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Watching wildlife at Volcán Poás

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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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