The small nation of Costa Rica has geared itself heavily towards avitourism and has developed a superb infrastructure to service the numerous visiting birders, and with over 850 species it is easy to understand why! The backbone of the country is formed by a scenic mountain range, and here the cloud forests are home to exotic species including the unbelievable Resplendent Quetzal, Snowy and Turquoise Cotingas, Black Guan, Long-tailed Manakin, Scarlet Macaw, Orange-collared Manakin, Fiery-billed Aracari, Black-faced Antthrush, Fiery-throated and Mangrove Hummingbirds, Mangrove Vireo, Baird’s and Black-throated Trogons, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Black-and-yellow Phainoptila, Wrenthrush and Golden-browed Chlorophonia. A wide variety of habitats that include the montane forests of the volcanic belt and the dry northern Pacific lowlands will be explored on our tour, and we can look forward to many striking species of trogons, toucans, motmots and hummingbirds, among many other spectacular birds. Thrilling birding, quality lodges and a relaxed pace make this destination perfect for anyone who has yet to experience the exciting avifauna of Central America!
Resplendent Quetzal, Black Guan, Rufous-necked Wood Rail, Highland Tinamou, Thicket Tinamou, Spot-bellied Bobwhite, Baird's & Black-throated Trogons, Black-hooded Antshrike, Sulphur-winged Parakeet, Scarlet Macaw, Pacific & Bare-shanked Screech Owls, Costa Rican Pygmy Owl, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Turquoise Cotinga, Orange-collared & Long-tailed Manakins, Chiriqui & Buff-fronted Quail-Doves, Black-breasted Wood Quail, Coppery-headed Emerald, Grey-tailed Mountaingem, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Northern Royal Flycatcher, Streak-chested Antpitta, Prong-billed Barbet, Black-bellied & Riverside Wrens, Black-capped Flycatcher, Sooty-capped Bush Tanager, Ochraceous Pewee, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Volcano Junco, Costa Rican Swift, Blue-throated Toucanet, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Black-and-yellow Phainoptila, Wrenthrush, Timberline Wren, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Sooty Thrush, Flame-throated & Black-cheeked Warbler, Silvery-throated Jay, Sooty-faced, Large-footed and Yellow-thighed Finch, Streak-breasted Treehunter, Fiery-billed Aracari, Black-faced Antthrush, Mangrove Vireo, Banded Wren, Mangrove Hummingbird, White-crested Coquette.
Mantled Howler Monkey, Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth
Rainforest, cloud forest, highland oak forest, dry forest, mangroves, rivers
mostly tropical conditions; warm to humid with cooler conditions in mountainous areas
8 with 1 local leader
mostly relaxed with some longer walks
comfortable lodges and hotels
moderate, with some tricky species
Bobby Wilcox was a good guide. Calm and knowledgeable. The food and accommodation were both very good, Better than I expect.
Adam is an extremely hard working, energetic and enthusiastic person who is able to remain calm and collected under extreme pressure and is always willing to help and assist anyone in need. His ability to find elusive birds for clients is legendary and almost miraculous. He is not feint-hearted and never daunted by challenging circumstances.
Adam and the local guide, were exceptionally good, both at making sure the logistics were taken care of and locating, identifying and making sure all of us on the tour saw the bird. Both were the finest I've ever experienced at identifying birds by their calls. All in all, a really terrific trip with over 300 species of birds sighted! A special shout-out for Hotel Robledal. While the hotel is older, the family that owns and runs it are wonderful hosts with an exceptional appreciation for the environment. Returning to Hotel Robledal at the end of the trip felt like coming home. Thanks Rockjumper, for a terrific trip! "
Just wanted to take a moment to thank Rockjumper for a fantastic trip ! Bobby Wilcox and our local guide were the best!! This pair of professionals worked very hard to take care of all of us and make sure each person got to see every bird!! Together we had close to 400 bird species! An outstanding number! We had great Accommodations and good food! We were birding everyday from 5:45am until 6 pm!! Just can’t thank you enough!! And after talking with Bobby Wilcox about the pantanal trip coming up, I’m sure I’m going to go!! Looking forward to future trips with Rockjumper!!!
I can say it was a great tour. Forrest and Richard were fantastic leaders. I would bird with them anywhere.
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