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Watching wildlife at Volcán Poás


Birds ply this temperate forest, from the colourful but shy quetzal to the robin and several species of hummingbird, including the endemic Poás volcano hummingbird, distinguished by its iridescent rose-red throat. Although a number of large mammals live in the confines of the park, including wildcats such as the margay, you’re unlikely to spot them around the crater; one animal you will come across, however, is the small, green-yellow Poás squirrel, unique to the region.

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