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Costa Rica Birding Tour

- Sea to Sky in the Tropics

Tour Date TBA
Cost TBA
Departs From San Jose, Costa Rica
Max. participants 12





Day 1 Arrive San Jose, transfer to hotel Alta Hotel, San Jose

Day 2

Drive to Selva Verde via Braulio Carrillo NP
Afternoon birding at lodge reserve

Selva Verde Lodge

Day 3

Birding at lodge reserve and Sarapiqui area

Selva Verde Lodge

Day 4

Drive to Savegre Lodge via Cerro de la Muerte (c.11,000' asl)

Savegre Mountain Hotel

Day 5

Birding at Savegre Valley

Savegre Mountain Hotel

Day 6

Drive to Wilson Botanical Gardens

OTS, Las Cruces

Day 7

Birding at Wilson Botanical Garden

OTS, Las Cruces

Day 8

Drive to Golfito and Tiskita Jungle Lodge on Pacific Ocean

Tiskita Jungle Lodge

Day 9

Birding at Tiskita

Tiskita Jungle Lodge

Day 10

Birding at Tiskita

Tiskita Jungle Lodge

Day 11 Transfer to Golfito, fly to San Jose
Visit Poas Volcano and Coffee Plantation
Xandari Plantation
Day 12 Transfer to airport, arrive Vancouver  

We  recommended you check out our hotels and lodges at the following sites. These sites contain much information about the specific areas and highlights, including bird lists.

Alta Hotel: www.thealtahotel.com

Selva Verde Lodge:   www.selvaverde.com

Savegre Lodge:   www.savegre.co.cr

Las Cruces Biological Station and Wilson Botanical Gardens:  http://www.ots.ac.cr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=220&Itemid=422

Tiskita Lodge:         www.tiskita-lodge.co.cr


Boat Billed Heron

Barred Forest Falcon

Red Lored Parrot

Purple Crowned Fairy

Selva Verde Lodge is a rainforest lodge located in the midst of the 500 acre Sarapiqui Rainforest Preservation Area in the lush lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica.

The Savegre Mountain Hotel is located in San Gerardo de Dota, a small community in the Talamanca mountains. The Savegre Valley contains massive oaks and other native species & is a sanctuary for a large number of mammals and innumerable species of insects, amphibians, plants and birds. The valley is one of the best places in Costa Rica to observe Resplendent Quetzals, which reside here year round. In January 2009 a group of Whiskeyjack Nature Tour participants spent an hour here watching a flock of 5 quetzals at close range as they fed on wild avocados. The quetzal has been called the most beautiful bird in the world.

 The Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) owns the Las Cruces Biological station & the Wilson Botanical Garden and boasts the most important plant collection in Central America. Particularly well represented are ferns, aroids, bromeliads, gingers, heliconias, marantas, and palms. More than 1,000 genera in 212 plant families can be seen along trails that wind around palm-covered hillsides, through agave and lily beds, under rain forest canopy, through banana and heliconia groves, or to strategic overlooks on the rolling grounds. Where there are plants on this scale there are always birds, mammals, frogs, butterflies and more to be found.

Tiskita Jungle Lodge offers pristine tropical rainforest and wilderness beaches on its 800 acre biological reserve. Located at the end of the road on the isolated southwest coast of Costa Rica, Tiskita is as remote as one can get. The lodge’s collection of over 125 different species of tropical fruit is one of the largest in the world, and guests are welcome to enjoy as much of it as they wish. Tiskita hosts an abundance of wildlife with over 275 species of birds and many mammals.

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Chestnut Backed Antbird

Violaceous Trogon




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phone: 604 885-5539

Box 319,  Sechelt, British Columbia, V0N 3A0, Canada


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Updated August 8, 2012

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