The Costa Rica Experience is still under development. We are currently working with our partners to plan a wonderful and inspirational trip. We hope that the descriptions below capture our mission and give you a sense of what is most likely to be included. But remember, nothing is set-in-stone yet.
Length: 10 days
Group size: 6-8
Intensity: easy to moderate
Why you’ll love The Costa Rica Experience
Our Costa Rica Experience centers around the Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We will spend five days exploring the magical lowland rainforest around the ground-breaking Osa Conservation BioStation. Birding through the massive primary rainforest, learning about wildlife conservation and sustainable agriculture, and connecting with researchers are all things we will do while staying in at the BioStation.
After a truly unique experience on the Pacific Coast, we move into the highlands. We will spend one day birding the rich high-elevation forests in central Costa Rica before returning to San José.
What makes this Experience unique
Working with Osa Conservation, we will be volunteering with different projects: sea turtle monitoring, healthy river research, sustainable agriculture, tropical forest restoration, and biodiversity monitoring. We will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to conserve wildlife and habitat and come away from this experience as passionate advocates for the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica.
Spending about 4 hours each day volunteering opens up the rest of our time for birding! Osa Conservation has miles of trails through primary rainforest, and we will spend each morning before breakfast and each afternoon looking for birds and the other abundant wildlife, like Baird’s Tapirs, Howler Monkeys, Spider and Squirrel Monkeys, Agoutis, and Sloths!
Partnering with Diego Quesada, we will spend a day birding in the high mountains that bisect the country. This area is only a few hours from the Osa, but is radically different in its biodiversity. We will have the opportunity to see a lot more species and see a totally different aspect of the Costa Rican avifauna.
Each of our Experiences aims to support local conservation efforts and leave us with a feeling of deep understanding and appreciation for the landscape, the people, and the wildlife of every place we visit.
And yes, there will be birds!
The Osa Peninsula has a number species of regionally endemic birds that we will target, including the subtly beautiful Black-cheeked Ant-tanager, and the spectacular Fiery-billed Aracari. Of course, there are hundreds of other species around and some of the most wonderful species are also quite common. Magnificent Frigatebirds, Long-billed Hermits, King Vultures, Slaty-tailed Trogons, Yellow-throated Toucans, Pale-billed Woodpeckers, Scarlet Macaws, Red-capped Manakin, Riverside Wren, and Scarlet-rumped Tanagers are just some of the many species we will likely see.
Our day in the mountains will allow us to look for new species such as Flame-colored Tanager, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Resplendent Quetzal, Yellow-thighed Brushfinch, and a number of hummingbirds like the Talamanca, Fiery-throated, and Volcano Hummingbirds, White-throated Mountain-gem, and Lesser Violetear.
Want to join us?
Registration will open in 2021. Sign up to receive updates on this Experience.