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La Amistad National Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bridging both Costa Rica and Panama, this World Heritage Site is where 75 percent of all migrating birds in the Western Hemisphere converge twice each year.
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Go with a guide as you'll get a lot more out of it. The terrain is quite difficult so where good shoes with ankle support. Lots of different birds here

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Reviewed 15 February 2014

This is the real thing and a fabulous opportunity. We contacted a name through the website and a Naso guide (Adolfo) arranged the whole thing; an hour and half boat trip up and down a jungle river, three hour guided hike in park, hot lunch, and ride to and from boat . Exceptionally well organized. It was not super challenging day but an unique adventure.

The Nasos who do all this are very warm people and very gracious even though some will hide from your camera. Children are shy at first but warm up quickly. They are relatively new to tourism and work hard to make it a positive experience. It cost $145 total for 4 people which compared to other places is very good value for money. All of us very impressed.

It is also possible to stay with a family in the village for a longer period than a day which is what we will do next time.

9  Thank stro_eedy
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

It's a great off-the-beaten path spot, however my phone was stolen out of my backpack. Just be sure to keep all valuables on you at all times if you stay here. I was told they recovered it after I left and that they would mail it to me. After several follows up I never received the phone. Disappointing end to a great trip to Panama.

2  Thank Adam C
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

On the second night of our visit at Wekso, two men armed with machetes entered our cabin at night to rob us. One man woke me up by poking me with his machete. In the process of reacting to this situation during my sleep, I got a deep cut to my hand and the men ran away. As you can imagine this is not a fun experience not to mention that it could have had a worse outcome. More details are available on Lonely Planet web site.

20  Thank concernedtraveler_11
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Reviewed 26 May 2010

Located in Southern Costa Rica and Northern Panama, La Amistad (Friendship in English) represents one of the first attempts at park management between two countries. It is located along the Talamanca mountain range which contains the highest peaks of Costa Rica and Panama: the Cerro Chirripó at 3,819 m, and the more accessible high peak, Cerro de la Muerte.

It is a rugged frontier well off the beaten tourist trail that offers the explorer an excellent chance to explore the untouched beauty, silence and wonder of nature. Most of the trails are unmarked and there are no lodges or hotels to speak of, so it's best to hire a guide and camp in the forest.

Compared to other parks around the world of similar size, La Amistad offers an abundance of biodiversity unequaled. Explorers will likely see a huge variety of flora and fauna - trees, plants and wildlife. Some biologist estimate that two thirds of all wildlife living in Costa Rica can be seen in La Amistad. Some of the animals explorers could see include cats (puma, jaguars, margays and ocelots), tapirs, anteaters, sloths, monkeys (spider, howler), peccaries, coaties, and more. La Amistad is a birders paradise with over 500 species sited including the resplendent quetzal, three-wattled bellbird and the endangered Harpy Eagle. The plant life is also superb and includes an abundance of ferns, trees and orchids.

Hiking, animal viewing and birding are the primary activities most explorers undertake in the park. You can expect warm days and cool/cold nights and some rain. Be prepared with good boots, warm clothes and rain gear. A good tent and sleeping bag are a must if you plan to camp in the forest. Binoculars are a huge help in spotting shy wildlife.

Because of the difficulty in accessing the park - usually by 4x4 car - it's best to spend a few days exploring the forest. Plan a day to enter the park, and two days to explore, and one more day to depart.

If camping is not your style, it is possible to overnight in the sparse dorm room at Ranger Station Pittier in Progresso, or arrange a homestay with lovely tico families in the Los Tables region. Local guides can provide more information on the later.

8  Thank Jaguardman
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