Costa Rica in October

Sunday October 1, 2017 –  Sunday October 8, 2017

Keel-billed Toucan
Red-legged Honeycreeper

Building on the great success of our October trips to Costa Rica in 2015 & 2016 we are offering what we believe will prove to be an even better itinerary in October of 2017.   The goal of this trip is to offer photographers of all levels an opportunity to enhance their photography skills on colorful birds in a beautiful setting.  On the trip we expect to photograph toucans, motmots, tanagers, parrots and other colorful and exotic species of the neotropics.  Our time will be spent in the northern portion of the country to maximize our field time and keep the transit time to a minimum while still allowing us an opportunity to look for the beautiful and bizarre Resplendent Quetzal.  We will fly into and out of the Liberia (LIR) / Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Guanacaste.  Our time will be spent at Tenorio National Park, Cano Negro Refuge, Arenal Volcano area, Monteverde area, and Santa Rosa National Park.

Laughing Falcon

We will have chances to photograph a one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen and to explore spectacular rainforests from trails and from some very impressive hanging bridges.  We will also takean amazing boat ride to search for various species of kingfishers as well as all sorts of herons and other water-loving birds.  Some examples of what we might encounter include Spotted Antbird, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Rufous Motmot, Keel-billed Toucan, Black-collared Hawk, Barred Antshrike, Golden-hooded Tanager, Red-legged Honeycreeper, White-throated Magpie-Jay, White-crowned Parrot, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Green Ibis, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Northern Jacana, Squirrel Cuckoo, Green-breasted Mango, Black-headed Trogon, Amazon Kingfisher, Lineated Woodpecker, Passerini’s Tanager, Laughing Falcon, Boat-billed Heron, Sungrebe and many more.  Though they are rare and difficult to find we have even photographed Agami Heron in this area.

Collared Aracari

The goal of this trip is to offer photographers a chance to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica through their cameras without breaking the bank.  The lodging will be safe and clean but is not fancy.  This is a budget trip but it does offer a great value.  We will limit the group size to six participants along with me, our professional driver and our local Costa Rican naturalist.  This means that participants can get plenty of personal attention and will be able to photograph without being too crowded.  

Blue-gray Tanager

The cost of the trip is $2200/person for double occupancy and an additional $360 if you prefer a private room.  This trip will make with as few as three participants and a maximum of six participants.


What’s included?  This cost includes all ground transportation (in a roomy and comfortable van driven by a professional driver) starting and ending at the (LIR) / Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Guanacaste as well as all lodging, professional birding guide, photography instruction as desired, entrance fees and the boat ride.  Participants will be responsible for their airfare, food/drink and exit tax if applicable (if you fly United Airlines this tax is included in your ticket price).