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Spot colorful toucans and white-faced capuchin monkeys

The Los Cusingos Wildlife Refuge, home of the renowned ornithologist Dr. Alexander Skutch, is so off-the-beaten path, there’s a good chance you’ll have its 192 acres practically to yourself. “When we went, there was no one but staff,” said one recent visitor.

  • Duration 3 hours, including travel time of 30 minutes each way

The Los Cusingos Wildlife Refuge, home of the renowned ornithologist Dr. Alexander Skutch, is so off-the-beaten path, there’s a good chance you’ll have its 192 acres practically to yourself. “When we went, there was no one but staff,” said one recent visitor.

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The Experience

You’ll find plenty of cusingos, or fiery-billed aracaris, the brightly-plumed members of the toucan family for which the refuge is named. But there’s so much more: Look for tanagers and laughing falcons soaring above and white-faced capuchin monkeys in the trees.

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