San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota Travel Blog

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In the morning there is always the most movement in the world of the birds. In front of our balcony the hummingbirds come and go, a black-throated green warbler comes and curiously watches us from the fence. In the tree next to the lake sit five black vultures and the swallows come and go. The lake is brown like other waterways. They took a lot of mud on their way down, also the Rio Reventazon close by. He leads to Tortuguero and flooded Caño Blanco. A boat-billed flycatcher is sitting on the roof of the reception and a blue-grey tanager is in the large canes further away. We see during this trip also many clay-colored robins. Also today our breakfast is OK, we have first packed and after breakfast can check out and leave to San Gerardo de Dota. Via Turrialba we drive between cane and coffee plantations to Cartago. It is a very busy city and we drive without a real sense of the good direction through town. Suddenly we’re lucky and we find the road to San Isidro de General. This is the Interamericana, the one we need to follow through the mountains. In Empalme we fill up the tank and drive on to Cañon and Oja de Agua. We encounter road works sites twice, but we don’t have to wait long. Also we find the way to San Gerardo de Dota rather quickly, very steep down, about ten kilometers to Trogon Lodge. We think we’ve never been on a road that steep. We land in a magnificent valley of the Rio Savegre, a very deep valley, on the mountainsides cloud forest just like in Monteverde, a splendid sight. Our room is not clean yet, so we drink a coffee in the restaurant. Here are some feeders for the hummingbirds, we immediately see several species: mountain gem, volcano hummingbird and many others. After half an hour the room is ready. We have number 23 and here that is the suite, a very large bed, rain shower and a jacuzzi. We have the most beautiful view on the lodge and on the hills surrounding it. The Rio Savegre floats on the hotel premises and has a pond where they grow trout. On our balcony we eat our sandwiches with cheese and far away we see two long-tailed silky flycatcher, a beautiful bird with a yellow head and grey wings and tail. We see it all the way up a dead tree. Clay-colored robins run over de grass, together with a few rufous-collared sparrows. We use mosquito milk and do a hike to see things and especially to see the quetzal: sendero candelita. We walk high on the slopes and always hear the sound of the river beneath us. We don’t see a lot of birds, but there are magnificent trees, some collared restart, some warblers, but we just enjoy the hike on itself. The path winds up into the mountains for two kilometers and returns down to the river Rio Savegre just next to a waterfall. By following the river we return to our room and enjoy the view and a few beers. The weather has turned when we were in the forest, because the wind blows hard and it rains again. Until about 15:00 it didn’t rain, that was nice; there was some fog in the mountains, but now it’s getting worse again. We rest a while, take a shower and by 18:00 we go to the bar and the restaurant. We drink a few Imperial, get some nuts and popcorn and at 19:00 we can eat: lasagna of spinach and trout, a special species that also tastes like salmon with pasta and vegetables. First we have a salad and that tastes very good. At about 20:30 we return to our room and half an hour later we got o sleep. Trogon Lodge is a cool place to be, now we only need to see the quetzal tomorrow morning and it will be perfect.

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San Gerardo de Dota
photo by: Jody-Scott