20616
Costa Rica
Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals
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.
Program No. 20616RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
2,249
Special Offer
Flights start at
455
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5 Average
Jennie
(5)
We got to see over 250 bird species on this trip by visiting 5 regions with different species at each one. The guides were expert birders and adept at locating birds and pointing them out. All the accommodations were comfortable and the food was varied and delicious.
Pete
(5)
I would describe this program using all superlatives. Everything was great! Our guide Leo was fantastic. Chicho did a great job driving. The food was great. Accommodations met or exceeded my expectations. I reached my goal of 1000 life species while on this trip. In fact, I ended the trip at 1165. So many new sightings! In sum, Leo made the trip amazing. His knowledge, patience and abilities were incredible and exceeded my expectations. I was spoiled by everything. Thank you so much!
Lois
(5)
Fabulous trip. Great way to explore southern CR. I will put the northern CR bird trip on my wish list!
Lila
(5)
This trip had a phenomenally knowledgeable guide, who was sensitive to the needs of all. The hotels and their natural surroundings were breathtaking. I would turn around and begin the whole trip again today.
Eileen
(5)
Wonderful experience. Saw a lot more birds than expected.
Barbara
(5)
I learned to spot birds quickly and the leader got his scope on many of the more difficult birds. We all got "good looks" of many birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal, Motmot and Trogons.
Lynne
(5)
This is a great program for birders, both amateur and experienced. It does require a lot of hiking, and even more standing in place for long periods (which I found more strenuous than hiking). But if your program calls for a stay at the Hotel Sierra, don't go! It's a dive, and Road Scholar should never substitute it for a decent hotel.
Glen
(5)
Of the two Road Scholar trips that my wife and I attended, both were well planned and executed and I will do another one in a heart beat!! Cheers to Road Scholar!
Liliam
(5)
Good overall opportunity to see the birds of Southern Costa Rica. Good accommodations in beautiful settings. An adventure but very comfortable.
James
(5)
For both serious and beginner birders, this program will satisfy all. Physical pace is demanding but doable for most active people.
Hartmut
(5)
We explored interesting mangroves and tropical forests;we saw more than 260 bird species.
Clara
(5)
This is my first birding experience, but it has opened a whole new world for me. Leo is an absolute expert in birds, and his group leader ability deserves high praise. We saw almost 300 different birds, stayed in beautiful hotels and lodges, and ate fresh, healthy food the whole trip. We hiked on gravel trails to see forest-dwelling birds, so bring a pair of sturdy hiking shoes. I wore my boots on the plane because they're heavy, and packed my canvas shoes to wear around the lodge. The weather goes from comfortable in San Jose to muggy hot in the Rain Forest to almost cold in the Cloud Forest. Bring a bathing suit for the spring fed pool in Esquinas. Plan to dress in layers for mornings, evenings, and in San Gerardo. The best place to do laundry is at the Las Cruces Station. You can get a very large laundry bag of clothes washed for $10. We took the bag to the laundry when we arrived and everything was folded neatly on our bed before dinner. If you need an ATM machine, use the one at the airport (not the currency exchange) because that was our last opportunity to access an ATM machine. (This program stays in ecotourism locations in order to see the greatest number of different birds.) There were 12 people in our group: 3 couples and 6 singles. We all had different levels of experience, but we were all very compatible.
Kate
(5)
This program is the best way to see birds in southern Costa Rica! (Pacific side) Our guide, Roger Melendez, is excellent. We saw nearly 300 species including Resplendent Quetzal, Ornate Hawk-eagle, Scarlet Macaws, nesting Swallow-tailed Kites. The program starts at the hot humid coast and ends in the beautiful cool mountains. Perfect!
Laurie Ann
(5)
This is a wonderful trip for folks interested in Costa Rica and its birds. It is more active than some programs. Most outings could be skipped if one was too tired. We were birding for five or six hours a day on average with breaks between outings.
Juanita
(5)
We must say this Road Scholar experience exceeded our expectations in delightful ways. Our leader, Leonardo Garrigues, was outstanding in his knowledge and understanding of birds and birders. Our accommodations and meals were as resplendent as the Quetzals we saw. All the lectures were delivered by riveting, informative speakers. Also, compliments to our diligent driver. We recommend this trip to birders everywhere.
Susan
(5)
This birding trip was more than wonderful. Our guide, Gilberth Molina, is truly a gifted leader and birder. I was delighted to see gorgeous tropical warblers, tanagers, toucans and parrots, and of course the Resplendent Quetzal. The accommodations were lovely and the food was healthy and delicious. I am looking forward to returning to Costa Rica to do more birding with Road Scholar.
Janet
(5)
This program delivers on its promise to go "off the beaten path" to view many of the birds of Costa Rica, while giving participants a chance to stay in some gorgeous accommodations and spend many hours in diverse and often lightly explored locations, with a local and extremely knowledgeable guide.
Michael
(5)
Great in every way.
Debra
(5)
Wonderful trip if you view 'bird' as a verb! The locations provided a plethora of birds and flora. Our guide Chito was a bird magnet, and literally sang like a bird. Fellow travelers were a delight, I enjoyed sharing and learning from the group. The food exceeded expectations. If you're looking for a general Costa Rica trip I would not suggest this one, but if you're wanting to bird, then yes, this is a terrific trip.
Susan
(5)
Had a wonderful time on the trip. Will be using Road Scholar again for other birding trips.
Linda
(5)
Off the Beaten Path in Costa Rica is aptly named. Traveling to different regions often took our group to remote areas which for a nature bug like me, was the best trip I have had. I am a birder and could not have dreamed of seeing so many bird species in the arms of comfortable lodging, fun new friends and excellent meals! Five stars for sure!
Jane
(5)
I've only been birding for 3 years. Everyone told me "You must go to Costa Rica". They were right! Now I'm saying it! We had a great group of people who I now consider my friends, an excellent guide and an excellent bus driver. Total species 253 including the Resplendent Quetzal (although my personal list is smaller). Delicious healthy food, you can drink the tap water, everyone quite friendly. Loved it! 5 stars!!!!!
Peggy
(5)
This was our first visit to Costa Rica. It was a wonderful trip. Leo, our guide, was both knowledgable, friendly, and capable. Our driver, Rigo, was great. As group, we saw over 300 species(we personally saw more that 250). Our accommodations were very fine, and the group we travelled with made the trip even better! This trip involved lots of walking, most of it comfortable, but occasionally on rough terrain.The scenery was beautiful. I would return for more Costa Rica !!
Janet
(5)
This was my third Road Scholar trip- and it was the best! Wonderful guide, Chito, amazing birds, great food, delightful locations, awesome landscapes. Looking forward to seeing Costa Rica again.
Barbara
(5)
My two Road Scholar birding trips have been all I hoped they would be. What a delightful way to be introduced to and experience the heavenly country of Costa Rica!
Jeffrey
(5)
Serious birders will love this trip. The guide, Chito Molina, was superb and located an amazing number of bird species for us to see. Many of the locations and lodges we went to were top-notch. All logistics were well-planned and executed.
Jean
(5)
This is a program for serious birders. The leader made every attempt to find rare birds and endemics. We saw 280 species, many of them fleetingly, but also had great views of tanagers, hummers, etc at feeders. And had a great view of the quetzal.





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