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NORTHERN BIRDING TOUR

Tour Overview

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COSTA RICA
BIRDING TOUR
ANY TIME*

Duration:12 days, 11 nights
Group Size:2-8
Anytime Price:$3895
Group Price:$3395
Single Suppl:$385
Est #Species:325-375
Pace:Moderate
Difficulty:Moderate
* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.

Three-wattled Bellbird - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursOur Costa Rica Northern Tour features excellent birding sites in northern Costa Rica and on the Caribbean slope, including La Ensenada, Monteverde, sites near Bijagua, Arenal, La Selva, Guapiles, and Braulio Carrillo. The tour has the potential of recording 350 species in 10 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 excellent throughout the tour.

 

 

 

 

Thicket Antpitta - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursThe tour begins with a transfer to the dry woodland and savanna of La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge north of Alajuela. From there the tour visits middle elevation sites of the Tilaran Cordillera, notably Monteverde Cloud Forest and Selvatura. The former is a likely place to see Resplendent Quetzals and the latter is one of the best places to see Three-wattled Bellbirds. The tour then proceeds north to Bijagua, where private forest reserves offer some of the best birding in Costa Rica. When army ant swarms are active, obligate followers such as Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and Ocellated Antbird are very possible. A stakeout site near the lodge is one of the most reliable places to see Lovely Cotinga. The tour then continues to Arenal National Park area, where birding the park and private forest reserve is excellent. A morning visit to a private reserve in Fortuna should allow great views of some very rare, normally secretive crakes. A transfer to the Caribbean slope follows. A full day of birding La Selva Biological Reserve and sites around Puerto Viejo will be highly productive. The final morning will feature a visit to a private finca where a local guide has conditioned Thicket Antpitta to come into view. A nearby site should produce views of Crested Owls and other interesting species. This visit will be followed by a stop to look for Snowcap and Black-crested Coquette and some forest birding in Braulio Carrillo National Park. After lunch, the tour proceeds back to Alajuela with a stop at La Paz Waterfall Gardens to view hummingbirds en route.

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