Costa Rica: A Relaxed & Easy Tour: Nov 04—12, 2017

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Price: $3,795
Due to a cancellation, there is one space available on this trip.
Departs: San Jose
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
Download Itinerary: PDF (115.9 KB)

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David Ascanio

David Ascanio, a Venezuelan birder and naturalist, has spent 32 years guiding birding tours ...


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Blue-crowned Motmot

Blue-crowned Motmot— Photo: David Ascanio

Visits two of the best areas of Costa Rica, with a remarkable cross section of tropical birds and habitats; comfortable accommodations and good food throughout; good birding right around each lodge; excellent introduction to Neotropical birding, plus many regional endemics.

The highlight of our tour will be our visit to the Caribbean lowlands and the world-famous La Selva OTS Field Station. Here, amidst the tall lowland rainforest, second-growth, and open country, nearly 400 species of birds have been found. Brilliant parrots, trogons, jacamars, toucans, and tanagers grab one’s attention at first, but we will also come to appreciate the more somberly-clad woodcreepers, antbirds, flycatchers, and wrens.

We will also visit the temperate forests on Cerro de la Muerte. This environment is home to more regional endemics than any other part of the country, and distinctive species like the Sulphur-winged Parakeet, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, and Large-footed Finch are typical. The fabulous Resplendent Quetzal is found throughout these forests.

The tour ends with a boat trip along the Sarapiqui and San Juan rivers where we have seen riverine forest species such as Green Ibis or Buff-rumped Warbler as we look for a fruiting tree that will allow views of other bird species.

Good accommodations and food throughout; travel by bus but no lengthy drives; moderate walking, mostly in easy terrain; midday breaks on many days; pleasantly cool to hot and humid temperatures.

VIDEO Slideshow: Costa Rica Relaxed & Easy 2015, by David Ascanio (Please note a minor mistake: the species called Masked Crimson Tanager is actually a Crimson-collared Tanager. Both species are in the same genus (Ramphocelus), but they are allopatric. Masked Crimson Tanager is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The Crimson-collared Tanager is restricted to Central America.)