This tour starts with a early departure from Manuel Antonio, as early as 4:00 a.m. to catch the first light after the 1 ½ drive to Mirador Los Quezales where we will bird during the morning. After lunch we will continue our birding adventure visiting Los Quetzales National Park.
Mirador los Quezales and Los Quetzales National Park are nestled in the high altitude (between 2,000-3,000 meters) along the Talamancan mountain range, most of both places is covered in cloud forest protecting a crucial habitat for a number of plant and animal species including a great number of birds offering birders great opportunities.
The Quetzal, considered one of the most beautiful birds of the world nests in the protected grounds of Mirador los Quetzales and Los Quetzales National Park and can be seen all year round. Nevertheless they are more abundant during the months of April and May, months when their reproducing themselves. Although the Resplendent Quetzal is renowned for being an elusive and quite bird, Mirador los Quetzales and Los Quetzales National park claim to be the best places in Costa Rica where to find this magical bird.
As nice as quetzals are, they aren’t the only birds to expect during this tour. Black-capped and Turfted Flycatchers hawk insects from tree branches, Large-footed Finches scratched in the leaf litter, Yellow-thighed Finches foraged in the bushes, and mixed flocks of Ruddy Treerunners, Black-cheeked Warblers, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstarts, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanagers, and other highland endemics rushed through the vegetation. Also lots of hummingbird such the Green Violet-ear, Magnificient Hummingbird, Volcano Hummingbird, and the Fiery-throated are attracted to the feeders. Not surprisingly, bird watching is quite popular here, as it gives visitors the chance of spotting this "must-see" birds.
Includes: Transportation, admissions, bilingual guide with high quality telescope, box breakfast, and lunch.
Need: Coat, rain jacket, hiking shoes, and repellent.
Number of people
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For groups bigger than 6 pax, contact me.
If you have your own car to use, the price of the tours will be lower.
Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost I reserve the right to adjust any pricing.