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  • Trip Excludes

Costa Rica – the ultimate bird watchers paradise. No other country in the world has more bird species per sq. m, 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 landbridge 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 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…

This small country has a checklist of 902 species of which roughly 250 are migratory, so there is a good share of migrants that visit here. To top it out of the 650 resident birds 93 are endemics or near-endemics, which means this tour is the only way to see them.

The best part though is that most of these birds are spectacular, think Quetaels, toucans, hummingbirds and feature on the must-see, must photograph list of most earnest birders and serious photographers.

On our last trip we saw and photographed more than 400+ species and this year we are confident of the list being bigger.

Come join us for this carnival of birds.

Over the 13 days we shall drive all through Costa Rica touring all the eco types

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : March 24, 2020

Arrival – Basic Birding

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to Hotel Bougainvillea, located in a nice neighborhood at the edge of San José. The well-maintained gardens of the hotel offer a great introduction to birdwatching in Costa Rica. Here you can expect some common species like Great Kiskadee, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Blue-gray Tanager, Palm Tanager and Blue-crowned Motmot. Overnight savegre

Day 2

Date : March 25, 2020

La Selva

After morning birding on the grounds of the hotel head towards the Caribbean lowlands en route passing by the vast wilderness of Parque Nacional Braulio Carillo, stopping at a small garden with feeders that allow easy approach and photography opportunity to many colorful species, like Collared Aracari, Blue-gray Tanager, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Long-billed Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, and sometimes even White-tipped Sicklebill. We would also visit a nearby forest patch for day roosts of nocturnal birds like Spectacled Owl, Crested Owl and possible Great Potoo.

Day 3

Date : March 26, 2020

La Selva

You will day in “La Selva”. This is one of the most famous biological stations in the neotropics and one of the classic and most productive places for birdwatching in Costa Rica, where you will be spoiled with colorful birds like Parrots (up to 9 species including the possible Great Green Macaw), Trogons, Tanagers and Toucans (up to 3 species) at the forest edge. Besides that, you will have access to an extensive trail system penetrating a beautiful piece of lowlands virgin rainforest in which you can expect some of the more elusive typical forest birds like Tinamous, Manakins, Woodcreepers and Antbirds. We would also be visiting the La Selva Biological Station Overnight Selva Verde Lodge

Day 4-5

Caño Negro

The Caño Negro is a very relaxed destination with almost no tourism, which makes it very authentic and the birding is fantastic. First we shall visit the Medio Queso wetland offers spectacular birdwatching and great photography opportunities with waterbirds that are easy to approach and some species that are very hard to see elsewhere in the country like Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Black-collared Hawk, Nicaraguan Grackle, Least Bittern and Pineated Bittern. We shall also do a boat tour at the Rio Frio which is the best spot for Kingfishers in Costa Rica as all 6 American species can be seen here, besides there is also the Yellow-breasted Crake and Sungrebe. Overnight Natural Lodge

Day 6-7

Arenal area

Arenal Observatory Lodge is a comfortable lodge with a spectacular setting at the edge of the rainforest and right in front of (but at safe distance from) the active Arenal Volcano. The beautiful gardens of the lodge, fruit feeders and forest edge attract some easy to see birds like the colorful Crimson-collared Tanager, Passerini’s Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager and Crested Guan. Besides that the purple verbena flowers in the garden attract many hummingbirds including Violet-headed Hummingbird and sometimes even the spectacular Black-crested Coquette. On day 7 you will make a private guided bird walk partly through the canopy passing large suspension bridges. This is the ideal way to see a bit more of the fauna and flora of the canopy. You will be on the lookout for local specialties like White-fronted Nunbird, Song Wren and the rare Yellow-eared Toucanet among many others. Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 8-10

Parque Nacional Carara

Cerro Lodge is an isolated lodge that offers simple but clean accommodations with great views of Parque Nacional Carara and its surroundings. Parque Nacional Carara is another must-do for birding tours in Costa Rica. The national park protects one of the last natural stands of transitional forest between the tropical dry forest of the northwest and tropical wet forest in the southeast. Birds to look out for are Orange-collared Manakin, Baird’s Trogon, Streak-chested Antpitta, Riverside Wren, Royal Flycatcher and the spectacular Scarlet Macaws. On day 9 in the morning you will make a guided private bird walk in Parque Nacional Carara in search of the local specialties; in the afternoon you will certainly enjoy the boat ride on the Tarcoles River where you can expect many herons, ibises, kingfishers and will have a chance to spot the endemic Mangrove Hummingbird. A morning bird tour in a little bit drier habitat to get Turquoise-browed Motmot, Black-headed Trogon, White-throated Magpie-jay, Long-tailed Manakin and day roosts for owls: Ferruginous Pygmee Owl, Black-and-white Owl, Pacific Screech-owl. Overnight Cerro Lodge

Day 11-12

Los Quetzales National Park: Cloud Forest

The trip will continue through the endemic-rich area of the Cerro de la Muerte stopping en route at feeders for some exciting photo-ops and at some Paramo vegetation. We shall stay in the middle of the cloud forest where we can have dramatic views of the surrounding mountain scene. Several trails give access to the cloud forest where you might see the spectacular Resplendent Quetzal and can spot many near-endemic bird species like Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Black Guan, Collared Redstart and Yellow-thighed Finch among many others. Sugarfeeders attract several highland hummingbirds including the colorful and rare Fiery-throated Hummingbird, tiny Volcano Hummingbird and Magnificent Hummingbird. On day 12 you will go on a private bird walk in search of the Quetzal and other highland endemics. Overnight Hotel Savegre

Day 13

Date : April 5, 2020

Birding - Airport

We shall leave for the airport after spending some time at feeders for the Fiery-throated Hummingbird. End of trip.

Accommodations in double rooms
All transport mentioned above
3 meals a day starting from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast on day 13
English-speaking bird guide equipped with telescope, laser pointer and bird sounds from airport pickup till
airport dropoff
All tours mentioned above
All entrance fees
Detailed information package + bird checklist and 1 detailed roadmap per room
Unlimited purified water

International flights, Visa
Personal expenses
Tours and activities not mentioned
Tips for local guides