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Costa Rica

Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals

Program No. 20616RJ
Go where the birds are, not where the birders are, as you spot Scarlet Macaws at Carara, the Resplendent Quetzal in San Gerardo de Dota, Motmots in San Vito and much more.
Length
11 days
Rating (4.98)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,749
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
500

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DATES & PRICES

Hotel
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.

Jan 13 - Jan 23, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Jan 15 - Jan 25, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 16 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Jan 17 - Jan 27, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Feb 4 - Feb 14, 2023
Hotel 2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 16 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Feb 6 - Feb 16, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 16 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Feb 10 - Feb 20, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Feb 12 - Feb 22, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 2 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Feb 18 - Feb 28, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 8 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Mar 7 - Mar 17, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Mar 14 - Mar 24, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Apr 11 - Apr 21, 2023
Hotel 2,849
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Apr 18 - Apr 28, 2023
Hotel 2,849
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

May 10 - May 20, 2023
Hotel 2,749
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 20 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Oct 31 - Nov 10, 2023
Hotel 2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 20 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Nov 11 - Nov 21, 2023
Hotel 2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 1 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Dec 11 - Dec 21, 2023
Hotel 2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 1 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

DATES & PRICES

Hotel
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.

Jan 13 - Jan 23, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Jan 15 - Jan 25, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 16 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Jan 17 - Jan 27, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Feb 4 - Feb 14, 2023
Hotel 3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 16 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Feb 6 - Feb 16, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 16 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Feb 10 - Feb 20, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Feb 12 - Feb 22, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 2 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Feb 18 - Feb 28, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 8 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Mar 7 - Mar 17, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Mar 14 - Mar 24, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,279
Apr 11 - Apr 21, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Apr 18 - Apr 28, 2023
Hotel 2,849
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

May 10 - May 20, 2023
Hotel 2,749
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 20 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Oct 31 - Nov 10, 2023
Hotel 3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 20 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Nov 11 - Nov 21, 2023
Hotel 3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 1 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

Dec 11 - Dec 21, 2023
Hotel 3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 1 date of Program #22443- Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans.

At a Glance

In this small-group adventure, go off-the-beaten path to explore some of the less-visited birding hot spots in Costa Rica. In a range of habitats — Pacific lowland rainforest, dry deciduous forest, primary premontane forest, oak woodlands, cloud forests and more — spot myriad rare and vibrant species. Each unique and beautiful location offers the chance to identify numerous intriguing endemic and migratory birds in one of the world’s great birding destinations.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Daily early morning birding activities. Walking up to three miles daily over varied terrain in tropical conditions and long periods standing. Elevations up to 11,000 feet.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Observe brilliantly colored Resplendent Quetzals while they feed on the fruit of the aguacatillo tree.
  • Spot nocturnal birds and mammals, including owls, on nighttime hikes.
  • Look for water birds and shore birds during a boat ride along the mangrove-lined banks of the Tarcoles River.

General Notes

This is a Micro Group program, with 12 or fewer participants. 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 www.aba.org/ethics.
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Lenin Duarte
Lenin Duarte is a certified Costa Rican naturalist guide. He worked for many years as a resident naturalist at the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) La Selva Biological Field Station. One of the most exciting parts of that job included the opportunity to interact with biologists and participating in important research being conducted on site. Even after many years of leading groups, Lenin never tires of watching the excitement and wonder on visitors’s faces as they fall in love with the rainforest and its inhabitants.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lenin Duarte is a certified Costa Rican naturalist guide. He worked for many years as a resident naturalist at the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) La Selva Biological Field Station. One of the most exciting parts of that job included the opportunity to interact with biologists and participating in important research being conducted on site. Even after many years of leading groups, Lenin never tires of watching the excitement and wonder on visitors’s faces as they fall in love with the rainforest and its inhabitants.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Costa Rican Spanish
by Lonely Planet
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Barbara Ras
These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond
by Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction), Michael Fogden (Photographer)
Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity; A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths
by James Kavanagh
A handy, laminated fold-up card with color illustrations of Costa Rica’s more visible species of butterflies and moths. Includes the distinguishing markings or behaviors of each species.
Wild Costa Rica
by Adrian Hepworth
This beautiful, informative survey of the habitats, wildlife and protected areas of Costa Rica features 200 color photographs and chapters on natural history and conservation.
Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide
by L.H. Emmons
Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South American features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica
by F. Gary Stiles, Alexander Skutch, Dana Gardner (Illustrator)
A masterfully researched and comprehensive field guide to the birds of Costa Rica, including an overview of geography, habitats and avifauna. Covers 800 species and features 52 color plates.
Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics
by Steven Palmer (Editor), Ivan Molina (Editor)
A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Costa Rica
The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America
by David Rains Wallace
Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource.
Costa Rica Birds
by James Kavanagh
A handy, laminated fold-up card with full-color illustrations of birds commonly found in Costa Rica. Great for kids, too.
National Geographic Costa Rica
by Christopher P. Baker
This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture.
A Bird-Finding Guide to Costa Rica
by Barrett Lawson
With bird lists, directions, descriptions and lodges for 53 sites in Costa Rica.
Culture Smart! Costa Rica
by Jane Koutnik
History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Costa Rican customs, etiquette and culture.
Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature
by Adrian Hepworth
Dividing the book by ecosystem and geographic area, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Hepworth's color photographs showcase the diversity of Costa Rica's wildlife and habitats.
Costa Rican Wildlife
by Pocket Naturalist
Put it in your pocket! This handy, fold-up card includes color illustrations of dozens of typical birds, mammals and reptiles. We also carry plastic cards for Costa Rica Birds (Item CRC56) and Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths (Item CRC57), $5.95 each.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
The Birds of Costa Rica
by Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean (Illustrator)
This new edition covers 903 species of birds with hundreds of new, supplemental or revised color illustrations by Robert Dean and revised color-coded range maps.
Green Phoenix, Restoring Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
by William Allen
The vivid tale of the creation of the Guanacaste Conservation Area in Northwest Costa Rica
The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide
by Twan Leenders, Robert Dean, Jim Zook, Fiona Reid
This guide includes 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. Each has exquisite full-color illustrations.
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11 days
10 nights
29 meals
10 B 9 L 10 D
DAY
1
Arrive San José, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
San Jose
D
Villa San Ignacio

Activity note: Participants must arrive in San José no later than 4:30 p.m. to be in time for the Orientation session. Some Road Scholar gateways require overnight flights in order to get participants to San José by the suggested time. Contact Holbrook at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you plan to arrive a day or more before your program and need help with hotel reservations. Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Orientation: 6 p.m. at the hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Our Group Leader is a trained birding expert who will lead field trips and give educational presentations. Meals included in our program feature local cuisine. In some cases, they will be plated and served with a set menu; in others, we will have buffets with multiple options. Included beverages are typically coffee, tea, water; other beverages usually available for purchase. Unless otherwise specified, transportation during your program will be provided by air conditioned bus. We have set aside free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare luggage for hotel check out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
2
Transfer to Central Pacific Coast, Tárcoles River Birding
Carara
B,L,D
Villa Lapas Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 45 miles, approximately 2 hours riding time. We'll go from an elevation of approximately 3,000 ft and descend to a few hundred feet above sea level.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll by joined by a local expert for an introduction to birding in Costa Rica. Then we'll check out, board the bus, and begin our transfer to the Central Pacific coast. We expect to arrive at the hotel in time for lunch.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: After settling in at the hotel, we'll join the Group Leader for a bit of birding on the hotel grounds. This activity will be followed by a mid-afternoon boat ride on the Tárcoles River estuary to observe shore birds and water birds along the mangroves and sandy riverbanks. This area is commonly frequented by herons, egrets, cormorants and spoonbills. It is also one of the best places in the country to view large American crocodiles—some measuring up to 16 ft in length!

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Weather permitting, we'll join our Group Leader in a night walk in search of nocturnal species.

DAY
3
Birding in Carara National Park
Carara
B,L,D
Villa Lapas Hotel

Activity note: Early morning (pre-breakfast) birding around hotel grounds. Getting on/off a bus; about 6 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking a few miles on paved paths and unpaved/irregular forest trails.Wear shoes with a closed heel and toe area suitable for hiking.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll enjoy some early morning birding on hotel environs before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Next, we'll ride a short way to Carara National Park for a walking field trip in search of new bird species. Carara lies at the northern limit of the Pacific lowland rainforest and the southern limit of the dry, deciduous forest. Its unique location within a transition zone means that plant and animal species from both habitats coexist in the reserve. In addition to conserving primary and secondary growth forests, Carara National Park also protects the Rio Grande de Tárcoles river basin and its rich wildlife. The park is a favored birding destination, with more than 350 recorded bird species including a sizable population of endangered Scarlet Macaws. We’ll ride back to the hotel at the end of our field trip.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Our next birding field trip will include the hotel grounds as well as areas along the boundaries of Carara National Park. Returning to the hotel, we'll have a presentation by a local expert on the ecology of the Scarlet Macaw.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We’ll review our birding checklist and have a briefing on tomorrow’s schedule. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
4
Barú Wildlife Refuge, Esquinas Reserve Birding
Golfito
B,L,D
Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; about 150 miles, approximately 4 hours riding time with stops for lunch and an en route activity. Birding from forest trails and walking on uneven terrain. Elevation approximately 200 feet.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After check-out and loading the bus, we'll begin our transfer to the Golfito area. En route, we will pay a visit to the Hacienda Barú Wildlife Refuge. A brief walk in the property, followed by a presentation by a local expert, will reveal the Refuge’s successful reforestation efforts and its place in the biological corridor known as “the Path of the Tapir.” Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge is situated on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast. This is a region of distinct natural beauty, where forest covered mountains rise up from the dramatic Pacific coastline. Hacienda Barú’s 815 acres have a fantastic variety of habitats, from wetland and secondary forest in the lowlands to primary forest on the highland coastal ridge. The Refuge is home to an impressive array of plants and wildlife including 158 species of trees, 69 mammals, 351 birds, 94 reptiles and amphibians, and 87 butterflies.

Lunch: At the wildlife refuge.

Afternoon: Continuing our transfer to Golfito, we expect to arrive for check in at the lodge late afternoon. We’ll settle into our rooms, then join our Group Leader in birding activities along the property’s garden and trails.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Weather permitting, we’ll join our Group Leader on a night birding walk around the lodge. We’ll also review our birding checklist and have a briefing on tomorrow’s schedule.

DAY
5
Birding at Esquinas Rainforest Reserve
Golfito
B,L,D
Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

Activity note: Early morning (pre-breakfast) birding on lodge grounds. Walking several miles; birding from forest trails, uneven terrain. Elevations range from 100 feet to 300 feet.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We'll start the day with some early morning birding in lodge environs before returning for breakfast. Then we’ll set out for a full day of birding activities at the Esquinas Rainforest Reserve. We will bird in the forest, along reserve trails, as well as in open areas around the lodge. The local bird checklist includes 362 species, many of them considered as specialties that are either endemics or easily found here, for example the Great Curasaw, Spectacled Owl, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Olivaceous Piculet, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager and Rudy-breasted Seedeater, amongst others. The grass fields and marshes around the lodge are the habitat for many species of water birds and shorebirds like herons, egrets, wood storks, ducks and spoonbills.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: We'll return to the Esquinas Rainforest Reserve for more birding. We want to maximize our opportunities of seeing target species for this area such as Shrike Tanagers and Great Curasaw.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: We'll review our birding checklist and have a briefing on tomorrow’s schedule. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
6
Transfer to San Vito, Las Cruces Biological Station
San Vito
B,L,D
Las Cruces Biological Station

Activity note: Early morning (pre-breakfast) birding around the hotel grounds. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 48 miles, approximately 3 hours riding time. Walking on trails, uneven terrain, some steps. Elevation approximately 3,900 feet at the biological station.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We will have an early morning birding walk on the lodge grounds then return for breakfast. After checking out, we will board our bus and begin the transfer to the San Vito area in the Coto Brus Valley. We will arrive at Las Cruces Biological Station in time for lunch. Las Cruces Biological Station is an important tropical research facility and center for teaching and environmental education run by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). Station facilities include classrooms, a laboratory, an auditorium, and a library with an herbarium. This mid-elevation site is responsible for protecting more than 300 hectares of premontane wet forest habitat and was declared part of the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1983. Variations in elevation, ranging from 3,280 ft - 4,592 ft, contribute to the station's rich diversity of flora and fauna, including more than 400 birds, 113 mammals, and 2,000 plant species.

Lunch: At the station.

Afternoon: We’ll go on a birding walk in the gardens and secondary forest around the botanical gardens. This is an excellent location for us to spot tanagers, dacnis, and saltadors. Las Cruces Biological Station is also home to the world-famous Wilson Botanical Gardens. In addition to educating the public about tropical ecology and conservation, the garden is used as a training ground for scientists in the fields of tropical botany, horticulture, and sustainable development. The botanical garden displays a mix of tropical and subtropical ornamentals including a number of rare and endangered plants from Costa Rica and other parts of the world. Paths are clearly marked and color-coded, leading guests around plantings of bromeliads, ferns, heliconias, orchids, palms and others.

Dinner: At the station.

Evening: We’ll review our birding checklist and have a briefing on tomorrow’s schedule.

DAY
7
Birding at Las Cruces Field Station, Night Walk
San Vito
B,L,D
Las Cruces Biological Station

Activity note: Early morning (pre-breakfast) birding walk on the Station's grounds. Getting on/off a bus; about 20 miles, approximately 2 hours riding time. Walking a few miles on unpaved, undulating trails. Average elevation 3,000 feet.

Breakfast: At the station.

Morning: We'll join our Group Leader for early morning birding in the Station's environs then return for breakfast. Then we'll go birding along the Java River Trail at Las Cruces. We hope to spot some of the mid-elevation birds of the Pacific side of the Talamanca Mountains such as Speckled Tanagers, Scarlet-Thiged Dacnis, Blue-Crowned Motmots, Violaceous Trogons, and Turquoise Cotingas. We'll remain vigilant for Coto Brus Valley species such as the Streaked Saltator and Charming Hummingbird.

Lunch: At the station.

Afternoon: We'll accompany our Group Leader on a walk through the station's gardens for an afternoon birding session. Weather permitting, we will attempt to visit Sabalito and the lagoon area in San Vito. With the Panamanian border located just a stone throw away, it is not surprising that a few species have begun to make an appearance into the area including the Pearl Kite, Crested Oropendola, and Veraguan Mango.

Dinner: At the station.

Evening: We will take a walk around the botanical gardens with our Group Leader in search of nocturnal species. We’ll also review our birding checklist and have a briefing on tomorrow’s schedule. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
8
Transfer to San Gerardo de Dota, Cerro de la Muerte
San Gerardo de Dota
B,L,D
Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve & Spa

Activity note: Early morning (pre-breakfast) birding around the station's grounds. Getting on/off a bus; about 123 miles, approximately 4 hours riding time. Today's transfer will take us from elevations of 2,500 ft up to 11,000 ft, through the highest portions of the Cerro de la Muerte, before descending into the San Gerardo Valley to 7,000 ft.

Breakfast: At the station.

Morning: We'll do some early morning birding on the lodge grounds before coming back for breakfast. After check out, we’ll begin our transfer to the San Gerardo de Dota area.

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: En route to San Gerardo de Dota, we’ll do some birding at the Cerro de la Muerte and La Georgina area to observe timberline species that maybe present such as Volcano Junco, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Black and Yellow Silky Flycatcher, Timberline Wren and Sooty Thrush. Once we arrive at the lodge, we’ll check in and settle into our rooms. Then we’ll make use of the remaining daylight hours to set out birding on the lodge grounds.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: We’ll review our birding checklist and get briefed on tomorrow’s schedule.

DAY
9
Birding Forest Trails, The Resplendent Quetzal
San Gerardo de Dota
B,L,D
Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve & Spa

Activity note: Early morning (pre-breakfast) birding around lodge grounds. Getting on/off 4x4 vehicle to/from lodge reserve upper trails, approximately 15 minutes riding time each way.Walking a few miles on unpaved, undulating trails.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We will have an early morning walk, birding around the lodge, then return for breakfast. Next, we'll ride in 4x4 vehicles to reach upper trails, then set off birding on foot in the lodge’s reserve adjacent to the Los Quetzales National Park. The Resplendent Quetzal is our main target in this area, but we also hope to observe interesting species like the Emerald Toucanet, Collared Trogon and Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher. The San Gerardo Valley (approximately 7,000 ft elevation) combines highland oak and cloud forests with open grasslands and forest edges, attracting a variety of birds including large numbers of Resplendent Quetzals. In addition to quetzals, the region is also home to a number of birds only found at this elevation range like Collared Trogons, Emerald Toucanets, Fiery-colored Tanagers, Marbled Wood Quails, Long-tailed Silky Flycatchers, Buffy-Tuftedcheeks, Golden-browed Clorophonias, Elegant Euphonias and Tufted Flycatchers. We'll ride back to the lodge after our field trip.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: We’ll accompany our Group Leader on a birding walk on lodge grounds. Before dinner, we’ll attend a presentation on the Resplendent Quetzal by a local expert.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: We’ll review our birding checklist and have a briefing on tomorrow’s schedule.

DAY
10
Transfer to San José, Birding En Route
San Jose
B,L,D
Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; about 73 miles, approximately 3 hours riding time.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We'll check out then begin our transfer back to San José with birding en route.

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Upon arrival, we’ll check in to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax a bit before joining our Group Leader for a final checklist review before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have our farewell dinner and share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy our last evening together as a group in Costa Rica. Finish packing and get a good night’s rest in preparation for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
11
Program Concludes, In Transit from Program
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m. See your program’s GETTING THERE information regarding transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel (depending on departure times). This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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