This bird watching expedition for bird lovers begins early in the morning when the birds are most active. Home to half the bird species in Costa Rica, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is an ideal place to search for both endemic and endangered bird life. Straddling the continental divide with an altitude around 1400 meters, Monteverde hosts a rich biodiversity and is considered to be one of the most unique protected environments in Central America.
You will be picked up between 5:30 and 6:00am based on the location of your lodging. At 6am a trained naturalist guide with intimate knowledge of the local area will lead you on a beautiful woodland hike stopping at strategic sites all along the way where various species are known to cohabitate. Species such as: the 3 Wattled Bell Bird, the Resplendent Quetzal, Great Curassow, Emerald Toucanettes and the Black Guan make this forest their home. Dozens of other avian genuses inhabit this terrain as well.
Having the ability to recognize the characteristic vocalizations of many types of birds specific to this region, your guide will assist you in finding the perfect location to take photos or set up your scope. You can also take amazing photos through your guide’s professional spotting scope if you are equipped with only a camera.
With any luck you may cross paths with other cloud forest inhabitants such as coatis, monkeys, basilisk lizards or colorful frogs. You’ll be surrounded by an abundance of ferns, mosses and the highest concentration of orchid species in the world which your guide will be happy to point out to you. This leisurely hike through a variety of rain forest regions lasts for approximately 3 hours. A delicious hot typical breakfast is included. Depending on the latest bird sighting information, you might be eating breakfast between birding locations of after the tour is over. Your guide will discuss these options with you at the time of pick up. Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera.