South Pacific Coast Feature

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Top Reasons to Go to the South Pacific Coast

Bird-watching: Yields such beauties as scarlet macaws and the resplendent quetzal.

Enormous Corcovado National Park: The last refuge of such endangered species as jaguars and tapirs.

Kayaking: Head to the Golfo Dulce or along the jungly channels of the Sierpe or Colorado rivers.

Mountain hikes: Hikes that range from easy daytime treks around luxurious lodges to Costa Rica's toughest: 3,810-meter (12,500-foot) Cerro ChirripĆ³.

Wild places to stay: Relax in the country's top eco-lodges, rustic thatch-roof beach bungalows, and cozy mountain cabins.

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