We’ve already reached the half-way point in our Costa Rica adventure but, unfortunately, the WiFi hasn’t been good enough to post any news until now. We’re currently staying at the excellent Paraiso Quetzal Lodge, along Route 2 mountain road, at kilometre 70. The birding has been fabulous so far and today we’re off in pursuit of the holy grail of Costa Rican birding – Resplendent Quetzal!
We left Gatwick last Thursday, having stayed over-night at the very convenient Bloc Hotel, situated inside the Terminal Two building. We flew direct with British Airways and, having arrived at San Jose and collected our 4WD from Thrifty, made our way to our first stop at Posada Andrea Christina Bed & Breakfast in Sarapiqui, close to the Salverde National Park. This is an excellent location for a general introduction to birding in Costa Rica, as well as home to the threatened Great Green Macaw. Alex, the proprietor, is an excellent and knowledgable host – breakfast on the terrace, over-looking the bird-feeders, with Three-toed Sloth hanging in the trees above, a memorable experience. Chalet Orosi, in the town of the same name, was our next destination, with the fabulous Tapanti National Park on the doorstep. The chalet providing a very homely base – Silvia an attentive hostess, with plenty of bird-life in the gardens to keep you amused. On our first day around the park it rained non-stop but we still managed to see plenty of birds during a prolonged coffee/lunch-stop at Kiri Lodge. Next week we head further south to the Panama border and then back north along the Pacific coast.
Here’s just a taste of Costa Rican birding, but more photos will have to wait until we’re back in the UK.