February 1-13, 2017
March 1-13, 2017
April 1-13, 2017
Rain Forest Caribbean Lowlands / Rain Forest Central Mountain Range / Middle and Upper Elevation Cloud Forest / Central Pacific Lowlands Moist Forest / and North Pacific Dry Forest.
Arenal Volcano Area / La Selva Biological Station / Braulio Carrillo National Park / Savegre Mountain Preserve / Carara National Park / La Ensenada National Wildlife Refuge.
- Your arrival to Costa Rica and transfer to hotel from airport. Introductory meeting/dinner at 7pm.
Hotel Bougainvillea is located only 20 minutes away from the airport and is the ideal location to rest your fly to Costa Rica. This three story hotel offers quite isolated rooms that nicely decorations, satellite TV, great showers, coffee maker, and good views of the gardens or the Central Valley. Other amenities are the swimming pool, gift shop (with bird books available) and good bar and restaurant. Full of trees, bushes, and flowers, the gardens at Bougainvillea Hotel is really what justifies using this hotel four our first night. As a botanical experience the garden is fantastic but not only that, a great number of bird species can be watched in the property making it the ideal spot to start your trip.
- Birding the Hotel's grounds before breakfast, breakfast and departure to Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Arenal Observatory Lodge is located in the Arenal area at about 20 kms west of the town of La Fortuna and only 2,7 km from the Volcano. Estimated driving time from San José to get to Arenal Observatory Lodge is 3,5 hours passing by beautiful green landscape of authentic rural Costa Rica interrupted by patches of rainforest. We will be birding there for the rest of the day after arrival.
- Full day birding Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Birdwatchers know that the more different habitats you explore, the more bird species you’re likely to see. Also, Costa Rican birders know that arguably the richest life zone for bird diversity here is the Caribbean foothill belt. That may be due in part to the ease with which both lowland and middle elevation species overlap at elevations between about 500 and 900 meters (1,640 – 2,953 feet), but there are also many birds that you will only find in the foothills. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Arenal Observatory Lodge is a favorite place for birders as the lodge itself sits at 740 meters (2,428 feet) above sea level and the entire property spans an elevation gradient from 600 to 1100 meters (1,969 – 3,609 feet). Add to that a variety of habitats comprising gardens planted with flowering and fruiting trees and bushes, pastures, second-growth woodlands and rainforest, and you have the potential for seeing lots of birds. No wonder the species list for the lodge and its vicinity has grown to more than 400 species seen over the years!.
- morning birding Arenal Observatory Lodge, afternoon departure to La Selva Biological Station.
La Selva has been a pioneer site in Education, Research, Conservation and Eco-tourism in Costa Rica since 1953 and one of the first private protected areas in the country. La Selva is located in the Caribbean foothills of Costa Rica and comprises 1,614 hectares (3,988 acres) of old growth and disturbed tropical wet forest. Species diversity is spectacular, including more than 1,850 species of plants, 350 species of trees, 448 species of birds, and approximated 500 species of ants.
- Full day birding La Selva Biological Station.
La Selva is a fabulous birding destination with over 400 species recorded in the area. Terrific birding opportunities are available in the more open areas both outside and inside the entrance gate. It's perhaps the best place in Costa Rica to see tinamous, which are normally very secretive but have become accustomed to the presence of humans. The highly endangered Great Green Macaw regularly puts in an appearance at La Selva, La Selva is a great place to see many species of hummingbirds and tanagers, including the beautiful Passerini's Tanager; Snowy Cotinga, Long-tailed Tyrant, Semiplumbeus Hawk, Broad-billed Motmot, Rofous Motmot, just to mention a few. After birding in La Selva we will go back to Gavilan Lodge.
- Morning birding La Selva, after lunch departure to Savegre Valley.
We will birdwatch the hotel's garden and the nearby roads all morning and after lunch we will go on to Savegre Lodge. Eighty-nine kilometers (55.3 miles) south of San Jose in a private natural reserve of 400 hectares and just 9 km. (5.5 miles) from Los Quetzales National Park, Hotel Savegre is the ideal starting point for exploring Costa Rica's magnificent tropical cloud forest in all its beauty. Hotel Savegre's services are the perfect complement for every nature lover seeking a memorable experience.
- Full day birding at Savegre Mountain Reserve.
Savegre Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. Stunning mountains surround this spectacular valley which is crossed by the magnificent Savegre River. The cloud forests of the area have been acclaimed by birdwatchers as the best place in the country to see the quetzal all year round (in other forests in Costa Rica the quetzal is seen only on a seasonal basis). Also, it is the home of more than 240 species of birds including Magnificent Hummingbird, Purple-throated Mountain Gem, Acorn Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Long tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Mountain Robi, Sooty Robin, Collared Redstart, and endemic White-throated Mountain-Gem.
- Morning birding at Savegre and departure Cerros Lodges.
This day we will birdwatch the hotel's garden, and roads near it and after lunch we will go on to Cerros Lodge located near Carara National Park.
- Full day birding at Carara National Park.
Carara is a favorite with bird watchers for several reasons besides its ease of access. First, its position in a transition zone means that residents of both habitats are likely to appear. Second, the Río Grande de Tárcoles has free flowing sections and its waters seep into seasonal marshlands and a shallow oxbow lake covered with hyacinths further expanding number of local habitats. Finally, because it is slightly dryer, and not all of the trees are evergreen, Carara is more open than the rainforests further south making wildlife spotting easier. Birds that are very likely to be found here are: Rufous-and-white Wren, Black-hooded Antshrike (endemic), Dusky Antbird, Scarlet Macaw, Masked Tityra, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, Dot-winged Antwren, Orange-collared Manakin (endemic), Baird's Trogon, Common and Slate-headed Tody-flycatcher, Purple-crowned Fairy, Long-tailed and Little or Stripe-throated(same species)Hermit, Rufous-breasted Wren, Black-bellied Wren, Black-throated Trogon, Black-headed Trogon, Lineated Woodpecker, Riverside Wren, Cherrie's Tanager, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Golden-hooded, Summer Tanager, Barred Antshrike and Rose-throated Becard, Great Tinamou, Black-faced Antthrush, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Fiery-billed Aracari, Laughing Falcon and Chestnut-mandibled Toucan to mention a few.
- Morning birding at Tarcoles River and after lunch departue to La Ensenada National Wildlife Refuge.
The Tárcoles River winds through Costa Rica's Central Pacific region before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Its watershed provides a crucial habitat for a number of species (the most notable of which is the American crocodile), and although the river is somewhat polluted, it is significant for the country's residents, as nearly 60% of Costa Rica's total population lives along its basins. Among the many herons and egrets are the Boatbill and Bare-throated Tiger Heron, also Double-striped Thick-knee, Mangrove Warbler, Belted and Ringed Kinfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Common Black Hawk, Crested Caracara, Yellow-headed Caracara, Roseated Spoonbill, Mangrove Vireo, Mangrove Cuckoo, the endemic Mangrove Hummingbird, Mangrove, among 50 more species.
- Full day birding La Ensenada Lodge.
Situated on the mainland coast of the Gulf of Nicoya, La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge offers a comfortable and relaxed sitting for birding the North Pacific Slope. La Ensenada is a seemingly paradoxical combination of working cattle ranch, private hotel, and national wildlife refuge. The owners of La Ensenada bought the land in 1977 as a cattle ranch; the hotel was established in 1990, and eight years later the land was officially made a national wildlife refuge. The cattle farming has continued through these changes, and today La Ensenada maintains 300 head, mostly bulls, which are farmed for meat. There is also a Salina (Salt Pond) on the property, where sea salt is harvested during the dry season. The birding in the area is regarding and it is easy to build a good-sized list. Most of the habitat within the reserve is patchy forest and cow pasture, which will produce most of the dry-forest species. Some species that can be found right around the grounds of the hotel are White-throated Magpie-Jay, Crested Bobwhite, and Cinnamon Hummingbird, Mangrove Swallows fly over the fields of the hotel, and Lesser Ground-Cuckoo can be heard calling from the dense forest edge. At night Common Pauraque, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, and Pacific Screech-Owl can be heard in the area.
- Morning birding La Ensenada, afternoon departure to Hotel AeropuertoOn this final day you will be drop at Hotel Airport where you will have the chance to rest to take your fly back home. This hotel is conviniently located only 5 minute away from the Juan Santa María Airport.
to make it fair for all of us price will vary according to the number of participants, we hope to make groups of 8.
4 people: US$2600.00 per person in double occupancy.
6 people: US$2200.00 per person in double occupancy.
8 people: US$1900.00 per person in double occupancy.
English/Spanish bird guide with field scope and field guide, pick up and drop off from airport, hotels, transportation, lodging, meals and park entrance fees.
Gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, airport departure tax, or international and local airfare.
Easy to moderate hiking is required. For birders with moderate limitations I am are able to make a special private itinerary.
We will be using a Toyota Coaster, a car with capacity for 30 passergers, full ensurances, and update goverment permitions for public transportation.
Nature Specialist: Roy Orozco and Johan Fernandez
Tour-1 November 28th to December 7th 2016
Tour-2 March 6th. to March 15th 2017
Birding in India.
Ten days Corbett Park, Pangot, Nainital and Sattal.
Delhi International Airport pick up and 6 hour drive to Corbett-Park, 275km. from Delhi.
Overnight stay in Gargiya. Explore in the afternoon to dusk, Ramganga river area and Sitabani area by jeep.
DAY 2 and 3
Corbett Park, famous for its tigers, elephants and leopards, is also a birdwatchers dream, with its rich over biogeographic diversity. Home to more than 580 species of birds about half of the total species found in the entire Indian subcontinent. You can see hornbills, babblers, bulbuls, cuckoos, bee eaters, thrushs, doves, rollers, orioles, drongos, owls, flycatchers, warblers, chats, robins, kingfishers, finches, forktails, parakeets and many more. Birds that can be spotted at the banks of River,Ramganga on the outskirts of Corbett Park. Two days spend in the Park exploring the park by jeep, on foot and try for elephant back.(If elephant are avilable).
Morning birding in park and after break-fast. 3 hours drive to Pangot by car.
DAY 4, 5 and 6
Pangot is small village 310km. from Northeast Delhi, 60km.from Kathgodam and 80km.from Corbett Park. Pangot have richest oak, pine and rododendron forest in the area the Kumoan Himalayas. The green belt supports an enormous varity of Himalayan flora and fauna.
Pangot for a birdwatchers paradise. Pangot is 12 km. from Nainital and the drive is through the bird habitats of Cheena-Peak(Naini-Peak) range forests via Snow-view Point and Kilbury. Almost 200 birds species have been recorded at Pangot and surrounding area, Baggar, Timla-pani, Ghugukhan, Binayak and Kilbury.
Birds to be seen: Ceer Pheasant, Koklass Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, White-throated Laughing Thrush, Straited Laughingthrush, Black-headed Jay, Eurasian Jay, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Hill Partridge, Rufous-throated Partridge, Rusty-cheeked Scimiter Babbler, Scarlet Finch, Common Finch, Blue-capped Redstart, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Plum-headed Parakeet, Rufous Sibia, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Himalayan Woodpecker, Brown-fronted Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Mrs Gould Sunbird, Fire-tailed Sunbird and more.
Morning birding, break-fast and than make a move to Nainital. Its only 45 minutes car drive from Pangot.
Nainital is set around a lake, at an altitude of 1951 mts. in the Central Himalayas of the Kumaon region. It was discovered by P.Barrow, a sugar merchant from Saharanpur in 1841. He was so moved by the splendour of the place that he had his boat carried
up there and this hill station soon became fashionable focus of all.
Nainital is also paradise for bird lovers. You could identified more than 150 species of birds during your visit in this hill station. Place to go for birding is Snow-view, Kahala Garden, Mangoli Valley. Next morning birding in Mangoli-valley returning
to the hotel for breakfast and then drive down to Sattal.
Bird to be seen: Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Black Eagle, Black Kite, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, White-collared Blackbird, Long-tailed Thrush, Blue-winged Minla, Scaly Thrush, Blue-fronted Redstart, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Spotted Launghingthrush, Streaked Laughingthrush, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Jungle Owlet, Asian-barred Owlet, Black-throated Sunbird, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Ashy Drango, Black Drango, Lesser-recket-tailed Drango, Common Rosefinch, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Barn Swallow, Red-Rumped Swallow, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Grey-hooded Warbler, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Spotted Forktail and more.
DAY 8 and 9
Sattal is 7 hour drive from Delhi, 1 hour from Nainital, 35km. from Kathgodam and 100km. from Corbett Park.
This is and ideal base for birders, nature enthusiasts, hikers and visitors wishing to explore Sattal and the surrounding area.
(Staying in comfortable tents).
Bird to be seen: Kalij Pheasant, Blue-fronted Redstart, Black-faced Warbler, Mountain Hawk Eagle, White-throated Fantail, Great Barbet, Long-tailed Broadbill, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Nepal Wren Babbler, Oriental White-eye, Western Crowned Warbler, Grey-cheeked Warbler, Goldcrest, Black-lored Tit, White-throated Tit, Green-backed Tit, Spot-winged Tit, Long-tailed Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Brown Dipper, Golden Bush Robin and more.
Early morning birding. Breakfast and Lunch on the way Back to Delhi. 8 hours drive.
During this tour we hope to see at least 225 species of birds and a fair number of mammals.
You will enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of the Kumaon, spectacular views of the Himalayas and surrounding countryside.
Price per person US$1900 in double occupancy (minimum 6 pax).
Included in tour: English speaking guide, comfortable accommodation, all meals, water bottles, transportation, park entrance fees.
Not included in tour: International flight, travel insurance, beverages, camera/videos fees, tips etc.
For further information and details please contact Sunil