Los Quetzales National Park

Los Quetzales was created to conserve high altitude natural environments (especially oak groves, cloud forests and páramo), preserve the hydrological function of these forests and protect them and the habitats for endemic species and the reproduction of the quetzal.

 Quetzales National Park

Some species and habitats representative of the park

  1. Oaks
  2. Mountain Cipress ( Cipresillo )
  3. Paramo
  4. Marshland
  5. Cloudforests
  6. Over 40species of mammals
  7. Amazing vasriety of birds ( Some endemisms )
  8. Quetzal ( Highest population in the country )

Los Quetzales National Park is a natural conservation area, located in its largest extension in the canton of Dota, in the province of San José, Costa Rica. However, it covers areas of the neighboring cantons of Tarrazú (San José) and Quepos (Puntarenas). It has an area of 5021 hectares, being therefore one of the smallest in the country. It is located about 75 kilometers southeast of San José. The Park is made up of vacant and state lands, as well as the previous Los Santos Forest Biological Reserve and the Cerro Vueltas Biological Reserve. The park's terrain varies widely from mountains to lakes, from cloud forests to rainforests, from rivers to streams. Most of its surface extends to both sides of the Savegre River, which originates in the Cerro de la Muerte and empties into the Pacific Ocean, near the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Los Quetzales National Park

The topography of Los Quetzales is basically abrupt, high mountain. Its maximum altitude is of 3.190 masl (in the Vueltas Hill), the minimum is of 1260 and the average is of 2,449 masl The area protects more than 45 species of mammals, among which stand out: tapirs, mountain goats, felines, tolomucos, monkeys, guatuzas, squirrels, bats, rabbits, coatis, raccoons, among others. In the case of birds, around 300 species are protected, including: quetzals, hummingbirds, tanagers, turkeys, orioles, trogons, hawks, warblers, climbers, carpenters and seedlings. The class of amphibians is important, since several species of endemic salamanders have been discovered; frogs and toads are other representatives of these that, together, add more than 32 species.

Los Quetzales National Park

Los Quetzales National Park

One of the newest national parks in Costa Rica that protects the upper Savegre River Valley as well as thousands of acres of tropical cloud forests and paramo.


Tours and activities

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