1.Talamanaca Highlands there is not destination in Costa Rica more fulfilling for endemic birds, although the number of species in the highlands in the country are far less than rainforest lowlands, the exceptional number of endemics far exceeds those ones in areas as Corcovado National Park or La Selva. Hummingbirds, flycatchers, vireos, trogons, wrens, are some the families that had been isolated for millions of years; creating specialization of species therefore endemics. Among some of the most beautiful birds are found the Resplendent Quetzal and perhaps the only place in which can be found all year round. Giant oaks, misty mornings and crispy air are among many of the wonderful things that make this destination a favorite among us.... Birders!
Day 1. Savegre Lodge or Paraiso del Quetzal. Early departure to the Savegre Valley; birding along the road for endemics such as Timberline Wren, Junco Volcano, Volcano Hummingbird, Flame throated Warbler, etc. Upon arrival lunch and garden birding. All meals included
Day 2. Savegre Lodge or Paraiso del Quetzal. Birding before breakfast. In Search of Resplendent Quetzal.
Early birding in search for always elusive Zeledonia, Tapaculo and Resplendent Quetzal. All day birding at the lodge grounds roadsides, gardens and riveredges. All meals included.
Day 3. Savegre Lodge or Paraiso del Quetzal. Birding after breakfast to oak forest, were dozens of birds are found in the dense understory or high in the canopy. Redstars, silky flycatchers, woodcreepers, woodquails, becards and some eagles are among others to search for. In the late afternoon we will visit several local spots for endemic warblers. All meals included
2.Tapanti National Park because of its geographical position this national park is effect it by constant cloud formation the forest is lush rich in epiphytic plants, mosses, orchids and a dense understory. This environment encloses an incredible number of biodiversity and a fabulous number of over 320 species of birds. Antpittas, hummingbirds, finches, woodquails, tanagers, euphonias, eagles, trogons, owls are common families represented here. With a large main trail bordering both secondary & primary forest; Tapanti is a place for those birders whom are looking for a challenge and finding those elusive ones such as Sharpbills, Monklets, Antpittas, Woodquails, Quaildoves and a soaring eagles or two. One of the most amazing characteristics of the national park are its mixed flocks which will arrive at any give moment and a good couple of dozens of species will be sighted.
Lanceolated Monklet, Azure hooded Jay, Scaled Antpitta, Prong billed Barbet, Black Guan, Ornated Hawk Eagle, Lance billed Hummingbird, Ruddy Treerunner, Chiriqui Quail Dove, White throated Robin, Black and White Becard, White throated Spadebill
Day 1. Kiri Lodge. Travel to the Orosi’s valley largely cover by coffee farms, active pasture fields, and rivers. Tons of habitats for hundreds of bird species, such as orioles, spinetails, flycatchers, raptors, nightingales, wrens, etc. Birding along the road with several stops. Upon arrival to the lodge a well deserve lunch and some resting time. The rest of the day we will visit disturbed habitats. All meals included
Day 2. Kiri Lodge. Birding before breakfast. Today, we will be birding before the sun shines, finding Antpittas it will require a little sacrifice. Birding inside the national park for antpittas, woodquails, woodcreepers, tinamous, and mixed flocks. All day birding at the park trails. All meals included
Day 3. Kiri Lodge. Breakfast to go, early birding at the forest trails, Tapanti is full of surprises, there are few places in Costa Rica where you might get to be all by yourselves birding. Species as Green fronted Lancebill, Prong billed Barbet, Highland Tinamou, Azure hooded Jay, Golden bellied Flycatcher and many opportunities to find mixed flocks are many on daily basis. All day at the park trails searching for tanagers, oropendulas, owls, euphonias, etc. All meals included
3.Carara National Park is by far one the best birding place all year round in Costa Rica and perhaps in the all Central America. The second largest population of Scarlet Macaws is found in Central Pacific, the national park has easy access to all trails, mangrove swamps, pasture fields and forest edges. There are very few places in the country where more than hundred species can be found in one trail. Meandrica’s trail it has become an icon for quality birding, tinamous, trogons, wrens, antpittas, manakins, cotingas, bellbirds, antshrikes are among the most common birds in the forest. The nearby forested edges give as a good number of open field birds, jays, blackbirds, greenlets, rails, ground doves, motmots, hawks, parakeets, owls are among many of the avifauna found in these habitats. The mangroves at Rio Grande de Tarcoles are very rewarding on a good day along the river edges 5 species of kingfishers can be spotted, more than a couple dozens of shorebirds, herons, egrets are also easy to find but the most remarkable species are the ones with a restricted range or to the mangroves such as vireos, warblers, cuckoos, flycatchers, the elusive Rufous necked woodrail and the only true Costa Rican endemic Mangrove Hummingbird.
Day 1. South Beach Hotel. No meals included. Pick up transfer and information meeting. Today, CRBJ staff will describe the day by day activities, the destinations, possible bird sightings, what to wear by destination and all other general information regarding the trip. All meals included
Day 2. South Beach Hotel. Breakfast at local restaurant after a boat trip to the mangroves.Travel a for half hour to birdwatch about 3 hour boat tour to Tarcoles River Mangroves in which a combination of deforested areas, river edges, mangrove forest and river mouths are impressive. Herons, egrets, vireos, hummingbirds, frigatebirds, shore birds, waders, cuckoos, macaws, parrots, hawks, also looking for White throated Magpie Jay, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Black headed Trogon and much more are among the common groups of birds sighted; although the boat tour main goal is to find the mangrove specialities such Mangrove Hummingbird, Cuckoo, Vireo, Warbler, Rufous necked Woodrail, Panama & Scrub Flycatchers & American Pygmy Kingfisher. On the afternoon we will visit open farm lands, forest patches, river edges and more pasture fields; the goal here is to find seedaters, raptors, parakeets, flycatchers, lapwings, anis,ducks, species that are not longer found at the national park due their habitats disappearance. All meals included
Day 3. South Beach Hotel. Breakfast on the go! “The early bird catches the worm”, today we will visit one of the best birding sites in Central America, Carara National Park is a combination of ecosystems, that aloud an amazing number of endemics, birds with restricted ranges and many other beauties with more than 600 species recorded antbirds, macaws, hummingbirds, euphonias, tanagers, flycatchers, cotingas, wrens, manakins and dozen more families are daily sightings. All day at the park, lunch at a local restaurant & dinner at Jaco Beach town. All meals included