Birding Tour Costa Rica: Complete Costa Rica, Parts I and II 2018
As one of the most prosperous countries in Central America, Costa Rica, with its good infrastructure, stable democratic government, high literacy rate, and extensive network of parks and preserves has long been an important ecotourism destination for travelers from all over the world. This verdant paradise has also long been a classic, premier destination for birdwatchers, and with good reason. The literal translation of Costa Rica means ‘rich coast’, and it is truly rich in birds, with over 850 species recorded in a country only the size of West Virginia. Ideally positioned at the meeting point where the avifaunas of Central and South America intermingle, this small country hosts the highest avian diversity in an area of its size anywhere on Earth. However, Costa Rica hosts more than just an astonishingly rich diversity of birds. Along with neighboring Panama, this small country is one of the great centers of avian endemism in the world, with over 70 regional endemics that occur nowhere else! Our carefully designed two-part itinerary targets all of these regional endemics as well as numerous must-see, charismatic species, such as Resplendent Quetzal and Three-wattled Bellbird.
Part I covers the northern half of the country. We begin our journey in the wet, sultry foothills and lowlands of the Caribbean slope, where a host of high-profile specialties await: Great Green Macaw, Snowy Cotinga, Snowcap, Semiplumbeous Hawk, Ocellated Antbird, and many others. We then cross over into the seasonally dry forests of the Guanacaste region, an area that features a decidedly Central American avian community, including White-throated Magpie-Jay, Double-striped Thick-knee, and Lesser Ground Cuckoo. We finish this segment of the tour in the cloud forests of Monteverde, seeking out the magnificent Resplendent Quetzal, the unusual Three-wattled Bellbird, and the increasingly rare Bare-necked Umbrellabird.
Part II covers the southern half of the country. This segment starts in the Pacific lowlands, covering the tropical rainforests and grasslands from Carara National Park south to the Golfo Dulce region near the Panama border. Targets, many of which occur nowhere else, will include a myriad of regionally endemic hummingbirds, Black-cheeked Ant Tanager, Turquoise Cotinga, Baird’s Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, and many more. We then ascend up into the chilly montane oak forests of Cerro de la Muerte, where a wide assortment of Costa Rica’s most sought-after species dwell, such as Buff-fronted Quail-Dove, Resplendent Quetzal, Silvery-throated Jay, Wrenthrush, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, and Black-and-yellow Phainoptila. We wrap up this exciting tour in the Caribbean foothill forest of Rancho Naturalista and mid-elevation cloud forest around Tapantí National Park, looking for any remaining specialties such as Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Green-fronted Lancebill – and maybe even Unspotted Saw-whet Owl. We schedule this tour in early spring, when bird activity is high and the weather generally dry.
This ‘Birding Tour Costa Rica’ adventure can be combined with our 15-day Honduras: Rare Motmots, Ocellated Quail, and Pico Bonito 2018 (25 February – 11 March 2018) tour for a Central American mega tour.
Duration: 24 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: March 13, 2018
Date End: April 05, 2018
Tour Start: San José, Costa Rica
Tour End: San José, Costa Rica
Parts I and II of this tour can be booked individually or in combination.
The dates for the separate parts are:
Part I: March 13 – 26 (14 days); part II: March 25 – April 5 (12 days)
Price: Part I: US$5245 per person sharing, part II: US$4938 per person sharing, entire tour: US$9889 per person sharing
Single Supplement: Part I: US$635, part II: US$715, entire tour: US$1300
All transport while on tour
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
International airport departure tax of $28 p/p, payable in San José upon departure
Birding Tour Panama: Wild Western Panama - the Caribbean and the Cloudforest Slope 2018
Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 6
Date Start: May 09, 2018
Date End: May 17, 2018
Price: US$3236 per person sharing
Details: Panama offers one of the greatest birding experiences in the Neotropics, conjuring up visions of the Panama Canal, Harpy Eagles, army ants, and ground cuckoos. However, less frequently visited by bird
Birding Tour Panama: Central and Eastern Panama and the Darien 2018
Duration: 12 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 6
Date Start: May 17, 2018
Date End: May 28, 2018
Price: US$4335 per person sharing, assuming 5 – 6 participants, US$4409 per person sharing, assuming 4 participants
Details: Welcome to our new Birding Tour Central and Eastern Panama 2017! Panama is perhaps one of the best birding countries in the Neotropics. With easy access, an excellent logistic infrastructure, and a hu
Birding Tour Honduras: Rare Motmots and Ocellated Quail 2018
Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 5 - 8
Date Start: February 25, 2018
Date End: March 11, 2018
Price: US$5641 per person sharing
Details: Our next excursion is Birding Tour Honduras! Honduras, still mostly off the beaten track, is a hidden birding gem in Central America. Many people do not realize that this small country is the regional
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Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: February 04, 2018
Date End: February 18, 2018
Price: US$6953 for 6 - 8 participants, US$5547 for 4-5 participants
Details: Guatemala is blessed with some amazing habitats for birds, from the steaming volcanoes of the highlands of southern Guatemala to the hot jungles of the Mayan empire. Birding Tour Guatemala is an unfor
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During our tour of Costa Rica Mike was a huge advantage in our quest for the target birds. His body bristling with equipment, he used his ceaseless enthusiasm, know-how, sharp eyes and keen ears to readily uncover and identify those that mattered – from the gregarious to the rare and the secretive. And after dark he would make relevant contributions to most camp-fire topics. Great to have him on the team!