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turquoise browed motmot on a brance

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Contact lead guide Steve Eshbaugh at (406) 570-2428 for more info.

Price: $4,400 Double Occupancy

Single supplement: $800

Deposit: $1,000

Tortuguero Extension: $900

Maximum size 8

Spaces remaining: 6

What's included in the price?

  • All trip materials, including detailed daily itinerary, list of what to bring, recommended field guides and pre-trip reading materials, checklist of likely birds & other wildlife.All meals from the start of the trip to the last night's farewell dinner.

  • All services of leaders/guides.

  • Tips of local guides, servers, drivers.

  • All in-country transportation, including taxi rides to and from the airport to the first night's lodging.

What isn't included in the price?

  • Drinks, snacks during the trip

  • International plane fare

  • Baggage fees

  • Phone calls

  • Laundry

  • Room Service

  • Arrival taxes

Deposits are refundable minus a $250 processing fee. Any trip canceled due to COVID-19 is fully refunded.

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Best of Costa Rica
February 20-March 4, 2024, $4,400

The options for Costa Rica are almost limitless. Remarkably, a country no larger than West Virginia can offer stunning biodiversity. About 4% of the world's bird species and 10% of butterfly species call Costa Rica home. This trip visits three of the top four eBird Hotspots for Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination for more than just birds. Ticos (their self-appointed name) treat you like family. Though some guide books label Costa Rican food as bland, the meals are generally delicious and use locally sourced foods. You will feel better with no highly processed foods consumed for two weeks. Most tourists choose to adopt Ticos' more laid-back attitude. "Pura Vida" is more than a saying, it's a very desirable outlook on life.

​This trip offers visits to a lowland tropical rainforest, cloud forests, and mid-elevation forests. The varied habitat increases the chances of seeing more birds. Rather than jumping from place to place, this trip stays for three days at all locations except one. This gives us more chances to visit spots often skipped in the rush to get to the next stop.

In the cloud forests, we'll spend three full days, greatly increasing the likelihood of spotting what many consider the word's most beautiful bird, the Resplendent Quetzal. Though we're a bit early, we'll also search for one of the more bizarre appearing birds, the Three-wattled Bellbird. 

A full-day excursion takes us close to Nicaragua, as we explore the wetlands for rarities like Yellow-breasted and White-throated Crake and Pinnated and Least Bittern. The diversity of the wetlands is boggling. In 2023, birders spotted 124 bird species in a single day!

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Costa Rica has preserved over a quarter of its total landmass. We are likely to see many other animals besides birds. Howler monkeys are a common sighting and spotting a white-collared peccary, agouti, and a host of other mammals is not only a possibility, but likely. 

This trip starts at a hotel outside San Jose that includes two birds endemic to Costa Rica, the Hoffman's Woodpecker and Cabins's Ground Sparrow, among over 250 other species. Not many cities can lay claim to a hotel that offers such excellent birding, but it's a nice introduction to Costa Rica that hints just a little bit at what's to come. More details here

Itinerary at a Glance

February 20: Overnight, Hotel Bougainvillea

February 21: Drive to Rancho Naturalista, overnight at Rancho Naturalista

February 22: All-day exploring Rancho Naturalista, overnight Rancho Naturalista.

February 23: All-day exploring Rancho Naturalista, overnight Rancho Naturalista

February 24: Drive to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, overnight La Quinta Sarapiqui

​February 25: All day exploring lowland tropical rainforest, overnight La Quinta Sarapiqui

February 26: Drive to La Fortuna, overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge

February 27: All day exploration of Arenal Observatory Lodge grounds

February 28: All day exploration of Arenal Observatory Lodge grounds

February 29: Drive to  cloud forest near Monteverde, overnight Cabañas Valle Campanas

March 1: Explore the cloud forest, overnight Cabañas Valle Campanas

March 2: Explore the cloud forest, overnight Cabañas Valle Campanas

March 3: Drive to Heredia, overnight Hotel Bougainvillea

March 4: Fly home OR extension to Osa Peninsulaaraa

EXTENSION

March 4: Transfer by boat to Tortuguero

March 5: Tour canals at Tortuguero

March 6: Tour canals at Tortuguero

March 7: Transfer back to San Jose, overnight Hotel Bougainvillea

March 8: Fly home

For detailed info click on the pdf

Three-wattled Bellbird

Violet Sabrewing

Arenal Volcano

Northern Emerald Toucanet

Snowcap

Resplendent Quetzal

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