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This and the adjacent Santa Elena Cloud Forest, which straddle the continental divide, are considered among Central America’s finest protected areas.

Weather from the Caribbean and Pacific create a cloudforest ecosystem that is home to over 100 species of mammal (its five species of cat include jaguar and ocelot), 400 birds (including 30 hummingbirds, three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrellabird, keel-billed toucan, long-tailed manakin, and the famously elusive resplendent quetzal), tens of thousands of insects (including over 5,000 different moths) and 2,500 plants (including 420 varieties of orchid).

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