Selva Verde area provided us with the chance to view howler monkeys and white hawks.
A stop at La Selva Biological Reserve was delightful as we discovered that the naturalists and birders of Costa Rica are a wonderful family of science-minded folks who shared their treasures with us. On my first day, I was welcomed by Crested Guan, Tinamou and huge iguanas hanging in the trees.
The ride to Arenal Observatory Lodge was entertaining. We stopped for lunch at a local outdoor restaurant. One word: delicious! Another word: coffee.
Below in the flower beds, the rufous-tailed hummingbirds were sharing the verbena with a Black-crested Coquette. Oropendolas streaked through the sky from tree to tree and we were able to view their nests which were similar to an oriole’s. Coatis scampered playfully below the feeders looking hopefully for fallen fruit.
Our drive to Monteverde was around Lake Arenal. We viewed the dairy farms and coffee plantations that shared the land with the untouched forests. Monteverde’s history is quite interesting and I was able to go to a lecture by one of the original Quakers who founded Monteverde and created the Cloud Forest Reserve. It was windy and much cooler. Huge, old trees and magical walks up groomed steps through ferns at least a story high were other worldly. Colorful birds delighted us in the green heaven.
Then we headed off to the Pacific Central Coast. Our hotel was situated on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Swallows danced through the clouds as we ate our lunch. Morning coffee on the patio brought views of the magnificent Scarlet Macaws. We took a morning hike at Carara Park, discovering Motmots among many other species of birds.
We headed south along the coast via Manuel Antonio and Domincal and then inland up the mountain to the summit of Cerro de la Muerte at 11,000 feet. This is the highest point on the Pan-American Highway. Our lunch time on a balcony overlooking the valley below was rich with the calls of birds. We were rewarded in a unique view of a Snowy-bellied Hummingbird.
After a ride up, down and over a mountain we arrived at the Savegre Lodge. I must return here one day to fully enjoy all the lodge has to offer as well as sit back and enjoy the beauty of the gardens and birds from this region. The feeders and trees at Savegre surrounded the patio. A cup of coffee, binoculars and camera and the parade began.
The day’s newest humming bird was a Mountain-gem. But the colors of the Flame-Colored and Blue-grey Tanagers at the feeders still are sweet to me.
We will go back!
Why visit this place?
"I loved visiting this country and plan to go back in the Spring. We were birding and some birds are indigenous to certain areas. The geography is ever changing and people are friendly."
When is the best time of year to visit?
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