My two friends and I had such an unexpectedly wonderful experience at Curi-Cancha in March 2013. The friendly man at the entrance gave us his best directions on how to find the avocado tree with the quetzals in them. Not being experienced naturlists ourselves, we hiked around Curi-Cancha without much luck (although still very much enjoying ourselves with the scenery, big beautiful trees, hummingbirds galore, etc). We happened upon a field where a man was setting up a telescope to look into a tree. As we walked over, the man motioned for us to come over to his scope and look inside. What do we see but THREE gorgeous quetzals in the tree. We would have never seen these birds in a million years had it not been for him. As it turns out, the man with the telescope was Melvin, a naturalist, who brought his two sons to come see the quetzals. Melvin (and his sons!) were happy to tell us all about the quetzals and even held our iPhones up to the telescope to get fantastic close up shots of the birds. This was such a beautiful experience to have on our first full day in Costa Rica thanks to Melvin and the Curi-Cancha reserve.
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