Fodor's Expert Review Paraíso Quetzal Lodge

Km 70, Pan-American Hwy., San Gerardo, Cartago, 11702, Costa Rica

A paradise for resplendent quetzals, this rustic but comfortable lodge is amid cloud-enshrouded mountains and valleys with 16 km (10 miles) of hiking and birding trails through ancient oak forests dripping with moss and epiphytes. Cozy bungalows, each set in splendid isolation, have picture windows and modern bathrooms and some have hot tubs and king-size beds, dehumidifiers, and TVs. Nighttime temperatures drop into the 40s at this high altitude (about 8,700 feet) and you'll be happy for the electric heaters and hot-water showers. The main lodge has a large fireplace and an observation gallery abuzz with brilliant hummingbirds that aren't the least bit fazed by onlookers. Meals are simple but hearty, and an espresso machine guarantees excellent coffee. A new bird-photography shelter is equipped with battery-charging stations and natural backdrops and feeders to attract photogenic birds ($10).

PROS

  • scenic views
  • pristine cloud forest
  • amazing hikes and bird-watching
  • cozy, heated cabins with modern bathrooms
  • nature photographer's outdoor studio
  • excellent espresso

CONS

  • very simple food
  • steep paths to some cabins
  • very cold nights

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
GreenViews
Casual
Countryside
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2200–0241 | -8810–0234

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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