San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota

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Foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range, | (506) 8920-9987, Costa Rica
Quetzal Bird in San Gerardo de Dota in Costa Rica
Courtesy of Costa Rica Tourism Board
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Popular with locals, Family-friendly, Off the beaten path

Despite their reverence for the quetzal—a massive tropical trogon with irridescent green plumage and doe-like eyes—the Mayans nearly drove this bird to extinction. Quetzals are still extremely rare across most of Central America, yet in San Gerardo de Dota, it's common enough to see the striking bird idling in avocado trees by the side of the road. Your best bet for spotting the quetzal is during the dry season.

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