La Amistad Park

Hiking the Quetzal Trail in La Amistad Park
La Amistad Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is mostly untouched, creating a home for more than 100 mammal species, including endangered tapirs, jaguars, ocelots, pumas, and howler monkeys. There are also more than 400 species of birds like quetzals, crested eagles, three-wattled bell birds, and a rare umbrella bird.

The park offers multiple trails for all levels of ability. The one-hour trail, Sendoro El Retono, is mostly flat. Sendero Cerro Picaho sounds borderline masochistic. We chose the moderate two-hour round-trip hike to a series of lookout points with mountain and valley views, Sendero La Cascada.

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