JANUARY AND SEPTEMBER RECOMMENDED FOR MIGRATING BIRD ACTIVITY
Birding and Costa Rica — The Words Go Together.
Costa Rica is a
birder's paradise offering a wide variety of bird species and habitats.
One can find extremely colorful tropical varieties—parrots, toucans
and trogons, as well as the small antbirds, woodcreepers, shoe birds and
ibises. In addition, Costa Rica serves as a major migration corridor for
many species that winter in South America.
While small, Costa
Rica is extremely diverse ecologically, with more than a dozen life zones
including 12,000 foot mountains, cloud forests, lowland rainforests, mangrove
swamps, palm-lined beaches, dry tropical forests, and savannahs.
We have set up
the birding trips to cover the High Mountain Habitats, a Caribbean Low
Land Rain Forest, the Caribbean Foot Hills, a Tropical Dry Forest, and
a Transitional Dry Forest. Costa Rica is famous for having one of the
best tropical climates in the world. July is the winter or green season
when we can expect beautiful sunny and clear mornings and some showers
in the afternoons. January is the summer or dry season with lots of clear
sunny weather. Temperatures vary little from season to season, but fluctuate
more with altitude. As we will be at both sea level and higher elevations,
the temperatures should be between the low 70s and high 80s F (22-30 C).
In the Central Valley (San Jose area), it is spring year round —
with temperatures between 72-77 F (22-25 C).
and Journey Weavers are pleased to share the beauty of Costa Rica with
you on these birding trips. This year, in addition to our January Trip,
we have added the Hawk Migration Trip (See itinerary page for separate
schedules). Each fall, thousands of migrating raptors travel from North
America to wintering grounds in South America through the Caribbean coast
of Costa Rica. More than a million raptors are counted each season.
$2,645 for 12 day trips includes meals, double occupancy
lodging, airport pick up and return, local transportation, services of
an experienced guide, group excursions. Not included: airfare to and from
Costa Rica, additional excursions, extended stays, accident, medical or
trip cancellation insurance, snacks, alcoholic beverages, or items of
a personal nature. Single supplement is $450.
Trip extensions to either Tortuguero or the Osa Peninsula will be four
days each (cost $775). Both of these sites will provide excellent birding
opportunities. Extension trips will include air or land transport, all
meals, lodging, local transportation.
In addition to bird watching, there will be time for options such as canopy
walks, rafting, and horseback riding, as well as time at the beach, or
just time to relax in beautiful surroundings with good company. Reserve
your space with a deposit of $350. Groups limited to 10-12 participants.