|Before breakfast, Memo drove us to the top of the ridge behind Bosque de Paz. We birded our way back down. There was a stiff wind at the summit, but lower down it was fine. Lovely climate at that altitude. The best bird was the Emerald Toucanet, a species Nick worked very hard to find for us.
After breakfast, we hung around the Bosque feeders a while. Really nice folks and a truly lovely facility. Then we headed to Arenal Observatory Lodge, which involved driving more than half way around the volcano. Vulcan Arenal looms over the lodge; the summit is just 1.7 miles away. Terrific photo ops from the deck, especially for Montezuma's Oropendolas. Birding the trails wasn't so hot. A few birds, mostly warblers, but nothing new.
A very cosmopolitan lodge. Lots of Germans, Swiss and Brits, as well as Yankees. The trails are quite tame. Only one night, but given scarce birds, limited trails and crowds, probably just as well.