The Quebrada Gonzalez Sector of Braulio Carrillio National park is easily one of the best locations to observe birds in Costa Rica. For example you can expect to see amazing mixed flocks of tanagers, flycatchers, and antbirds, hard- to-find birds like the timid Black-crowned Antpitta, and the unique Brown-billed Scythebill. You’ll also find regional endemics like the Yellow-eared Toucanet and the hummingbird simply known as the Snowcap here.
Much effort is going into improving the trail system here which is the best access to this mostly inaccessible giant national park. New visitor infrastructure is on its way as well. If you are unfamiliar with finding birds in the rainforest a group of local guides from the AGOUTI guide association has contracted with the park management to provide guide service nearly every day at the park.
There are no lodging facilities at the park. However, this site right off the main highway between San Jose and Sarapiqui should be included on any visit to the Costa Rican Bird Route.
Quebrada Gonzalez can be considered the “Gateway to the Costa Rican Bird Route”.
Quebrada Gonzalez can be reached via telephone in Costa Rica at (506) 8283-8004, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/ictnota.asp?idnota=48.
The Quebrada Gonzalez Sector of Braulio Carrillio National Park is conveniently located on Highway 32 which is the highway between San Jose and Limon. Heading north from San Jose, be prepared to turn right into the parking lot soon after you cross the large bridge over the Rio Sucio. The parking lot is on the right at the Quebrada Gonzalez River.