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Savegre, San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica

Trogon Lodge is located in the area known as Savegre Valley in the small town of San Gerardo de Dota, province of San Jose.  Trogon Lodge is located at 87 km from San Jose, approximately 2- 2 ½ hours driving time, heading south-east of the capital city on the Pan-American highway. As one drives up, marvelous views appear before your eyes, carrot & potato plantations, the countryside, and on a clear day, scenic views of the Province of Cartago and Valley.

At an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level (2200 meters) and surrounded by the unspoiled ecology of the area, Trogon Lodge sits amidst dazzling flowers, showing amazing shades of colors and where centennial oak trees show their impressive roots. 

The song of the Resplendent Quetzal in its magical fly, is a sample of the exuberant vegetation that lives in the area. A collage of green trees and mountains; a peaceful setting enhanced by the sounds of the river in its endless travel through the rocks, lets you feel nature and see it come alive, in a placer where the mist of the scenery sets the mood for those searching to get away from it all.

San Gerardo de Dota is a small community of about 220 people, and part of the area known as “Los Santos” (The Saints, in English), towns named after the name of a Saint (just like Santa Maria, San Pablo de Leon Cortes, and others). It is part of the Los Santos Forest Reserve, a biological corridor for a great array of wildlife, some of which are in danger of extinction. Only 9 km away from San Gerardo is Los Quetzales National Park. If you wish to visit the Park, we recommend you stop on the way to Trogon Lodge for this visit.




Trogón is the perfect place for the romantic ones who enjoy with their significant other the beauty in the small details, as well as a good chat near the fire, among beautiful flowers or beside the Savegre River. Those who visit have a special taste for nature, elegance and good food, much of it organic and always fresh. They love birds, good books, and making the most of their spare time to relax and ponder around exuberant nature. Trogon is that place that allows you to detach from everything that ties, so that you can connect with what sets you free. Our facilities include:



Trogón Lodge features 24 standard and 1 superior room. Standard rooms are spread along the property gardens, in modules of 2 (total of 12 modules). Some rooms are closer to the Restaurant and main facilities, and some others are higher in the forest. The terrain is rugged and vertical. Please let us know when booking if you have any walking limitation to try and locate you closer to the main facilities. Check in time is 2:00 p.m. and check out 12:00 noon. We will gladly welcome you before 2:00 p.m., and you may use our facilities while your room is ready. 

People frequently ask if there is wi-fi in our rooms. There isn’t. We’re already using the maximum bandwidth available for the area of San Gerardo de Dota, and due to the rugged and vertical terrain and spread out location of the rooms, it is not possible, at this moment, to be able to add wi-fi in the rooms. All our public areas do have wi-fi. Take this as an opportunity to disconnect from the city bustle and connect with nature. Learn more


All meals are offered at “El Quetzal” Restaurant, offering a delightful view of the trout ponds, warm attention and service.  Our farm-to-table concept will allow you try our freshly grown trout, fresh vegetables from our hydroponic garden, local fruit produced and marmalades, as well as our home baked bread. 

  • Menus for vegetarians, gluten intolerant, vegans or any other dietary restriction may be arranged, when informed in advance

  • Breakfast is served 7:00 to 9:00 am, Lunch 12:30 – 2:00 pm and dinner 7:00 – 8:30 pm.


More than just a bar, is an area where guests get together to share a good round of pool, listen to some music from our jukebox, enjoy our collection of antique radios, sip a warm cup of tea infusions, a nice cocktail,  a beer or hard drinks. 

  • Located next to reception with a nice view of the river from the outside deck and balcony

  • Open from 10 am to 10 pm

  • Blankets available to warm up the evening

  • Free wi-fi available

  • Table games available, please ask the waiter


Located right next to the restaurant, it is the place to relax, reading a good book from our “take one, leave one” library, enjoy an interesting documentary from our DVD collection, or share a good conversation with your significant other.

  • DVD is available in case you wish to bring a good family oriented movie.

  • Open daily.

  • Free wi-fi available.

Gift Shop

Offers a small and nice collection of souvenirs made by Costa Rican artisans, items of personal use and in case you forgot to bring warm clothes, some articles like sweaters and scarves are available. Located next to reception.

Trout Ponds

Visitors will find different trout ponds at Trogon Lodge, as we grow trout to offer fresh produce in our meals. No fishing is available on site, as trout are delicate and may be easily harmed. 

Natural Trails

Trogón Lodge offers two different nature trails that are clearly marked and available for nature walks. If interested in self guided nature walks, please ask in reception for a map and instructions. Remember you are at 7,000 feet (2400 meters) where oxygen is pure and dense, please start at a slow pace and if needed, make some rest stops.  We recommend you bring a walking stick for easier access on the rugged mountain terrain.


Trogón Lodge offers a series of tours to enhance your visit and provide an interesting, interactive learning experience about the wildlife, the flora and the area in general. Please review our experiences for more information on activities available. 


*No pets allowed.





Trogón Lodge, Savegre, San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica

Geographic coordinates: 9.576667, -83.799779

Trogón Lodge is located at 87 km (54 miles) heading southeast from the capital city of San José. Driving time is usually between 2:30 to 3 hours. 



Take the South Panamerican Highway (Route 2) and drive up passing by Casa Mata, Providencia and continue until you reach KM 80 on the road (there are yellow road marks on the right hand side of the road showing the km you are on). Turn right at km 80 (you will see the bus stop and Bar “Los Jilgueros”). Follow the road and the signs for 7 km and turn left where you see Trogon Lodge’s sign. 

Note that once you turn right from the main road, these last 7 km are gravel. You will go down 1,000meters as you turn at 3,200 meters and will drive down to Trogon Lodge at 2,200 meters. The road is steep, windy, and narrow. Please drive carefully, use the strong shifts of your car, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that will unfold in front of your eyes. Drive on daytime only (remember it gets dark in Costa Rica year round between 5:30 and 6:00 pm). All kind of cars travel in and out of San Gerardo, but driving a high clearance vehicle is always a great choice. 

If you’re coming with a group note that motor coaches larger than capacity of 25 people (Coaster bus or similar) will not be able to travel down this road.



Transportes MUSOC offers daily service from San Jose to San Isidro del General, and makes a stop at Kilometer 80. Buses depart every hour between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm, and arrive at KM 80 2 hours later approximately. You will need to let the driver know you’re getting down at KM 80. There are no taxis waiting at the stop, so you must pre arrange a service to take you from the entrance to Trogon Lodge. Informal and local taxis offer the service for $ 20 USD (approximately) per way and you can pay the driver directly.  Let us know if you plan to arrive by bus and what time so we can assist you booking this local transfer.

To contact Transportes MUSOC: San José, Avenida 22-24, in front of “Hospital de la Mujer” (Womens Hospital). Phone: (+506) 2222-2422



We can assist you with private transportation service from/to San Jose or from/to nearby destinations such as Dominical, Manuel Antonio, San Isidro del General and more. Please consult our Sales team at or book the service when booking your room in our online reservations system here.