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Focus on Costa Rica

Speckled Tanager

Speckled Tanager

Our ‘Costa Rica’ and ‘The Best of Southern Costa Rica’ tours in February and March (respectively) focus on the country’s superb diversity of birds and other wildlife. More species have been recorded in Costa Rica than in the whole of North America, yet the country is only about the size of Wales! Boasting over 850 species of bird, Costa Rica punches well above its size in natural history terms and it is easy to see why wildlife enthusiasts return time and again. With new direct BA flights to the capital, San José, there has never been a better time for a visit …

Costa Rica
Our 16-day ‘Costa Rica’ holiday begins in the Talamanca Mountains which rise to over 3,500 metres. Here we should see the first hummingbirds of our trip (we may reasonably expect to see about 30 ‘hummers’ during the tour) such as Fiery-throated, as well as Peg-billed, Large-footed and Yellow-thighed Finches. Next we transfer to Carara, a lowland forest on the Pacific coast which has one of the largest bird lists of any site in Costa Rica, before moving along the coast to La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge. Warblers, frigate birds, Willets and godwits await, as well as a chance to see – and hear! – Mantled Howler Monkeys. From here we travel up into the cloud forest to look for, arguably the world’s most beautiful bird, the Resplendent Quetzal as well as enjoy the forest’s ‘Hummingbird Gallery’! We end our tour with an exploration of Arenal Volcano National Park followed by three days on the Atlantic coast at La Selva – at the latter over 150 bird species is possible in just two days, including the spectacular Sun Bittern!

Contact:
Our next 16-day Costa Rica holiday departs Sat 4th - Sun 19th Feb 2017. Please call Paul Stanbury on 01962 733051 or email
paul@naturetrek.co.uk for further details.


The Best of Southern Costa Rica
Our 14-day ‘The Best of Southern Costa Rica’ holiday explores the south, central and eastern portion of the country. We begin in the Talamanca Mountains where we will hope to see Resplendent Quetzal as well as a dazzling variety of hummingbirds (including Fiery-throated), mixed flocks of tanagers and warblers, and Swallow-tailed Kites overhead! Next we travel down the mountainous spine of the country to Las Cruces Biological Station, home to over 300 species of bird and some 2,000 species of plant! Fiery-billed Aracari and Central American Agouti are among the species we’ll be looking for here. Descending from the mountains we will spend two nights among lowland tropical rainforest in the south-east of the country. During the day we’ll look for species such as King Vulture and Orange-collared Manakin, and at night we’ll go in search of Red-eyed Tree Frogs, owls and other nocturnal inhabitants of the forest. We end with three nights in Corcovado National Park followed by two nights in Carara National Park. In the former, a boat trip down the Sierpe River in search of mammals such as Baird’s Tapir, monkeys and Northern Tamandua as well as macaws, trogons and Harpy Eagle is likely to be a highlight of the holiday.

Contact:
Our next 14-day The Best of Southern Costa Rica holiday departs Sat 4th - Fri 17th Mar 2017. Please call Paul Stanbury on 01962 733051 or email
paul@naturetrek.co.uk for further details.