CLASSIC HOTSPOTS BIRDING TOUR
|Duration:||9 days, 8 nights|
|* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.|
Our Costa Rica Hotspots Tour features three of the best birding locales in Costa Rica, Carara National Park in the Pacific lowlands, the middle elevation Caribbean slope, and the central highlands of the Talamanca Cordillera. The tour has the potential of recording over 300 species in a week. The best time to take this tour is during dry season from December-April or during the mini-dry season of July. Spring is when most birds are in full breeding plumage and summer is an interesting time when non-breeding dispersal occurs and rarities show up at places like La Selva. Accommodations are excellent throughout the tour except at Talari Mountain Lodge where they are comfortable but more basic.
The tour begins with a transfer from Alajuela near the international airport to the Pacific lowlands and Carara National Park. There we'll bird transitional forest where the ranges of northern and southern birds overlap and take an always popular boat trip on the Tarcoles River. Scarlet Macaws will be among the many species we encounter during our visit. Then we'll travel to the Caribbean side for two nights stay near famed La Selva Biological Station. We'll visit a private reserve where an elevated observation deck allows viewing of middle-story and canopy birds, and spend a morning at La Selva where over 400 species have been recorded. The tour then continues south to the Talamanca highlands and wonderful Savegre Mountain Hotel. This area not only features many highland birds but is also the best place in Costa Rica to see and photograph the spectacular Resplendent Quetzal.