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More than 800 species of birds have been seen within the borders of this small country. To conserve this diversity, almost 30% of Costa Rica is contained in National Parks and Reserves, ensuring that it will be protected for many generations to come.
We’ll explore a wide variety of habitats as we search for the Keel-billed Toucan, Lesson’s Motmot, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, and so much more. One of the highlights will be our search for the Resplendent Quetzal, considered by many to be the most beautiful bird in the world.
We’ll explore the pristine rainforests, estuary and mangroves of the beautiful and remote Osa Peninsula, where we’ll seek out Scarlet Macaws, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager and Yellow-billed Cotinga. We’ll visit the cloud forest slopes of the Tapanti National Park where warblers and tanagers abound, and we’ll hike the lowland rainforest at the famous La Selva Biological Station in search of mixed-species flocks including cotingas, saltators and woodcreepers.
In Tortuguero, “the Amazon of Costa Rica,” we’ll see herons and egrets by boat while parrots fly over and howler monkeys roar in the distance. We’ll also visit the temperate high mountains of the Talamanca Cordillera, where highland tropical birds including an impressive diversity of hummingbirds are found. We could see up to 300 species of strange and colorful birds on this trip, along with a number of amazing mammals, colorful butterﬂies, and bizarre reptiles.
- Trip Leader: Candace Larson, Mary Coolidge, and local guides
- Fee: $4,295 members / $4,595 non-members
- Single supplement: $750
- Group size: Limited to 14 participants
Fee Includes: All ground transportation within Costa Rica, 14 nights’ double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, some dinners, local guide fees, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. A portion of your fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the Audubon Society of Portland.
Candace is an avid birder, mycology geek, and native plant enthusiast, with a passion for the diverse ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Candace leads domestic and international ecotours with a focus on bird biology and habitat preservation. She also works as a Field Biologist in Portland Audubon’s Conservation program, helping statewide partners meet their avian conservation goals.
Mary started as Portland Audubon’s Assistant Conservation Director from 2008-2012 before transitioning to the BirdSafe Campaign Coordinator. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College in 1997 and spent a decade studying a wide array of bird species in both urban and rural environments.