Costa Rica Birding Journeys

10 Nights Photography Itineraries

All areas have been chosen based on the 20 years of guiding success of our company, nothing has been left to chance except for nature itself. From the deep jungles of Braulio Carillo´s national park to the smoky summit of Arenal Volcano´s rainforest.
This photography experience has been created to capture colourful, beautiful and most iconic bird life from our rainforests.
All daily activities would be based on light or natural opportunities such as nesting sites, feeding frenzy, fruiting trees, etc.
During the down times or complicated light garden explorations of visits to other parts of the chosen destinations. Since we will be focus on no control environments or bird feeding stations; exploring the surrounding habitats near our lodges can well be highly rewarding. In many cases sitting still on flowering bushes or tree cavities can give us positive results.
Mastering bird photography on flight:
We will concentrate it on capturing hummingbirds in the air. Many hotels had for a long time built very attractive gardens fill with hummers fighting for the best perches and nectars. Apart from hummingbirds at Tarcoles River boat tour the number of birds fishing, catching or simply gliding are fabulous.
Using flash or not:
We would be teaching the use of natural light rather than multiflash control as those use to capture hummingbirds with fake backgrounds. Nonetheless we will also take some time to explain the uses of flash on bird photography.
What to bring list
• Tennis shoes with good traction or hiking shoes with ankle support (waterproof) • Comfortable sandals or flip flops • Swimming wear • Neutral color clothing for camouflage • Several cool long sleeve shirts and short sleeve shirts • Hat for sun protection (breathable) • 2-3 pairs of light weight long pants for rain forest hikes • Lightweight rain jacket (neutral color only) • Casual beach clothing (t-shirts, shorts, sun dresses) • Long pants and a fast drying sweater for the city/mountains (temp. are cooler can reach 3.5 degree celsius) • Lightweight gloves for cooler areas • Wellingtons/rubber boots can be bought in Costa Rica for $15 usd
Gear
• Small hiking backpack for day trips • Small first aid kit • Binoculars • Camera (optional) • Sunglasses • Sunblock and Bug Spray • Several pencils • Daily journal • A passport purse (to carry money, credit cards, etc... wear it close to your body) • Any needed medications, anti-diarrhea, or any prescriptions • Torch/Flashlight
Money, credit cards, identification
• Travelers checks (American Express or Visa) (can exchange some of them for Colones at the the local banks or hotel front desk) • About $50-200 in cash (not tears in bills, small bills are better) • Visa credit card widely accepted in Costa Rica, except rural towns (keep phone number of credit card company separate.) • Passport • Photocopies of passports and driver’s license (kept in a separate place) • Use a credit card to call US from your hotel room or local pone • You can also purchase a phone card here for international calls ($9 for 12 minutes to US)
Bird Sites:

    Overview

    Number of nights: 10 nights

    Destinations: SJ, La Selva, Bosque de Paz, Maquenque, Arenal Volcano

    General info:  A journey in the natural history and beauty of tropical birds.

    10 nights exploring 4 amazing destinations in some of the most paradisiac locations in Costa Rica.

    All areas have been chosen based on the 20 years of guiding success of our company, nothing has been left to chance except for nature itself. From the deep jungles of Braulio Carrillo’s National Park to steps to Arenal Volcano’s rainforest. This photography experience has been created to capture colourful, beautiful and most iconic bird life from our rainforests.

    All daily activities would be based on light or natural opportunities such as nesting sites, feeding frenzy, fruiting trees, etc. During the down times or complicated light garden explorations of visits to other parts of the chosen destinations. Since we will be focused on no control environments or bird feeding stations; exploring the surrounding habitats near our lodges can well be highly rewarding. In many cases sitting still on flowering bushes or tree cavities can give us positive results.

    Early rising: In some locations we will be leaving before sunrise. In order to capture certain moments, situations or specific targets.

    Photographing habitats: Many bird photography expeditions have always focused on just the birds therefore a good part of the experience is reduced and the story telling would not be as rich as I could be.

    Mastering bird photography: There are many tricks to ensure quality and momentum. We will explore them all as long as nature lets us.

    Playing with black and white: Many times we let colours run our bird photography nonetheless experimenting with shades, shadows, contrasts of the enchanting universe of blank & white can give you new ways to see our beloved feathery friends.

    Times: Very crucial to make the most out of your holidays; we have selected all lodging, forests, or locations with a maximum distance/hours of driving. Generally speaking traveling time would be during the off hours or between 10 am – 1 pm.

    Difficulty Level: If you are able to manage 2-3 Km on a daily basis with intervals you should be fine. Just a friendly reminder we specialize on physically limited tours for those who would share our passion for nature and bird photography.

    How much photography skill do I need to have to enter the trip? Intermedia, Advance

    Bird as Art is created to all levels of photographers with a DSLR but if you are in a more advanced level please let us know and we might be able to suggest an either private service or a small group of friends.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: FIRST DAY’S HOTEL IT WOULD BE BASED ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT SCHEDULES

    Number of nights by destination: SJ (1), La Selva (3), Bosque de Paz (2) Maquenque(2), Arenal Volcano (2)

    Number of participants: Minimum 2, Maximum 6 (8 upon request)

    Dates/Months: Open all year

    Daily Itinerary by destination:

    Arrival in Costa Rica. Pick up by CRBJ staff, transfer to San Jose’s overnight hotel. Briefing about the tour. Dinner not included.

    La Selva how to best describe the most well studied rainforest on earth? Sarapiqui’s lowlands is the absolute meaning of Amazonian rainforest, everything you ever imagine or watched on Planet Earth documentaries. 150 feet tall trees with huge buttresses nearly as high as two stories home, smoky early mornings with incandescent beams of light breaking thru the canopy’s foliage, loud blaring calls from Great Green Macaws and deafening howler monkeys at the roof of the jungle. Hundreds literally hundreds of bird calls coming from all angles and melodious synchronized beats for Poisonous Dart Frogs. Its nightlife is as diverse and active as a new year’s eve in downtown New York, multi-coloured snakes, frogs, insects, mushrooms shining as the dark falls and squealing sounds of fruit eating bats flying in fast loops all over the understory.

    Departure after breakfast to Braulio Carrillo National Park at La Selva Biological Station.

     (1:45 hrs) 88KM

    Sea level 50 meters

    Temperature 24-34

    Humidity 80% +

    • Arrival and room set up (rooms might not be ready so all luggage stays with the van except your camera gear)
    • Exploring gardens until lunch. Possible scenarios: plenty of birdlife to capture, the use of tripods or monopods is a must. Carry your super telephoto lens.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00)
    • Room check in
    • Meeting back at 14:30 to continue exploring trails, gardens and river edges
    • Dinner at 18:00 (buffet style, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Improving basics, camera settings and questions (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentation
    • Departure after breakfast to Braulio Carrillo National Park at La Selva Biological Station.
    • Exploring forested trails until lunch. Possible scenarios: plenty of birdlife/animal to capture, the use of tripods or monopods is a must. Carry your super telephoto lens.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00)
    • Meeting back at 14:30 to continue exploring trails, gardens and river edges
    • Dinner at 18:00 (buffet style, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Improving basics, camera settings and questions (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentation

     (1:45 hrs) 60KM

    Sea level 1900 meters

    Temperature 12-24

    Humidity 80% +

    • Arrival and room set up (rooms might not be ready so all luggage stays with the van except your camera gear)
    • Exploring gardens until lunch. Setting up for Hummingbird photography. Carry your super telephoto lens.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00)
    • Room check in
    • Meeting back at 14:30 to continue exploring trails, gardens and river edges
    • Dinner at 18:00 (a la carte, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Focus on background, speed, timing of captures and questions (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentation

    Check Route Map

    Bosque de Paz nestled in the intermountain valleys between Poas and Platanar Volcanoes is found in the forest of peace. A private preserve with an enormous biodiversity and one of the few accessible wet forests found in the Caribbean mid elevations. Serenity, exclusiveness for those seeking out a true connection with nature. 11 species of hummingbirds are found within its forests and surroundings. Also home to the always breathtaking Resplendent Quetzal; Bosque de Paz Lodge gives you the intimacy and comfort we all have at home. The high extinct volcanoes, waterfalls, mystical cloud forests make this place enchanting beyond words. Here we will learn the principles of birds of flight, all techniques need it to capture award winning images. Dozens of trails are also part of the attraction for those with a Huxley’s best need of exploring by your own. Flowering bushes, fruit trees, streams and gardens are a magnet for bird life.

    Departure after breakfast to Bosque de Paz the Forest of Peace.

    (1:45 hrs) 60KM Sea level 1900 meters Temperature 12-24 Humidity 80% +

    • Arrival and room set up (rooms might not be ready so all luggage stays with the van except your camera gear)
    • Exploring gardens until lunch. Setting up for Hummingbird photography. Carry your super telephoto lens.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00)
    • Room check in
    • Meeting back at 14:30 to continue exploring trails, gardens and river edges
    • Dinner at 18:00 (a la carte, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Focus on background, speed, timing of captures and questions (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentationDrive after breakfast to down valley into the heart of some of the least explored rainforests of Costa Rica.
    • Exploring gardens, forests, river edges. Wild bird photography. Carry your super telephoto lens and tripod.
    • Today we will let mother nature show us the way. This recently opened trails show an incredible number of bird life found nowhere at Bosque de Paz, although the distance between them is only a few miles, the drop in altitude changes nearly 75% of the species. Many of them occur in small patches of the jungle, some walking around the property could give us amazing results.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00)
    • Visit to Bajos del Toro’s hummingbird gallery. As mentioned before only a few miles away and the number of species of hummers increases by more than half dozen.
    • Waterfall and landscape photography silky effect. After few hours with capturing those fast fliers we will hike to the base of one of the magnificent waterfalls of the area to practice the famous motion blur of silk effect on water. Bring your ND filter -5 or 10 stops
    • Dinner at 18:30 (a la carte, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Editing tools CameraRaw, Capture One, DXOLab3, Topaz and questions (19:30 – 21:30) video beam presentation

    Check Route Map

    Maquenque if there is a place that deserves a merit for conservation and restoring natural habitats is this hidden gem near Nicaragua’s rainforest. Very little known Maquenque Mixed Reserve which is a buffer zone for La Selva-San Juan Biological corridor and comprehends over 50 thousand hectares. This forgotten corner of Costa Rica is by far one of the most successful destinations for bird photographers. Since the small lodge has been established less than two decades and their achievement in establishing a sanctuary where pastures and deforestation were disappearing the existing rainforests.

     

    (1:45 hrs) 55KM Sea level 50 meters Temperature 24-34 Humidity 80% +

               Departure after breakfast to Maquenque Eco-Lodge.

    • Arrival and room set up (rooms might not be ready so all luggage stays by the front except your camera gear)
    • Exploring gardens until lunch. Setting up for water birds, toucans and much more. Carry your super telephoto lens with a tripod.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00)
    • Room check in
    • Meeting back at 14:30 to continue exploring trails, gardens and lagoons
    • Dinner at 18:30 (a la carte, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Framing, focus, high speed, and questions (19:00 –20:30) video beam presentation
    • Early morning photography. Playing with lowlight. Birds and ambient. B.
    • Exploring gardens until lunch. Setting up for water birds, toucans and much more. Carry your super telephoto lens with a tripod.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00) leisure time until 14:30
    • Meeting back at 14:30 to continue exploring trails, gardens and lagoons
    • Dinner at 18:30 (a la carte, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Lowlight images & how to capture bird habitat (19:30 – 21:00) video beam presentation

    Check Route Map

    Arenal Volcano if there ever was a Jurrasic Park Arenal should be the one, tangled vines, large canopy trees, damp forest floor, roaring rivers, dozens of kilometres of forested back roads, lush primary, secondary forests are some of the many habitats yet to explore. At our hotel choice par excellence Arenal Observatory Lodge their manicure gardens, trails are just phenomenal for image capturing. We have never had a dull day at this fantastic piece of paradise. Bellbirds, Umbrellabirds, Antbirds, Cotingas, Eagles, Currasows, Antpittas, Tanagers, Toucans, are some of the plenty families of birds found without ever leaving the lodge premises. A short drive out the 400+ hectares of rainforest own by the Observatory is found the Arenal Lake, a partially human made hydro-electrical dam has an enormous diversity of avifauna in every single patch of vegetation, from semi-cultivated lands to tall natural grasses and pristine wet forest. Species such as Keel billed Motmot, White fronted Nunbird, Black Hawk Eagle, Great Antshrike, are a tiny list of the colours, shapes and sounds.

    (1:45 hrs) 105 KM Sea level 500-660 meters Temperature 21-34 Humidity 80% +

    • Arrival and room set up (rooms might not be ready so all luggage stays with the van except your camera gear)
    • Exploring gardens until lunch. Possible scenarios: plenty of birdlife to capture, the use of tripods or monopods is a must. Carry your super telephoto lens.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00)
    • Room check in
    • Meeting back at 14:30 to continue exploring trails, gardens and river edges
    • Dinner at 18:00 (a la carte, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Birds on flight, deep forest and backlight (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentation
    • Early breakfast
    • Drive to explore more possibilities out the of the lodge on nearby back roads and forest edges
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00) out of the lodge, continue seeking for larger birds such as Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, etc.
    • Return time at 17:30
    • Dinner at 18:00 (a la carte, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Improving basics, camera settings and questions (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentation

    Last day of the journey: International flight dates, times, pick up & drop off based on your flight schedule

    Overview

    Number of nights: 10 nights

    Destinations: SJ, Ensenada Lodge, Bosque de Paz, Tortuguero National Park 

    General info: From the mangroves and savannas of the Pacific lowlands to the over flooded water canals of Tortuguero, a destination with a name for itself since begging on nature preservation and rainforest studies. We will visit 3 extraordinary places with differences so big that will surprise all your senses. Feel the heat from Ensenada, the crispy air from mid elevation Caribbean Mountains to the humid Amazonian jungle’s heart.

    Early rising: In all locations we will be getting up before sunrise. In order to capture certain moments, situations or specific targets.

    Photographing habitats: Many bird photography expeditions have always focused on just the birds therefore a good part of the experience is reduced and the story telling would not be as rich as I could be.

    Mastering bird photography: There are many tricks to ensure quality and momentum. We will explore them all as long as nature lets us.

    Playing with black and white: Many times we let colours run our bird photography nonetheless experimenting with shades, shadows, contrasts of the enchanting universe of blank & white can give you new ways to see our beloved feathery friends.

    Times: Very crucial to make the most out of your holidays; we have selected all lodging, forests, or locations with a maximum distance/hours of driving. Generally speaking traveling time would be during the off hours or between 10 am – 1 pm.

    Difficulty Level: If you are able to manage 2-3 Km on a daily basis with intervals you should be fine. Just a friendly reminder we specialize on physically limited tours for those who would share our passion for nature and bird photography.

    How much photography skill do I need to have to enter the trip? Beginner, Intermedia

    IMPORTANT NOTE: FIRST DAY’S HOTEL IT WOULD BE BASED ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT SCHEDULES

    Number of nights by destination: SJ (1), Ensenada (2), Bosque de Paz (3) Tortuguero (3) SJ (1)

    Number of participants: Minimum 2, Maximum 6 (8 upon request)

    Dates/Months: Open all year

    Daily Itinerary by destination:

    Arrival in Costa Rica. Pick up by CRBJ staff, transfer to San Jose’s overnight hotel. Briefing about the tour. Dinner not included.

    Check Route Map

    Ensenada this private reserve is an area that attracts thousands of birds during the migration from the north, and is truly birding to rave about! It is a fabulous area to find dry tropical forest specialities such as Thicket Tinamou, Long-tailed Manakin, Lesser Ground Cuckoo, and the rare Jabiru Stork. This seasonally flooded flatland with deciduous forest is full of possibilities for combination birding. Adjacent to mud flats, mangrove forest and coastline, this region provides the opportunity to see dozens of ducks and heron species, Kingfishers, Frigatebirds, and dozens of migratory species such as Turnstones, Sandpipers, Skimmers, Willets, and Spoonbills.

    • Early birding hike around the lodge grounds, visit Salt ponds for migratory birds
    • Breakfasts 9 am
    • Base on tides we will either visit the waterfront edges & mangroves or Salinas
    • Lunches at 12:00
    • Departure to Salinas and Punta Chira 14:30
    • Dinners at 18:30
    • Photography workshop Subject: Lowlight & movement (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentation

    Bosque de Paz nestled in the intermountain valleys between Poas and Platanar Volcanoes is located, Forest of Peace. A private preserve with an enormous biodiversity and one of the few accessible wet forests found in the Caribbean mid elevations. Serenity, exclusiveness for those seeking out a true connection with nature. 11 species of hummingbirds are found within its forests and surroundings. Also home to the always breathtaking Resplendent Quetzal; Bosque de Paz Lodge gives you the intimacy and comfort we all have at home. The high extinct volcanoes, waterfalls, mystical cloud forests make this place enchanting beyond words. Here we will learn the principles of birds of flight, all techniques need it to capture award winning images. Dozens of trails are also part of the attraction for those with a Huxley’s best need of exploring on their own. Flowering bushes, fruit trees, streams and gardens are a magnet for bird life.

    Bosque de Paz the Forest of Peace visit Bajos del Toro’s Rainforests

    (1:45 hrs) 60KM Sea level 1300 meters Temperature 16-28 Humidity 80% +

    • Drive after breakfast to down valley into the heart of some of the least explored rainforests of Costa Rica.
    • Exploring gardens, forests, river edges. Wild bird photography. Carry your super telephoto lens and tripod. Today we will let mother nature show us the way. These recently opened trails show an incredible number of bird life found nowhere at Bosque de Paz, although the distance between them is only a few miles the drop on altitude changes nearly 75% the species. Many of them occur in small patches of jungle, some walking around the property could give us amazing results.
    • Lunch (between 11:30 – 13:00)
    • Visit to Bajos del Toro’s hummingbird gallery. As mentioned before only a few miles away and the number of species of hummers increases by more than half dozen.
    • Waterfall and landscape photography silky effect. After a few hours with capturing those fast fliers we will hike to the base of one of the magnificent waterfalls of the area to practice the famous motion blur of silk effect on water. Bring your ND filter -5 or 10 stops
    • Dinner at 18:30 (a la carte, options for vegetarians available)
    • Photography workshop Subject: Editing tools Camera Raw, Capture One, DXOLab3, Topaz and questions (19:30 – 21:30) video beam presentation

    Check Route Map

    Tortuguero National Park this incredible park is truly the little sister of the Amazon! Miles and miles of water canals bordered by giant trees, evergreen forests with tangled flowering vines, this region is the epitome of the rainforests of your imagination. Besides the common water species such as egrets and tiger herons, we can also find birds such as Agami Heron, Sungrebe, Green and Rufous Kingfisher, and recently Harpy and Crested Eagles have been spotted!

    (1:05 hrs) Sea level 80 meters Temperature 21/34 Humidity 80% +

    • Arrival to Guapiles-Pavona followed by a private boat ride (taxi) to La Baula Lodge. (1 hour). Upon arrival, room check in and garden exploration until lunch. One boat ride for 3:30 hours
    • Driving time (147 km 3:30 hrs)
    • Birding and photography at the hotel gardens
    • Dinner (18:00)
    • Photography workshop at 19:30 (1+ hour)
    • Visiting the national park two boat trips
    • Early boat tour 5:30 am
    • Breakfast 9:00 am
    • Lunch 13:00
    • 14:00 boat tour
    • Dinner 18:30
    • Night walk around the gardens (macro photography)
    • 5:30 am boat trip
    • Breakfast
    • Leisure time or explore gardens
    • Departure to San Jose 11:30 am
    • Lunch at a Local Restaurant
    • Arrival to Hotel 17:30 approx.
    • Goodbye Dinner included

     Check Route Map

    Last day of the journey: International flight dates, times, pick up & drop off based on your flight schedule

    Overview

    Number of nights: 10 nights

    Destinations: SJ, Tapanti, Copal, Kekoldi.

    General info:  A journey to some of our favourite hiding places in Costa Rica, the evergreen vegetation, the low visitation from mainstream tourism and the unpredictability of the forests convinced us that this photography tour can lead to those images we all love to rave about it. Low pace, quality of moments and the secluded areas on which we will be staying are the ultimate bird photo adventure.

    There are certain places in the world where the natural world is at the tip of your fingers. Such places exist to remind us how beautiful our planet still is. And to motivate us to protect what is left.

    Off the beaten path is that inner quest for moments with an unparalleled splendour hard to capture on common destinations. We would like to invite you to explore some of those locations with cameras in your shoulders.

    Early rising: In some locations we will be leaving before sunrise. In order to capture certain moments, situations or specific targets.

    Photographing habitats: Many bird photography expeditions have always focused on just the birds therefore a good part of the experience is reduced and the story telling would not be as rich as I could be.

    Mastering bird photography: There are many tricks to ensure quality and momentum. We will explore them all as long as nature lets us.

    Playing with black and white: Many times we let colours run our bird photography nonetheless experimenting with shades, shadows, contrasts of the enchanting universe of blank & white can give you new ways to see our beloved feathery friends.

    Times: Very crucial to make the most out of your holidays; we have selected all lodging, forests, or locations with a maximum distance/hours of driving. Generally speaking traveling time would be during the off hours or between 10 am – 1 pm.

    Difficulty Level: If you are able to manage 2-3 Km on a daily basis with intervals you should be fine. Just a friendly reminder we specialize on physically limited tours for those who would share our passion for nature and bird photography.

    How much photography skill do I need to have to enter the trip? Intermedia, Advance

    IMPORTANT NOTE: FIRST DAY’S HOTEL IT WOULD BE BASED ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT SCHEDULES

    Number of nights by destination: SJ (1), Tapanti (2), Copal (3) Kekoldi (3), SJ (1)

    Number of participants: Minimum 2, Maximum 6 (8 upon request)

    Dates/Months: Open all year

    Daily Itinerary by destination:

    Arrival in Costa Rica. Pick up by CRBJ staff, transfer to San Jose’s overnight hotel. Briefing about the tour. Dinner not included.

     Check Route Map

    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 forest, Tapanti is the perfect place for birders who are looking for the challenge of finding those elusive species such as Sharpbills, Monklets, Antpittas, Woodquails, Quaildoves, and perhaps a beautiful soaring eagle. Randall Ortega, our lead guide and owner, an expert in behavioural birdwatching, has spent an incredible amount of time in this park and knows it better than anyone. He is sure to guide you on an incredible journey here! One of the most amazing qualities of this park are its mixed flocks, which can arrive at any moment: a true birding delight!

    (1:45 hrs) 60KM

    Sea level 1250 meters

     Temperature 11-32

    Humidity 80% +

    • Early birding departure to the National Park, Rio Macho Reserve and surroundings
    • Breakfasts on the go two days
    • Drive and bird. An easy way to go from point A to point B
    • Lunches at 12:00 on the road
    • Departure to Pejibaye’s Rainforest after breakfast
    • Dinners at 18:30
    • Photography workshop Subject: Lowlight (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentation

    Check Route Map

    Pejibaye Mid-Elevation Rainforest this is without a doubt 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 Vireos, 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 Snowcaps anywhere, and the unrivalled privacy of this lodge, along with excellent hotel staff, make this location a birdwatching delight.

     (1:45 hrs) 60KM

    Sea level 100 meters

    Temperature 17-32

    Humidity 80% +

    • Early bird photography before breakfast every day
    • Lunches at 12:00
    • Departures to the forest after breakfast
    • Dinners at 18:30
    • Photography workshop Subject: Deep forest, backlit, birds on flight photography (19:00 – 20:30) video beam presentation

    Check Route Map

    Kekoldi Indian 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 during 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, poison dart frogs are some the most common wildlife within steps from your rooms

    (3:42 hrs) 173 KM

    Sea level 150 meters

    Temperature 25-36

    Humidity 80% +

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

    Last day of the journey: International flight dates, times, pick up & drop off based on your flight schedule