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Costa Rica

Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans

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.
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Program No. 22443RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
2,679
Flights start at
500
Costa Rica

Birding in Northern Costa Rica: Tanagers to Toucans

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
Starts at
2,679
Flights start at
500
Program No. 22443RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 4 - Mar 14, 2022
Starting at
2,679
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 14 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals

Oct 28 - Nov 7, 2022
Starting at
2,679
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 07 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals

Nov 8 - Nov 18, 2022
Starting at
2,679
Dec 1 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
2,679
Itinerary Note

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

Dec 7 - Dec 17, 2022
Starting at
2,679
Jan 11 - Jan 21, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Jan 13 - Jan 23, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Jan 18 - Jan 28, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 8 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Jan 20 - Jan 30, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Jan 25 - Feb 4, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 15 and Feb. 4 dates of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Feb 2 - Feb 12, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 12 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Feb 8 - Feb 18, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb.18 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Feb 16 - Feb 26, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb 6 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Mar 1 - Mar 11, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Mar 8 - Mar 18, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Apr 10 - Apr 20, 2023
Starting at
2,699
May 20 - May 30, 2023
Starting at
2,699
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
2,699
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
2,849
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
2,849
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
2,849
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 4 - Mar 14, 2022
Starting at
3,079
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 14 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals

Oct 28 - Nov 7, 2022
Starting at
3,079
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 07 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals

Nov 8 - Nov 18, 2022
Starting at
3,079
Dec 1 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
3,079
Itinerary Note

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

Dec 7 - Dec 17, 2022
Starting at
3,079
Jan 11 - Jan 21, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Jan 13 - Jan 23, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Jan 18 - Jan 28, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 8 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Jan 20 - Jan 30, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Jan 25 - Feb 4, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 15 and Feb. 4 dates of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Feb 2 - Feb 12, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 12 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Feb 8 - Feb 18, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb.18 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Feb 16 - Feb 26, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb 6 date of Program #20616- Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals.

Mar 1 - Mar 11, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Mar 8 - Mar 18, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Apr 10 - Apr 20, 2023
Starting at
3,129
May 20 - May 30, 2023
Starting at
3,129
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
3,129
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
3,279
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
3,279
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
3,279

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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Luis Vargas
Having been immersed in Costa Rica’s rainforest since he grew up in a rural town in the Sarapiqui region, Luis Vargas knows its flora and fauna very well. He has been involved in research at the La Selva field station, worked with a program that teaches children about the environment, and served as a local expert at jungle lodges. Luis has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2010 and enjoys learning as much from his participants as they learn from him.

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

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Luis Vargas View biography
Having been immersed in Costa Rica’s rainforest since he grew up in a rural town in the Sarapiqui region, Luis Vargas knows its flora and fauna very well. He has been involved in research at the La Selva field station, worked with a program that teaches children about the environment, and served as a local expert at jungle lodges. Luis has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2010 and enjoys learning as much from his participants as they learn from him.
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Erick Guzman View biography
Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest with its glorious biodiversity was the childhood playground of Erick Guzman, who grew up in the country’s Caribbean lowlands. He enjoyed accompanying travelers on boat excursions during his post-high school years, assisting his father, and went on to work in the field of adventure travel, leading rafting, kayaking, horseback riding and hiking trips. Erick then worked at the La Selva field station of the Organization for Tropical Studies, interacting with scientists and deepening his knowledge of Costa Rica’s natural habitats.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
A Bird-Finding Guide to Costa Rica
by Barrett Lawson
With bird lists, directions, descriptions and lodges for 53 sites in Costa Rica.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Costa Rican Spanish
by Lonely Planet
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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





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