Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: flora and fauna, hiking, rainforest, Refuge, trails, walks, Waterfall, and wildlife

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  • The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas was created in 1998, in order to protect and contribute to the initiatives, programs and research that allow to conserve and maintain the natural resources that surround Cerro Chompipe, in Heredia.

    It is located near the city of Heredia, 20 kilometers northeast of the National University, on the borders of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. It has 57 hectares of primary and secondary cloud forest.

    The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas is a rainforest with a great abundance of epiphytes and mosses, and about 4000 different types of plants. There are many mammals, insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles (many of them in danger of extinction). Its trails go into a mountain of irregular topography where you can see a variety of trees, orchids, birds, springs and waterfalls. Probably the most representative group of fauna of the Refuge are birds.

    The staff of the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas will be happy to welcome visitors who wish to venture out in this beautiful area.  Due to weather changes, visitors are recommended to always bring a rain coat and extra clothing, as well as walking shoes, binoculars or camera, water and a plastic bag. The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas offers the public a wide variety of activities to perform such as ecotourism and educational activities, guided tours to waterfalls, Natural History workshops and classes in open spaces. In addition, with prior planning, you can develop activities for groups and special events such as weddings, retreats or business meetings and training of scouts. The refuge has an administrative house, 6 rooms with capacity for 36 people, bathrooms, showers with hot water, electricity and cellphone communication, which may be limited, depending on the weather conditions, as well as with area with equipped kitchen.

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