The first stop on the Los Santos Eco-trail is known as Truchas Madre Selva. There are currently no accommodation facilities at this location; however, camping is allowed on the property. Upon arrival at Truchas Madre Selva, visitors will notice about 10 small shelters, with tables and barbecues for picnicking, surrounding a small trout pond. There is also fish cleaning stations and sinks available, as well as a short 40-60 minute circle trail if visitors wish to enjoy more of the outdoors. The main building on the property includes a good restaurant with room for 50 people and a living room for guests to relax in.
The second stop on the Los Santos Eco-trail is Quetzal Paradise. This property has 8 fully equipped guest cabins that overlook the Los Santos valley and camping is available during the dry season (from February to April). Guests can enjoy the food in the restaurant on site or explore the trails- a great way to catch a glimpse at a few quetzal birds.
Las Vueltas Highland Preserve and Eco-lodge is the third stop in the Los Santos Eco-trail. This facility can only be accessed with a 4x4 vehicle; however, once on the property, guests can explore the trails where guests notice the abundance of old growth trees and perhaps even see one or more quetzals. This property has 3 dorm style rooms that share 2 showers and 2 toilets and 1 hotel style room, and can accommodate 20-30 guests. In the main house on the property there is a large common room that includes a wood stove and comfortable seating space. Guests will enjoy the homemade meals and cheese made with cream from cows on their property.
Providencia is the fourth stop on the Los Santos Eco-trail. Visitors can enjoy the pathway near Las Cascadas del Savegre restaurant on the southwest side of town. This pathway leads clients through a coffee processing and drying area (Coope Savegre) to a waterfall on the river. The path continues through an orange, banana and coffee orchard to an enormous rock. The rock, which provides about 80 square feet of covered ground, was the home of the first settlers in Providencia. For those who seek more of an adventure, Santos Tours offers a number of rural community tourism tours include one to a small Extreme Forest Park close to Providencia. There are currently a number of home stay options available in this community.
The sixth stop on the Los Santos Eco-trail is at Quebrada Grande. This stop is located about 2 km south of Quepos but unlike other areas, the agriculture in this area is not predominantly coffee. There is currently one home stay option in this location offering a bedroom with one bed.
The Fundacion Nubotropica is the seventh stop on the Los Santos Eco-trail and is located about 3.5 km south of the community of Santa Maria de Dota. This location is a good interpretive centre for the Los Santos Forest Reserve and offers 3 dorm style bedrooms and 2 hotel style bedrooms.
Naranjillo is another stop on the Los Santos Eco-trail. Currently, this location is a great place for camping and visitors can enjoy the scenic views of the mountains, the jungle, and the Naranjillo River, which passes through the community.
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