Set high in the Talamanca range, the 1675-sq-km Bosque Protector de Palo Seco is a lush cloud forest home to monkeys, sloths, armadillos, butterflies, tarantulas and eyelash vipers. Birdwatching is superb – keep an eye out for rarities such as the lanceolated monklet, rufous-tailed jacamar, dull-mantled antbird and speckled tanager. The ashy-throated bush tanager is unique to this area.
The reserve was created in 1983 to serve as a conservation corridor linking La Fortuna Forest Reserve and Parque Internacional La Amistad.
Obtain information about current hiking conditions at the Ministerio de Ambiente station at the entrance. There are three trails in the park, each about 45 minutes in duration, allowing visitors the chance to get a taste of the region’s natural wonders.