Trip report: Costa Rica, the Introtour (Feb 2010) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Scott Olmstead.

This tour is designed as a Costa Rica sampler, with short stays at four famous birding sites: La Selva, Monteverde, Savegre, and Carara. With nine days in the field we manage to hit several of the country’s bioregions and take full advantage of Costa Rica’s incredible bird diversity. On this trip we visit the rich lowland rainforest on both the Caribbean and Pacific sides of the Continental Divide, the mistenshrouded cloud forest of Monteverde, the majestic oak forests of the Talamanca Cordillera, the Pacific mangroves, and more. The wish-list of birds is surely topped by the breathtaking Resplendant Quetzal, with spectacular species like Keel-billed Toucan, Violet Sabrewing, Turquoise-browed Motmot, and Great Green Macaw making up the supporting cast. Timed for the dry season, we typically do not worry much about rain (although anything can happen at La Selva). At the end of the trip you will be ready to plan your next trip back to explore more of this friendly Central American country!

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