Costa Rica 2013

Costa Rica had been near the top of our list for quite a while, and now that we were both retired, we decided we had enough time to go there and cover most of the country. The seasons in Costa Rica consist mostly of “wet” and “dry”, and they aren’t the same everywhere in the country. So having done our homework, we decided that March would be the best month to go. We would probably not see turtles nesting at Tortuguero, but we would at least be in the “dry” season everywhere we went. Or so we thought.

There aren’t really many hiking trails in Costa Rica, so we left our hiking boots at home and decided to make this a birding holiday. So we went through a list of possible birding destinations and tried to choose a set which covered the country. And we decided that we would usually stay three nights at each destination. The result was that we covered the country reasonably well, with the exception of the province of Guanacaste where we didn’t see any compelling destinations. So our itinerary was:

  • Monteverde
  • Arenal
  • Caño Negro
  • Volcán Tenorio
  • Tortuguero
  • San Gerardo de Dota
  • Sarapiquí
  • Osa Peninsula

In between those destinations, and at the end, we found ourselves in San José and the Central Valley several times, although we were really just overnighting in San José on the way to somewhere else. And this being a birding vacation, we found ourselves getting up at 5 am more often than not. So much, in fact, that by the end of the trip getting up at 5 am had become normal behaviour.

Here are links to the web pages for this trip:

Santa Elena (Monteverde)
Ferry to Arenal
Arenal
Caño Negro
Bijagua and Volcán Tenorio
National Theatre, San José
Tortuguero
Savegre Lodge
Selva Verde Lodge
Rio Tigre
Carate
Coffee, Volcano, Waterfalls

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