Please help -where have you seen Quetzals?

Old Jan 30th, 2008, 05:38 PM
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Please help -where have you seen Quetzals?

If you've gone to Monteverde, did you see quetzals? If you have a guide, is it likely that you'll see one? I'm not sure how abundant they are. Isn't there another spot that's also recommended - Savegre or something similar? Please help a clueless girl out.
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Old Jan 30th, 2008, 05:39 PM
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I meant to specify in Costa Rica - LOL.
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Old Jan 30th, 2008, 05:47 PM
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Yes, we saw quetzals, and, yes, we had a guide. I don't know how abundant they are, but we weren't the only ones seeing them.
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Old Jan 30th, 2008, 06:24 PM
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Hi Volcanogirl:

Yes , I was in Monteverde and yes I saw a Quetzal with the help of a guide.

But a very good place to see them (during their mating season in late April early May) is in the San Gerado de Dota region.

You have to have an element of luck on your side also.

But if you ever see the male do her mating air dance and flutter ,it is priceless!!!! how he flies up and then flutters down with the long tail twirling as he comes down.

PS . Notice how I snuck in the red "g".

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Old Jan 30th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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Percy -- That sounds amazing! I will have to keep that in mind, timing wise, for another visit and where to be.

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I saw one in Monteverde in February. It was a guide that first spotted it.
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Old Jan 30th, 2008, 09:12 PM
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This is my husband's latest thing - he wants to see a quetzal. We ended up going to Bosque del Cabo a few months ago because he wanted to see a toucan - LOL. Percy, your description does sound amazing. Which hotel did you stay in in that area? Sounds like either there or Monteverde might be good choices for us.

Hip, I can show you how to do colors!
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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 03:41 AM
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Trogon Lodge in San Gerardo de Dota has an early morning bird watching walk/tour from 6-8 AM to where quetzals are often seen. The grounds at Trogon Lodge are very nice. I have heard good things about Savegre too. We liked Trogon and would go back.
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I saw one about one minute inside of Monteverde, but a guide pointed it out -- I don't think I would have known where to look if I hadn't been with the guide.
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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 09:02 AM
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Volcanogirl you behave with those colors

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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Can someone tell me what San Gerardo de Dota is near, or is it off on its own somewhere? We were thinking of visiting Arenal again, so wondering how far we'd have to go. Are there other things to do in this area, or is birding the main focus?

Percy, impressive! You thought I forgot how to do it, didn't you?! Yes, I will behave - after I teach hip all my evil ways - LOL.

And thanks for the info. on Trogon Lodge - I will check it out as well. You all are so helpful.

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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 10:00 AM
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South of San Jose on Highway 2, toward San Isidro. After a couple of hours, you make a turn and drive about 10 km down into the Savegre River valley to the little town of San Gerardo de Dota and its lodges.
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Ok vgirl, I'm ready! Post the "how to's on colors" and I'll be sure to save in my archives.
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Don't you dare Volcanogirl !!!


shillmac thanks for giving volcanogirl driving direction to San Gerado de Dota.... when you have a private guide , like I always do, I do not pay that much attention to turn offs.!

hipvirgochick....so you want learn about colors.

hhmm hmmmhmmm

Oh boy another headache for me
!!!
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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 03:10 PM
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Thank you, shillmac; you always help me orient myself.

Okay, hip, don't tell Percy I told you, but this is how you do it.

You type an opening bracket like this < and then the color you want like red and finally a closing bracket like this > then your text

so you get this:

See?!
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Perhaps you have seen this thread.

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...6&tid=35091888
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volcanogirl,
You won't need to worry about time of year at San Gerardo de Dota. You'll see quetzals with regularity even during the "off-season"--our visits there have always been in late June or early July. The last 2 visits we have spotted them easily all over the place, right by the lodge. The first visit it was with the help of a guide while birding. They are magnificent, especially in flight.

This is one of my favorite areas. We've driven down once and taken the public bus a couple of times. Personally, I get a kick out of the bus experience! And a great opportunity to use my espanol!

Percy, how are you? Been thinking about you. Yes, we know how you have them carry you around on pillows everywhere you go!
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Okay hipvirgochick don't tell me that volcanogirl showed you how to use color grrr!!!

Hi shillmac:

Thank you for thinking of me.

Slowly trying to recover from the sudden death of my kid brother two weeks (as I mentioned to you in the e-mail).

Yes,I spoil myself by always having a private guide... but I feel I see more and enjoy the guide's constant commentary.

Volcanogirl
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(PS Lynn are you going to Kenya this year)?

Take care all of you

That for sure includes you shillmac

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Thanks vgirl! Beautiful like a rainbow!

Percy - I'm so, so sorry to hear about your brother. I can't even imagine. Take care of yourself.

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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 05:58 PM
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Thanks hip .

Good night

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