This are three of the best birding areas in Costa Rica, as they have some unique ecosystems and they offer the chance to see endemic species, as well as having the advantage of been quite close the the San Jose area. On this trip there is the chance to experience different altitudes that go from 500 meters up to almost 3,000 meters above sea level. In this trip we visit different life zones and protected areas important for birds.
There is many types of landscapes in this area, there are cattle fields, rivers, forest and very tall mountains
We pick you up at the airport and drive to our respective hotel. Before the journey starts the BirdwatchingCostaRica staff will give a lecture of the trip plan, the areas that are going to be visited and the possible sitings.
We visit the highlands at 2,700 meters at Poas Volcano National Park in the morning, great spot for some hummingbirds like Volcano Hummingbird, Purple-throated Mountain-Gem and Green-crowned Brilliant, Yellow-thighed Finch, Large-footed Finch, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Golden-browed Chlorophonia and some tanagers like Common Bush-Tanager and Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager. Ideal spot to get some excellent views as the forest in the top is very short in hight, as well the park scenario is definitely beautiful. In the afternoon the plan is to drive to the area of Cinchora and walk a trail, great for humers may be Coppery-headed Emerald and White-bellied Mountain-Gem, other birds can be spot here like Ochraceous Wren, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatchers, Tufted Flycatcher, Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush, just to mention some.
We travel to the east of the valley to visit the Tapanti National Park, here we will try to find birds like White-crowned Parrot, Green-fronted Lancebill, Green Thorntail, Spotted Barbtail, Torrent Tyrannulet, Black and yellow Silky Flycatcher, Silver-throated Tanager, Elegant Euphonia and for the afternoon travel to Turrialba.
We spend all day birding in the Turrialba area, great birding site, good to see so many diferent species of birds, some highlights could be Sunbitter, Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, White-crowned Manakin, Thicket Antpitta, Black-throated Wren, Black-crested Coquette, just to mention a few.
In the afternoon we move to higher land, going to the Cerro de la Muerte, going to Resplendent Quetzal home. As well birding in the Savegre sorroundings where we may spot Yellow -billed Siskin, Western Tanager, Chestnut- capped Brush-Finch, Flame-colored Tanager, Golden- browed Chlorophonia, Yellow-winged Vireo, Flame-throated Warbler, between a lot of birds that can be seen here.
On this day we visit the Monteverde Hanging Bridges in the morning and the Santa Elena Reserve in the afternoon, two great chances to see some Costa Rican avifauna. Some of the birds that can be found in these areas are Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Slaty Flowerpiecer, Common Bush-Tanager, Rufous-capped Warbler, Gray-breasted Wood-wren, Red-faced Spinetail, Scintillant Hummingbird, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, and we may also encounter another emblematic bird of the area the Three-wattled Bellbird.
On this day we visit a very special ecosystem, the subalpine paramo, where few birds can be seen but they area unique species that inhabit the area, Volcano Hummingbird, Volcano Junco, Slaty Flower-pincer, Fiery-throated Hummingbird and Sooty Thrush among other species.