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Costa Rica Birding: Off-the-Beaten Path — Motmots to Quetzals

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Champa Bilwakesh Feb 02, 2016 at 04:36 PM

I am on the flight from Boston on March 10. Anyone else?

Janet Hannel Feb 02, 2016 at 02:58 PM

I'm on the ¿ trip, flying out of Atlanta on flight 900T. Is anyone else on this flight?

Jeff Lapic Jan 12, 2016 at 07:45 PM

I am going on the Jan. 24 trip. I'm a retired lawyer living in San Rafael, CA. Anyone else on that trip?
Deb Sheppard Jan 16, 2016 at 10:47 PM

I'm going on this trip, living in Petaluma. My friend Marcia is going also, she's from Northern Kentucky. See you there!

Constance Herzig Jan 11, 2016 at 05:53 PM

I will be on the 02/05/2016 trip and leaving one day early. Anyone else going early?
Janet Hannel Feb 02, 2016 at 02:58 PM

Looking forward to meeting you on ¿!

Champa Bilwakesh Dec 23, 2015 at 02:11 PM

I am on the March 10th 2015 program. I am a beginner birder and am very excited about this trip. How do people usually manage the binocs, camera, filed guide, pocket book, water, glasses, passports etc when you are out birding? in other trips we could leave our passports and valuables in the bus while out walking and sight seeing. any suggestion as to the kind of bags and other stuff that works well?
Also anyone going from boston?
Stephen Greenfield Jan 01, 2016 at 09:16 PM

Based on the trip I was on, it seemed like there was a rule that the driver will never leave the vehicle unattended.

Wilma McKenzie Dec 10, 2015 at 07:57 PM

is this trip suitable for photographers with a long lens and tripod? - I am accustomed to long hikes.
Stephen Greenfield Dec 11, 2015 at 04:44 PM

I don't have that kind of gear (just a "super-zoom", and not intent on photgraphig everything), but I wouldn't think it would pose any special difficulties, the walks aren't that taxing. Of course a lot of it is in forest, with low light, but I assume you're prepared for that. The biggest problem I can think of is that RS will allow up to 14 paricipants (we had 10), so taking a lot of time for photography, always having a good view, etc., could be challenge.

Champa Bilwakesh Nov 11, 2015 at 05:30 PM

i am booked on the March 10 to 21, 2016 trip. anyone else travelling from boston? I also would like to know if you need to carry a back pack for water and stuff. I am looking a for a very light backpack, if anyone has recommendations.
Stephen Greenfield Nov 14, 2015 at 09:23 PM

With respect to a backpack, there are some days where you will be away from the lodge or vehicle for several hours, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a small backpack with water, an umbrella, maybe a field guide. But I don't recall that many people did.

Champa Bilwakesh Oct 22, 2015 at 11:38 AM

I have a very minimal cell phone with minimal service but will bring an ipad so counting on wifi. how difficult was it to be in touch with family back home?
Stephen Greenfield Oct 22, 2015 at 12:35 PM

As I recall, there was wifi at most of the lodges, and I was able to exchange emails, go to Websites, etc. I don't recall that I tried Skype, and the connections might have been slow: one of the group downloaded an app to her iPad and that took a long time. Speaking of which, that was the birding field guide for CR from birdingfieldguides.com. She got very devoted to it, kept notes in it, etc. It doesn't have all the species, though. There's also an app of calls from BirdSounds.nl
Stephen Greenfield Oct 22, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Of course you don't want to use your cell phone, presumably the roaming charges would be awful. It's probably not necessary in CR, but on a trip to Indonesia, I realized that US iPads are not "locked" anymore, so I got a SIM card there and for about $20 for the month was able to do email (including sending photos), go on the Web, etc.

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