Trip report: Costa Rica Introtour (Feb 2014) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Andrew Spencer. This was a set departure tour.

Ask most birders in North America what they consider the quintessentially tropical country, and chances are they will answer “Costa Rica”. While this is in large part at the very successful job the country has done in branding itself as the ecotourism mecca of the Americas, it is by no means an undeserved reputation. This tiny Central American country really packs a punch on the nature front! Combine that with its close proximity to the US, good infrastructure, and a hugely successful conservation program, and you have a winning mix.

Our Costa Rica Introtour is intended to give birders a good sampling of this ecological cornucopia, while also being fairly relaxed in pace and not overly long in duration. But even given the relatively short duration of the trip we still managed to pack in an amazing number and variety of birds (a TB record for this tour)! Combine that with good luck with the weather, some excellent mammal encounters, and it was a wonderful trip all round!

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