But it is the brightly coloured birds that stick in the memory - so here is just a few:
This is a Painted Bunting. We decided to take an afternoon off from birding with the group and did our own thing - this just meant going birding in a different direction. But it also meant that we could walk at our own pace and spend as much time as we wanted with a bird to get good photographs.
In the hotel grounds at Villa Lapas, Jackie spotted this superb Painted Bunting.
Eventually it came out into the open where I got these shots. It was fairly dull which meant a fairly high ISO setting, and the Rufous Tailed Jacamar was constantly moving its head, this meant a lot of blurred photos. But I am happy with these.
Also on the same afternoon we came across this fantastic Turquoise Browed Motmot. The angle wasn't great but we did get fairly close to it. Despite not seeing a huge variety of birds on the afternoon, the birds we did see were really good quality views.
A bird that I really did not expect to see was this stunning Turquoise Cotinga.
It was our guide Rodrigo who knew where to find this bird, and was in an urban setting in University grounds.
This was about the best view I got of it, which was a shame as the front of the birds also has purple patches on it, making it even more spectacular than it looks here.