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HOLIDAY COSTA RICA: Rancho Naturalista
One-site holiday tour based at the comfortable Rancho Naturalista Lodge, with excursions to other habitats on Costa Rica's bird-rich Caribbean slope.

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Situated at 3000 feet in Costa Rica's Cordillera de Talamanca, Rancho Naturalista has long been regarded as one of the country's finest birding lodges. Comfortable rooms, personal service, and delicious home-cooked meals combined with great birding and easy access to other habitats make the lodge a wonderful place to stay.

One of the pleasures of being at Rancho is starting the day on the lodge's balcony, a hot cup of coffee in hand and a myriad tropical species parading below. Over the years, more than 200 species have been seen from the balcony, and hummingbird feeders and flowers in the garden attract a host of beauties, including the incredible Black-crested Coquette and Snowcap. It's a memorable show that one never tires of watching.

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Just behind the cabins, several trails allow access to the lodge's 120-acre private forest reserve, a mix of primary and secondary foothill forest habitats that host a variety of species. Specialties include Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Bicolored Hawk, Carmiol's Tanager, Zeledon's Antbird and a trio of manakins.

We'll also bird at several other sites, from the mid-elevation cloudforest at Tapanti National Park to the Caribbean lowlands at Universidad E.A.R.T.H., an agricultural university. And we'll visit Irazu Volcano National Park, home to the stunningly beautiful Resplendent Quetzal and high-elevation specialties such as Fiery-throated Hummingbird and Volcano Junco.

Note: If you'd like to visit Costa Rica at a different time of year, we offer other tours in January and March.

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2020 Departures
Dec 27 - Jan 4, 2021

2021 Departures
Dec 18-26

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Dec 22-30



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Guides for our tours
Jay VanderGaast
Megan Edwards Crewe

What to Expect
Good accommodations, easy to moderate terrain, cool to warm and humid climate.

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