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The sounds of the rainforest 2017  
January 4-14

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.... Birders!

Arrival date:
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 included.

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.


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