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The sounds of the rainforest 2017
Talamanaca Mountains there is not destination in Costa Rica more
fullfilling 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. Gian oaks, misty mornings and crips air are many of the
wonderful things that makes this destination a favorite among us....
Day 1. January 4. Check in and resting day.
Day 2. January 5. Savegre Lodge. 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 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.
Day 3. January 6. Savegre Lodge. 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 river edges. All meals included.
Day 4. January 7. Paraiso del Quetzal Lodge.
Pejibaye¹s mid elevation rainforest is without doubts the best birding
place in Costa Rica, it lies beneath the caribbean slope of Talamanca
Mountains near Tapanti National Park, its unique geographical position
benefits the area with an exuberant forest cover, intermountain valleys,
river gorges and more importantly very little human presence. The lower
forest near the lodge is a magnet for tanagers, orioles, shrike vireos,
oropendulas, toucans, hummingbirds, etc. Its understory with an even
vegetation is fantastic for manakins, spinetails, finches, wrens,
sparrows and even tinamous. In a single mixed flock over 30 species are
found songwrens, antthushes, antpittas are common on the understory
darkness, meanwhile grosbeaks,17 species of tanagers, woodcreepers,
woodpeckers, flycatchers, also the not often found yellow ear toucanets
glide from branch to branch in the forest canopy. Pejibaye¹s Rainforest
is the best place to find Snowcaps anywhere!! The charm of the hotel
staff and the unrivaled privacy of this lodge makes a supreme
combination for birdwatching.
Day 5. January 8. Copal Lodge.
Leisurely take a breakfast pack and get
ready to intense birding at Pejibaye¹s Rainforest, birding along
roadside, farms, cattle fields, etc. Once at the lodge explore the
surrounding forests, birdwatch on site. Around the lodge in the mid of
the day large eagles and other raptors are present, mixed flocks are
very abundant and near the lodge forests, snowcaps, spinetalis, forest
sparrows are also spotted. All meals included.
Day 6. January 9. Copal Lodge.
Early rising, search for antbirds,
leaftossers, woodcreepers return for breakfast and spend all day birding
at the lodge grounds and nearby trails.The small loop trails at the
Copal are very rewarding, insect eating birds such as Song Wrens, Tawny
faced Gnatwrens, Brown billed Scythebills, Schiffornis and many others
are some of the most active, its dense forest also is very good for
rarities like Highland Tinamou, Yellow eared Toucanet and Lovely
Cotinga, which in fact its the best month to find it. All meals
Day 7. January 10. Copal Lodge.
Sarapiqui is a real rainforest experience with vast areas to cover,
primary rainforest, active and non active pasture fields, river edges,
canopy bridges, thick understory, etc. Cotingas, macaws, oropendulas,
guans, eagles, toucans are some of the many species to find. At La Selva
Biological Station daily birds to spot are Green Ibis, Sunbittern,
Jacamars, Tanagers, Orioles, Woodpeckers, Tityras, etc. Botanical
gardens nearby offer great opportunities to spot a dozen or more species
of hummingbirds and its adjacent forest always bring good surprises as
Little Tinamou, Lattice tailed Trogon, Cinnamon Woodpecker, and much
more. The Braulio Carrillo National Park is a real rainforest experience
with the largest mixed flocks ever including favorites such as
Sharpbills and Umbrellabirds.
Day 8. January 11. La Selva.
Traveling to the Braulio Carrillo is breath
taken, its 95% of the forests has never been altered by human hands,
dozens of small waterfalls, evergreen vegetation makes this little piece
of jungle one of the best places in Costa Rica to visit. More than 350
species had even recorded within the park area & adjacent villages. Our
first visit is a local¹s farm in search for Spectacle Owl, Long tailed
Tyrant, Great Potoo, White throated Crake and the least goes on!! Lunch
on a nearby restaurant and visit the national park to try to find
Sharpbill, aracaries, mix flocks of tanagers, orioles, woodpeckers,
barbets, woodquails, rare wrens, etc. All meals included.
Day 9. January 12. La Selva .
Spend all day La Selva Biological Station,
whom is some of the best birding in the area with large forested it
areas combined with secondary vegetation and gardens. Dozen of birds are
found upon arrival, guans, tanagers, motmots, toucans, becards,
euphonias, etc.. Several hours at La Selva and continue to explore close
by grounds for Great Green Macaw, Bat Falcon, etc. All meals included.
Day 10. January 13. La Selva.
Day 11. January 14. San Jose.