Resplendent Quetzal
Cloud Forest
Ocellated Antbird

Costa Rica-Williamson Audubon Group

  • Pace: Active, considerable walking in warm climate
  • 8  days/ 7 nights 
  • Scheduled dates:  2016  March 1-8  Full.  March 9-16 FULL
  • Price: $2075 per person in double occupancy. Maximum 10 passengers. (with 8: $2275, with 6: $2595).  Single supplement $325
Click for detailed itinerary (March 9 trip) and reservation form
A great intro to tropical birding in Costa Rica, visiting birding hot spots in this short 8 day itinerary. 
While the Resplendent Quetzal in the cloud forest of Cerro de la Muerte is the target bird, along the way we will also look for Spotted Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Song Wren, White-fronted Nunbird, Rufous Motmot, Bay Wren, Northern Barred Woodcreeper in Trimbina Reserve; Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Sunbittern, Green Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, and Sungrebe on a boat ride along Sarapiqui River. 
The Organization for Tropical Studies  (OTS) field station at La Selva teams with wildlife and you can easily see monkeys, toucans, sloths, poison dart frogs, green iguanas, peccaries, morpho butterflies and many bird species, like the Bare-necked Umbrella Bird, Red-capped Manakin, Great Antshrike, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Chestnut-backed Antbird, and the Slaty-tailed Trogon.   At Braulio Carillo National Park, the foothills of the Central Volcanic Range may produce a mix of birds including Dull-mantled Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Black-crowned Antpitta, Spotted Barbtail, White-whiskered Puffbird, Tawny-crested, Blue-and-Gold, Emerald, and Rufous-winged tanagers, and Ornate Hawk-Eagle.   And then we finally reach the cloud forest of Cerro de la Muerte, home to the Quetzal.   Additionally we may see dozens of hummingbird species.
Driving distances are not terribly long in this small country, just made for birders!
  • Accommodations:  nice hotel or lodge, private baths with hot water
  • Included:  7 nights lodging with taxes, all transportation by van, services of Laurie Foss, JB Journeys' guide, local bi-lingual birding guide, entry fees to parks, meals as listed
  • Not included: International airfare, meals not listed, drinks with meals, gratuities, travel insurance, personal expenses.

Bring:  Binoculars, flashlight and/or head lamp, rain gear, warmer layers for the cloud forest, Ziplock bags for camera (dust and moisture Place packets of rice or silica gel sachets in your photo equipment cases. The rice or silica gel will absorb moisture from the air), JB Journeys water bottle!, travel alarm, knapsack/ day pack/ fanny pack or birding vest.