Duration: 11 hours Overview: This one day birding journey departs and returns to hotels in San Jose. The tour will explore the Braulio Carrillo Ntl. Park and Guapiles lowlands.
4-6 pax $135 person
2-3 pax $200 person
A full day birding journey in the heart of the real rainforest.
Travel to the Caribbean lowlands of Guapiles and to the lush primary forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park. This national park is perhaps one of the best places in Costa Rica for mixed flocks, rainforest birds and wonderful rarities. A small loop trail at Quebrada Gonzales station has an incredible biodivesity, quality and quantity. Located at the lowlands of Guapiles's valley this trail offers tanagers, wood quails, anthrushes, hummingbirds, eagles, orioles, aracaries, spadebills, and even rare species such as Sharpbill, Bare necked Umbrellabird, Black crowned Antpitta, Nightingale Wren and many, many more.
After a delicious Costa Rican meal (not included in tour rate), your journey continues to the Guapiles valley; with its large terrain of mixed habitats such as plantations, riparian, secondary forest, active pasture fields, etc. In this diverse combination of micro habitats you may spot another 60 or more species such as Great Potoo, Long-tailed Tyrant, Snowy Cotinga, Crested Guan, Bat Falcon, Great Green Macaw, White collared Manakin, Fasciated Antshrike, Green Ibis and Sunbittern.
Braulio Carrillo National Park is the best Rainforest of Costa Rica having a total area of more than 118 000 acres - 92% of which is virgin forest.
Only 1 hour away from San Jose, the rainforest's many extinct volcanoes and dozens of small and large waterfalls make it a breathtaking destination. At the park numerous animals have been spotted including jaguars, tapirs, three species of monkeys, ocelots, etc. The tremendous diversity of birds exceeds 350 species which many are rare or on the verge of extinction.
The Guapiles lowlands is a phenomenal area for spotting open field birds, many of which have adapted to various habitats that have been disturbed by humans such as pasture fields and farms.
Pick up time San Jose: 6:30 am
* Return time to San Jose: 5:30 pm What to bring:
Mosquito Repellent, long pants, Rain gear, binoculars & water
Lunch money ($10 or 5000 colones) What includes
Transportation, Pro birder, Park fees Hiking level: Moderate
A great tour for those with physical limitations and a must for bird Photographers.
Physical Level: easy to moderated design for: general public, birders (professional or amateur), nature, macro & wildlife photographers (professional or amateur)
What to bring: neutral color clothing, closed shoes, pants, short sleeves shirts, camera, binoculars (if possible) mosquito repellent, sunglasses, had, sunblock. During the rainy season: Rain jacket, plastic bags for cameras, wallets, etc. What is included: Transportation round trip, park fees, professional tour guide, water & lunch.