Los Quetzales National Park

Go to the Los Quetzales National Park and discover one of the most symbolic Costa Rican birds

Los Quetzales National Park
Los Quetzales National Park
© Frank Vassen

Los Quetzales National Park is located in the main Costa Rican province, San José. This striking park was named National Park in 2005, considering that it is possible to find there one of the best examples of the country’s nature. Therefore, it has become one of the most important tourist attractions, where travelers enjoy an ecological and playful experience.

The park has three sorts of forest and fourteen different ecosystems, becoming one of the richest Costa Rican sites in terms of biodiversity. Besides, it is located on the Talamanca mountain chain, which reaches more than 3000 m of altitude, making up one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

The project of the park came from the nice initiative of supporting sustainable tourism and reducing CO2 emissions. In spite of its short career, it has difficult challenges to overcome, such as the preservation of the hydrological function of these woods, the maintenance of the home of endemic species and the protection of the quetzal, one of the indigenous birds of this Central American country.

Los Quetzales National Park has different sorts of ecosystems, such as the cloud forest, which holds small trees like bryophytes, lichens and ferns; the moorland, in which endemic species are abundant, with specimens up to 35-40 m tall, and glacial lakes; and the oakwood, which reaches 40 m of altitude.

With respect to the fauna, there are several wild species, out of which felines stand up, such as pumas, jaguars, ocelots, tigrillos, margays and the breñero lion; in addition to tapirs, coyotes and fawns.

The Los Quetzales National Park has undoubtedly become the favourite destination for ecotourism lovers and researchers. Owing to its high biodiversity, this area is ideal for the research of developing nature.

The Los Quetzales National Park is one of the Costa Rican natural monuments you cannot miss during your way through the Central Valley.

More information:


Los Santos area, about 80 km from San José, San José province, Costa Rica.


From the Cerro de la Muerte, just before the deviation to San Gerardo de Dota.


(+506) 2256 0917.

Opening Times:

from 7:30 to 16:00 h.

Ticket Prices:

Nationals: Adults: 1000 colones.

Children: 400 colones.

Foreigners: Adults: $10.

Children: $1.

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