Discovering Costa Rica: First Stop- San Gerardo De Dota

San Gerardo de Dota is a treasure to be found, nestled in the remote Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica. The Savegre Lodge Natural Preserve and Spa sits at 8,000 feet neighboring the delicate cloud forest community. Two nights here will leave you refreshed and ready for adventure.

San Gerado de Dota was built from Costa Rican charm in 1954 by Efraín and Federico Chacón. The two were former laborers on coffee farms in the Los Santos area, but eventually settled in the now known, cloud forest village of San Gerardo de Dota. The first signs of tourism within San Gerardo de Dota started with the introduction of trout within the rivers. Eventually, it became a premier ecotourism site at the beginning of the 80s as people began to dive into Costa Rica’s natural wonders.

Stunning views from Savegre Lodge.

Today the village has slowly grown to around 220 people. Don’t let this fool you as the village hosts an array of visitors looking to hike the pristine wilderness and view some of the region’s most famous flora and fauna. San Gerardo de Dota is part of the Los Santos Forest Reserve, a biological corridor for a great array of wildlife.

San Gerardo de Dota and other cloud forests in Costa Rica are home to the greatest amount of endemic species (found in only one location) besides the Galapagos. This holds true as many rare avian species inhabit this haven. Roughly 200 species flock to and from the region, including tanagers, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and the famous resplendent quetzals. From the Savegre River Valley to Los Quetzals National Park, San Gerardo de Dota has it all for fishing, hiking, birding, and wildlife enthusiasts.

Resplendent Quetzal, considered to be among the most striking birds in the world.

Savegre Lodge Natural Preserve and Spa

Savegre cozy rooms nestled within the cloud forest.

SINCE 1973 WE HAVE EXPLORED THE SAVEGRE … We made our way through a mountain of dreams and illusions and discovered a river of opportunities that caught us with its beauty and energy. We had come home!
But the adventure was just beginning, day by day, from generation to generation, we continued the search for new horizons, new opportunities and the most incredible ways to bring the vastness of Savegre closer to those who visit it.
We are explorers, we like to discover how far we can go and we will go as far as possible to conquer the heart of each visitor as the Savegre River conquered ours.

Known from their slogan Think Green/Act Green, Savegre Lodge Natural Preserve and Spa holds many secretes of the San Gerardo de Dota area. This special lodge speaks volumes in sustainable tourism as they take pride in their symbiotic relationship with the land and visitors. From their uniquely crafted tours, super localized cuisine, and sustainable lodging accommodations Savegre Lodge is a dream come true to us conscious travelers. It get’s even better folks, they have CERTIFICATIONS for the well being of the people, planet, and prosperity of Costa Rica.

Can you spot any of Martha’s 7 Principles of Ecotourism from our first stop on our sustainable Costa Rica tour? We can! Don’t worry, we’ll have a whole blog focused on Miss Martha’s principles and our tour so stay tuned.

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This is a fundraiser for Blue – Green Connections, a nonprofit based in Dunedin, Florida, working toward Sustainable Use of Our Land and Waters. A donation of $300 at checkout is required to join this adventure – 100% of this donation goes directly toward the nonprofit and is tax deductible.

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