Costa Rica, Nov 2017 – Birding – Hummingbirds – Photo Tour

Exceptional Hummingbirds, Birding and Photography Tour to Costa Rica, guided by Richard Garrigues, author of the book “The Birds of Costa Rica”


Tour Highlights 

  • Description:  All Inclusive Tour Package, 9-day, 8-night tour - Hummingbird, Birding & Photography Tour to Costa Rica
  • Guided by: Richard Garrigues, author of the book “The Birds of Costa Rica”
  • About Richard Garrigues:
    A native of the US, Richard has been living in Costa Rica since 1981, where he has worked as a birding and natural history guide for more than 30 years. He is the author of the popular The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, now in its second edition, as well as the recently published Photo Guide to Birds of Costa Rica. In addition to guiding and writing, Richard is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Costa Rican Ornithological Association, and is currently the coordinator of the Costa Rican Rare Birds and Records Committee. He is also an eBird reviewer for Costa Rica. His other interests include travel, music, and puttering about the garden.
  • Where: Costa Rica: all 6 major Life Zones of the country are visited in this tour including Caribbean Lowlands, Caribbean Foothills, Middle Elevations, Highlands, Southern Pacific Lowlands and Northern Pacific Lowlands. Costa Rica’s Central Valley and Rain and Cloud Forests areas will also be visited during this tour.
  • When: The Tour B begins on Nov 11 and ends on Nov 19, 2017
  • Expected Weather: Depending on the areas being visited, usually clear skies in the morning, cloudy skies and even scattered rains and thundershowers in the afternoon. Temperatures will vary in the lowlands from usually humid 80 - 90 F highs during the day to 68 - 70 F at night and in the highlands with highs of 75 F to comfortably cool minimum lows of mid-50s F at night.
  • Max Tour Group Size: Tour limited to 12 participants, minimum 6, plus leading birding guide Richard Garrigues and a second local birding and photography guide.
  • Bilingual Guides (English/Spanish)
  • Transportation Vehicle: Recent model 20-24-passenger tour bus.
  • Tour Pace & Walking: Mostly relaxed with some short walks. ** Non-strenuous, no heavy hiking involved. Suitable for participants of all ages!!
  • Quality of Birding: Top Quality / Top knowledge / Great Guides!!
  • Bird Species in Costa Rica: 918
  • Top Birds: In addition to lots of spectacular hummingbirds, we’ll hope to see a host of impressive species, including Resplendent Quetzal, Scarlet Macaw, Yellow-throated Toucan, Spectacled Owl, Boat-billed Heron, a wide variety of tanagers, and a good representation of neotropical groups such as motmots, puffbirds, antbirds, manakins, and cotingas.
  • Bird species to be covered in this tour: We should be able to see anywhere from 250 to 350 species of birds, plus an interesting variety of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • What else? Enjoy 25 to 35+ hummingbird species and one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
  • Photography Opportunities: Although this is not itself a specialized photography tour, depending on birding hotspots being visited or location facilities, photography opportunities will be very good to superb throughout the entire tour.


  • Accommodations: Excellent to beautiful and very comfortable accommodations according to the diverse areas scheduled to be visited.
  • Three nights of the Tour at beautiful Quinta GALEON Lodge, one of the best places in the world to enjoy and photograph hummingbirds.
  • Quinta GALEON Lodge will also be used as departing location for day visits to other excellent birding hotspots in the highlands.
  • What else can you expect:
  • A relaxed and unforgettable exposure to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica—one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.
  • Some of the best birding and the best hummingbird viewing hotspots in the entire country.
  • Great birding and hummingbird photography opportunities throughout the 9-day tour.
  • Great sightseeing around different areas of the country, including national parks, private protected reserves, and passing through several rural towns and larger cities.
  • The second and third smallest hummingbird species on earth as well as one of the 10 largest hummingbirds in the world.
  • Great country, great people, great service, great hospitality, and a great time!
  • SPECIAL NOTE: To be reconfirmed, 2 similar Birding, Hummingbirds and Photography Tours will be conducted by Richard Garrigues on the following dates: Tour A begins on Nov 04 and ends on Nov 12, 2017 and/or Tour C begins on Nov 18 and ends on Nov 26, 2017.  Should dates be of no conflict and more convenient for you, please fill out the enclosed Registration Form and make sure to select the appropriate tour option/schedule.
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  • In all cases, registrations to any of the tours A, B or C, will be confirmed once initial information is filled out, sent to Tour Management, initial deposit has been received, and in full compliance with enclosed Tour Policies.
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  • For arrivals before the tour begins or for later departures, additional hotel bookings can be made upon request.