CLASSIC HOTSPOTS BIRDING TOUR
|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 excellent birding sites in central Costa Rica. Sites covered include Ceiba-Cascajal Road, Carara National Park, San Gerardo de Dota, the Talamanca highlands, Reserva El Copal, Hotel Quelitales grounds, and La Selva Biological Station. The tour has the potential of recording about 300 species in 9 days. The best time to take this tour is during early dry season from January-March. During this time birds are in full breeding plumage and are most active. Accommodations are good to excellent throughout the tour.
The tour begins with a transfer from our hotel near the international airport to the Pacific lowlands with a morning of birding along the productive Ceiba-Cascajal Road through dry forest and open areas. During a two night stop at Cerro Lodge, a full day will be devoted to birding nearby Carara National Park. A transfer south and then west that includes a couple birding stops leads to the Talamanca highlands including Cerro de la Muerte and San Gerardo de Dota. One morning will be devoted to seeking Resplendent Quetzals at Paraiso Quetzales followed by an afternoon birding highland areas above our lodge. We then continue on to a productive forest site full of tanager species at Reserva El Copal. We'll spend that night and the following morning at nearby Hotel Quelitales where over 70% of all hummingbird species in Costa Rica occur. From there we move on to the Sarapiqui area for a morning of birding on the Caribbean middle elevation site at La Selva Biological Station where over 400 species have been recorded. The tour ends with a transfer back to Alajuela with some birding stops enroute.