Trip report: Costa Rica – Off the Beaten Track (Jun 2013) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Scott Olmstead.

As the name implies, this tour was designed to visit some of the areas not on typical Costa Rica birding itineraries. Planned for the “Green Season”, we were privileged to see the Pacific slope rainforests at their lushest; these forests are dry and crispy during the first part of the year! In the first few days as we explored mossy, bromeliad-laden cloudforests and passed through picturesque mountain towns like San Gerardo de Dota and San Vito, the hustle, bustle, and traffic of the capital city San José quickly became a distant memory.
The second part of the trip featured a four-night stay at the elegantly rustic Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge on the Osa Peninsula. This little gem is perched beside a rushing foothill river just outside the border of the legendary Corcovado National Park, one of the wildest remaining places in Central America. Rio Tigre is home to a few very special birds like the Costa Rican endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, some spectacular hill forest, and probably the best chef on the Osa Peninsula!
The pace of the tour was relaxed, and we spent at least two nights at each location, taking our time to “stop and smell the orchids” as the saying should probably go in Costa Rica.

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