TOUCANET LODGE is located in the valley of COPEY DE DOTA in the heart of LOS SANTOS FOREST RESERVE, home to LOS QUETZALES NATIONAL PARK and CERRO LAS VUELTAS BIOLOGICAL RESERVE. The lodge is less than 2 hours from San Jose, in the Cerro de la Muerte region part of the Talamanca mountain range. Toucanet Lodge sits at 1950 mts above sea level with a temperatures range of 8º to 20º Celsius. Copey, a picturesque valley of almost 500 inhabitants, gets its name from the copey tree (Clusia rosea) common along the countryside roads. It is a newly discovered destination for bird watching. At Toucanet Lodge, visitors will enjoy being surrounded by exuberant cloud forest and its centennial oak trees, moss, bromeliads and over 200 species of birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal to experience within an unspoiled area. Waking up with the sound of the river and the spotted wood quails after a peaceful night sleep makes the visit at the lodge a memorable stay.
Toucanet Lodge, a family run lodge, opened its doors in 1996 with 4 rooms. Currently we have 6 standard rooms, 2 junior suites, outdoor jacuzzi, restaurant with large panoramic windows, mountain views, Wi-Fi, sitting area with a fireplace and a large terrace. The lodge also hosts small sized groups.
The restaurant serves fresh, home-cooked, typical Costa Rican meals. The house specialty is fresh baked trout the, bought from a neighbor's trout farm. The meals are prepared with fresh local and regional products. Special diets are prepared upon request.
You will stay in a beautiful cabin built from pine wood, a comfortable and friendly place with spectacular views of the mountains. You can enjoy a natural incomparable environment with two types of accommodation: Standard and Junior Suite.
Two roomy Cabins, very private, with king size bed, Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi, fireplace, coffee maker, small refrigerator, silverware, plates and large windows so as to enjoy the view of rainbows, sunrise and gardens.
Comfortable spacious rooms with private bath, Wi-Fi, private terrace, large windows onto spectacular forest and farm views. Along the walkways to the rooms, feel the freshness of the lush green gardens containing native vegetation.
Created in 1975 by the Copey inhabitants and the Santa Maria high school student's initiative to protect the oak trees, water sources and biodiversity threatened by foreign lumber companies. This protected area covers an extension of 62.000 hectares of natural primary and secondary forest, clear water rivers immense biodiversity and more than 200 bird species listed.
Amidst the forest reserve are found two small rural communities: Copey, a picturesque valley of almost 500 inhabitants. The community of Providencia, 20 k from Copey, is home to 50 families. Both communities have been very conscious of protecting the natural resources of the reserve. Nestled between these towns, the forest reserve in Copey shelters the largest population of quetzals (Pharomachrus mocinno) in the country. (Orfa Rodriguez, Magister Scientiae, 2002 CATIE, Costa Rica).
Toucanet Lodge in a responsible and sustainable way has worked hand in hand with the community of Copey to preserve, protect and create Las Vueltas biological reserve and Los Quetzales national park.
Created in 1995, again the community of Copey interested in the importance of protecting the natural resources of the area proclaimed this area for absolute protection for the paramo and the origin of various rivers and streams among them, Pedregoso river, Parrita river, Savegre river, Brujo river andNaranjo river.
Paramo Las Vueltas. This Andean ecosystem is the furthest north in the American continent. Its altitude at 3150 meters and the drastic changes in temperature throughout the day maintain small dense plants, mosses and the bamboo. This unique and fragile ecosystem merits the highest category of protection of biological reserve, only for scientific investigations and protection of çsprings and rivers of the area. This is the highest region showing affinity with the Andean flora..
Named after the Mayans holy bird, the Quetzal (pharomachrus mocinno), was created in 2006 protecting 4117 ha of natural forest.
Trails are still being developed, but for now, you can take the 3.5 kilometer Ojo de Agua trail into the forest and walk back to the ranger station on the Providencia road or a mini trail for those who wish to see orchids and what the paramo vegetation is like, a small circular trail less than a kilometer long, where you get the feel of the cloud forest, and with a little luck see some birds.
Bird watching is quite popular here, as it gives visitors the opportunity to spot species residing within the park (200 species listed) trogons, tanagers, flycatchers, and hummingbirds, many endemic to southern Costa Rica and northern Panama. Sloths, Coyotes, Peccaries, Pumas, Tapirs, are also rumored to sidle through the park's limits.
Visitors can gaze at the mighty virgin forests of Los Quetzales national park from the quiet, scenic country road witch boarders the park between the communities of Copey and Providencia.
This is one of the rainiest locations in Costa Rica. The Tapantí area has an average rainfall accumulation of around 7000 mL, while the rest of the country receives about 3000 ml. This national park is divided into two sectors: Tapanti and Macizo de la Muerte. The total area comprises some 146,000 acres and was opened in January 2000.
There are five forest type zones in the area: Very Humid Premontaine Rainforest, Premountaine Rainforest, Lowland mountains, and subalpine paramo.
The Macizo de la Muerte entrance is about 30 minutes from Toucanet Lodge by car, at km 63 just before Hotel Tapanti turn left straight to the national park.Look for the Lago Santa Ana sign, here you can bird watch, sightseeing and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Turrialba volcano.