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Three-wattled Bellbird

Great Green Macaw

Seeking Costa Rica Rarities
 

More time birding, less time worrying on this epic, all-inclusive journey to fabulous Costa Rica!

February 9-20 2025                                           8 participants                                                    From  $4,700

Trip Highlights

Visit Varied Ecosystems

Bird Unusual Areas

Amazing guide to client ratio

Your trip begins in cloud forests and also visits mid-level rainforests, and lush rainforests on the edge of the Osa Peninsulae. Each ecosystem provides ideal habitat for a different set of birds and other wildlife.

We'll bird along the Sierpe River, San Vito and Buenos Aires to search for birds only seen in those areas in Costa Rica.

Your primary guide, Luis Barrantes is a Tico guide who knows the flora and fauna exceptionally well. Your other guide, the owner of the company will be on his 27th trip to Costa Rica.

The trip in which you are participating combines education with each outing. You are not merely looking at birds and checking another one off on your life list. You will return home with a wealth of knowledge and will be an ambassador for Costa Rican conservation efforts. You will meet community leaders and hear from our guides of the conservation challenges faced by locals.

What Sets this Trip Apart from Others?

All-Inclusive: From the moment you step off your plane in San Jose to the moment of departure all expenses are covered except some alcohol and itmes of a personal nature. Your registration covers your laundry, food, lodging, transportation, guides and gratuities.

Small Group Size: You'll be one of a maximum of 10 other birders. Few other trips limit trips to this size.

Meet Locals: You'll bird our guide's yard at the trip conclusion, and tour his home to meet his spouse. Birding at his property always adds a few new species.

Pelagic Birding: The trip ends with a pelagic birding trip into the Pacific Ocean, where many rarieties are typically seen.

Itinerary at a Glance:

February 9: Arrival

February 10 & 11: San Gerado de Dota

February 12: Buenos Aires

February 13 & 14: San Vito

February 15 & 16: Piedras Blancas area

February 17 & 18: Tarcoles

February 19 $ 20: Montezuma

February 21: San Jose

February 22: Fly home

We acknowledge that our travels impact the climate. To mitigate our carbon footprint, we work with Sustainable Travel International, a non-profit focused on offering true carbon offsetting. We calculate the footprint from everyone's travels and then purchase a carbon offset greater than our overall footprint.

We also contribute to Observatorios de Aves de Costa Rica, an organization works on bird conservation and education in Costa Rica.

Golden-hooded Tanager

Violet Sabrewing photo by tour participant Don Killer

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Steve Eshbaugh's experience includes working as a naturalist in Yellowstone National Park, and many years for private nature centers. He has worked mapping prairie dogs for black-footed ferret restoration efforts, as a field botanist, and on the Everglades Restoration Project. Steve has visited Costa Rica more than 25 times.

He holds a bachelor's in botany and a master's degree in environmental education. 

Steve loves sharing his knowledge of the natural world with other travelers.

IBlue Dacnis

Sunbittern

Resplendent Quetzal

Scarlet-capped Manakin

Red-legged Honeycreeper

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