About the refuge

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What does it offer?

Privileged for its diversity of attractions immersed in a great scenic beauty, the La Marta Wildlife Refuge represents for the visitor a center of recreation, learning and friendly existence with nature and history. In the Refuge, it is possible to carry out different activities for a healthy and different enjoyment of the wonders that the humid tropical forest offers, such as self-guided walks or guided tours.

Natural spas
Observation of flora and fauna
Camping comfortably
Lodging at the hostel

We are a protected and inclusive Wilderness Area for everyone. There is a concrete paved path so that visitors with special needs can go directly to the toilets, covered picnic area and pools of the Gato River.

What can I do at La Marta?

Upon entering La Marta, you will be offered a digital map with all the trails, spas and other points of interest that you can visit:

  • Historical place: it is located when crossing the metal bridge over the Gato River, where you can take a self-guided tour of the 14-point circuit and learn about the history that is hidden in each of its corners.
  • Swimming waterholes : you can enjoy within a short distance from the entrance to the Refuge, one of the 7 swimming waterholes, all on the banks of the Gato and Marta rivers.
  • Observation of flora and fauna: when entering the forests of La Marta, you can make the Internal Circuit formed by 5 trails, with a duration of 2 to 3 hours depending on your pace. During the tour, you can visit the Lookout Point La Mina, where you can enjoy a 360-degree landscape and appreciate the most important geographical points.
  • Accommodation in the hostel: At the entrance to the refuge, we have the Tucán Hostel, with a maximum capacity of 20 people, and that allows visitors a comfortable accommodation, has electricity, wireless internet service (WiFi) and has 4 rooms with bunk beds.
  • Camping comfortably: about 600 meters from the main entrance, you can find the camping area. This area also has properly equipped ranches to rest, have lunch and get ready to go for a walk and see all the wonders that await you.

What to bring?

  • A change of clothes, bathing suit, boots, comfortable clothes for walking, poncho, waterproof jacket, hiking shoes, towel and cane
  • Food
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • A bag for your waste (at the Refuge we do not process garbage)
  • Binoculars, camera
  • Reusable bottle for water (the water from our rivers is suitable for consumption)

Basic recommendations

First Aid Protocols:

Our Refuge has been kept free of serious accidents, thanks to the following basic and simple recommendations, which we ask our visitors to abide by:

  • Do not leave the trails, which are clearly defined and marked.
  • Do not touch, capture or extract animals, flowers, fruits or fungi of any kind, no matter how harmless they may look.
  • Due to the risk of water heads (floods), do not enter the river on rainy, very cloudy days, when there is an electrical storm, after an earthquake or if the river drags branches, logs or mud. La Marta's accident insurance policy does not cover mishaps in rivers, pools or beaches.
  • Do not go on night walks without an experienced guide.


Additionally, field staff and guides receive training in basic first aid, so that they can effectively deal with electrical storms, encounters with potentially dangerous mammals or getting lost in the mountains. We take all precautions for a safe visit.

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