Costa Rica & Ecuador (Price Start from $ 5000 )

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Costa Rica and Ecuador together are one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet and home to a variety of birds and reptiles.

 

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet. It so diverse that very little documentation has been carried out in terms of wildlife - especially if you compare it to the famous safari parks of East Africa. Costa Rica is approximately the same size as West Virginia. With over 500,000 plant and animal species, Costa Rica is one of the world's most biologically diverse countries. Scientists have estimated that close to 4% of the Earth’s species live in Costa Rica.

 

Home to the world’s most spectacular range of rainforests - often referred to as “jewels of the earth” as they home to two-thirds of all living animal and plant species on the planet, Costa Rica boasts of being home to the largest variety of hummingbirds, toucans and margay cats.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Document the multiple aspects of Hummingbirds at Costa Rica.

 

  • Experience majestic landscapes in rainforests of Costa Rica

 

  • Photograph Hummingbirds, Toucans, Quetzals and multiple species of frogs and snakes.

 

  • Hikes to experience the landscapes and beautiful waterfalls.

 

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Slot I:- 7th Feb-17th Feb 2019

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  • Day 1: 7th Feb 2019

    Traditional welcome at the airport and transfer to a hotel in San Jose, near the airport.

     

  • Day 2: 8th Feb 2019

    Visit a beautiful waterfalls garden on the highlands as we start from San Jose. It will be your first tryst with hummingbirds on this trip. It has 3 beautiful multi-layered waterfalls.

     

    From there reach our first destination of the trip by lunch, in the plains of Boca Tapada. After check-in and lunch, you will shoot at the lodge feeders where you will photograph multiple species of Tanagers, Honeycreepers etc. 

     

  • Day 3: 9th Feb 2019

    In the morning shoot at another set of feeders where you will photograph Toucans and Aracaris apart from Tanagers and Honeycreepers. After breakfast set out to a specially designed hide for King Vultures which you can access for 3-4 hours. Shoot to your heart's content till lunch.

     

    Post lunch we visit a nearby location for Hummingbird feeders. This is first multiflash setup for the trip where under expert supervision you learn how to use multiflash photography techniques to shoot Hummingbirds in flight. Spend the afternoon in this hide. 

     

  • Day 4: 10th Feb 2019

    In the morning we can try again for Toucans and Aracaris in lodge feeders, and try for some other resident birds of the area. Post breakfast we will drive to the Arenal area. Post checking in at the lodge drive to a nearby place which is good for herping. You are likely to photograph many species of Snakes and frogs in this place.

     

    Come back to the lodge for dinner. 

  • Day 5: 11th Feb 2019

    In the morning we do some birding in and around the lodge and try for the Margay Cat (which is seen sometimes in this area). In the afternoon we transfer to the Sarapiqui area and check-in to a lodge.

     

    Post lunch we visit a place which is famous for Scarlet Macaws and red & green Macaws and we hope to photograph some of them in flight. 

     

  • Day 6: 12th Feb 2019

    In the morning we visit a park nearby and try to photograph some local species of Tanagers. Orioles and Parrots etc. There we also spend a couple of hours in a multi-flash setup to photograph the low altitude humming-birds of this area.

     

    In the afternoon we visit another area which is famous for its Owls – particularly the spectacled owl. 

     

  • Day 7: 13th Feb 2019

    Today morning we drive to the highlands where the elusive resplendent Quetzal resides. Post check in to the lodge and lunch, we spend the afternoon in the lodge feeders in multiflash setup to photograph the high altitude hummingbird species. 

     

  • Day 8: 14th Feb 2019

    In the morning we set out for a walking tour to track the resplendent Quetzal.

     

    In the afternoon we visit mid-elevation gardens for some local birds including woodpeckers, hummingbirds, tanagers etc. 

     

  • Day 9: 15th Feb 2019

    We keep a backup morning session for the Quetzal as this is the only area in this tour that we find them. Possible we can improve on yesterdays Quetzal pictures.

     

    After breakfast, we drive to the Tarcoles area with some interesting feeders en-route. 

     

  • Day 10: 16th Feb 2019

    In the morning we have a 2.5 hours private boat ride on Tarcoles river for Kingfisher (up to 5 species), herons and raptors.

     

    Post lunch we proceed for a private photography tour at Orotina where we look for Owls, Turquoise-browed Motmot and Black-headed Trogon.

     

  • Day 11: 17th Feb 2019

    We repeat the boat tour to get any missing species from yesterday. Post the boating and breakfast, we are driven to San Jose international airport, and we can plan for any outward flight from 3 pm onwards.

     

    Optionally, night stay at San Jose can be arranged to accommodate next day departure. 

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