Juan Castro Blanco Cloud Forest (Searching the Quetzal)

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Price: $115 per person.

Juan Castro Blanco National Park is an excellent place for bird watching; specially for spotting the famous Resplendent Quetzal, (Pharomachrus Mocinno) distinguished for its majestically colored feathers.

Just an hour and a half from La Fortuna, through the beautiful plains of San Carlos, we will come upon this marvelous place surrounded by cloud forests where the majority of the main rivers of the northern region begin. Our naturalist guides, personalized service, and the unique scenery of this area make a perfect combination.

Many of the prominent rivers of the San Carlos Valley and the Atlantic region originate in the aquifers of this National Park.  The total area of the park is of 14,250 hectares (approximately 35,600 acres) and it was created by decree in 1992.  60% of the total area of the park is covered by primary forest and the rest consists of patches of secondary forest. We will have the opportunity to visit the lake found in an ancient volcanic crater which has several importance difference from the lakes of other regions.

This tour will end with a delicious lunch with fresh trout as the main course, followed by the ride back to you La Fortuna hotel.

Departure time:
07:00 hrs.
Return time:
16:30 hrs.
What you’ll need to bring:
Hiking shoes or sneakers, comfortable clothing, clothes for change, rain coat, jacket, insect repellent.
We’ll include:
Transportation from the hotel with A/C vans, bilingual naturalist guide with ICT certification, National Park entrance fee, bottled water, energizing snacks, lunch with trout, material with supporting information, liability policy.

Additional Notes:

  • Rates per person (USD).
  • Minimum age required: 08 years
  • Price for child’s: $86 (08 – 09 years)
  • Good physical condition is required
  • This tour requires a minimum of 02 passengers.
  • Pick ups in hotels that are located to far from La Fortuna town or the main road to the Volcano can have extra charge.
  • Any cancellation or modification of the reservation made less than 24 hours before departure will incur a penalty of 100%
  • The customer shall it be at the agreed time and place, we’ll wait a maximum of 5 minutes. In case of No Show, the reservation will be charged to 100%