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The valley's feathered creatures are most easily spotted around its edges, especially near streams and along the trails that head into the nearby national parks. A good guide can significantly increase the number of species you see.
Ito Santamaría. Guadalupe resident Ito Santamaría is the area's top bird-watching guide and one of the few who speaks English. Cerro Punta. 507/6591–1621.
Los Quetzales Lodge and Spa. The private nature reserve of Los Quetzales Lodge has guides who are good at spotting birds, especially quetzals. Cerro Punta. 507/771–2291. www.losquetzales.com.