Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Tanagers & Hummingbirds 2023

      San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

      VB
      Ventures Birding Tours
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      85 reviews
      Mar 10 - 18, 2023
      Group size: 5 - 10
      Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Tanagers & Hummingbirds 2023
      San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

      Ventures Birding Tours
      • Email address verified
      85 reviews

      Mar 10 - 18, 2023
      Group size: 5 - 10

      About this trip

      Costa Rica has long had a reputation for being a birder’s paradise, a place where beginning and experienced birders alike can enjoy neotropical birding at its very finest. The reputation is certainly well deserved – life abounds here! Over 900 species of birds have been recorded within its borders, boasting one of the highest diversities per square mile of any country in the world! 


      Our 9-day exploration of this bird-rich nation begins by driving through the Poas Volcano en route to Sarapiqui. We will be our highest elevation of the trip at this point around 7000-8000 Feet. This is one of the best places in Costa Rica to find a number of species, including Sooty Thrush, Black-billed Nightingale Thrush, Magenta-throated Woodstar, Fiery Throated Hummingbird, Talamanca Hummingbird, Black-capped Flycatcher, Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher, Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl and many more.  Next, we visit the magnificent Arenal Volcano area. Here we will bird several private reserves on and near the volcano searching for birds such as White-throated Magpie Jay, Long-tailed Tyrant, Rufous, Keel-billed, and Broad-billed Motmots, Shining Honeycreeper, Stripe-breasted Wren, Sharpbill, Ornate Hawk-eagle, Ocellated Antbird, Tawny-capped Euphonia, in addition many other birds. We then continue to the Ensenada area at the Northern end of the Gulf of Nicoya. This deciduous dry forest hosts a wealth of new birds including Crested Bobwhite, Cavinet’s Emerald, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, Black-headed Trogon, Scrub Euphonia, White-lored Gnatwren, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, and many more. We will also take a boat ride to the bay of Nicoya and Abangaritos Mangroves. Here we hope to see such specialties as Magnificent Frigatebird, Mangrove (Yellow) Warbler, the endemic Mangrove Hummingbird, Mangrove Vireo, Surfbird, Elegant and Sandwich Terns, Ruddy Turnstone, and many more. 

      What’s included

      • Food
      • Accommodation
      • Ground transportation
      • Guide services

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Laundry
      • Gratuities
      • Items of personal nature

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy

      Room-sharing

      $3,995
      Deposit: $400
      Single Traveler

      For those wanting their own room

      $4,430
      Deposit: $400


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      VB
      Ventures Birding Tours
      85 reviews
      Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

      Reviews

      MC
      Great trip. Vicky knows her ducks and other waterbirds and where to find them. We look forward to more trips with her as a guide
      By Mike C for Duck Day in Asheville on Feb 13, 2024
      The trip was very enjoyable, in spite of the cold weather. Michael Werndley is a great guide and fun to be with. The main attraction was the chance to see up to ten species of owls, many of which can often be seen after migrating down from more northern areas in Canada. The group saw a Snowy Owl, Hawk Owl, Barred Owl, and (the major attraction) two impressive Great Gray Owls! Other local species included Snow Buntings, Common and Hoary Redpolls, a Northern Shrike, Canada Jay, Pine Grosbeaks, Golden Eye, numerous Bald Eagles, and a Merlin (sitting atop our hotel in Minneapolis). In addition, the group saw many winter species common to our own area. An unexpected treat was the sight of three wolves totting along the frozen harbor shoreline in Duluth! A great time was had by all!
      By Peter H for Northern Minnesota 2024 - Owls & Winter Finches on Feb 05, 2024
      Weather was a lot better than I anticipated, but even if it had been exceptionally cold, this trip is definitely worth it. To see the snow-covered landscape scenes, the beauty of the Black Spruce trees, all the native habitat for the Great Gray Owl, was an exciting and enjoyable experience. The food choices were fantastic as were the views of Lake Superior. Dress warmly and go for it!
      By Shirley A for Northern Minnesota 2024 - Owls & Winter Finches on Feb 04, 2024
      This was our second trip with Keith Watson and it was very special - he is wonderful to bird with, and to just be with. Our group was small and it made the trip that much more meaningful. We saw beautiful places, beautiful birds, and had lots of good food and good company. We had difficult weather at times and Keith was able to keep our spirits up and make it feel adventurous rather than adverse. Very grateful.
      By RHONDA B for Cranes Galore at Hiwassee on Feb 03, 2024
      This was a uniquely wonderful birding trip. Great group and great birding, with fantastic local guide, Sean, and always wonderful, Simon Thompson. We had our own chefs, one of whom traveled with us, with wonderful food and some Suriname local food. The Surinamese people were warm and welcoming. Fantastic trip!1
      By Toni M for Suriname 2023 on Dec 15, 2023
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