Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve

Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve

It has an extension of  9.154 hectares and forms part of the Talamanca Cordillera, that reserve is surrounded by an infinite amount of rivers and waterfalls, such as Hitoy “A river that is covered in moss”, in Bribrí dialect and in Cerere dialect it is  “the river with transparent waters”. The region receives a large amount of rain every year  some 4.000 mm, which explains the presence of a humid tropical forest where you will find species such as the silk cotton tree, the sandbox tree, maría, the balsa tree, Indio Desnudo, the bitter cedar,  the thistle flower, loaded with lichen, moss, bromeliads, orchids and other epiphytes.  The majority of trees on the canopy are more than 30 meters, some are 50 meters tall. Tree ferns are also abundant in this area. The difficult access to the reserve means that it offers a refuge for many rare species of animals in enclaves or in danger of extinction, such as the Dante and the jaguar; sloths are common, otters, foxes, Congo and cappuccino monkeys, the peccary, the little tiger and 115 species of birds. In such a humid and a warm environment there are also insects, amphibians and snakes  Hitoy Cerere along with the  Chirripó and La Amistad Parks and other neighboring areas, where declared Biosphere Reserves in 1982 by UNESCO Biosfera and in 1983 they were named Heritage of Humanity. Around the reserve there are several indigenous sites. The road that joins Limón with Cahuita and Sixaola across the Río La Estrella is very close to the mouth of the river just before arriving at Penshurst village. From this village there is a road that leads to Pandora, Armenia and the banana farms of Valle de La Estrella. There is also a gas station close to Finca 2.

How to arrive and leave

The buses for Valle de la Estrella leave from Limon. From the last bus stop you will have to continue a further 10 to 15 km along a dirt road; from here 4X4 taxis can take you to the reserve for 10 US$, you can also agree on a time for collection. From Cahuita 30Km away, the 4X4 taxis charge 20 US$.