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Highlights:
  • Hike through spectacular primary and secondary cloud forests, discover giant tree ferns, strangling trees, a wide range of epiphytes and a huge number of orchid species
  • Enjoy observing a good amount of the ~400 bird species that we have registered so far
  • Visit the Cock-of-the-Rock Lek
  • Learn about the community's history and enjoy the experience of making „panela“ (sugar cane sugar) in a traditional way
DISCOVER
Duration

2 Days / 1 Night

Physical activity

Moderate

Languages

English and Spanish

Most travelers are looking for authenticity on their journeys. Our eco-lodge and its cabañas are located in the heart of a montane rain forest on top of a mountain with stunning views at 1.900 meters above sea level. Our reserve covers an area of 730 ha: 80 % of it is a pristine montane rain forest. It is located in one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth: the Chocó Andean Hotspot.
Santa Lucía is home to more than 400 bird species, including gems such as the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, the Beautiful Jay and the White-faced Nunbird and it boasts with more than 300 orchid species. 

START AT:

$175

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Itinerary

Day 1
  • Recommended arrival time: 8 am – 11 am
  • Arrival by car at the entrance of the main trail where our guide is waiting for you. He will give you a short explanation about the hike from the parking spot to the lodge
  • Guided hike of about the two hours through the mature secondary forest (2,5 km long, 500 meters uphill – appr. 2 hours) 
  • There is a good chance of observing many bird and invertebrate species
  • Welcome, introduction and check-in
  • Lunch in our dining room with spectacular panoramic views
  • 2:30 pm - Walk to our sugar cane plantation: a short explanation of our conservation activities, sustainability, and research projects, including the camera trapping project and monitoring of the Andean Bear and other large mammals. (1.2km in total – appr. 3 hours)
  • 7:00 pm - Dinner
  • A good night's sleep in one of our comfortable private cabins
Day 2
  • 4:00 am - Visit of the Cock-of-the-Rock Lek (a place where the males of that species display their mating ritual)
  • Box breakfast in the forest
  • Return to the lodge through a vast primary forest and along the mountain ridge. This is a good chance for bird observation (11km in total – appr. 5 hours)
  • Rest
  • 11:00 am - optional - Hike along the self-guided trail: this walk through mature secondary forest offers a good chance to have a close look at cloud forest flora and fauna and includes a visit to our orchid garden where, depending on the season, you can find flowers of up to 30 species
  • 1:00 pm - Lunch in our dining room with spectacular panoramic views
  • 2:30 pm - Departure

Details

What's included
  • Entrance to Santa Lucía reserve
  • Lodging in private cabins (incl. Private bathroom)
  • All meals from lunch on the first day to lunch/box lunch on the day of departure.
  • Local guide for all activities
  • Mules for the luggage
  • National taxes (VAT)
What is NOT included
  • Mules for riding
  • Tips
  • Additional drinks (such as alcoholic beverages)
  • Transportation
  • Life/travel insurance
What to bring
  • Comfortable and warm clothes.
  • Water-proof backup
  • Water-proof (head) torch
  • Suntan lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Solar charger or spare batteries
What to know
  • There is no electricity in Santa Lucía (charge your batteries enough or bring spare batteries!)
  • There is no access for cars within the reserve
  • The itinerary can be modified for various reasons: particular interest of our visitors, weather situation, season, among others