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Digital Subscriptions > National Geographic Traveller (UK) > October 2018 > COSTA RICA: IN SEARCH OF THE QUETZAL

COSTA RICA: IN SEARCH OF THE QUETZAL

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THIS ELUSIVE BIRD DEEP IN THE CLOUD FOREST, YOU’LL NEED LUCK ON YOUR SIDE.
IMAGES: GETTY; SHUTTERSTOCK

It’s early, far too early, and the sun is just breaking through the canopy, its silky beams casting a dappled pattern on the forest floor. I’m here to spot the quetzal, an iridescent little bird that lives in the cloud forests of Central America, and is notoriously difficult to find. People travel from all over the world to search for the quetzal; many leave without even hearing its distinctive call.

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We grab our binoculars and set out to discover the awe-inspiring wildlife of India, scouting out the likes of Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos and snow leopards in some of the subcontinent’s most dramatic national parks. Elsewhere, we explore the winelands of southern Australia; cross the frozen frontier of the Antarctic Circle; and spend a long weekend in the city of Leeuwarden. Other highlights this issue include the Faroe Islands, Tel Aviv, Manhattan, Tokyo and Santiago, while our photo story takes in the fresh air and Alpine beauty of Switzerland.