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Savegre Valley and Cerro de la Muerte

Listed under Birdwatching in Costa Rica.

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This birding sanctuary is by far the best place in the country for the astonishing and amazing Resplendent Quetzal, named by many as the most beautiful bird of the world, amongst many other attractive highland specialties.

We are talking about the highlands here... The Tropical Cloud Forest and the Paramo. This is a fresh (cold sometimes) part of the country with a rich diversity of species and truly easy access.

I'd suggest you staying at Savegre Lodge, where birding is cool, guides are pretty good and the food is simply superb!!!  You can spend a full day inside their property and discover a different habitat and get truly good new sights for your list... The Hummingbird Feeders are always pretty busy and colorful and the gardens itself are very good birding turf.

Now, when it comes to the amazing Quetzals, I recommend you taking a short drive up the hill and visit a pretty simple and friendly site called Paraiso del Quetzal (Quetzal's Paradise)... wow and wow!  This is the right place to get close and personal with so much beauty in a bird!...  This is a Paramo Ecosystem, so you'll have the chance for different birds... like for example the hummers in their feeders might show you a few new species right there... with a hot chocolate in hand! 

Make sure you drive slowly up and down the hill to and from Savegre... not only because it's a narrow road, but because this ride might produce some good species, like the Sooty Robin on the fences!

Written by  Alex Vargas.

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