Pricing 8 people maximum $2375 p person
6 people $2650 pp
4 people $2975 pp
3 people $3350 pp
1. Arenal Volcano Area: Arenal Observatory Lodge
Day 1: Upon arrival we will explore the hotel grounds for a good number of Honeycreepers, Tanagers, Oropendulas, Hummingbirds, and many other forest birds such as Trogons and Pygmy Tyrants on the hotel’s private reserve. For the remainder of the afternoon we will take a drive to the Arenal Lake area in hopes of finding Guans, Parrots, Motmots, and Toucans. Meals included
Day 2: Birding all day on the hotel grounds, exploring its 600 private hectares of primary and secondary forests, with unlimited possibilities and a good chance at finding the Bare-necked Umbrellabird. The hotel is situated in front of the most active volcano in Central America, its views majestic and unrivalled. A visit to the nearby Baldi Hot Springs is recommended, and available upon request (not included).
Day 3: An early start to the forest near the Arenal Volcano, which is mostly secondary forest containing a good combination of micro habitats, increasing the birding possibilities for Long-tailed Tyrant, Broad-billed Motmot, Crested Guan, Keel-billed Toucan, White Hawk, Thicket Antpitta and maybe even the Ornate Hawk Eagle.
2. Sarapiqui: La Selva Biological Station
Day 1: Travelling to the breathtaking Braulio Carrillo National Park you will see dozens of small waterfalls, evergreen vegetation, and virgin forest, 95% of which has never been altered by human hands. More than 350 species have been recorded within the park and adjacent villages, making it one of the best places in Costa Rica to visit. Our first stop will be a local farm in search of the Spectacle Owl, Long-tailed Tyrant, Great Potoo, White-throated Crake and many more! We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then visit the national park to find Sharpbills, Aracaries, mixed flocks of Tanagers, Orioles, Woodpeckers, Barbets, Woodquails, rare Wrens, etc. Meals included
Day 2: The lodge and nearby riparian forest hold a vast biodiversity of birds, such as Sunbittern, Green Ibis, Bright-rumped Atila, Fasciated Antshrike, and Rufous-tailed Jacamar, and we will spend the day exploring these grounds. We will also visit a couple other local spots to search for Guans, Toucans and more.
Day 3: A visit to the world of La Selva Biological Station for some of the best birding in the area, combining large forested areas with secondary vegetation and gardens. Dozens of birds are found upon arrival, including Guans, Tanagers, Motmots, Toucans, Becards, and Euphonias, and we will explore the nearby grounds in search of the Great Green Macaw, Bat Falcon, etc.
3. Talamanca Highlands –Paraiso del Quetzal
Day 1: We will depart early for the Savegre Valley, birding along the way on the roadside for endemics such as Timberline Wren, Junco Volcano, Volcano Hummingbird, Flame-throated Warbler, etc. Upon arrival we will enjoy lunch, followed by garden birding. Meals included
Day 2: An early start and birding before breakfast in search of Resplendant Quetzals. We will also search for the elusive Zeledonia and Tapaculo. All day birding on the roadsides of the lodge grounds, gardens, and river’s edge.
Day 3: Birding after breakfast in the oak forest, where dozens of birds are found in the dense understory and high in the canopy. Redstars, Silky Flycatchers, Woodcreepers, Woodquails, Becards and some eagles are among the many species you can spot here. In the afternoon we will visit several spots in search of endemic Warblers.
4. Carara National Park: South Beach Hotel
Day 1: Pick-up transfer and information meeting. Today CRBJ staff will describe the day by day activities, destinations, possible bird sightings, what to wear by destination and all other general information regarding the trip. Meals included
Day 2: The day will begin with a boat trip to the mangroves followed by breakfast at a local restaurant. A half hour of travel will bring us to the Tarcoles River Mangroves where we will embark on a three hours tour of river edges, deforested areas, mangrove forest and river mouths. We will find Herons, Egrets, Vireos, Hummingbirds, Frigatebirds, shore birds, Waders, Cuckoos, Macaws, parrots, hawks and search for White-throated Magpie Jay, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, and the Black-headed Trogon. The boat tour’s main goal is to find the mangrove specialties such as Mangrove Hummingbird, Cuckoos, Vireos, Warblers, Rufous-necked Woodrail, Panama and Scrub Flycatchers, and American Pygmy Kingfisher. In the afternoon we will visit open farm lands, forest patches, river edges and more pasture fields; the goal here is to find Seedeaters, Raptors, Parakeets, Flycatchers, Lapwings, Anis, ducks and species that are no longer found at the national park due to habitat destruction.
Day 3: Breakfast on the go! As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm so we will have an early start to visit one of the best birding sites in Central America, Carara National Park. The park holds a combination of ecosystems that allow an amazing number of endemics, birds with restricted ranges, and other rare beauties to thrive. More than 400 species have been recorded here, including Antbirds, Macaws, Hummingbirds, Euphonias, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Cotingas, Wrens, Manakins and a dozen other families. We will spend all day at the park, have lunch at a local restaurant, and dinner in Jaco Beach town.