Overview

Nestled into the Pacific side of the continental divide there is a stunning area of Costa Rica which remains unspoilt and is a magnet for nature lovers, especially bird watchers and walkers.

Cerro Chirripó stands at 3,000m is the highest point in the country attracting adventurous trekkers from all over the world. Below, in the forested foothills and valleys, there’s an abundance of species of bird, mammal and reptile on show.

The trout-filled river Savegre, famed for its magnificent stretch of coastal white-water, is surrounded by dense primary rainforest, waterfalls, and canyons. Fishing and river-rafting are attractions here. The river flows south to an estuary in Manuel Antonio National Park.

The forests around the unspoilt town San Gerado de Dota in the Savegre river valley are home to the resplendent quetzal and a host of other brilliantly coloured tropical birds which nest and feed from the abundance of fruit trees. Open plains offer spectacular views and slope down to ethereal, moss covered cloud forest.

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Savegre

The weather in Savegre valley and Chirripo foothills is wide and varied

Between 1,000m and 2,000m above sea level and frequently swathed in mist, the area around the Savegre valley and the Chirripo foothills experience cooler temperatures than the lowlands of the country. Resplendent quetzals can be spotted year round, with the nesting season between April and June.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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