Trip report: Costa Rica, The Introtour (July 2019) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Scott Olmstead. This was a set departure tour.

This year’s July departure of the Costa Rica Introtour was a tremendous success. As we sampled each of the country’s major bioregions, we enjoyed memorable sightings of iconic Neotropical species like Resplendent Quetzal, Keel-billed Toucan, Scarlet Macaw, Three-wattled Bellbird, Spectacled Owl, and Boat-billed Heron. Of course every tour also has its surprises, and we had our share, including an unexpected close encounter with a Collared Forest-Falcon in the mangroves on the Tárcoles River, an extremely confiding Streak-chested Antpitta in the forest understory at Carara, and a Buff-fronted Quail-Dove foraging around a bend in the trail at Monteverde. Our good-natured group easily adapted to a few logistical hurdles like a closed highway on the first day in the field and a partial rainout on one of our mornings at La Selva, and everyone carried on with no complaints, simply living in the moment and taking in whatever each day would bring. Great non-bird wildlife, comfortable accommodations, consistently excellent tico food, and the company of our friendly driver Luis rounded out our exciting tour of this tiny Central American country, which is always a delight to travel in.

Full TROPICAL BIRDING Costa Rica The Introtour Trip Report (3 MB PDF file).