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“Two nights at El Copal”
Review of El Copal Reserve

El Copal Reserve
Reviewed 2 August 2015

My friends and I stayed at the reserve's little lodge for two nights on a birding trip. We greatly enjoyed the beautiful setting and delicious food prepared by Patricia. One day we had a full tour with local bird guide Cristhian Ureña (Peregrinus Tours) and saw and heard over a hundred species while learning a lot about local avifauna in the wonderful private reserve.

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Reviewed 16 October 2014 via mobile


I was fortunate to visit El Copal Reserve about three weeks ago and I have no more to say that's one of the most beautiful and relaxing places I have visited. The trails are very nice with good views. I had the opportunity to photograph approximately 10 new species of birds. The balconies around the lodge are special for photography because they are at eye level. It is a place I recommend to anyone who wants to spend a nice time in harmony with nature.

1  Thank Eduardo S
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

El Coupal Reserve is a smal nature reserve on the edge of Tapanti National Park in Costa Rica. Its a two hour drive with your own vehicle up to this lodge and smal nature reserve. The rewards are great with a rich nature, a couple of good nature treeks into the reserve and very nice but quite basic lodging. The hosts Beto and Patricia Chawez are taking very good care of their guests, they only speak spanish though but their friendliness as hosts brigde the language gap without any problems.

Thank Redabel
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

The landscape is wonderous; the birds are a plenty; the people are strong and kind; the sleeping space is very comfortable! I hope to go again!

1  Thank Hamanantha J
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

El Copal is in a remote location, but is still accessible. We visited with two families. Everyone enjoyed the hike up the main trail loop (2 miles / 3.3 km). It's a nice intact primary forest (and several research projects are ongoing in the preserve by research institutes). Like everywhere in CR, the animals are most active in the early morning and the early evening. Some people did more hikes, some enjoyed the birds and insects at the lodge, some read in the hammocks, some of us did a night hike. But everyone enjoyed it.
The food was great - Patricia is a great cook and Beto is a gracious host.
They recently installed wifi. (why?)
Rooms are rustic and clean. Nice hot showers.

Logistics - There's a direct bus from Cartago to Pejibaye (which goes over the Cachi dam). You can also access Pejibaye via bus from Turrialba. (Both routes include some dirt roads as of 2014, though much the Turrialba route is supposed to get paved.) You want to get off in El Humo de Pejibaye.
A normal taxi / car can drive the road from El Humo to the entrance of El Copal, about 6 km. But you probably need 4x4 taxi / car (for clearance) for the driveway (500 meters) up to the lodge. Or just walk.
Just down the the road from El Copal (toward El Humo), a stream crosses the road and there's a nice swimming spot.
Another nice spot for hiking in the area is La Marta Wildlife Refuge (4 kms SE of Pejibaye).

Thank KurtSMI
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