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A Focus On Nature Tour
For birds, butterflies,
and other nature
To a varied assortment of
In each, to places uncrowded, off the "beaten path".
Thus, with more birds and nature to be enjoyed.
This tour to places
including Laguna del Lagarto,
Arenal, Cano Negro, and Guanacaste
to be led by Armas Hill,
who has birded in Costa Rica numerous times since 1978.
species of birds have been found
during FONT tours in Costa Rica.
Birds during Previous FONT Tours in Costa Rica
Birds during Previous FONT Northern Costa Rica Tours
Some Previous FONT Costa Rica Tour Highlights
Other Upcoming Central America Tour Itineraries
Costa Rica Mammals (with some photos)
(with some photos)
Feature: "Alexander Skutch - A Naturalist in Costa Rica"
Tour Registration Form
Waterfall in Costa Rica,
photograph by Marie Z. Gardner, during a previous FONT birding tour
Itinerary (price follows):
Fri: Mar. 9, '12 Arrival in Costa Rica. Birding, this day, as time permits. Overnight in San Jose.
Mar. 10 After an early
morning departure from the hotel, some excellent Caribbean
Slope birding at the
Canyon Virgen del Socorro, a particularly
good place for an assortment of
tanagers and other colorful birds, including the
Red-headed Barbet. We'll be stopping at some places particularly good for
A Green Violetear
photographed during a FONT tour
In the afternoon, we'll continue traveling north to Laguna del Lagarto in the Caribbean lowlands with overnight accommodation there. Laguna del Lagarto has become one of the prime attractions of our Northern Costa Rica Birding Tour. Not only is there still excellent birding in and by the good forest (the area, also being remote, has birding as we remember from years gone by), there are also some particularly good birds, as noted in the next paragraph.
Sun Mar. 11 A full day of birding in the area of Laguna del Lagarto. Many species of birds will be seen. Among the highlights here during our tours: Agami Heron, Ocellated Antbird, Snowy Cotinga, White-fronted Nunbirds, and Great Green Macaw. There are excellent trails in the lowland rainforest. There will also be a boat-ride, with fine birding, along the Rio San Carlos, toward the Nicaraguan border. In that area, the largest remaining tract of lowland rain forest in Central America. Scarlet Macaw, King Vulture, and some interesting raptors are possible. Overnight at Laguna del Lagarto.
12 A second
morning of birding at Laguna del Lagarto.
In the afternoon, travel to the town of Fortuna de San Carlos near Arenal Volcano. Overnight in Fortuna.
Tue: Mar. 13
excellent morning boat-ride along the
River Cano Negro
toward an area of marsh near
the Nicaraguan border, the only haunt
in Costa Rica for the Nicaraguan Grackle. A fine assortment
of long-legged waders is likely, including this time
of year, the Jabiru. During this ride previously we've found
Sungrebe, Boat-billed Heron, and Great Potoo.
Late in the afternoon, return to Fortuna, for a second overnight.
Wed: Mar. 14
A morning with some very good birding in the area of the Arenal Observatory Lodge, but
even the most ardent birders
can be distracted if the Arenal Volcano is
active. It can be spectacular. Even
though a safe distance away, it can be exciting by day, and after dark, a
thrill. Regarding the birds
in the area, there's an excellent variety, and that ardent birder could
have yet another thrill with a sighting of a spectacular male
as we have here during
one of our tours in the past. Also notable during our previous tours: were as
many as 30 Scarlet-thighed Dacnis in one tree, Rufous-breasted
Antthrush, and Hermit
In the afternoon, travel to the dry region of northwestern Costa Rica known as Guanacaste. In this area, there are a number of bird specialties not found in other parts of the country, such the White-throated Magpie-Jay, Yellow-naped Parrot, Black-headed Trogon, Streak-backed Oriole, and Lesser Ground-Cuckoo (just to name a few.) We've found one of the specialties of the region, the Thicket Tinamou, to be easier to see, than otherwise, in July. Overnight near the town of Liberia.
15 An early
morning visit to the Lomas
Barbudal Reserve, an area of excellent deciduous forest,
for our final Guanacaste birding. A top attraction for us, each time there, has
been the Long-tailed Manakin,
and we've seen Collared Forest-Falcon on a number of our
visits. A number of other birds of the "gallery forest" also occur.
In the afternoon, a boat-ride at a place that can be very good for birds: an area of waterways in coastal mangroves near Tamarindo. Here, in the past, in July, we've found Zone-tailed Hawk and Plumbeous Kite. Once, previously, Reddish Egret among a group of egrets and herons coming to an evening roost. A number of other birds fly into the area, at day's end, as well, notably parrots. This night, again, near Liberia.
Fri: Mar. 16
A last morning
of birding in Guanacaste, including a visit to the Palo
Verde National Park, where
during previous we've seen many birds, and among them the large Jabiru, a
rarity in Costa Rica. This tour should again be the same: many birds, including
the Jabiru. In the afternoon, travel to San Jose, where we'll spend the
Sat: Mar. 17 Departure from Costa Rica, for those going home. For those continuing on our tour FON CR-2 in southern Costa Rica, the birding will begin along the Pan American Highway, south of San Jose.
Price: $2,295, per person, based upon double-occupancy. Single supplement (when applicable): $305
All overnight accommodations.
All meals Mar 10-16.
Transportation within Costa Rica.
A FONT or Costa Rican birding guide familiar with the birds and localities.
International air fare to/from Costa Rica.
Airport departure tax (approx $20).
Any items of a personal nature. Gratuities.
If done in
conjunction with another FONT tour, the reduced price is:
with tour FON/CR 2, Mar 17-25, 2012: $US 3,895
"Focus On Nature Tours" can arrange air travel in relation to this tour, seeking the best possible fare.
A deposit of $400, per person, will assure a place on the tour.