At 8 am, our local guide, who has lived his entire life in San Antonio de Escazú, will join the group in San Rafael. Here, he will begin to tell the history of Escazú. Once in San Antonio, you will visit the Catholic Church, which is a cultural heritage site and the Monument to Ox Drivers, sculpted by Mario Parra, who is National Award Sculpture – Aquileo Echeverría. Then, you will go to the Encanto-Piedra Blanca/CODECE Offices, where one of the founders of CODECE will offer an interesting talk about the Association’s conservation efforts. On this tour, you will visit the farm of “Don” Luis Chacón, founder of CODECE. The farm is a roughly seven hectare family legacy, with four intermitant fresh-water springs. Two of these you will be able to see during our tour. Secondary forest is also part of Don Luis’ farm, which his family considers important to conserve—particularly because it is the only such section of forest in the surrounding area. Giant trees such as the Cedar, Yos, Taruá and Papaya can be seen, the later of which is reported to be a favorite for sloths, aroids (philodendron), begonias, milkweed and other plants, and is famous for housing monarch butterflies. Here, you will follow a trail to the springs, where it is common to see a host of butterflies, including the Rusty-tipped Page. We may also observe Glasswinged butterflies, or “espejitos” (Ithomia diaria) of the Heliconius genus, as well as Red Postman, or “almendrita”. Surrounding this all are the calls of birds such as wrens, clay-colored robins, tropical screech owls, and others. Following a path at was previously used by ox-cart drivers for hauling corn, beans and sugarcane to nearby cities, you will see two different landscapes—the Protected Zone, and the town of Bebedero. The tour will also make a stop beside the imposing Yos tree, whose story of local hunters, otherwise known as “pajareros”, or birders, is reflected in the scars along its trunk… a story you’ll not want to miss!