13 days Fixed date Tours
From February 1st until 12nd February 2020
San Jose--(Capital city)--Sarapiquí (Caribbean lowlands)--Arenal (Caribbean foothills) --Ensenada (North-west dry)-- Carara area. Central Pacific (Pacific Lowlands) -- San Gerardo de Dota (Highlands)-- San Jose
Arrival day San José.
Hotel Robledal http://www.hotelrobledal.com/index.php/es/
Amazing gardens, great accomodation.
Day 2 & 3 Sarapiqui. Caribbean Lowlands
Hotel Ara ambigua http://hotelaraambigua.com/
Traveling from San Jose to Sarapiqui area, stay at Ara ambigua lodge.
After Breakfast travel to Arenal Volcano, visit and lunch at Cinchona humingbird garden, great place to see some endemic species of hummingbirds like Coppery headed H, Green thorntail, Green crowned brilliant, Violet Saberwing,Green Hermit, Silver throated Tanager, Scarlet thigh Dacnis.
Explore La Selva Biological Station http://www.tropicalstudies.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=838 and surroundings for Sungrebe, Great Green Macaw, Snowy Cotinga, Plain-colored Tanager, Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Black-throated Wren, Stripe-breasted Wren, Crimson-fronted Parakeet. A great collection of woodpeckers here at La Selva: Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Cinammon Woodpecker, Rufous-winged Woodpcker, Pale-billed Woodpcker, Lineated Woodpcker. Also Rufous Motmot and Broad-billed Motmot, White-whiskered Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Long-tailed Tyrant. On day 6 we`ll be visiting Braulio Carrillo National Park surrounding areas to try to get some pictures of Snow-capped Hummingbird, Black crested coquette, Violet headed Hummingbird, Bronze tailed Plummeter, Emerald Tanager, Bay Wren.
Day 4 & 5 Arenal
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge. http://www.arenalobservatorylodge.com/es or similar
Exploring the area of
Arenal Volcano. Potential bird species are: Lattice-tailed Trogon,
Orange-bellied Trogon, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Rufous-winged Woodpecker,
Streak-crowned Antvireo, Thicket Antpitta, Black-throated Wren, Stripe-breasted
Wren, Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Tawny-capped Euphonia, Lovely Cotinga,
Black-eared Wood-Quail, Black-breasted Wood-Quail.Other birds include
Dull-mantled Antbird, Inmaculate Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Ocellated
Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Spotted Antbird, Streak-crowned Antvireo,
Black-crested Coquette, Hepatic Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, White Hawk,
Day 6 & 7 Ensenada (Northwest Dry Forest)
Hotel Ensenada Lodge
Full day birding La Ensenada Lodge Situated on the mainland coast of the Gulf of Nicoya, La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge offers a comfortable and relaxed sitting for birding the North Pacific Slope. La Ensenada is a seemingly paradoxical combination of working cattle ranch, private hotel, and national wildlife refuge. The owners of La Ensenada bought the land in 1977 as a cattle ranch; the hotel was established in 1990, and eight years later the land was officially made a national wildlife refuge. The cattle farming has continued through these changes, and today La Ensenada maintains 300 head, mostly bulls, which are farmed for meat. There is also a Salina (Salt Pond) on the property, where sea salt is harvested during the dry season. The birding in the area is regarding and it is easy to build a good-sized list. Most of the habitat within the reserve is patchy forest and cow pasture, which will produce most of the dry-forest species. Some species that can be found right around the grounds of the hotel are White-throated Magpie-Jay, Crested Bobwhite, and Cinnamon Hummingbird, Mangrove Swallows fly over the fields of the hotel, and Lesser Ground-Cuckoo can be heard calling from the dense forest edge. At night Common Pauraque, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, and Pacific Screech-Owl can be heard in the area.
Day 8 & 9 Carara Region.
Hotel: Villa Lapas https://villalapas.com/ or similar
Travel to Punta Leona in the vicinities of Carara National Park and Tarcoles River. Explore the mangroves by boat and severalother spots including Carara National Park, roadsides, trails for Yellow-billed Cotinga, Mangrove Hummingbird, Mangrove Vireo, Fiery-billed Aracari, Black-hooded Antshrike, Black-bellied Wren, Riverside Wren, Cherrie´s Tanager, Spot-crowned Euphonia, Costa Rican Swift. This is a great destination as well to see Scarlet Macaws, Yellow-naped Parrots, White-fronted Parrots, Orange-fronted Parrots, Pacific Screeh-Owl, Crane Hawk, Scrub Euphonia, Royal Flycatcher, Double-striped Thick-Knee.
Day 10 & 11 Savegre Valley ( San Gerardo de Dota).
Hotel: Sueños del Bosque http://www.bosquesangerardo.com/
The San Gerardo Valley, is located around 6400 feet about sea level. Birding is great and gardens are beatifull, over 80% of species here are endemic to the territory of Costa Rica and western Panamá. It is the best place in the world to see Resplendent Quetzals. Potential target species: Resplendent Quetzal, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Black-thighed Grosbeak, Volcano Junco, Large-footed Finch, Yellow-thighed Finch, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Peg-billed Finch, Spangle-cheeked Tanger, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager, Black Guan, Buff-fronted Quail Dove, Sulfur-winged Parakeet, Red-fronted Parrolet, Bare-shanked Screech-Owl, Costa Rica Pygmy-Owl, Dusky Nightjar, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, White-throated Mountain-Gem, Ruddy Treerunner, Strek-breasted Treehunter, Dark Pewee, Ochraceous Pewee, Black-capped Flycatcher, Golden-bellied Flycatcher, Yellow-winged Vireo, Silvery-throated Jay, Ochraceous Wren, Silvery-frontedTapaculo, Wrenthrush, Timberline Wren, Black-faced Solitaire, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Sooty Thrush, Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Black-cheeked Warbler, Peg-billed Finch.
Day 12 Return to San José
Birding in the morning by the hotel vicinity and then some stops on the way back to San José. Afternoon free for your own activities.
Depart day flight home