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Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need a 4WD vehicle if we drive ourselves to Mount Totumas Cloud Forest?
Most of the year, YES, a 4WD vehicle is necessary to reach Mount Totumas Cloud Forest. We offer transportation from Volcan and David for guests who do not have their own 4WD. If you would like to drive to Volcan and have us take you the rest of the way via a 4WD we can secure safe parking for you in Volcan.
Driving directions from Volcan
A 4WD vehicle is required to visit Mount Totumas Cloud Forest. Set your odometer to zero at Banco Nacional in Volcan. Take the paved road to Rio Sereno for approx. 9.8km to a pass called Silla Pando. You will round a curve and notice on your right a turn off that starts as paved for about 20 feet and then terminates as a 4x4 track. This turn off is before the small bus stop. This is the beginning of the 4WD road up to Mount Totumas. Set your odometer again to zero and continue slowly up the road. At around km 5 you will see a sign Los Pozos and Mount Totumas. Continue straight on the road for about 2km when you drive across the first stream. Continue up to an open area with rustic cabins. You will see on your left a small road leading up with a sign for Mount Totumas. Follow this and when you cross the 2nd stream you're on our reserve. From here it is an additional 2km- then your here!
Can we bring our pets?
Unfortunately no pets are allowed at Mount Totumas with no exceptions.
Do you take walk-ins?
No. Our remote location and limited availability requires a reservation. Thank you!
What clothing and footwear to you recommend?
A fleece or sweater is recommended for the cool mornings and evenings. Rain gear is advisable. In the dry season (Jan - May) light outdoor footwear is fine. In the rainy season rubber boots are better. We do provide a limited number of rubber boots for our guests however sizing is limited.
What about biting insects?
Almost no mosquitoes in the cloud forest. The only season of the year with biting insects is the dry season (Jan-May) when chiggers are possible when sitting down in the forest or meadows. A strong deet insect repellent sprayed on your ankles and clothing (not on skin) is affective in controlling chiggers. We have not seen any centipedes, scorpions or tarantula to date. We have epi-pens in the refrigerator for any strong allergic reaction to bee or wasp stings.
Are guides available?
We offer Spanish speaking (some basic english) guide services in season. Bringing along a guide is valuable for spotting the elusive fauna and flora of the cloud forest. For dedicated birders we arrange english speaking bird guides from Volcan for guests. These guides know Mount Totumas trails and can lead you to see nesting highland endemics in season.