San Gerardo de Dota is located about 80 kilometers from the capital San José and lays in a beautiful valley that is definitely worth a visit if you are passing the “Cerro de la Muerte” . Until a few years ago, the valley was very deserted and the residents of San Gerardo de Dota were surprised when visitors came to their area, but gradually the valley has become more popular among tourists. This is because the valley is known for the Quetzal: a special bird that is very popular with bird watchers from all over the world.
San Gerardo de Dota: the paradise of the Quetzal
The quetzal is common in San Gerardo de Dota and can be easily spotted in the valley. You have to get up early, because the bird mainly shows itself in the early morning. You can participate in an organized bird tour with a guide. These types of tours usually start early in the morning and give you the opportunity to get acquainted with this special bird by spotting the bird with your own eyes, or through a tele lens. Especially the large and colorful Quetzal feathers will make you look up, because this feather is not seen in many other bird species. Therefore, the Quetzal was a magical bird in Mayan history, and only kings could wear their feathers.
San Gerardo de Dota: a very high mountain range
San Gerardo de Dota is a high mountain range that goes from 2000 meters above sea level up to 3000 meters above sea level. This means that the area is not only worthwhile for bird watchers, but also for people who enjoy breathing in fresh pure air, and hiking in mountains areas. You will really get to know the nature of Costa Rica in this way.