CRBJ its eager to present our new service in the heart of the Central Pacific at the world famous Tarcoles River with the largest concentrartion of American Crocodile population of Central America. CRBJ has acquiered Fantastic Birding company (former mangrove birding tour by Luis Campos). The only company in the area with environmental awarness and also the only one who has never feed crocs. We are respecful of our national / international laws of conservation and CRBJ its totally committed to preserve the mangroves with its fragil wildlife.
Our tours are run daily by local expert guides with great knowledge on birds and other wildlife.
TARCOLES RIVER: Has an approximated distance of 111 km with its origins in the metropolitan area where more than 50% of Costa Rica´s population it total basin reach its over 2100 KM2. Within its premises surrounded by watermelon plantations, cattle ranches, and Carara National Park its total bird population has a staggering number of 307 species recorded.
Rio Grande de Tarcoles has been a number one destination in Costa Rica since the early 80¨s home of the former Tarcol Lodge. Its variaty of habitats such as grasslands, plantations, cattle farms, old mangroves, sand bars, mudflats, and estuary creates perfect niches for bird life, with families as diverse as Cotingas to Woodcreepers, dozens of migratory birds use the river as a home base or re fueling station during both migrations from north to south and vicerversa. The fact that is located so close to Carara National Park also increases its avian diversity but the most important aspect of its geographical position its that becomes the natural border from Dry Tropical Forest from the North and the Amazonian Rainforest from the south. No other place in the ithsmus has this amazing characteristic. Although the number of species found within the river vicinity reaches a beat of 300 species the total number of bird sightings between Bajo Carara near Cerro Lodge to Hermosa Wildlife refuge on Punta Mala just passed 600 species, without a doubt Central Pacific Area its the number one birding destination in Central America by far and perhaps due its easy access from each extreme of the biogeographical regions the best birdwatching in the Americas.
A total of 6 of them shown as rare or accidental: Jabiru, Black collared Hawk, White Tern, Least bittern, Fasciated Tiger Heron, Glossy Ibis. Randall Ortega & Richard Garrigues.
Services are run 3 times a day, (3 hours per tour)
6:00 am to 9:00 am 9:00 am to 11:00 am 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
RATES with transportation 4 PAX OR MORE: $65 pp 3 PAX: $75 pp 2 PAX: $115 pp (private)
RATES without transportation 4 PAX OR MORE: $50 pp 3 PAX: $60 pp 2 PAX: $85 pp
We are open to other schedules if possible yet those hours are suggested.
Maximum 16 number of participants, 2 pax mínimum require.
What is included: Boat tour, snacks ( water bottle, fruits, power bar ), bird guide.
Other services available: Binocular rental $10
Special Note: CRBJ has enough experience to understand that mixing birders and photographers are not always the best idea so we will try to provide each of you the quality of time you deserve by not combining both skills and passions.
Note: Tides play a huge roll in the flow of the tour, time changes might occur depending on tides.