hummingbirds. And yes--many striking views of the Quetzales on the guided morning hike. Jason, our guide, was very knowledgeable about other birds, even though he focused on the dramatic quetzales. Beautiful flowers tended by the family--and FOR the family, not just the tourists. Other reviewers are right about how cool it can be at night, but wrong about the food--my dinner was excellent and generous. Great overall value!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Watching the Resplendent Quetzal is a magical experience... you see its iridescent feathers, its wavy flight and can understand... why these creatures were considered to be a representative of God. The Resplendent Quetzal is an astonishing sight... But, the setting to see it is as important as the bird itself. Being in a peaceful setting, where the beauty of nature meets the beauty of humanity happens to be an ultimate amazing experience. This, happens in MIrador de Quetzales. It is not that you will meet fashion models... skinny tall women... No! You will meet the Serrano Family. Transparent, a little naive, smiling, decent, honest, easy laughter, easy hugs. People that are willing to help, to make you have a wonderful stay in their farm and their house. Staying with them and have a talk at the edge of their fireplace is a compulsory experience.. never mind if you don't speak any Spanish... or that they don't speak English. That is what traveling is about... isn't it? Enjoy, learn, laugh, wear a good jacket and feel the highlands rainforest among the quetzals, the buzzing of dozens of hummingbirds, and the kindness of the Serrano Family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mirador De Quetzales Costa Rica/Province Of San Jose