Savegre Mountain Lodge

Savegre Mountain Lodge “Home of the Resplendent Quetzal”

Savegre Mountain Lodge Resplendent Quetzal

Introduction: Savegre Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to experience the highlands of Costa Rica. Here you will get personal attention and family hospitality from three generations of the Chacon family who have lived in this valley since 1955. The Chacons’ interest in conservation and protection will be evident as you walk their extensive trail system through pristine oak forest. They have also set up the Quetzal Education and Research Center with the help of researchers from several countries. While at the lodge, hummingbird feeders will keep you entertained as well as other birds in the garden and along the river. Many consider this area to be the best location anywhere to see a large selection of Chiriqui Highland endemics – species found only in the highlands of Costa Rica and extreme western Panama, (see checklist, bold print). With delicious meals, comfortable rooms, excellent guides, great birding, and beautiful scenery, we are sure that you will thoroughly enjoy your stay at this lovely mountain lodge.

Location: Savegre Mountain Lodge is located about 2 hours by car south of San Jose, then 9 kms off the Pan American Highway. It is nestled beside the Savegre River with montane oak forest as the backdrop. The nearby Paramo habitat well above the lodge provides excellent birding for the Central American alpine species. Still a working farm, though not expanding, the surroundings of the lodge consist of apple and peach orchards, a small dairy farm, and a trout farm.

View from outside cabin Room interior

Accommodations: Savegre Mountain Lodge has 41 rooms, 21 of which are Standard rooms and 20 Jr. Suites. These are scattered out in rows and cottages and all with private bathroom, hot water, and a space heater or fireplace. The rooms are well maintained, some are larger and newer than others. Meals are served in a large dining hall and can be by buffet with a large selection of choices or by menu, depending on the number of guests at that time. If you like trout then you are indeed in luck as it is their specialty. The salads are delicious and safe to eat. The water in the rooms is safe to drink as well. A recent addition was a large bar/lounge built adjacent to the dining hall complete with a fireplace which is very inviting after dinner. A computer with Internet is available as is Wifi should you bring your own laptop. International phone service is also available.

Climate: Savegre is located at an elevation of 7,200 feet in the Cerro de la Muerte region of the Cordillera de Talamanca. At this altitude the temperatures are typically mild in the daytime to down right chilly at night. A fleece and light gloves will come in handy in the evening and early morning if up and about.


Low Season Rates: May 1 – Nov 14

Standard Rooms All Inclusive: $100.00 per person, per night, double occupancy. Single Supplement: $42.00 per night.

Jr. Suite All Inclusive: $127.00 per person, per night, double occupancy. Single Supplement: $65.00 per night.

High Season Rates: Nov 15 – April 30

Standard Rooms All Inclusive: $105.00 per person, per night, double occupancy. Single Supplement: $49.00 per night.

Jr. Suite All Inclusive: $140.00 per person, per night, double occupancy. Single Supplement: $62.00 per night.

Note: Lodging rates are available exclusive of meals. Please contact us for these discounted rates.

Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher
Price includes:

  • 3 delicious meals per nights stay.
  • Coffee, tea, and fruit juice (sodas and alcoholic beverages are extra).
  • Access to the 10 km trail system including the waterfall trail.
  • Maid service.
The beloved Wayne and Wanda Easley enjoying breakfast
Other activities or services at an additional cost:

  • Very knowledgeable resident bird guide can be hired
    by the full day ($160) or 1/2 days ($90).
  • Day tour to Paramo zone above Savegre Mountain Lodge with guide and transport.
  • Horseback riding.
  • Laundry service.
Horseback Riding Savegre River

Reservations: Reservations for Savegre Mountain Lodge can be made directly through Costa Rica Gateway at no additional cost.

Birding and Wildlife Attractions/Specialty Birds of Savegre Mountain Lodge