3 days Birding Tapanti
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!
Birding Highlights: Lanceolated Monklet, Azure Hooded Jay, Scaled Antpitta, Prong-billed Barbet, Black Guan, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Lance-billed Hummingbird, Ruddy Treerunner, Chiriqui Quail Dove, White-throated Robin, Black and White Becard, White-throated Spadebill
Day 1: We will travel to the Orosi Valley, which is beautifully covered in coffee farms, active pasture fields and rivers. Many habitats exist here, hosting hundreds of bird species such as Orioles, Spinetails, Flycatchers, Raptors, Nightingales, Wrens and more. We will bird along the roadside, making several stops. Upon arrival to the lodge we will enjoy a well-deserved lunch and some rest before continuing our perusal of other habitats.
Day 2: We will begin birding before sunrise in search of Antpittas. We will spend the day in the National Park in search of Woodquails, Woodcreepers, Tinamous, and mixed flocks.
Day 3: We will take breakfast to go and begin birding early on the forest trails. Tapanti is full of surprises, and there are few places in Costa Rica like it, where you can have the whole trail to yourself. Species such as Green-fronted Lancebill, Prong-billed Barbet, Highland Tinamou, Azure-hooded Jay, Golden-bellied Flycatcher, and the opportunity for mixed flocks exist here. We will spend all day on the park trails searching for Tanagers, Oropendulas, Owls, Euphonias and more.
All 3 Birding Days Journeys you need to consider the following:
- If you are base in San Jose area, please let us know your hotel
- We most departure no later than 5:30 am (this is in order to avoid heavy concentrations of traffic breakfast is not included therefore try to arrange with your hotel/lodge prior departure
- We will be above 2500 meters, warm clothing and rain jacket could be need it
- Return time to your hotel would be after lunch this is in order to prevent getting stocked in traffic for hours.
- Travel time from San Jose main area to Tapanti (2:00 hrs)
- Lunch will be included