This Independent Birding Venture takes place at three of our favorite lodges, with excellent local guides. You can be met at the airport, and each transfer between lodges is with a birding guide, making the most of travel days.

Search for Neotropical specialties on trails at La Selva Biological Station, a place famous for studies of tropical rainforest species that often has the highest number of species for each year’s annual Christmas Bird Count. While here, glide down the Sarapiqui River looking for Green Iguana, Green Ibis, kingfishers, and Mantled Howler Monkey. Explore varied habitats as you move from lowland rainforest to lush montane forests at Rancho Naturalista. Trails and a viewing porch with hummingbird feeders make it a great place for birding and natural history. From here drive the Pan-American Highway to a splendid mountain valley, passing through misty cloudforest. Relax at Savegre Mountain Lodge where you can witness Emerald Toucanet and Collared Redstart in the wild Savegre Valley. Here Resplendent Quetzal nest and American Dipper feed in the rushing stream.


Photo credits: Banner: Green Violetear, Peg Abbott; Silky Flycatcher, Woody Wheeler; Golden-hooded Tanager Feeding, Peg Abbott; Blue-crowned Motmot, Peg Abbott; Roadside Hawk, Peg Abbott; Three-toed Sloth, Caligo Ventures Stock; Passion Flower, Willy Alfaro; White-faced Capuchins, Peg Abbott; Orange-collared Manakin, Bud Ferguson.