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November 8 - November 17

Explore Guanacaste, Costa Rica! *FULL*

This November, join Dan and Candace on a brand-new birding adventure in Costa Rica! Guanacaste is the northwesternmost province in Costa Rica, home to dry tropical forest and bordered on the east by a series of protected National Parks along the slopes of several active volcanoes. We’ll visit both, and throw in some mangroves, to boot! This itinerary allows us to drive a little less and walk a little more in this unique and underbirded region. 

We begin our trip on the slopes of the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where large tracts of intact cloud forest host a stunning diversity of birdlife, including the secretive Yellow-eared Toucanet, Oscillated Antbird, and Lattice-Tailed Trogon. We’ll spend two days exploring the trails and roads in the vicinity of our charming lodge. Next, we move north to Rincon de la Vieja, an active volcano in the dynamic transition zone between dry and wet forest. Here, the trails are a bit steeper and host specialties like Black-eared Quail and Tody Motmot, along with plentiful parrots, tanagers and tinamous. We’ll also take a day trip downslope to the famous Santa Rosa National Park, the largest intact tropical dry forest in Central America. Here is our best chance for Thicket Tinamou, Long-tailed Manakin, Barred Antshrike, and Yellow-green Vireo, among many others.

We’ll work our way down the bank of the Gulf of Nicoya to La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge, exploring farm fields, salt flats and mangroves. We’ll be serenaded by Howler Monkeys as we seek out Mangrove Cuckoo, Yellow-naped Parrot, Tropical Screech Owl, Black-headed Trogon and White-throated Magpie Jay, plus warblers, kingfishers and waterbirds birds galore. We’ll also make a day trip to the famous Palo Verde National Park, our best chance at the very elusive Jabiru, plus a wide array of wading birds, butterflies and dragonflies.

This trip is a bit shorter than our regular Birding Costa Rica ecotour, with less driving and more hiking, perfect for a green pre-holiday getaway! Please join us for this wild and wonderful adventure.

Register today to travel with us to Guanacaste, Costa Rica!

Take an exciting pre-holiday trip to an incredibly unique and underbirded region of Costa Rica - Guanacaste! Guanacaste is the northwesternmost province in Costa Rica, home to dry tropical forest and bordered on the east by a series of protected National Parks along the slopes of several active volcanoes.



Distance: Distance walked will vary every day, but you can expect to walk up to 5 miles per day in some locations. 

Elevation changes: Varies by location. Mountain trails in Tenorio and Rincon will sometimes be steep, muddy and uneven, while trails in the lowlands will be mostly flat and well-graded.  Some days will include walks with moderate elevation gain. 

Trail: A wide variety of roads and trails, from paved paths to single track dirt tread.

Pacing: Our trips travel at a naturalist’s pace, though on longer hikes there may be some walking at a moderate pace in order to reach our destination (and get back!)   Expect early morning departures on our full birding days.  You will be given opportunities to take a morning or afternoon off as you desire.

Trip Details

  • Dates: November 8-17, 2024
  • Trip Leaders: Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson
  • Trip Fee: $3695 members / $4295 non-members
  • Deposit: $1848
  • Single supplement: *SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. $700 (Limited Single Supplements available, please consider sharing a room.)
  • Group size: Limited to 12 participants
  • Fee Includes: All accommodation and meals, ground transportation within Costa Rica, all local guide fees, park entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. A portion of your fee is a tax-deductible contribution to Bird Alliance of Oregon.
  • Fee Does Not Include: International airfares, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance or personal expenses.


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