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Costa Rica Birding Tour

Costa Rica – the ultimate bird watchers paradise. No other country in the world has more bird species per sq. m than Costa Rica, where more than 900 bird species are reported. This highest density makes birding as well as photography highly productive and very spectacular.  Its unique position as a land bridge between the North and South American continent and high diversity in habitats and micro-climates make it a trap for species from both continents..

Besides well-known cosmopolitan bird families like Thrushes, Cuckoos, Owls, Raptors and Herons, the birds of Costa Rica also include some typical neotropical bird families like Toucans, Jacamars, Cotingas, Motmots and Antbirds…

A great tour for the Birder as well as the Bird Photographer

The best price you will get for a full Costa Rica Bird tour.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Date : September 21, 2021

Welcome & Transfer

Welcome at airport,transfer to Laguna de Lagarto Lodge (standard room), birding en route with visit to Cinchona feeders (tanagers and hummingbirds and sometimes Blue-throated Toucanet)

Day 2

Date : September 22, 2021

Laguna de Lagarto Lodge

Birding at Laguna de Lagarto Lodge with access to exclusive photography platform at feeders

Access to King Vulture Hide (optional), the photography platform offers a private platform exclusive for the group with very good fruit feeders at eye level at about 4 meters away with a smooth background where Keel-billed Toucans, yellow-throated Toucans, Collared Aracari’s, Montezuma Oropendola, Brown-hooded Parrot and many more can be photographed.

Day 3 & 4

Date : September 23, 2021

Arenal Volcano area

Arenal volcano area, Arenal Observatory Lodge, en-route visit to Bogarin feeders and trails which is a great place for Motmots, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Boat-billed Herons, sloths

Day 5

Date : September 25, 2021

Caño negro

To Caño negro, en route private boat tours on Medio Queso wetland, Natural Lodge Caño Negro, on the way to the lodge we can try some owling (good chances for Great Potoo, possible Black-and-white Owl, Striped Owl, Mottled Owl, Pacific Screech Owl)

Medio Queso wetland is a great place where hardly any tourist comes, the boat tour is very productive and excellent for photography with many waterbirds and some local specialities like Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Nicaraguan Grackle, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Black-collared Hawk, Least Bittern

Day 6

Date : September 26, 2021

Rio Frio

Private boat tour on Rio Frio for Kingfishers, herons, Sungrebe in the afternoon birding the gardens of the hotel and nearby wetland and pasturelands to see possible Spot-breasted Wren, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Slaty Spinetail, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Red-lored Parrot

Day 7 & 8

Date : September 27, 2021

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Selva Verde Lodge, in the afternoon birding the trails and feeders of the lodge.

Next day private full-day tour at La Selva biological station, Selva Verde Lodge

Day 9

Date : September 29, 2021

Cope

Half-day visit to Cope and visit to Danta hummingbird garden, Selva Verde Lodge

Cope is a place you have not been to last time, it is a small garden of a local named “Cope” that he converted in a paradise for birders…there are very attractive feeders: fruitfeeders and sugarfeeders with some really good birds that are very easy to see and photograph, with possible White-tipped Sicklebill, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Chestnut-headed Oropendola,…plus Cope will take the group to a nearby rainforest where he has several day roosts of nocturnal birds…with chances for Spectacled Owl, and sometimes Crested Owl + a colony of very cute White Tent-making Bats.

Day 10 & 11

Date : September 30, 2021

Highlands

To the highlands, Quetzal Paradise Lodge (standard room), birding the lodge entrance road and feeders.
Private guided tour in search of the quetzal and birding the nearby sites, including the paramo at the antenas road.

Day 12

Date : October 2, 2021

Drive to San Jose

drive to San José, en route passing by the town of Paraíso to look for Tropical Screech Owl in the park and Barn Owl behind the church, Hotel Aranjuez

Day 13

Date : October 3, 2021

Drive to Airport - Departure

Accommodations in double rooms
3 meals a day, from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast day 13
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Private transportation from airport pickup til airport dropoff
English speaking guide from airport pickup til airport dropoff
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