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Costa Rica

Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans

Program No. 22443RJ
If Spotted Woodcreepers and manakins are on your birding life list, join us for an exploration of northern Costa Rica! An estimated 894 avian species call this country home.
Length
11 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,799
Flights start at
500

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2023
Starting at
2,949
Apr 10 - Apr 20, 2023
Starting at
2,799
May 20 - May 30, 2023
Starting at
2,799
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 10 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Oct 20 - Oct 30, 2023
Starting at
2,799
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 31 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Nov 1 - Nov 11, 2023
Starting at
2,949
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 11 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Dec 1 - Dec 11, 2023
Starting at
2,949
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 11 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Dec 10 - Dec 20, 2023
Starting at
2,949
Jan 4 - Jan 14, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Jan 10 - Jan 20, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Jan 23 - Feb 2, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Jan 27 - Feb 6, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Feb 7 - Feb 17, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Feb 21 - Mar 2, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Feb 27 - Mar 8, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Mar 4 - Mar 14, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Mar 6 - Mar 16, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Apr 17 - Apr 27, 2024
Starting at
3,199
May 7 - May 17, 2024
Starting at
2,899
Oct 8 - Oct 18, 2024
Starting at
2,899
Nov 3 - Nov 13, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Dec 1 - Dec 11, 2024
Starting at
3,199
Dec 7 - Dec 17, 2024
Starting at
3,199
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2023
Starting at
3,379
Apr 10 - Apr 20, 2023
Starting at
3,229
May 20 - May 30, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 10 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Oct 20 - Oct 30, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 31 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Nov 1 - Nov 11, 2023
Starting at
3,379
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 11 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Dec 1 - Dec 11, 2023
Starting at
3,379
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 11 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Dec 10 - Dec 20, 2023
Starting at
3,379
Jan 4 - Jan 14, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Jan 10 - Jan 20, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Jan 23 - Feb 2, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Jan 27 - Feb 6, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Feb 7 - Feb 17, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Feb 21 - Mar 2, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Feb 27 - Mar 8, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Mar 4 - Mar 14, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Mar 6 - Mar 16, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Apr 17 - Apr 27, 2024
Starting at
3,699
May 7 - May 17, 2024
Starting at
3,249
Oct 8 - Oct 18, 2024
Starting at
3,249
Nov 3 - Nov 13, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Dec 1 - Dec 11, 2024
Starting at
3,699
Dec 7 - Dec 17, 2024
Starting at
3,699

At a Glance

What makes Costa Rica a paradise for enthusiastic birders? An unparalleled list of 600 avian species call this tropical nation home year round, while an estimated 294 species make an appearance during their annual migrations. Add to your birding life list as you join expert naturalists in Costa Rica’s northern habitats for explorations of the lowlands of Sarapiquí, the wetlands of Caño Negro National Park, the lush rainforests of Arenal Volcano National Park and a private refuge along the Gulf of Nicoya.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
This itinerary features early morning wake-up calls and multiple days with pre-breakfast birding activities. Walking up to three miles daily, over varied terrain in hot/humid conditions, long periods standing and extensive daily travel by bus. Elevations of 3,700 feet.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Search for Keel-billed Toucans and the endangered Great-green macaw at the La Selva Biological Field Station.
  • On a boat ride through the mangrove swamps in the Gulf of Nicoya, spot Mangrove Black Hawks and Mangrove Warblers.
  • Discover why Caño Negro is one of the few nesting spots for the endangered Jabiru Stork.

General Notes

Maximum group size for this program is 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
Featured Expert
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Gilberth Molina
An early interest in plants led Gilberth Molina to work as a gardener for a rainforest lodge in Costa Rica's Caribbean lowlands. There he developed a deep appreciation for the animals and plants of the rainforest and found that he also enjoyed interacting with the lodge's international guests. After studying English and receiving training on the flora, fauna and birds of Costa Rica, Gilberth began leading groups of learners including many Road Scholar participants, sharing his enthusiasm for Costa Rica's natural treasures.

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

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Gilberth Molina View biography
An early interest in plants led Gilberth Molina to work as a gardener for a rainforest lodge in Costa Rica's Caribbean lowlands. There he developed a deep appreciation for the animals and plants of the rainforest and found that he also enjoyed interacting with the lodge's international guests. After studying English and receiving training on the flora, fauna and birds of Costa Rica, Gilberth began leading groups of learners including many Road Scholar participants, sharing his enthusiasm for Costa Rica's natural treasures.
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Roger Melendez View biography
In the late 1980s, Costa Rican native Roger Melendez received both practical and theoretical training on the flora and fauna of his country at the La Selva field station of the Organization for Tropical Studies. He is a talented and experienced birder with an all-encompassing knowledge of tropical wildlife. Road Scholar participants have found Roger to be a charismatic leader who gives everyone personalized attention. He is a father of three and loves spending time outdoors with his family.
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Ivan Castillo View biography
Ivan Castillo — a Costa Rican naturalist and avid birder — trained as a naturalist at the Organization for Tropical Studies La Selva Biological Research Station. He has a degree in sustainable tourism management from Costa Rica’s state university system. While growing up in the lowland rainforests of Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, Ivan's passion for nature developed early. Neotropical fauna and flora are what he loves and knows best. He has spent more than a decade leading ecotourism travelers and educating them on the region’s ecosystems.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
A Bird-Finding Guide to Costa Rica
by Barrett Lawson
With bird lists, directions, descriptions and lodges for 53 sites in Costa Rica.
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.
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.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
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.
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 Rican Spanish
by Lonely Planet
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.





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