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Birding Tours of Costa Rica

Cotingas, Quetzals & Snowcaps  July 1-14-2012   13 nights-14 days

DAYS 1 - 7 San Jose, San Vito, Golfito-La Gamba.

Day 1. July 1 . Arrival to Costa Rica, Overnight at Hotel Las Orquideas Inn. 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.

Day 2. July 2. Las Cruces Biological Station. Early breakfast and departure via local airline to Golfito’s town in Osa Peninsula to Golfito’s Town; drive to San Vito’s area stop along the way in search of Crested Oropendula, Blue headed Parrot, Pearl Kite, Mouse colored Flycatcher among many others, the drive to San Vito will lead us to 1500 meters from sea level, climatic conditions may vary and the exuberant rainforest will take over, the rest of the day botanical garden birding. All meals included.

Day 3. July 3. Las Cruces Biological Station. Hotel grounds birding before breakfast, following to exploration of short and long loop trails that will allow us to explore the secondary forest that surrounds the Wilson Botanical Garden. This area had been completely cleared when the Wilsons first started the Garden in the early 1960s. The forest has recovered over the last 40 years, and we might see aracaries, forest flycatchers, antbirds, woodcreepers, manakins, etc  After lunch we will explore more forested trails. All meals included.

Day 4. July 4. Las Cruces Biological Station. Early breakfast and straight to Rio Java trail.The trail begins past the bamboo gate and takes you through a picturesque section of secondary forest, crossing a number of small creeks along the way. It is a well-maintained trail but only people in good physical condition should hike it. Bamboo walking sticks and rubber boots are available upon request.  All meals included.

Day 5. July 5. Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge. Travel morning to Osa Peninsula to Rincon Area; where our rustic lodge and its great meals await for us, birding along the road side for raptors, doves, parrots, seedaters, flycatchers,etc. Upon arrival lunch will welcome us follow of leisure time to relax, take a little siesta and meet back for garden birding around 3 p.m. until dark. Dinning and night birding. All meals included.

Day 6. July 6. Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge. Early birding, hummingbirds, tinamous, trogons, leaftossers are among the first ones to come out, trogons, flycatchers, wood quails are also on this the target birds, breakfast after birding and then visit some road sides and paths for more good species. Return to the lodge for lunch take a short break and lets get back on birding for Cotingas, Aracaries, Woodcreepers and much more..  All meals included.

Day 7. July 7. Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge. Today, we will focus on targets that we had yet not found, we will also hike on dense forest for Puffbirds, Marble Wood Quail, Ruddy Woodcreeper, Rufous winged Woodpecker, Bran colored Flycatcher, the elusive Scaly breasted Wren to mention few. Also optional night birding. All meals included.

DAYS 8-11 Talamanca Mountains- Savegre Valley & Cerro de la Muerte.

Day 8. July 8. Paraiso del Quetzal Lodge.  Early departure to the Savegre Valley by land birding along the road for raptors, seedaters and woodpeckers; once in the highlands at 9000 ft, the number of endemics such as Timberline Wren, Junco Volcano, Volcano Hummingbird, Flame throated Warbler, are our new targets at the Paramo forest. Upon arrival lunch and garden birding. All meals included

Day 9. July 9. Birding before breakfast. In Search of Resplendent Quetzal. Paraiso del Quetzal Lodge.
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 10. July 10. Paraiso del Quetzal Lodge. 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, wrens, hummers and nightjars. All meals included.

Day 11. July 11. Copal Lodge. Leisurely take a breakfast pack and get ready to intense birding at Pejibaye’s 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 12. July 12. 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 13. July 13. Copal Lodge. Get up with the sounds of the forest, birdwatch from the lodge deck, breakfast & continue searching for birds inside the forest since the list its large we will concentrated on species not found the previous days and also better looks to some of the pretty tanagers like Emerald Tanager, Black and Yellow and Rufous winged.  All meals included.

Day 14. July 14. Relax breakfast and good bye paradise, transfer to the international airport!! Breakfast Included.

Price per participant
4 to 6 pax $2550 ( double accommodation )
**Single supplement add $250 u.s**

  1. All lodging
  2. All meals except arrival day.
  3. All ground transportation
  4. Local air flight
  5. All park fees
  6. All activities
  7. Pro-birder guiding the entire trip
  8. Costa Rica Bird Check lists

Non included                                                                      

  1. Airfare
  2. Gratuities
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Alcoholic drinks
  5. Optional hot spring visit

What to bring on your trip to Costa Rica

Tennis shoes with good traction or Hiking boots with good ankle support (waterproof)
Comfortable sandals or flip flops
Swim wear
Underclothes and socks
Neutral colored clothing for rain forest hikes
Several cool long sleeve shirts and short sleeve shirts
Hat for sun protection (breathable)
2-3 pairs of light weight long pants for rain forest hikes
Lightweight rain jacket (neutral color only)
Casual beach clothing(t-shirts, shorts, sun dresses)
Long pants and a fast drying sweater for the city/mountains (temp. are cooler there)
Lightweight gloves for cooler areas
Rubber boots can be bought in Costa Rica for $12 us.

Small hiking backpack for day trips
Small first aid kit
Camera (optional)
Sun block and Bug Spray (Avon’s Skin So Soft)
Several pencils
Daily journal
A passport purse (to carry money, credit cards, etc... wear it close to your body)
Any needed medications, anti-diarrhea, or any prescriptions
Alarm Clock
Money,credit cards, identification

About $50-200 in cash (not tears in bills, small bills are better)
Travelers checks (American Express or Visa)(can exchange some of them for Colones at the the local banks or hotel front desk)
Visa credit card widely accepted in Costa Rica, except rural towns(keep phone number of credit card company separate.)
Photo copies of passports and driver’s license(kept in a separate place) IUse a credit card to call US from your hotel room or local phone.
For local calls in Costa Rica, purchase a phone card at pharmacies or supermarkets-use public phones (1000 colones)
You can also purchase a phone card here for international calls ($9 for 12 minutes to US)



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