COSTA RICA BIRDING TOURS
| COSTA RICA 2017!
ALL THESE AMAZING
BIRDS AND LEARNING TO DRAW THEM TOO!
A BIRDING ADVENTURE
THAT INCLUDES OPTIONAL DRAWING CLASSES FOR
BIRDERS AND ARTISTS OF ALL LEVELS
FEATHERS' ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
POO WRIGHT - PULLIAM
GUIDE AND NATURALIST
10 to 20, 2017
March 10 and 20 are travel
days. There are 9 days of birding on this tour.
Only Four Spaces Remain Available On
double occupancy from San Jose, Costa Rica
POST-EXTENSION Caribbean Lowlands
3 additional days of birding
MARCH 20 TO
March 24 is a travel
RESERVATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO
October 18, 2016
Feathers Now to Reserve Your Tour: Email
is an expert bird guide and naturalist with
over 26 years experience guiding in Costa
Rica and throughout Central and South
America. He is a native of Costa Rica. Edwin
has guided for ABA, Audubon, Road Scholar
and Majestic Feathers multiple times. To
quote Edwin, "I love the art of birding and
try to make it contagious and fun to any one
|Poo Wright-Pulliam is an avid birder
and nature artist. In 2014 she was Majestic
Feathers' Artist in Residence. In 2015 she was
the Artist in Residence at Craters of the Moon
National Monument in Idaho. Her piece; A Night
On The Moon, was selected from among hundreds
of entries to be featured in the Flora of the
National Parks exhibition at the U.S. Botanic
Garden in Washington D.C. The exhibit is a
part of the 100th anniversary celebration of
the U.S. National Park system. A Night On The
Moon is featured on our home page.
This is the second time that Majestic
Feathers has offered this unique combo tour of birding
and field sketching classes. Our 2014 tour with Poo as
Artist in Residence was a smashing success. There was
not a single drawing class participant that did not
rave about the classes. Their comments supported our
hypothesis that taking the classes would boost their
bird identification skills as well as introducing them
to a skill that they had not previously possessed.
All participants reported that the birding was
We have designed this tour so that the birding is
concentrated on three locations where we will
thoroughly explore the surrounding habitat by taking
short drives to close by birding hotspots and not
spend time frequently moving to a new lodge. The
lodges we are using are ideal for relaxing and
lounging poolside during breaks.
Birding with Optional
Drawing Classes Price $2,870*
double occupancy, March 10 to 20, 2017
Includes: 10 nights of lodging, three
meals a day (beginning with dinner the first night
through breakfast on the day of departure if your flight
time allows), pick up and transfer to the hotel for
participants arriving on March 10, 2017, the services of
your full-time bird guide and naturalist Edwin Ramirez,
drawing classes with Poo Wright-Pulliam are optional.
There is a $60 charge for a drawing kit
designed by Poo, a Toyota Coaster air-conditioned bus
with full-time driver, national parks, and reserves
admission fees, double-occupancy rooms (2 people 2 beds
per room) for the cost of $2,870 per person*.
This amount is based on a minimum of 10 (ten)
participants for the tour. If the tour does not have 10
participants, either the final cost of the tour could be
increased to cover the higher per person cost of a
smaller group, or the the tour could be cancelled.
Birding in the Caribbean Lowlands March 20 to 24, 2017
Price: $1,120 double occupancy. The
$1,120 price is based on a minimum of 6 participants on
this portion of the tour. If the extension does not have
6 participants, either the final cost of the extension
could be increased to cover the higher per person cost
of a smaller group, or the extension could be
cancelled. Price includes:
lodging, meals, full-time guide, full-time bus driver
and bus, and entry fees. There are no drawing
classes on the Post-Extension tour.
INFORMATION ABOUT A Single Room
Supplement PLEASE CONTACT US: Email
If you are traveling
with us as a single, the primary responsibility for
finding a roommate is yours. Through our advertising we
will make an effort to find another person of the same
sex interested in traveling with us for the same dates
and also interested in a having a roommate assigned. If
a roommate has not been found by the date of the final
payment for your tour (September 14, 2016), it will be
necessary for you to pay a single room supplement (TBA)
to cover the higher single occupancy cost of your
THESE AMAZING BIRDS AND LEARNING TO DRAW THEM TOO!
ARRIVE IN SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: Lodging at
Hotel. Confirmed participants will receive
additional details about arrival day regarding
transportation and plans for the day.
March 11, 12,
13 (Days 1, 2, 3) Following breakfast we
travel from San Jose to La Ensenada Lodge which is
located on the Pacific Coast in the province of
Puntarenas, on the Nicoya Gulf. The bungalows here are
rustic, comfortable and feature hammocks on the front
deck. Each bungalow faces the Gulf providing a beautiful
view. The pool area is ideal for relaxing after birding.
Meals here are served family style and White-throated
Magpie Jays and roosting Pacific Screech-Owls will
likely be within your view while you dine. Birding here
will include traveling by boat to explore the mangrove
forest, birding the extensive lodge grounds, traveling
to a nearby working cattle ranch for excellent birding,
as well as birding other nearby habitat.
Drawing classes will not be scheduled during prime
We will see well over a hundred bird species
during our time in this area including but not limited
to: Double-striped Thick-knee,
Mangrove and Cinnamon Hummingbirds, Magnificent
Frigatebird, Royal Tern, Mangrove Warbler, Black-bellied
Whistling Duck, Neotropic Cormorant, Wood Stork, Snail
Kite, Roadside Hawk, Limpkin, White-fronted Parrot,
Spectacled Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl,
Black-headed Trogon, White-lored Gnatchatcher,
Long-billed Gnatwren, Streak-backed Oriole and the push
of northward bound migrating shorebirds. In this area on
5 consecutive trips we have seen the endangered Jabiru!
||WHITE-THROATED MAGPIE -JAY
March 14, 15, 16 (Days 4, 5, 6) On March
14th we travel to the Arenal Volcano area and the town
of La Fortuna to our next lodging (TBA) for three
nights. Our days will be spent birding in locations near
to La Fortuna, and we will bird at the Hanging Bridges
in Arenal Volcano National Park, and also will bird and
explore the trails at the Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Drawing classes will not be scheduled during
prime birding times.
In addition of great vantage points of the
Arenal Volcano, birds that we will likely see in this
area include but are not limited to: Crested Guan, Great
Curassow, White Hawk, Gray Hawk, Red-billed Pigeon,
Green Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Black-crested
Coquette, Rufous Motmot, Rufus-tailed Jacamar,
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Dusky, Bicolored, Spotted, and
Ocellated Antbird, Tropical Pewee, Slate-headed
Tody-Flycatcher and Golden-crowned Warbler to mention a
|| HANGING BRIDGE
March 17, 18 (Days 7, 8) Savegre Mountain
Hotel in the Talamanca Mountain Range. Early morning
birding and breakfast followed by departure for the
Talamanca Mountains the home of the Resplendent Quetzal.
Several stops will be made for birding as we travel to
the cloudforest. In the late afternoon we check into the
Savegre Mountain Hotel. If we arrive in time for some
evening birding on the grounds we will do so.
On day 8 we meet at
the coffee station and depart for early morning birding
followed by breakfast. Part of the day will be focused
on finding, and viewing The Resplendant Quetzal. The
artist birders will engage in field sketching of the
Resplendent Quetzal. A birding hike from the top of the
old growth oak forest down to the lodge will take place
either later on day 8 or in the morning on day 9.
Drawing classes will not be scheduled during
prime birding times.
The Resplendant Quetzal is regarded by many as
the most beautiful bird in the Americas. On each of our
6 previous Majestic Feathers visits to this location we
have seen the stunning Resplendent Quetzal as well as
scores of other high mountain specialty birds. The cool
temperatures of this cloud forest habitat offers
wonderful conditions for hiking in primary old growth
oak forest. It is quite possible to spend hours
mesmerized by the constant display of hummingbirds at
the feeders and in the gardens of the Savegre Mountain Hotel. We
love this place and we know you will too! There are 170
bird species on their bird list reflecting the colors of
the rainbow as well as dozens of other dazzling hues.
Birds that we will likely see in this area include but
are not limited to: Swallow-tailed Kite, Sulphur-winged
Parakeet, Green Violet-ear, Striped-tailed,
White-throated Mountain Gem, Magnificent, Volcano and
Scintillant Hummingbirds, Blue-throated Toucanet,
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper, Ruddy Treerunner, Buffy
Tuftedcheek, Tufted Flycatcher, Black-faced Solitaire,
Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher and many more.
WHITE-THROATED MT GEM
March 19 (Day
9) BLD Early morning birding followed by
breakfast. Hike in the Old Growth forest or birding
along the Savegre River. Following lunch we will drive
back to San Jose with a couple of birding stops along
the way. In San Jose we check into the Boungainvillea.
This will be our farewell evening for our March 10 to 20
March 20 (Day
10) Participants traveling back to the U.S.
will be transferred to the airport for their flights
home. (B) if flight departure time
allows. (BLD everyday) for
participants continuing on the Post- Extension.
Post-Extension: Birding in
the Caribbean Lowlands
(Available only to
participants of the Combo Birding and Drawing tour)
|PECCARY LA SELVA
||THERE IT IS!
March 20: Following
breakfast the Extension for three additional nights of
lodging and birding begins. Mid-morning we depart for the
Caribbean Lowlands. 2 nights of lodging (March 20, 21)
at the Suneno Azul Lodge or Selva Verde Lodge (TBA) with
birding along the way.
Birding over the course of March
20, 21, 22 will include: Virgen del Socorro, La Selva
Biological Station, Braulio Carrillo National Park in
the Quebrada Gonzales Section of the Park, and
several bird walks on the grounds of the lodge.
One of the top target birds in this area is the Great
Green Macaw. The La Selva Biological Station is a
birders dream come true hot spot. Counting both the
resident and migratory birds the bio station's bird list
includes 400 species, representing almost half of Costa
Birds that we will likely see in this region include but
are not limited to: Greater Tinamou, Green Ibis, King
Vulture, Bicolored Hawk, Bat Falcon, Sunbittern,
Squirrel Cuckoo, Crested Owl, Black-Crested Coquette,
Bronze-Tailed Plumeleteer, Common Tody-Flycatcher,
Red-Throated Ant Tanager and scores more.
March 22: Early morning birding,
depart for San Jose with birding along the way. Check in
to the Bougainvillea Hotel with time enough to relax and
enjoy the grounds. Farewell Dinner.
March 23: Transfers
to the airport for flights home. Breakfast if flight
departure times allow.
DETAILS RELATED TO THIS TOUR
Feathers today to reserve your space(s) on
this outstanding tour and extension or with any
questions you have about the tours:
email@example.com Our tours are very
popular and we recommend that you reserve space well in
advance of the September
14, 2016 reservation deadline.
Once you have reserved
space on this tour you will receive emails detailing
more information about the tour; a sign up packet,
packing and travel suggestions and information,
information about making your payments and payment
Flights for this tour should not
be booked until it is confirmed by Majestic Feathers
that it is time to book your flights. We will be working
with a travel agency to secure the best possible price
for your flights. You will receive a referral to the
agency to book your flights.
Not Included in the price
of the tour: Airfare to and from Costa Rica,
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, Costa Rica exit
airport tax $29, medical travel insurance (is
mandatory), travel insurance, gratuities that you wish
to give, personal expenses along the way.
for this unique adventure and allow Majestic Feathers
and the staff at the hotels and lodges to pamper you
and to take care of all the daily details. In addition
to having a great birding experience, and learning how
to improve your field notes and bird identification
skills by signing up for the drawing classes, you will
experience the pleasure of knowing that you are
supporting the valuable conservation efforts of the
Foundation for the Conservation and Bio-Cultural
Restoration of Finca La Paz. Email us today! Visit our
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