From the open-air deck at the main building, one can see misty tree tops stretching into the clouds, and on clear days the valley below.
This wooden lodge offers plenty of space on the first floor to warm up, dry out, and relax. The second floor contains bunkbeds and enough blankets to smother the cold itself. Bathrooms are located on both floors, with showers and places to store toiletries.
The trout hatchery and composting station are located next to the lodge. Visitors should consult Don Carlos before touching or changing anything in the fish nursery, as the fish are extremely sensitive when young. However, if asked nicely, Don Carlos may give you a trout to cook as a gesture of good faith.
Two larger ponds for adult fish fill from water diverted from the spring-fed stream, and funnel into the hydroelectric generator further down the property. This oxigenation sustains a healthy population of breeding trout, which Don Carlos monitors to spawn the most genetically viable offspring.
The main building at Cuericí is a large, wooden lodge that provides the essentials necessary for comfortable, rustic living.
In the first floor, drying racks and benches are arranged around the main fireplace, creating a "safe haven" to recover from the cold and wet conditions that normally persist in the cloud forest. Additionally, long tables and a large bathroom with several showers are available for all guests.
The second floor dormitory consists of bunkbeds and a smaller bathroom. The staff provides several blankets (sleeping bags unnecessary) because nights can be quite cold.
Via covered walkway, the classroom contains a library on Costa Rican species, ecosystems, and landscapes in montane and paramo environments. This building also offers a large fireplace, ample desk space, and electrical outlets and lighting.
In addition to the preserved cloud forest, Cuericí can serve as a basecamp for research done in the paramo, only 500-1000m above the station. Many sections of the paramo in this area are public access from the Pan American highway.
One of the two retention ponds for sexually mature trout.
A garden of lichen, moss, ferns, and schlerophyllous plants in the Cerro de la Muerte paramo.
Don Carlos or his assistant Albert Torres must be consulted before visiting Cuericí. To protect natural beauty and biodiversity, only a limited amount of guests may enter Cuericí at any one time.
High proficiency in Spanish is strongly recommended for researchers and required for volunteers. Don Carlos and the station's other staff only speak in Spanish.
The 4km road to Cuericí from the Pan American highway only permits 4-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles due to the station's remoteness.
Potential visitors should prepare for rapid weather changes, cold temperatures, and the physiological effects of high elevation.
Meals are not provided unless visitors make specific arrangements. Plan on packing food for the duration of the stay.
Wifi is not available at the station and cellular reception is limited. Be prepared to not have outside contact at Cuericí.