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Toucanet Lodge
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

This was our second stay in El Toucanet. We love this region and found that this bed and breakfast is perfect for a simple stay. It is a quiet area with great scenery. The rooms are simple but pleasant. Breakfast was great. We had an early morning quetzal search and were not disappointed. We walked up the dirt road and not a trail. It makes sense given its very secluded of an area. We saw three amazing quetzals who were not shy. Great photos. I would highly recommend taking a tour at the Cope Dota coffee plant in Los Santos town. El Toucanet can arrange it. Don't forget it can get a bit chilly in this region.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank CWHATSOUTTHERE
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

My boyfriend and I stopped in Copey de Dota after our stay on the Caribbean coast, before we went to the Osa Peninsula, in hopes of spotting a resplendent quetzal. The places closer to Los Quetzales National Park seemed to cater to large groups, so we decided to try El Toucanet. It was cold and rainy when we arrived, quite a change from the balmy Caribbean coast. Gary and Edna are welcoming hosts, and we enjoyed their delicious dinners and breakfasts each day. (The place is quite far from town, so we ate dinner at El Toucanet every night.) The fireplace is a cozy spot too, especially during a thunderstorm.

We went for a morning quetzal walk with Gary and Kit and Socks, the resident pooches. Gary pointed out the aguacate trees that the quetzals like to feed on, and eventually spotted two quetzals for us. They are beautiful birds, but very well-camouflaged! We certainly wouldn't have seen the birds without Gary's guidance. He also recommended a coffee tour that we really enjoyed. Following a map that Gary drew for us, we took the bus to Santa Maria de Dota for a tour at Coopedota, a 50 year-old coffee cooperative with over 800 member farms. They are doing lots of things to be more sustainable and not adversely affect the surrounding rivers, flora and fauna, like diverting the water used to wash and sort coffee for irrigation at the local high school farm, converting the pulp into ethanol, and using the removed husks for fuel to dry the coffee beans. Very cool!

We stayed in cabin #5, which had a nice deck with a pretty view. We really enjoyed our time in this area of Costa Rica, it felt like we got a glimpse of life in the country. The day we checked out, Gary drove us to the bus stop on the highway so we could catch the bus to San Gerardo, en route to the Osa Peninsula.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

It's a great place 1 900 m above sea level, the food is excellent, the atmosphere very hearty and you can just start hiking from the house following the road to Providencia which brings you up to 2 800 m. Here you can see and feel the cloudforrest. There is also a very nice cloudforrest park 12 km away, called Selva Madre. Btw.: Garry can tell you everything about the quetzal, birds and wildlife. Just ask him!
The apartments are large and comfortable. There is no radiator, so it might be a bit cold at nights, but there are a lot of blankets to keep you warm and cosy. Anyway: After a great dinner at the fireplace we always were happy. We tested trout, chicken and vegetarian and all was extraordinary tasty and everybody smiles up there.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

Excellent cabin with all amenities including a Jacuzzi tub. A great location off the beaten track. Our hosts made us feel welcome and comfortable and Gary took us on an early morning walk to try to see Quetzals, which was successful. Food was excellent. Some reviewers described their cabin as "rustic", which sometimes means tacky; this was not the case in our cabin which was very well appointed, and rustic in the true sense as it was all wooden with that true mountain cabin feeling.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank btb32
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

El Toucanet was the best part of our Costa Rica trip. It is a beautiful and cool area of Costa Rica, quiet except for the birds, peaceful, relaxing, with great mountain roads to walk or ride horseback. Gary and Edna were the perfect hosts, with fabulous food, lots of knowledge about the area, helpful with everything we asked about, and just all around great to be with. Kit and Socks are sweet dogs and accompanied us on our walks. The lodge is a beautiful building, a delightful setting for breakfast, dinner or just sitting and watching the birds. There are green, lush plants and trees everywhere. Our cabin room was simple, clean and had everything we needed - the best part was the porch with the best view ever! Don't miss the morning quetzal walk with Gary.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank sabinowalker
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