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When we got off the boat at the other side of Laguna de Arenal we took a 4wheel drive jeep on miles of un-made road to Santa Elena from where we visited Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. As its name suggests a cloud forest is almost permanently under low cloud; it has about half the annual rainfall of a rainforest and is very humid. It is rich in wildlife, boasting more than 150 species of amphibians and reptiles; more than 500 species of butterflies; more than 100 species of mammals including 5 wild cats; and over 400 species of birds.

We went through the forest with a guide. It was very dark and not easy to take photos, but it was well worth having the guide as he knew where to look for the wildlife and he had a powerful telescope. Because of the darkness I do not have many photos worth showing but I quite like this one of two of the Reserve workers with their pack horses. I had the ISO set on 400 which helped a bit but shutter speeds were slow.

One of the birds we were keen to see was the rare and beautiful Resplendent Quetzal. The Monteverde Reserve is one of the few places that has a thriving community, although it is not easy to see them. We were lucky and were so thrilled to see one. I took lots of photos through the guide’s telescope and as you might guess the quality is too poor for a main post. I put the best I have in the WS to prove I actually saw one!

For more shots of the trip click on the travelogue (left)

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