Over 380 species of birds have been identified in the forest of El Copal Reserve, making it a Paradise for birdwatchers. It is part of a biological corridor between Tapantí-Macizo Cerro de La Muerte National Park and La Amistad International Park. The community shares their traditional activities like sugar cane cultivation, cattle raising and making “tapa de dulce”, the native hard broms sugar. The Rural Lodge, powered by solar energy, is ideal for birdwatchers, hikers or student groups.

In 1998, various residents of El Humo, La Selva and Taús decided to purchase a property of 190 hectares for agricultural use. El Copal was founded in order to preserve the forest and its biodiversity thus generating alternative sources of income for the families of the farmers who participated in this initiative. El Copal Lodge has capacity for 20 people in 5 rooms with bunk beds and shares bathrooms. Furthermore, the lodge has 2 more rooms with a double bed and a private bathroom so that in total 24 people can be accommodated. This lodge works with solar energy. In the cozy restaurant with a forest view you may enjoy typical food. There is also a conference room and 3 trails, La Mariposa, El Gábula and El Tigre, appropriate for walks and bird watching.

  • Location: 3 Hour drive from the Southern Caribbean or San Jose
  • Activities: Hiking & Birdwatching
  • Trip Tip: Great location if travelling between the two coasts
  • Accommodation: Private Rooms