In April of 2013 we spent a fantastic day with Jorge as our birding and frog guide in the Horquetas area of Costa Rica. Under Jorge's expert guidance, we identified over 50 different bird species, as well as iguanas, howler moneys, and both 2 and 3-toed sloths. Then we got a personal tour of Frogs Heaven, which Jorge is building into an awesome frog habitat.
Starting the morning from Toucan Rescue Ranch in Heredia and a beautiful drive through Parque Nacional Braulio Carillo, we met Jorge at a roadside restaurant near Horquetas, where we sat hypnotized, watching a riot of feeding hummingbirds. Next we drove to Heliconia Island where we spent the morning finding and identifying many birds, including two varieties of toucan, the Ringed Kingfisher, Spectacled Owl and my favorite, the Chestnut-headed Oropendola.
After an authentic Costa Rican lunch, it's a short drive to Frogs Heaven. Jorge is justifiably proud of his creation, which is home to a variety of native frogs. We saw lots, including several Green and Black Poison Dart Frogs, tree frogs, and many others. The habitat is both frog and people-friendly. Jorge's knowledge and enthusiasm make the visit a truly memorable experience.
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