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10 days

Deep Green

Tour description:

Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica – Juan Santamaria’s International Airport

Day 2 &  3: Tapanti, Orosi

Day 4, 5 & 6: Copal, Pejibaye

Day 7, 8 & 9: Caribbean

Day 10: Departure – Juan Santamaria’s International Airport

Locations

Overview

Tapanti National Park: Because of its geographical position, this park is affected by constant cloud formation. The forest is lush, rich in epiphytic plants, mosses, orchids, and a dense understory. This incredibly biodiverse region houses an incredible 360+ species of birds, including Antpittas, Hummingbirds, Finches, Woodquails, Tanagers, Euphonias, Eagles, Trogons, and Owls. With a large main trail bordering both secondary and primary forests, Tapanti is the perfect place for birders who are looking for the challenge of finding those elusive species such as Sharpbill,  Monklets, Antpittas, Woodquails, Quail-doves, and perhaps a beautiful soaring eagle. One of the most amazing qualities of this park is its mixed flocks, which can arrive at any moment: a true birding delight!

Sea level 1250 meters

Temperature 11-32°C

Humidity 80% +

Pejibaye Mid-Elevation Rainforest: This is without a doubt one the most exciting birding destination in Central America! Lying beneath the Caribbean slope of the Talamanca Mountains near Tapanti National Park, its unique geographical position provides the area with an exuberant forest cover, inter-mountain valleys, river gorges and very little human presence, lending to incredible birding opportunities. The lower forest nearest the lodge is a magnet for Tanagers, Orioles, Shrike Vireo, Oropendulas, Toucans and Hummingbirds. Its understory of even vegetation is fantastic for Manakins, Spinetails, Finches, Wrens, Sparrows and even Tinamous. In a single mixed flock over 40 species can be found, including Songwrens, Anthrushes, and Antpittas. Meanwhile, look up into the canopy and you will find Grosbeaks, Woodcreepers, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Grosbeaks, and up to 17 species of Tanagers. Perhaps you will even see the rare Yellow-eared Toucanets gilding from branch to branch! Pejibaye’s Rainforest is the best place to find Snow- cap Hummingbirds anywhere, and the unrivaled privacy of this lodge, along with excellent hotel staff, make this location a birdwatching delight.

Sea level 100 meters

Temperature 17- 32°C

Humidity 80% +

Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Away from mainstream tourism and focus on scientific approaches. Kekoldi is the destination for hawk watch in Central America. More than 300 million birds cross Costa Rican skies from the months of September to November majorly. In a single day well over a million raptors can be sighted in thermals soaring the blue skies over the Caribbean Sea near Puerto Viejo Limon. 36 thousand hectares of rainforest is waiting for you. The vastness of the forest, plus the serenity of the place is enchanting. The Bribri people are over-friendly, they love sharing their language in a very home-style environment. Birds, sloths, big cats, and poison dart frogs are some of the most common wildlife within steps of your rooms

Sea level 150 meters

Temperature 25 – 36°C

Humidity 80% +

 

DAILY ITINERARY BY DESTINATION:

 Day 1. San José. Arrival in Costa Rica. Pick up by NGCR staff, transfer to the Hotel. Briefing about the tour. Overnight at the most convenient hotel according to the flight’s arrival time. Dinner is not included. 

Day 2. Orosi Valley. Early departure to the National Park, Rio Macho Reserve and surroundings. Considered by many as the most challenging yet rewarding birding destination in Costa Rica, there is no place like Tapanti. We have experienced swimming with wild Tapirs, earring roaring Jaguars and found the first and only first Sharpbill nesting. We are convinced that this hidden tropical treasure has lots more to offer to us.

  • Breakfasts on the go
  • Drive and bird. An easy way to go from point A to point B
  • Lunch at 12:00 on the road
  • Dinners at 18:30

Photography workshop Subject: Lowlight and backlit (19:00 – 20:30) 

Day 3.Orosi Valley. Another early departure for more adventure along the pristine forest of the national park.

  • Breakfasts on the go
  • Drive and bird. An easy way to go from point A to point B
  • Lunch at 12:00 on the road
  • Dinners at 18:30

Day 4. Pejibaye Rainforest. Early bird photography along with the hotel premises before breakfast and departure to the isolated rich forest. A journey to never forget. A place with such an incredible deep green feeling that evokes times before time.

  • Lunch at 12:00
  • Forest edges exploration and Sunbittern quest
  • Dinners at 18:30

Photography workshop Subject: Motion, stillness and haze.

Day 5. Pejibaye Rainforest. Get up before the sunlight shines. We love being up before sunlight hits the virgin rainforest in the area. Our targets today are fruit-eating birds such as Euphonias, Honeycreepers, Tanagers, Guans, Toucans and more. Also, we will focus on capturing the sneaky Snowcap, a unique-looking hummingbird that flowers around the hotel grounds.

  • Breakfast at 9:00 am
  • Birding from comfort at the hotel decks.
  • Dinners at 18:30

Day 6. Pejibaye Rainforest. Once again being up before light is crucial, the weather is always changing in the mountains and we must take advantage of all different possible scenarios. Bird hike at the lodge trails in search of rare birds such as Yellow-eared Toucanet, Lovely Cotinga and White-crowned Manakin.

  • Breakfast at 9:00 am
  • Birding from comfort at the hotel decks and forest hike
  • Dinners at 18:30

Day 7. Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Early departure to the extraordinary Caribbean lowlands. A 3 ½ hour drive between mountains and coastline. Lunch along the beachside followed by a 1-hour hike into the depths of Indigenous Territory. Upon arrival, we will visit the Hawk Tower to see one of the most extraordinary natural events: Raptor Migration. It would be common to see perched and flying toucans, parrots, tanagers and many other birds.

  • 1 hr hike into the forest day in and out
  • Raptor migration observation daily
  • Forest hikes before breakfast
  • Afternoon photography by the lodge trails
  • Lunch at 12:00
  • Dinner at 18:30

Day 8. Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Get up and go!! Not really far since we are already in the jungles surrounding us. A short walk up and down capturing species such as Red-capped Manakin, Keel-billed Toucans, Rufous Motmot, Woodpeckers and Woodcreepers. When the sun is up the migratory raptors would be rising; a privilege to be in the heart of the action.

  • Raptor migration observation daily
  • Forest hikes before breakfast
  • Afternoon photography by the lodge trails
  • Lunch at 12:00
  • Dinner at 18:30

Day 9 Manzanillo, Limon. An early bird walks along the Kekoldi Reserve trails, followed by breakfast and some leisure or more raptor watching. Departure to the coast for more bird photography and visit to The Great Green Macaw Conservation Center.

  • 1 hr early hike out of the rainforest
  • Visit to Great Green Macaw Center
  • Lunch by the beach
  • Dinner by the beach

 

Day 10. San Jose area. Enjoy your last morning bird walk parakeets, toucans, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many more forest edge species inhabit your hotel premises. Departure at 11:00 am back to the city and overnight at the most convenient hotel according to your flight’s departure time.

  • 1 hr early hike at the hotel’s rainforest
  • Departure to San Jose
  • Farewell  Dinner