If you are in the Sarapiqui region, this is a must-see location, especially if you are a birder or if you just love wildlife.
We stayed in the Tirimbina Lodge (almost next door) and saw a few great birds and other wildlife in their area, but it required substantial hiking. Because I have a disability that makes walking on uneven ground very challenging, this makes seeing many bird species quite difficult, and in some locations impossible.
This facility consists of a former palm plantation with many, if not most, of these trees removed to create appropriate environment for birds that like that type of environment. Along the edges, the owners (Dave and Dave, Jr.) have focused on planting trees that are native locally, especially those that provide fruits and other food for birds. This creates an excellent forest edge for birds that prefer this type of environment.
A covered platform overlooks this area, with bird feeder located a short distance away. Sitting in the location we saw many beautiful and somewhat difficult to see birds. In about 1 hour, we saw over 20 species of birds, many both male and female, and about 75% of these were first time sightings for me. A real treasure for someone who loves birds, but cannot easily hike on trails.
At the far end of this open area, but an easy level walk, is a hummingbird feeder where there were MANY White-Necked Jacobins - beautiful hummers. Also many birds in the forest edge that this trail follows.
And behind the building near the covered platform is a covered porch that overlooks the canopy of the rainforest. We say several different species of birds here, and with a spotting scope would have seen many more.
And there is a fairly short trail that drops through the forest to the river's edge. We did not take this hike, however, because of my disability.
This family make you feel very welcome, and are very committed to making this location one where you can see many birds in a comfortable natural setting. David, Jr. is the guide, and he is very knowledgeable about the birds in this region. He helped us locate and identify some of the birds that stayed hidden as well as those that were coming to the feeders.
My wife, who loves nature and photography, got many magnificent pictures of the colorful birds, including Golden Hooded, Blue Gray, Cherries, and Crimson Collared Tanagers, Green (both m & f) and Red-Legged Honeycreepers, and many others.
We planned only part of one day in this area, but it deserves much more. Any return visit we make to Costa Rica will include another stop at this location.