Tour Overview



Duration:12 days, 11 nights
Group Size:2-8
Anytime Price:$3975
Group Price:$3650
Single Suppl:$450
* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.

Scintillant Hummingbird - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursOur North & Central Costa Rica Bird Photo Tour features a nice variety of excellent locales for photographing birds in Costa Rica. These include Carara National Park in the Pacific lowlands, Arenal Volcano National Park in the north, La Selva and Sarapiqui Eco-Observatory on the middle elevation Caribbean slope, and San Gerardo de Dota in the central highlands of the Talamanca Cordillera south of San Jose. The best time to take this tour is during dry season from January-April when most birds are in full breeding plumage. Accommodations are excellent or superior throughout the tour.

The tour begins with a transfer from Alajuela near the international airport to the Pacific lowlands near Carara National Park. There we'll photograph tropical birds in transitional forest, where the ranges of northern and southern birds overlap, and take an always popular boat trip on the Tarcoles River. In addition to antbirds, trogons, and tanagers, we should have good opportunities to photograph Scarlet Macaws around the lodge or in Tarcoles. We then transfer to Arenal Volcano National Park in the north, stopping en route for lunch and photographing hummingbirds coming to feeders at a cafe. Resplendent Quetzal - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursDuring our visit at Arenal we'll enjoy superior accommodations and excellent opportunities to photograph hummingbirds in the gardens and many birds along trails through primary forest on lodge property. We'll also visit a canopy walkway where we can photograph monkeys and birds higher up in the trees. After Arenal we transfer to the central Caribbean slope for two nights stay near famed La Selva Biological Station. We'll spend a full morning at La Selva, where over 400 species have been recorded, followed by an afternoon visit to a private reserve where an elevated observation deck allows photographing middle-story and canopy birds. At La Selva we'll have numerous opportunities to photograph birds along rainforest trails, in the clearing around the entrance area, and along the entrance road. The tour 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 Resplendent Quetzal. We'll spend two full days there to improve our chances of photographing these spectacular birds. We then visit several higher elevation sites before returning to San Jose.