Classic Neotropical Birding
4 March to 19 March 2017
Leaders: Nigel Jones and Herman Venegas
Maximum of 12 clients.
2017 Cost £4,399 single room supplement £490
Ornitholidays has been visiting Costa Rica for over 20 years now, and we have run over 35 tours to this bird-rich country. We now have a new itinerary, visiting many new sites, and increasing the number of species to be found in this 16-day tour. We stay at some fantastic lodges, including the world-famous Rancho Naturalista. This should entice those who have already visited to think again about coming back to this Neotropical paradise for birds. We are also running the tour twice a year, once in March and again in November.
Costa Rica is only a small country, but it has an astonishing range of habitats and birdlife. Ten per cent of the land area comprises national parks and a further ten per cent is protected as biological or forest reserves. Cloud forest, lowland tropical forest, dry savannah, mangroves and freshwater marshes are all covered, and this new itinerary takes in lodges with a wider range of altitudes, giving us greater bird diversity. Some of the star birds we would hope to see include Resplendent Quetzal, Sunbittern, Snowcap, Black-crested Coquette, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Scarlet and Great Green Macaws, Baird’s Trogon, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan and Snowy Cotinga to mention just a few.
Distances are comparatively short, allowing more time in the field. Several factors make this an especially attractive tour, including the friendliness of the local people, the peaceful stability of the country (it is a democracy with no standing army), the great profusion of wildlife and the government’s enlightened attitude towards it. In addition, our agents provide a highly efficient, expert and personal service, and supply very experienced naturalist guides. As is usual on tropical tours we will be up early most mornings to take advantage of the coolest and clearest time of day. Also, we now use the services of British Airways, with its direct flight from London to San José .
|Day 1 Fly to San José
Days 2-3 Cano Negro
Days 4-5 Arenal Volcano National Park
Days 6-7 Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Days 8-10 Rancho Naturalista
Days 11-12 Savegre Highlands
Days 13-14 Tarcoles
Day 15 Depart San José
Day 16 Arrive London