Las Cruces is clearly a great birding location. Unfortunately, the folks that run it and Wilson Botanical Garden are making it difficult to bird. First of all, their rule is that you cannot walk the trails unless you are an overnight guest--costing $90 per person per night ($180 per couple per night). Secondly, they are now telling you that even overnight guests are not allowed to walk the trails without a guide (costing $50 per person) for a mediocre birding guide for 2 hours. The excuse for not allowing you to walk the trails without a guide is that "it is too dangerous." After walking the trails I realized how absurd this statement is--especially during the dry season. The trails we covered were gentle and easy to walk. I can only conclude that they trying to make more money for themselves or for their guides or both.
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- Las Cruces Biological Station Costa Rica/San Vito