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Colorful toucan.

VICTORY LOOKOUT AND OBSERVATORY

Bird lovers the world over already know of the phenomenal avian life in Costa Rica, but our observatory is not only for the keen ornithologists, but also serves as an introduction to the splendid show of colour and voice of our avifauna.

Victory Lookout and Observatory.

Bird-lovers the world over already know of the phenomenal avian life in Costa Rica, and the avifauna here will certainly not disappoint you – it is both extensive and impressive, from the tiniest hummingbirds of just a few grams to the huge crested Guan some 3-feet (90-cm) long, brilliant red Tanagers, electric-blue Dacnis, Emerald Toucanets, flocks of bright yellow and green Sulphur-winged Parakeets, Fiery-billed Aracaris, and, of course, the Resplendent Quetzal – thought by many to be the most beautiful bird in the world.

Not only are the colours splendid and often spectacular, but the songs at daybreak are an inspiration and delight to us all.

Victory Lookout has extensive viewsOur large covered observatory has views over three levels. It overlooks, and is on the edge of, a canyon higher than the highest trees in the virgin rainforest below - good not only for seeing birds, but also monkeys in the tops of the trees below. On the other side of the observatory, the rainforest towers high into the (often) emerald-blue sky, with views of the surrounding mountains which rise to 10,000 feet (3,000 metres). The lower level is a relaxation area with the tranquil sound of the adjacent fountains, and dramatic views over the gardens to Chapel-in-the-Clouds.

Other than the observatory there are many natural and improved trails that can be followed in the forest where birds can be viewed and heard.

While not up to holding a concert to equal Dangerous, the lookout can double as a podium in a setting unequalled. Here, simple music and dance can take place to suit wherever your imagination takes you, and meetings and informal gatherings can be held.

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Fiery-billed Aracari seen from Victory lookout.Gardens envelop Victory Lookout and ObservatoryInformal gathering of students and teachers at Victory Lookout and Observatory.

Monkey at Victory Lookout and Observatory.Chapel-in-the-Clouds as seen from Victory Lookout on Christmas Day 2011.

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