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Camaquiri Conservation Initiative Field station

Named after a 16th-century Costa Rican king, Camaquiri is located very close to El Zota and is, therefore, an instance of similar habitat and diversity. It is a newer field station than El Zota and protects 500 acres of older secondary lowland swamp forest, with a decent number of primary trees scattered throughout.

The forest is characterized by streams, lagoons and swamps and, while primarily a bird-watching destination, the station has also recorded 16 mammal species, 38 amphibians (including 36 species of frogs, and 3 dart frogs), as well as 23 species of reptiles. They have also compiled a wonderful butterfly checklist.

Facilities are basic but clean—comfortable, simple cabins with bathrooms, a dining hall and, most importantly, a well-maintained and extensive system of trails. The field station prides itself on sourcing local food and materials and working closely with the local community to provide an authentic Costa Rican experience.

Their website indicates that groups of 5-25 people are welcome.