San Gerardo de Dota

The Resplendent Quetzal

A 5:30 a.m. hike to find the elusive Quetzal; George was up for it – before coffee – a first.  I was not up for it, having seen the Quetzal in Guatemala I decided to sleep in and had a relaxed morning until George and the other early birders returned fully charged, high on Quetzal.  They not only found two but one of them stayed put for 15 or 20 minutes a mighty reward for getting up so early.

Savegre River

After breakfast we hiked along the river to a lovely little waterfall.  The trail went through high mountain forests with beautiful flowering plants, epiphyte laden trees and the sound of the river; it was lovely.  We returned in time for lunch and a much-anticipated massage, did I mention the spa?

The resort may be in the middle of nowhere but there is a spa; the separate building sits right next to the river.  George and I enjoyed a couple’s massage listening to the sounds of the river as all the tensions of travel melted away; we left feeling both relaxed and rejuvenated.  It was FABULOUS, especially after our morning hike.

We wandered around the hotel property, photographing flowers and hummingbirds as we worked our way back to the room to change for dinner.

Pretty in Pink

This place is a amazing,  gorgeous scenery, nice hiking, of course the Quetzal but also a large variety of hummingbirds; I think this is my favorite place so far; the cool nights rank high on my pleasure meter.  We feel sad to leave this idyllic valley knowing that the San Jose is our next destination with all the noise, clutter and concrete of a big city.

The last two plus weeks in jungle and forest settings has been so amazingly diverse and all of it beautiful. When I find myself surrounded by nature I feel rejuvenated, inspired and more in balance.  We have seen so many new and marvelous sights and have met some wonderful people who will remain, in our minds, forever linked with this beautiful country.  Alas back to the city tomorrow.

Magnificent Hummingbird

Jeweled Hummingbird

Quiet Forest Walk