I just wanted to write to recommend Basecamp Bartola as an incredibly wonderful place to stay to explore the area around the Refugio Indio Maiz nature reserve. This is a great community tourism project that is very welcoming and so tranquil, so removed from the rest of the world, so imbedded in the natural wildlife. I still remember waking up to the most incredible cacophony of birds in the morning and watching them swoop over the treetops of the reserve.
We saw 37 species of animals staying just 2 nights there, wish it could have been longer. The wild macaw pairs were stunning, both red and green.
These guys have a whole blog post about it:
Also check out the Facebook page: