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El Humo, Costa Rica

El Copal Rural Journey

2 Days | Community Lodge, Hiking and Birdwatching

Stay in a solar-powered rural lodge and check out the 380 species of birds in the forest of El Copal Reserve! This paradise for birdwatchers is part of a biological corridor between Tapantí-Macizo Cerro de La Muerte National Park and La Amistad International Park. The community shares their traditional activities like sugar cane cultivation, cattle raising and making “tapa de dulce”, the native hard brown sugar.

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2 Days

Travel Style

Connect with Nature, Active Adventure and Off the Beaten Path


If you do not speak Spanish, you may want to get a bilingual guide

Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited


Locally Owned Community Association
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Speaks: Spanish


  • Stay in a comfortable lodge, complete with hammocks
  • Explore over 400 acres of protected forest
  • Observe incredible bird life
  • Directly support the community's conservation efforts



Flexible start, arrange in advance


Flexible Departure Date
All year


2 travelers minimum

When you arrive to El Humo there will be a brief talk about this little town's history. After you will visit the cattle farm and the biodigestor (produces anaerobic gas out of the organic materials). Afterwards, you will have a delicious traditional snack while local farmers tell you some community anecdotes. Continue to El Copal Reserve at lunch, learn more about the Conservation Sustainable Development Association. At the Reserve you will enjoy a beautiful rainforest hike, admiring the various types of exotic bird species in the area. Dinner and overnight at El Copal Rural Lodge.

Leisurely wake up and breakfast, visitors can relax in hammocks to read or enjoy the view from the lodge’s balconies. You can also take on one of the forest trails or choose the *rafting tour or *birdwatching tour. Departure to San José or to your next destination.

*additional costs

What's Included


Community Lodge


Community Visit, Birdwatching and Hiking


Local guide (not bilingual) and Bilingual guide (extra $)


Private Bathroom and Private Room


All meals included

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Locally Owned Community Association

ACTUAR (Costa Rican Association of Rural and Community Tourism) supports a network of over 40 partner communities across Costa Rica. They offer innovative and customized programs for visitors who wish to live authentic experiences of Costa Rican culture and experience the local charm. They combine the great classics of Costa Rica ecotourism and visiting destinations in rural communities, planning fun, educational trips that promote a harmonious relationship between conservation and rural development.

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Getting There

Transport options

Drive, Drive (4WD required) and Bus
El Copal is located 6 km from El Humo, hidden in the forest. You will need a 4x4 for the last 6 kilometers. If you do not have a 4-wheel drive, you may park your car in Tausito and get picked up there.