A former cocoa and coffee plantation transformed into an 80-hectare nature reserve, the Asa Wright Nature Centre blows the minds of birdwatchers. Even if you can’t tell a parrot from a parakeet, it's still a worthwhile trip, as you can see a great number of colorful specimens from the veranda viewing gallery, as well as lizards and agouti. Located amid the rainforest of the Northern Range, the center has a lodge catering to birding tour groups, a research station for biologists and a series of hiking trails, open to day visitors via guided tours.
Bird species commonly seen here include blue-crowned motmots, chestnut woodpeckers, channel-billed toucans, blue-headed parrots, 14 species of hummingbird and numerous raptors. The sanctuary is also home to a natural swimming pool and to the elusive nocturnal guacharo (oilbird). To protect the oilbirds, tours are limited.