Distance: 6 kms return Duration of hike: 3-4 hours Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Little hiking experience required. Initial half hour is gradually uphill along farm tracks with small patches of forest and scattered trees before we descend into the private forest reserve. The trail is well formed steps on the steeper parts.
With a successful sighting rate of well over 90% this is the place to come if you want to see the magnificent Resplendant Quetzal. In fact, we'd go so far as to say this is one of easiest places to see Quetzals in Central America! Our local guides know where the trees are fruiting and where they nest and hence, where these gorgeous birds are likely to be. And what's more important - they are found in privately owned, protected forest. Whilst the land is perfect for growing high-quality, high-value coffee, three owners have come together to protect this forest for conservation.
And Quetzals won't be your only reward. There are many other prize birds that may be encountered in this area including the Scaled Antpitta, Emerald Toucanets, Keel-billed Toucans, Pheasant Cuckoos and many more.
And if you are not a birder, the hike is worth it just to experience the beauty and tranquillity of the forest. This is the perfect trail for those who are less able to scramble over the other steeper and more slippery trails.