COSTA RICA: NORTHERN ROUTE
14 - 23 April, 2024
Costs Rica remains one of the most accessible wildlife hotspots in the world and should be on every nature-lovers 'Must Visit' list. With nearly 28% of its land protected within national parks, reserves and wildlife refuges, this ecotourism leader is committed to the conservation of its world-class natural resources. With over 900 bird species and a host of other iconic neotropical wildlife, come and explore the incredible natural wonders of Costa Rica.
This 10-day tour will visit the outstanding birding hotspots located in northern Costa Rica, including Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, the Abangares River, and La Selva Biological Research Station. Our expert local guide will lead us through diverse landscapes in search of country and regionally endemic bird species, like Cabanis's Ground-Sparrow, Mangrove Hummingbird, and Nicaraguan Grackle. There will also be ample opportunities to seek out other fauna and flora, like Mantled Howler monkeys, Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloths, Green-and-Black Poison Dart Frogs, and a host of native orchids. We’ll also learn how local conservation groups are protecting birds and their habitats for future generations.
Explore waterways in the Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, one of the world’s most important wetlands
Visit local conservation projects to learn how their work is protecting endemic and threatened species
Bird the rich biodiversity of La Selva Biological Research Station, and habitats on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts
Seek out Lesser Ground Cuckoo, Sungrebe , and Snowcap, among other iconic neotropical species
COSTA RICA - RAINFOREST EXTENSION
For those who want to extend their stay and seek out higher elevation species, there is an optional 5-day extension to Monteverde and the Arenal area.
22 - 27 April, 2024
Continue our exploration of Costa Rica, taking in the must-see birding locations of Monteverde and Arenal National Park. We’ll seek out iconic species like the Resplendent Quetzal, Three wattled Bellbird and Bare crowned Antbird. National Geographic describes Monteverde as one of the most biodiverse places on the planet; home to over 400 bird species - roughly half of all bird species found in Costa Rica. We will also observe a bird banding session with the Monteverde Conservation Foundation. The magnificent Arenal Observatory Lodge will be our home for 2 nights; the only lodge within Arenal National Park. Originally built as a research station for scientists of the Smithsonian Institute, it now protects 865 acres of secondary forest containing over 500 species of bird.
Full details are included in the Costa Rica: Northern Route itinerary.
Lesser Ground-Cuckoo © Jorge Obando
Morococcyx erythropygus ~ Least Concern ~ found in Mexico and Central America