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Birding Costa Rica

Birdwatching with the locals

Birding Expeditions Costa Rica

13 days Birding Expedition.

Birds are calling you to Costa Rica, this birding tour is perfect for every birder. We will explore the most diverse bird spots in this country, so you will get most of the birds in a short period of time, get the opportunity to get great photos of the colorful birds and enjoy the beauty of the rain forest.

Dates Available:

From February 1st until 12nd February 2021


San Jose--(Capital city)--Sarapiquí (Caribbean lowlands)--Arenal (Caribbean foothills) --Ensenada (North-west dry)-- Carara area. Central Pacific (Pacific Lowlands) -- San Gerardo de Dota (Highlands)-- San Jose

Day 1

Arrival day San José.

Hotel Robledal

Amazing gardens, great accommodation.

Day 2 & 3 Sarapiqui. Caribbean Lowlands

Hotel Ara ambigua

Traveling from San Jose to Sarapiqui area, stay at Ara ambigua lodge.

After Breakfast travel to Arenal Volcano, visit and lunch at Cinchona hummingbird garden, great place to see some endemic species of hummingbirds like Coppery headed H, Green thorntail, Green crowned brilliant, Violet Saberwing,Green Hermit, Silver throated Tanager, Scarlet thigh Dacnis.

Explore La Selva Biological Station and surroundings for Sungrebe, Great Green Macaw, Snowy Cotinga, Plain-colored Tanager, Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Black-throated Wren, Stripe-breasted Wren, Crimson-fronted Parakeet. A great collection of woodpeckers here at La Selva: Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Cinammon Woodpecker, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpcker. Also Rufous Motmot and Broad-billed Motmot, White-whiskered Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Long-tailed Tyrant. On day 6 we`ll be visiting Braulio Carrillo National Park surrounding areas to try to get some pictures of Snow-capped Hummingbird, Black crested coquette, Violet headed Hummingbird, Bronze tailed Plumeleteer, Emerald Tanager, Bay Wren.

Day 4 & 5 Arenal

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge. or similar

Exploring the area of Arenal Volcano. Potential bird species are: Lattice-tailed Trogon, Orange-bellied Trogon, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Streak-crowned Antvireo, Thicket Antpitta, Black-throated Wren, Stripe-breasted Wren, Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Tawny-capped Euphonia, Lovely Cotinga, Black-eared Wood-Quail, Black-breasted Wood-Quail.Other birds include Dull-mantled Antbird, Inmaculate Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Spotted Antbird, Streak-crowned Antvireo, Black-crested Coquette, Hepatic Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, White Hawk, Semiplumbeous Hawk.

Day 6 & 7 Ensenada (Northwest Dry Forest)

Hotel Ensenada Lodge

Full day birding La Ensenada Lodge Situated on the mainland coast of the Gulf of Nicoya, La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge offers a comfortable and relaxed sitting for birding the North Pacific Slope. La Ensenada is a seemingly paradoxical combination of working cattle ranch, private hotel, and national wildlife refuge. The owners of La Ensenada bought the land in 1977 as a cattle ranch; the hotel was established in 1990, and eight years later the land was officially made a national wildlife refuge. The cattle farming has continued through these changes, and today La Ensenada maintains 300 head, mostly bulls, which are farmed for meat. There is also a Salina (Salt Pond) on the property, where sea salt is harvested during the dry season. The birding in the area is regarding and it is easy to build a good-sized list. Most of the habitat within the reserve is patchy forest and cow pasture, which will produce most of the dry-forest species. Some species that can be found right around the grounds of the hotel are White-throated Magpie-Jay, Crested Bobwhite, and Cinnamon Hummingbird, Mangrove Swallows fly over the fields of the hotel, and Lesser Ground-Cuckoo can be heard calling from the dense forest edge. At night Common Pauraque, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, and Pacific Screech-Owl can be heard in the area.

Day 8 & 9 Carara Region.

Hotel: Villa Lapas or similar

Travel to Punta Leona in the vicinities of Carara National Park and Tarcoles River. Explore the mangroves by boat and severalother spots including Carara National Park, roadsides, trails for Yellow-billed Cotinga, Mangrove Hummingbird, Mangrove Vireo, Fiery-billed Aracari, Black-hooded Antshrike, Black-bellied Wren, Riverside Wren, Scarlet rumped Tanager, Spot-crowned Euphonia, Costa Rican Swift. This is a great destination as well to see Scarlet Macaws, Yellow-naped Parrots, White-fronted Parrots, Orange-fronted Parrots, Pacific Screeh-Owl, Crane Hawk, Scrub Euphonia, Royal Flycatcher, Double-striped Thick-Knee.

Day 10 & 11 Savegre Valley ( San Gerardo de Dota).

Hotel: Sueños del Bosque

The San Gerardo Valley, is located around 6400 feet about sea level. Birding is great and gardens are beautiful, over 80% of species here are endemic to the territory of Costa Rica and western Panamá. It is the best place in the world to see Resplendent Quetzals. Potential target species: Resplendent Quetzal, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Black-thighed Grosbeak, Volcano Junco, Large-footed Finch, Yellow-thighed Finch, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Peg-billed Finch, Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager, Black Guan, Buff-fronted Quail Dove, Sulfur-winged Parakeet, Red-fronted Parrolet, Bare-shanked Screech-Owl, Costa Rica Pygmy-Owl, Dusky Nightjar, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, White-throated Mountain-Gem, Ruddy Treerunner, Strek-breasted Treehunter, Dark Pewee, Ochraceous Pewee, Black-capped Flycatcher, Golden-bellied Flycatcher, Yellow-winged Vireo, Silvery-throated Jay, Ochraceous Wren, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Wrenthrush, Timberline Wren, Black-faced Solitaire, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Sooty Thrush, Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Black-cheeked Warbler, Peg-billed Finch.

Day 12 Return to San José

Birding in the morning by the hotel vicinity and then some stops on the way back to San José. Afternoon free for your own activities.

Day 13

Depart day flight home