Birdwatching opportunities abound all over southern Costa Rica. Cusingas
call in the morning and toucans frequent Las Aguas late in the afternoon. The
scarlet macaw has made a dramatic comeback here in the Southern Zone.
Guests can also consider birding in a cloud forest in search
of the elusive resplendant quetzal. The town of San Gerardo de Dota, north
of San Isidro on the Pan American Highway (marker 80 km) is prime quetzal
country. It lies at over 2000m elevation and is almost perpetually shrouded in
fog. The cloud forest here boasts many species of birds including the
resplendent quetzal and other trogons. There are many fine lodges and nature
reserves that focus on birding in this area. At kilometer marker #89 is, the
highest point in this part of the Talamanca Mountains: Cerro de la Muerte
(Peak of the Dead), elevation 3491 meters.