Accommodation, Turrialba Region

Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa


Set at 7000ft near San Gerardo de Dota on the Cerro de la Muerte highway, the simple yet comfortable lodge is owned and well run by the original settler Chacon family, charming Costa Ricans who arrived back in 1954. The small Tico hotel they developed has rooms with heaters for the cool climate and an intimate, friendly atmosphere.

The 50 rooms and suites have private bathrooms with hot water (the suites have tubs), electric heating, safety deposit box, telephone, hair dryer and radio alarm clock and terrace on which to relax and watch birds.

The traditional restaurant serves local dishes as well as some international cuisine with a choice of buffet or a la carte dining. The hotel also has a communal bar and lounge where guests can watch hummingbirds at the feeders while enjoying a drink.

Guests walk the forest trails to spot quetzals, trogons and many other cloud forest bird species and visit nearby waterfalls. The lodge has been awarded the fourth level Certification in Sustainable Tourism (CST). NB: Please take some light warm clothing as evenings can get quite cool at the lodge.

Savegre also has its own private nature reserve where guests can enjoy bird watching and exploring. Of the 400 hectares of the farm, 250 are primary cloud forest in which one has the best chance in Costa Rica to see the resplendent quetzal – perhaps the most beautiful bird in Central America. The guiding is often done by family members and you are almost certain to see the quetzal as well as many other colourful birds.

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Savegre Lodge 9.564326, -83.801552 Savegre LodgeView


Private bathrooms, hot water, electric heaters, restaurant, lounge, bar, safety deposit box, in room telephone and hair dryer.

Local Wildlife

The cloud forest reserve is home to 170 species of bird including some range-restricted species and of course the dazzling resplendent quetzal. Other avian highlights include the volcano hummingbird, collared trogon and the golden-browed chlorophonia.

Optional Activities

Guided birdwatching and walking in the reserve and excursions into the high altitude paramo.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Costa Rica tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

This was probably our favourite! Location was amazing and accommodation spacious, clean and comfortable. Restaurant was probably the best of the holiday, and our guide was also excellent.

Mr M O - Shropshire