The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the Talamanca Range – La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park, showing its landscapes, habitats, plants and animals, and illustrating some of the threats and conservation needs. The photos were taken by Peter Howard during a visit to the Costa Rican side of the trans-frontier site in January 2019. The slideshow starts in the cloud-forests of the Tapanti National Park where the Inter-American highway cuts through the Talamanca Range south of the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. Here red, yellow, orange and green bromeliads perch precariously on the trees’ upper branches, sitting alongside great cushions of moss and curtains of ‘old man’s beard’. The cloud forests are home to the spectacular resplendent quetzal (a medium-sized bird adorned with bright metallic plumage), while other parts of the park provide habitat for rarely-seen species such as ocelots, macaws, white-faced capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, and numerous species of snakes. The Inter-American highway passes along the boundary of the world heritage site, over the high pass of the Cerro De la Muerte (3,451m) marking the northernmost extent of the high-altitude paramo, a shrub and tussock grass habitat. A short walk from the main road to the summit of Cerro La Asuncion (3,335m) provides easy access to this unusual habitat (within the Tapanti National Park). The slideshow continues in Chirripo National Park, which includes Costa Rica’s highest peak and its remarkable geological features signifying past glacial activity. Hiking to the higher elevation of Chirripo is highly restricted and requires advance planning and reservation, so the photos here are limited to the lower and medium elevations, illustrating the park’s cloud forests, landscape features, animals and plants.