This apparently is the best place in Costa Rica to view the long-tailed Quetzel. One morning, very early (5:30 am) we were very lucky to see 3 quetzel birds from the parking lot! Apparently that's the best time for viewing them when they feed on berries of a nearby tree. There are a number of rainforest trails with lush vegetation -- found a Halloween crab in the crack of a tree! Main trails are reinforced with paving stones but the north/south trail (Sendero Chomogo) is steep and mostly dirt so could be VERY slippery if wet. Takes 80 steps to get down to waterfall on Sendero El Rio. Entire perimeter trail also is steep in places and takes over 2 hours. The hummingbird garden next door is worth visiting to see over 10 species of beautiful hummingbirds feeding (while you sit on benches to watch). While at the Reserve it's worth the cost of taking the canopy walk at Selvatura Park. There are 8 suspension bridges which are just above the canopy (the bridges are very steady, but note, if you fear heights, the walk is metal mesh so you can look straight down). Zip line ($45) is even higher than the bridges. Great adreneline rush but not practical for taking pictures or much viewing.
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