Parque Nacional Los Quetzales: in search of the sacred bird

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Parque Nacional Los Quetzales: in search of the sacred bird

Emblematic of Central America, the quetzal is becoming rare because its feathers have long been sought for ceremonial adornments. It has, for over ten years, benefitted from a protected area.

On the western side of the Talamanca mountain range, the park's altitude (between 1,240 and 3,190 metres above sea level) provides a refuge for the quetzal, which is a threatened species. The bird remains a strong symbol for the cultures of Central America: it's the emblem of Guatemala, the bird to which the Mayans and Aztecs devoted a famous cult, and the incarnation of the Mexican god Quetzalcoatl, the famous feathered serpent...

As for Costa Rica, it has given the quetzal this protected area of 117 hectares. Interested amateurs and passionate bird lovers alike go to the heart of the jungle and cloud forest to observe the red and vivid green of its long tail feathers. Those lucky enough to spot one feel blessed by the gods.

Parc national Los Quetzales
Provincia de San José

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