EL TOUCANET LODGE located in the valley of COPEY DE DOTA 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, temperatures range from 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. A new discovered destination for bird watching.
At Toucanet Lodge visitors will enjoy being surrounded by exuberant cloud forest and its centennial oak trees, greens, moss, bromeliads, and over 200 species of birds listed, inclusive 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. Presently 6 standard rooms, 2 junior suites, outdoor wood fired stone hot tub, ping pong table, restaurant with large windows, mountain views, Wi-Fi, large terrace, sitting area with a fireplace. The lodge hosts exclusivity small sized groups.
The restaurant serves fresh home cooked meals, typical costarican food, fresh baked trout the house specialty, from a neighbor’s trout farm.
The meals are prepared with fresh products of the region. Special diets 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 Superior.
Two roomy junior suites, very private, with king size bed, Jacuzzi, hot water, Wi-Fi, fireplace, coffee maker, small refrigerator, silverware, plates, also large windows to enjoy the view of rainbows, sunrises, and gardens.
Comfortable spacious rooms with private bath, hot water, Wi-Fi, private terrace, large windows, spectacular forest and farm views. Along walkways to the rooms feel the freshness and green lush vegetation of native gardens.
Created in 1975 initiative of Copey inhabitants and high school students from Santa Maria to protect the oak trees, the water and its 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 birds 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 kms from Copey, is home of 50 families, both communities have been very conscious of protecting the natural resources of the reserve. Nestled between these towns of Copey and Providencia the forest reserve in Copey shelters the biggest 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 varies major rivers and streams among some, Pedregoso river, Parrita river, Savegre river , Brujo river , Naranjo river.
Paramo Las Vueltas, this Andean ecosystem is the furthest north in the American continent. Its altitude 3150 meters and the drastic changes in temperature constantly throughout the day maintain small dense plants, mosses, and the scandent bamboo. This unique fragile ecosystem merits the highest protection category of biological reserve only for scientific investigations and protection of springs and rivers of the area. This is the highest peak of the region showing affinity with the Andean flora..
Named after the Mayans holy bird the Quetzal (pharomachrus mocinno), created in 2006 protecting 4117 hects of natural forest.
Trails are still being developed, 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..
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 .(Loo k for the Lago Santa Ana sign) here you can bird watch, sightseeing and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Turrialba volcano.