Full day birding trips

Full day birding trips

Irazu Volcano

Cacararas (7)The much higher altitude here means you’ll see a new set of birds. Possibilities include Volcano Hummingbirds and Flame-throated Warblers amongst others, and up near the crater – Volcano Junco and Timberline Wren. The scenery and views are great and you have the added advantage of getting to drive right up near the crater, where it’s a short walk to look down inside the Volcano!

Duration: Full Day
Distance: 2.5 Hours or so from Rancho

Quetzal’s Paradisequetzal

If you’re at Rancho and dying to see a Quetzal, this is the place you want to be. This trip must be arranged beforehand with the owners of this small lodge located in the Highlands of the Dota region. Also possibilities abound for an array of interesting highland species. One of the specialties is the Fiery Throated Hummingbird which can be seen and photographed easily.

Duration: Full Day
Distance: 3 hours or so from Rancho

Tapanti National Park

TapantiTapanti offers some of the most exciting birding – easy trails and good roads make finding the sometimes-immense mixed flocks easy. The wet cloud forest habitat again makes the birds here different from the ones you see at Rancho.  Several species of tanagers and both the Red Headed and Prong Billed Barbet, and the Ornate Hawk-eagle are among the possibilities.

Duration: Full Day
Distance: 2.5 hours or so from Rancho

Cerro Silencio

The home of some of the most difficult birds in the country – gems such as Rufous-rumped Antwren, Black-and-White Becard, Red-fronted Parrotlet and the much-revered Lovely Cotinga all reside here. Birds of typical high cloud forest are here too – Silvery-fronted Tapaculos and Zeledonias haunt the dense undergrowth.

This trip is not your normal hike in the forest; it is an extreme hike that includes, mud and steep uphill hiking. It’s a tough 2+ hour hike to get to the good birding, it’s muddy and slippery up there and going all the way takes the whole day. – not for the faint of heart!

Duration: Full Day
Distance: 20 minutes or so from Rancho

Monumento Nacional de Guayabo

Monumento Nacional de Guayabo preserves the most important archeological site in found in Costa Rica, the ancient village of Guayabo. Once inhabited by the ancestors of the Cabecar Indian tribe, this stone paved village is surrounded in forest and shadowed by the smoking Turrialba Volcano towering above. On the trail leading down into the ancient village you will be birdwatching in the surrounding forest here you may also see a few surprises!  Antbirds such as Immaculate Antbird, and Spotted Antbird, following army ant swarms through the forest, and beautiful raptors such as the Barred Hawk are some of the birds you may find at Guayabo.  You will be impressed as you see the stone bases of the ancient homes where people once lived, petroglyphs, tombs, roads paved with stone, and a stone lined aqueduct that is still flowing with spring water after more than 2000 years!

Duration: Full Day
Distance: 1 1/2 hours or so from Rancho