Hola Fernando, Hope I get to you before you live. WE just returned from
Nicaragua. In fact, we lived and birded in Costa Rica for 10 years. The
place is a birder's heaven. I could go on at lengths, but here are a few
Tours: Field Guides are my favorite. Victor Emanuel is also very good. You
can also do it on your own. Roads are mostly good. Accommodations vary but
there are lots of good inexpensive places. The country is overbuilt with
hotels. Our favorite hotel in San Jose is the Grano de Oro, a great place
to spend a night after arrival and very close to a Budget rent-a-car if you
want to drive yourself.
Places to visit: Monteverde is famous and justly so, but you can see just
as much and with less pain (the road to Monteverde is torture.) at Parque
Rincon de la Vieja near Liberia (Incidentally you can fly into Liberia if
you prefer. San Jose has a nice central market and a few good museums, but
it's not really a destination city -- and you want to bird anyway.) On the
Pan-American highway south of San Jose is Cerro de la Muerte, great
mid-altitude birding, maybe the best quetzal spot I know of. And my
favorite place of all is the wonderfully wild Osa Peninsula. Solitary
eagle, black-faced ant-tanager (endemic to the Osa) You have to book a trip
there because you fly into a small airport and take a small boat out into
the Pacific and along the coast to any of several lodges. The best, in my
opinion, is Lapa Rios, but bring your wallet -- not cheap.
As I write this I'm thinking You might want to sign onto a small tour.
There I so much to see and do that, if you only have a week, you don't want
to spend a lot of time getting lost and missing some of the best places. I
would suggest doing a bit of research on the internet. Then, if you wish,
send me a note and I'll tell you what I know (if anything) about any of the
I envy you.
On 1/17/16 1:09 AM, "Fernando B.Corrada" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I am thinking about a photo birding trip to Costa Rica. If I have a week to
> visit, which places I should consider to be a priority? Any tour operators
> that you recommend? Tips on logistics appreciated. If anyone is interested on
> going to Costa Rica this year, please let me know. Thank you.