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Costa Rica NEW! Northern Costa Rica

A 12-day, small group birdwatching tour to Costa Rica

Limosa’s birding tour to northern Costa Rica in April will take you to the spectacular cloud forests of Monteverde, the Arenal and Poas volcanoes, and the wonderful wetlands of Caño Negro. April is an excellent time to visit this compact, bird-filled central American country and this super trip - with its 12-day itinerary designed to take advantage of British Airways nonstop flights to San José - offers a wealth of species that will be new even to those who have birded there before. It’s the perfect complement to our longer ‘Classic’ Costa Rica birdwatching tour!

Tour Dates

2020

Spaces
10

Leaders
Gary Elton
Herman Venegas

Max Group Size: 10
Duration: 12 Days

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Cost: £4595

inc return flights from London Gatwick-San Jose, nonstop with British Airways

Deposit: £600

Single Supp: £675
Land Only: £3995

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Silver throated Tanager Costa Rica Kevin Easley Costa Rica Gateway

The banana feeders at La Paz Waterfall Garden are attractive to a wide range of forest species - including the beautiful Silver-throated Tanager © Kevin Easley, Costa Rica Gateway

This superb April tour is designed not only for birders coming to Costa Rica for the first time, but also for those who may have already been to Costa Rica before and are keen to discover other new and exciting areas this wonderful country has to offer. 

With a fresh new look for 2020, our tour focuses on the northern part of Costa Rica, taking in an excellent variety of habitats along the way to guarantee a truly amazing variety of birds - including plenty that will be new to birders who may already have taken Limosa’s longer Classic Costa Rica tour. For 2020, we have added a new (third) boat trip at Caño Negro and spend our final two nights in Costa Rica at wonderful Poas Volcano Lodge for the perfect finale.

We begin by contrasting the Caribbean foothill rainforests surrounding the impressive Arenal Volcano with the bird-rich Caribbean lowland wetlands and forest patches of Caño Negro; move on to explore the dry Guanacaste along Costa's Rica's Pacific coast and the lush cloud forests of Monteverde, at an elevation of 1500m (5000ft); and conclude our trip with a visit to the highland forests of the Poas Volcano National Park, at nearly 2700m (9000ft).

From the moment we first step out into the gardens of our hotels, we can expect to see a mind-boggling array of tropical treats - everything from motmots, trogons and toucanets to tantalising tyrannulets, spinetails and exotic tanagers. Blue-throated Toucanet, Resplendent Quetzal, Three-wattled Bellbird, Black-bellied and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds, Long-tailed and Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatchers, Long-tailed Manakin, Spangle-cheeked Tanager and Large-footed Finch are just some of the magical rainforest names to conjure with.

The splendid Caño Negro wetlands offers both a change of scenery and birds, bringing a host of specialities that includes Sungrebe, Boat-billed Heron, Pinnated Bittern, Black-and-white Owl, Great and Common Potoos, Nicaraguan Seed-Finch and the localised Nicaraguan Grackle. During our travels, we might also be lucky to find some of Costa Rica’s rarer residents, such as Chiriqui Quail-dove and Keel-billed Motmot.

Among many special highlights, our Northern Costa Rica tour explores trails near the Arenal Sky Walk which pass through an area of steep ravines and primary rainforest that offers a great opportunity for viewing forest specialities in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. This tour features visits to two remarkable hummingbird galleries: Monteverde and La Paz Waterfall Garden; includes 3 terrific boat rides in the Caño Negro area, plus a night drive there to look for owls, nightjars and potoos; and visits the cloud forest of world famous Monteverde. We round off our trip with a two-night stay at lovely Poas Volcano Lodge - a firm favourite with everyone on previous tours!

Limosa has been operating bird tours to Costa Rica since 1996. With brilliant birding further enhanced by our expert English-speaking Costa Rican bird guide, comfortable transport with a safe and dedicated driver, delicious food and good accommodation, this April tour offers a fantastic introduction to the birds of Costa Rica - with many localised specialities included.

Resplendent Quetzal m Costa Rica Dr Kevin Elsby wildlifeontheweb.co.uk Apr 2011

No matter how hard one tries, it's nigh on impossible to fit the tail end of the exquisite male Resplendent Quetzal into the frame in landscape format! © Dr Kevin Elsby, wildlifeontheweb.co.uk

Day 1
FLY LONDON NONSTOP TO SAN JOSÉ

Our April birdwatching tour to Costa Rica begins with a morning departure from London Gatwick on British Airways nonstop service to Costa Rica. We’ll be met on arrival in San José this afternoon and transfer the short distance to our comfortable hotel nearby.

The Trapp Family Country Inn is a veritable little oasis located just minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (near Alajuela), in Costa Rica’s beautiful Central Valley. This colonial style hotel is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and the perfect place to begin our tour. Night Trapp Family Country Inn

Days 2-4
THE ARENAL VOLCANO AREA
The gardens of Trapp Family Country Inn will provide early risers with an exciting start to the tour as we get to grips with some of Costa Rica's more familiar birds. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Red-billed Pigeon, Great Kiskadee, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Clay-coloured Thrush and Blue-grey Tanager are among possible treats in store!

Leaving San José, our scenic drive this morning will take us from the Pacific Central Valley to the lush foothill Caribbean rainforests of the Arenal Volcano. Making birding stops along the way as species present themselves, we’ll plan to arrive at La Fortuna for lunch.

From here, it is only a short distance to our home for the next three nights - Arenal Observatory Lodge. Perched high on a ridge less than two miles from the impressive Arenal Volcano, the lodge offers stunning views of both the cinder cone and Lake Arenal. Our birding here begins right along the entrance road this afternoon, where new birds will likely come thick and fast!

The gardens, woodland edge and forest trails of the lodge are not only beautiful but provide excellent birding opportunities. Hummingbirds are abundant amongst the vervain flowers, with Stripe-throated Hermit, Crowned Woodnymph, Brown Violetear, Green Thorntail, Violet-headed Hummingbird and the enchanting Black-crested Coquette among species to watch for. Around the edge of the garden and along Arenal's forest trails, we will endeavour to entice out 'skulkers' such as Thicket Antpitta, Spotted Antbird and no fewer than nine species of wren, including Song, Bay, Black-throated and Stripe-breasted as well as the attractive White-breasted Wood-wren.

The fruit feeding station near the restaurant is a gathering place for our group... and for good reason! An avian ‘fruit salad’ of watermelon, papaya and bananas put out by the lodge staff attracts a fabulous variety of colourful birds. Here the blues of Red-legged Honeycreepers and Golden-hooded Tanagers mix with the greens of Green Honeycreepers, yellow of Yellow-throated Euphonia, reds and blacks of Passerini’s and Crimson-collared Tanagers, and rich chestnut of Montezuma Oropendolas... to dazzling effect! Scraps that fall beneath the feeders attract engaging White-nosed Coatis, along with foraging Black-striped Sparrows and even the occasional Great Curassow. While all this is going on, we will enjoy our own breakfast in sight of the feeders.

Birding beside picturesque Lake Arenal is equally rewarding, with every stop likely to produce new and interesting species. This is a superb area for Crested Guan and Grey-headed Chachalaca, and toucans are well represented with Keel-billed and Yellow-throated Toucans, Collared Aracari and occasionally even the rare Yellow-eared Toucanet. We’ll also watch for three species of motmot: the big Rufous, Broad-billed and very local Keel-billed Motmot. No less than four species of antshrike occur here, too: Great, Russet, Fasciated and Barred, while two more crowd pleasers - Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Long-tailed Tyrant - can often be seen hunting for insects beside the road. In the vine tangles we will search for Long-billed Gnatwren and Yellow-billed Cacique, while the ‘grassy bits’ hold Slaty Spinetail, both Olive-crowned and Grey-crowned Yellowthroats, and up to five species of seedeaters. Some very interesting raptors could also be seen overhead and possibilities include the beautiful White Hawk, Ornate Hawk-eagle and the graceful Swallow-tailed Kite.

Costa Rica’s forest mammals are often tricky to find, but we could see three species of monkey at Arenal: Mantled Howler, Central American Spider Monkey and White-throated Capuchin. Two-toed (or Brown-throated) Sloths are also present in the trees - though not always easy to spot as they are not quite so active!

On our second morning at Arenal Observatory Lodge we will explore the trails near the Arenal Sky Walk, which pass through an area of steep ravines and primary rainforest that offers a great opportunity for viewing specialist forest species. Mixed feeding flocks in this area can carry with them an array of local specialitie. White-ruffed Manakin, Tawny-capped Euphonia and Emerald Tanager are among treats to check for amidst more numerous flock components such as Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Spotted Woodcreeper and White-shouldered, Bay-headed and Speckled Tanagers.

Whilst working Arenal’s trails we will keep watch for undergrowth skulkers such as Dull-mantled Antbird, Black-headed Nightingale-thrush and several of the aforementioned wrens. A real coup would be to encounter an army ant swarm with its attendant Spotted, Bicolored and Ocellated Antbirds! Just walking through the forest is reason enough to visit this marvellous site, but the potential for finding such seldom seen species should help to make this a truly unforgettable morning of birding.

All in all, our stay in Arenal should prove to be very special, packed with dramatic scenery, good food... and plenty of great birds! Three nights Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 5
TO CAÑO NEGRO VIA BOGARIN RESERVE AND MEDIO QUESO BOAT RIDE
After savouring a final early morning near Arenal Observatory Lodge, we travel back to nearby La Fortuna to visit a reserve, literally on the edge of town. Banana feeders attract a multitude of colourful tropical species making it an excellent spot to photograph them at close range. Goodies within this small private reserve include the diminutive (for a woodpecker) Olivaceous Piculet, Slaty Spinetail and the localised Uniform Crake along with the usually more confiding White-throated Crake and Rufous-naped Wood Rail. A roosting owl is not out of the question and everyone enjoys seeing the iconic Red-eyed Leaf Frogs that are resident here.

Following lunch we bid farewell to the Arenal area and travel to the far north-central sector of Costa Rica - and the wetlands of Caño Negro, where late afternoon will find us enjoying a boat trip on a canal near Los Chiles. This exciting new addition for birders has proved to be a gold mine for localised specialities such as Pinnated Bittern, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Plain-breasted Ground Dove, Nicaraguan Seed-finch, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater and the seasonal and localised Nicaraguan Grackle to name but a few. Crakes are well represented here so we'll keep alert for these denizens of the wet edges.   

Our destination for dinner this evening is Caño Negro, where we stay for two nights in comfortable and air-conditioned rooms just metres away from the wetlands. Night Natural Lodge Caño Negro

Day 6
CAÑO NEGRO, INCLUDING TWO BOAT RIDES & A WILDLIFE NIGHT DRIVE
A major highlight of this area for visiting birders is the opportunity to enjoy some excellent boat trips along the Caño Negro waterways. Birds are plentiful and the Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge is home to a fine array of specialities. This and the surrounding area is the only regular site in Costa Rica for Black-collared Hawk, Grey-headed Dove and Spot-breasted Wren. But perhaps the most notable species here is the Nicaraguan Grackle, a species whose range is restricted to only three lakes and surrounding wetlands - two in Nicaragua, and here in the Caño Negro region of Costa Rica. Even here, the grackle is present only as a breeding visitor from Nicaragua - but April represents the heart of the nesting season, so we should have little difficulty finding this localised speciality.

During the morning trip, we will be keeping a keen eye open for the strange Boat-billed Heron, hiding in trees at their day roosts. Other possible highlights might include the Sungrebe with its ‘dazzle-camouflage’ feet, swimming near trees overhanging the water; Russet-naped Wood Rail (which is plentiful here), the enormous Jabiru, furtive Mangrove Cuckoo and up to five species of kingfishers. Spectacled Caiman are a common sight and, though their appearance is menacing, they seem to just drift lazily in the water.

After lunch and a welcome siesta (or maybe a dip in the pool), we will take a second boat trip along a different section of the Caño Negro, providing more sightings and photographic opportunities in this bird-rich environment.

Caño Negro is also a superb spot for nocturnal species and we will conduct a night drive this evening in hopes of finding such highly prized species as Striped and Black-and-white Owls, Pacific Screech Owl and both Great and Common Potoos, along with the ubiquitous Common Pauraque. Night Natural Lodge Caño Negro

Day 7
THE GUANACASTE & HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS AT MONTEVERDE
On our final early morning at Caño Negro we will bird the productive small forest patches nearby. Woodpeckers are especially well represented, with Lineated, Pale-billed and the amazing Chestnut-coloured as well as the more common Black-cheeked and Hoffmann’s. Other more widespread species to watch for include Olive-throated and Crimson-fronted Parakeets, Pied Puffbird, White-collared Manakin and even the immaculate Snowy Cotinga.

After breakfast, we will make our way west to a much drier habitat: the Guanacaste of Pacific NW Costa Rica. Detouring on to a side road should produce many of the specialities of this unique area - from Double-striped Thick-Knee, Cinnamon Hummingbird and the glorious Turquoise-browed Motmot, through a host of flycatchers to ‘rose-less throated’ Rose-throated Becards, loud-voiced White-throated Magpie-Jays, inquisitive White-lored Gnatcatchers, Scrub Euphonia and Olive and Stripe-headed Sparrows to name but a few.

Leaving the heat of the lowlands behind, we soon find ourselves climbing up the Pacific slope to the cooler climes that await us in mist-laden Monteverde, where the well-apointed Hotel Fonda Vela is our base for a two-night stay.

Late afternoon will find us at the Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, where no fewer than seven species of these beautiful winged jewels can be studied at close range. Specialities here include the lovely Magenta-throated Woodstar, the endemic Coppery-headed Emerald, the enormous (for a hummingbird!) Violet Sabrewing and the vibrant Purple-throated Mountaingem. The exquisite Resplendent Quetzal, Prong-billed Barbet, Golden-browed Chlorophonia and spritely Slate-throated Redstart are among many other exciting birds to watch for, too!

Each guest room at our delightful timber lodge is equipped with a private balcony giving views over the gardens to the Pacific Ocean far below allowing for spectacular sunset views. Night Hotel Fonda Vela

Day 8
CLOUD FORESTS OF MONTEVERDE
An early visit to the nearby entrance of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve will always produce something of interest. Resplendent Quetzals feeding in a fruiting tree perhaps; a Golden-bellied Flycatcher picking off insects at the night light; or Blue-throated Toucanets working on a nest hole are just a few of the possibilities.  

After breakfast, we head over to nearby Curi Cancha Reserve, where we have another chance to find Resplendent Quetzal as well as enjoy an active colony of Chestnut-headed Oropendolas. Once inside the forest we will be on the lookout for the reserve’s many species of furnariids (or ovenbirds). Possibilities include Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Barbtail, Lineated Foliage-gleaner, Streak-breasted Treehunter and the elusive Grey-throated Leaftosser... you have to love those names! While mixed species flocks moving through the forest might contain the likes of Spotted and Olivaceous Woodcreepers, Yellowish Flycatcher, Ochraceous Wren, Grey-breasted Wood-wren and Black-eared Warbler.

Among some fascinating forest mammals here we have chances of White-throated Capuchin, Central American Agouti, and Hoffman's (three-toed) and Two-toed (Brown-throated) Sloths.

As dusk descends over Monteverde's forests, we return for another delicious dinner at our lodge - and have an option afterwards to search for Mottled Owl and Bare-shanked Screech Owl; both are resident here. Night Hotel Fonda Vela

Day 9
THE TOLLING OF THE BELLBIRD & TRANSFER TO POAS VOLCANO
One key species we have very high chances to see this morning is the amazing Three-wattled Bellbird. They are easily heard throughout the Monteverde area at this time of year and, with patience, we should enjoy excellent views of a displaying male with its three characteristic worm-like extensions dangling at the base of its beak. Other species to look for in the Bellbird reserve include the shy Chiriqui Quail-dove, Lesson's Motmot, Long-tailed Manakin, Rufous-and-white Wren, White-eared Ground Sparrow and Elegant Euphonia.
 
After lunch in Monteverde, we transfer to our final stop: the highlands of the Poas Volcano.
Our route takes us first along Costa Rica's Central Pacific coast, where a stop at Caldera Bay should produce menacing Magnificent Frigatebirds and the big Brown Pelican - plus a few terns, gulls and waders to keep us entertained. The adjacent mangrove-lined inlets are home to specialities such as the endemic Mangrove Hummingbird and the snazzy ‘Mangrove’ Yellow Warbler.
 
By late afternoon, we will be climbing up through the Central Valley to Poas Volcano. Our destination - lovely Poas Volcano Lodge, where we stay for two nights - is situated on the Continental Divide between volcanoes Poas and Barva. At an elevation of 1,850m (6,000ft), expect cool to cold temperatures here in the evenings. Night Poas Volcano Lodge

Day 10
LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS AND POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
A short distance down the Caribbean slope of Poas Volcano is La Paz Waterfall Garden. The major highlight here is the incredible variety of hummingbirds that attend the garden’s feeders. Here we will enjoy at close range the ceaseless comings and goings of Green Hermit, the endemic Coppery-headed Emerald, Green Thorntail, Magenta-throated Woodstar, Violet Sabrewing, Purple-throated Mountain-gem and the very local Black-bellied Hummingbird.

There are plenty of other birds in the area, too - from Silver-throated and Crimson-collared Tanagers to Sooty-faced Finches and Black-cowled Orioles. Along the forest trails we may well run into roving feeding flocks that can hold Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Barbtail, Spotted Woodcreeper, Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush and gorgeous Bay-headed and Spangled-cheeked Tanagers among many others.

After a buffet lunch fit for a king, we will take the scenic waterfall trail that leads along the river. The scenery alone is worth the walk but we’ll also watch for riverine specialities, which here include Green-fronted Lancebill, Torrent Tyrannulet and American Dipper.

Later in the afternoon, we will try for highland species closer to the lodge, with dusk finding us poised for a response from the resident Bare-shanked Screech Owl. Night Poas Volcano Lodge

Day 11
POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK, RETURN TO SAN JOSÉ, FLY LONDON  
After breakfast at our hotel, we set off for the nearby Poas Volcano National Park, which lies just 25 minutes by bus from our lodge. Birding here affords us a last opportunity to see what many birders consider the most beautiful bird in the New World: the Resplendent Quetzal. But other avian highlights in this enchanting oak-dominated highland forest might include Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Long-tailed and Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatchers, Black-capped Flycatcher, Black-billed Nightingale- thrush, Sooty Thrush, Yellow-winged Vireo, Flame-throated and Black-cheeked Warblers, Sooty-capped Bush Tanager, Large-footed Finch, Black-thighed Grosbeak... and perhaps even a rarity such as the monotypic Wrenthrush - which is neither a wren nor a thrush!

If there’s been no recent volcanic activity, the summit road will be open to visitors allowing us to drive up to an elevation of 2700m (8858ft), from where we will take a 300-metre paved trail to the overlook. Here we can witness the amazing natural spectacle of Poas Volcano's impressive crater lake, with its turquoise and green waters and sulphurous fumaroles.

Bidding a reluctant farewell to the majestic highlands after lunch, we board our bus for the transfer back to San José airport and check-in for our nonstop British Airways flight home.
 
Day 12
ARRIVAL IN LONDON
Morning arrival at London Gatwick, where our April tour to Northern Costa Rica concludes.

 

Blue throated Toucanet Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis formerly Emerald Toucanet Costa Rica Dr Kevin Elsby wildlifeontheweb.co.uk

Gotcha! A Blue-throated Toucanet (this species was formerly lumped with Emerald Toucanet) emerges from its nest hole © Dr Kevin Elsby, wildlifeontheweb.co.uk

What To Expect

Limosa’s birding tour to northern Costa Rica in April will take you to the spectacular cloud forests of Monteverde, the Arenal and Poas volcanoes, and the wonderful wetlands of Caño Negro.

April is an excellent time to visit this compact, bird-filled central American country and this super trip - with its 12-day itinerary designed to take advantage of British Airways nonstop flights to San José - offers a wealth of species that will be new even to those who have birded there before. It’s the perfect complement to our longer ‘Classic’ Costa Rica birdwatching tour!

Costa Rica has a tropical to temperate climate, according to altitude. Our April tour runs late into Costa Rica’s “major dry season” but rainfall can - and does of course - occur year-round in the country's mountains and rainforests! In general the climate is usually quite comfortable at Arenal Observatory Lodge; hotter and sunnier in the lowlands of Caño Negro and in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, cool and misty in the cloud forest at Monteverde, and cooler still on Poas Volcano. Overall, April is an excellent month to visit Costa Rica.

While birding in Costa Rica is outstanding year round, we are frequently asked about the ‘best time’ to visit the country - particularly by those anxious to avoid the “rainy season”. To help you, our local agents in San José have provided the following climatic summary:  

“We have 2 “rainy seasons” and 2 “dry seasons” here in Costa Rica. The 2 rainy seasons can be separated into 2 catagories: Major Rainy Season - mid-Sept through Oct (except in the far SE); Medium Rainy Season - mid-May through mid-July. The 2 dry seasons can also be separated into 2 catagories: Major Dry Season (or verano) - mid-Jan through April; Medium Dry Season (or veranito) - mid-July through Aug.
 
As with weather patterns anywhere (which are becoming more unpredictable worldwide) be aware that these may vary from year to year but they basically hold true.”

There is currently no malaria risk in any of the areas visited on our Northern Costa Rica tour.

Excellent photographic opportunities in more open habitats, especially at feeders around the lodges and in wetland areas - birds, other wildlife and scenic shots. Generally tricky in the forest due to low light levels.

Birds

325-375 species

Mammals

We should encounter a good variety of mammals, typically seeing between 10-20 species. Possibilities include up to three species of Neotropical monkey, two species of sloth, White-nosed Coati, Collared Peccary, Central Ameican Agouti and Long-nosed Bats.

Accommodation

10 nights accommodation at a hand-picked selection of good hotels and lodges in Costa Rica, including:

1 night at the Trapp Family Country Inn (San José); 3 nights at Arenal Observatory Lodge (Arenal Volcano); 2 nights at Natural Lodge (Caño Negro); 2 nights at Hotel Fonda Vela (Monteverde); and the final 2 nights at the lovely Poas Volcano Lodge (Poas Volcano). All rooms have private facilities.

Meals

All main meals (with drinking water provided during the day) are included in the tour price, commencing with dinner in Costa Rica on Day 1 and concluding with lunch there on Day 11. Food is good to excellent in Costa Rica, with much that is locally grown - including the coffee! 

Walking

Costa Rica is a mountainous country so all visitors should expect some trails to be steeper in parts - but these are always taken slowly, with frequent stops to bird. The walking effort is mostly easy, but can be moderate at times due to the terrain.

Arenal Volcano Observatory Lodge stands at an elevation of 730m (2400ft) in the Caribbean foothills. Our birding at Caño Negro is at much lower altitude, just 30m (100ft) above sea level.

From there we climb up to Monteverde, which is located on the Pacific slope near the Continental Divide at an altitude of 1450m (4700ft).

During our visit to the Poas Volcano we shall mostly be birding at elevations around 2400m (8000ft), plus about an hour or so spent at the crater lake at 2700m (9000ft).

As one would expect, rainforest trails can sometimes be muddy, so sturdy waterproof walking shoes or boots with good grip essential.

Maximum elevation this tour: 2700m (9000ft) at Poas Volcano crater lake viewpoint (1hr only).

Travel

On this tour we take advantage of British Airways limited (twice-weekly) nonstop service from London Gatwick to San José (Costa Rica), and return. Early booking is recommended for this tour to be sure of seats on these limited schedule flights!

Ground Transport   By comfortable Toyota Coaster (minicoach) with air-conditioning and driven by the same excellent local drivers that we've worked with for many years. (A minibus may be used in the event of a small group).

Boat Trips

Our tour price includes three special boat trips - two on Lake Caño Negro and the other near Los Chiles. Boats are large enough to accommodate our whole group. The boat trips on Lake Caño Negro usually lasts approx. 3 hrs, while the boat trip near Los Chiles typically takes approx. 2 hrs.

Please note the operation of all the above boat trips is of course dependent on water levels and river access at the time of our visit. If a particular boat trip isn’t possible for any reason, our guides will organise some land-based birding instead.

Emerald Tanager CRica 0413 RCresswell

The eye-catching Emerald Tanager is one of many tanager species to look out for © Northern Costa Rica tour participant Roger Cresswell

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1 PM, Northern Costa Rica tour Thank you for a wonderful tour. Great leaders and a very friendly group to share the delights of Costa Rica with. [empty string]
2 RS, Northern Costa Rica tour We had a great trip with a lovely group of people and excellent helpful leaders. All accommodation was good but Poas Volcano Lodge was superb. We all wished we were staying longer. [empty string]
3 DO, Northern Costa Rica tour Brilliant time, everybody worked as a team to enjoy the birds of Costa Rica. (Tour vehicle) comfortable with good viewing, with room for all our luggage. Drivers were excellent. Very well organised tour of Northern Costa Rica. Lots of birds seen with leaders always able to show all our party them. Accommodation excellent, very enjoyable tour! [empty string]
4 RG, Northern Costa Rica tour Really enjoyed the trip as it came up to expectation. Came home with lots of photos - would have liked to stay longer. The Poas Volcano Lodge was a real treat to end the holiday. This was the best vehicle that I have encountered during the many tours I have done... Altogether a most enjoyable trip leaving me wanting to go again. [empty string]
5 CE, Northern Costa Rica tour I was very impressed with the pre-tour information you provided. It covered everything I needed. Both leaders [Mike & Herman] were excellent... The tour was the perfect introduction to birding in the tropics. [empty string]
6 MQ, Northern Costa Rica tour Great trip! Great leaders! Great group of birders... I want to go to Costa Rica again! [empty string]
7 MH, Northern Costa Rica tour It was lovely to revisit Costa Rica, and the trip came up to all my expectations... [empty string]
8 GN, Northern Costa Rica tour Great leader, very good accommodation, most of the birds were new to me and very colourful. Overall a superb birding tour ... [empty string]
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