Costa Rica
Birding the Hot Spots of Costa Rica
Voyage through the lush forests and mountains of Costa Rica to see some of the most unique birds in Latin America, from potoos and spot owls to the jewel-like resplendent quetzal.
Program No. 12848RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

Thousands of years ago, rugged volcanic mountain ranges erected barriers between the Caribbean and Pacific lowlands, forming a land bridge that linked North and South America fauna in Costa Rica. Isolation and connection are keys to understanding why this small country is “big” when it comes to biodiversity, and why it has become a Mecca for bird lovers the world over.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Carara National Park, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, and La Selva reserve and biological field station.
  • Spot owls, nightjars, potoos and thick-knees on a nocturnal birding adventure in a nature reserve.
  • Journeys into moist forests maximize chances of spotting regional specialties, including the Resplendent Quetzal.

General Notes

This program has a maximum group size of 12. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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