Batsù Garden

The Road to Chirripó

A garden designed specifically for birdwatching and photography. Feeders and fruits attract the birds to viewing platforms, while trails wind through the blooming gardens. The name comes from the Bribri word for 'small bird' and certainly there are many hummingbirds, parakeets, flycatchers and tanagers fluttering among the wonderfully natural backdrops. Check in and pay admission at Alma de Árbol.

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2. Queso Pacheco

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3. El Mirador

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4. Cathedral

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6. Jardines Secretos

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7. Talamanca Reserve

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8. Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

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