The cloud forest of Santa Elena is less crowded than Monteverde. It reveals a beautiful, lush vegetation with ferns, flowers, mosses, epiphytes and much more.
In the San Gerardo de Dota Valley and the Los Quetzales National Park birding is outstanding. The Quetzal is one of the most beautiful birds on earth.
The quetzal is more abundant from October to January but anyway you can see it all year round. Very early is best before too many people disturb the shy quetzal.