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Experiencing the dramatic differences in flora and fauna at different elevations
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Witnessing first-hand the major role army ants play in the rainforest ecosystem
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Observing Resplendent Quetzals feeding on fruit trees at Paraiso del Quetzal
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Watching Scarlet Macaws feed along the Pacific coast beach as the sun sets
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Enjoying the aerial acrobatics of monkeys at La Selva and Carara

Costa Rica: Quest for the Quetzal

The pulse of life beats faster in the tropics. For a dweller of northern latitudes, a visit to Tropical America is like an awakening of sorts. A commonly heard phrase upon one’s first visit is “there is just so much life everywhere.” Costa Rica is an ideal ‘first ambassador’ for this region, owing to its sheer ability to showcase the surprising abundance of diversity within a small country.

On this tour, we venture from the country’s Central Valley down the Caribbean foothills into the eastern lowlands; cross the Continental Divide to Carara National Park in the Pacific lowlands and the wetlands of the dry northwest; ascend to cloud forests, and climb even farther up into the stark páramo above the tree line. By visiting so many unique ecoregions, the landscape will always be changing, and the cast of animals and plants will change with it.

The attendant (and substantial) diversity of bird life will be readily apparent as we explore. Standouts will include macaws, toucans, trogons, motmots, tanagers, hummingbirds, antbirds and manakins. Butterflies are similarly impressive, with slick heliconians and giant blue Morphos catching our attention. Though more secretive or cryptic, we can expect to encounter numerous interesting mammals, reptiles and amphibians, especially on our exciting night walks. From the captivating beauty of a Resplendent Quetzal to the subtlety of a tiny orchid clinging to life in the canopy of a fallen rainforest tree, this will be an invigorating experience for the senses.

Pura Vida!

Tour Leader Ian Shanahan recently hosted a webinar about this trip. Click here to view the recording. He included a ton of interesting photos!
Quest Nature Tours

Costa Rica | 11 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Feb 28 - Mar 11, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$3795
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants   

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, gratuities for services provided by Quest, all activities as described in the detailed itinerary, ground transportation and park entrance fees, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as specified in itinerary, services of local English-speaking guides, bottled water on bus, services of your Quest leader. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$275.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in San José
Day 2: Travel to La Selva via Poas-Varablanca-Cinchona
Day 3: Exploring La Selva
Day 4: Travel to Pacific lowlands via Braulio Carillo National Park
Day 5: Visiting Carara National Park/Taking the Crocodile Safari Boat ride
Day 6: Day trip to Hacienda Solimar in the dry northwest
Day 7: Travel to highlands via Hacienda Barú
Day 8: Los Quetzales National Park and Paraiso del Quetzal
Day 9-10: Travel to San José via Tapanti National Park
Day 11: Depart San José
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Your Tour Leader

Born and raised in England, James Lees has been keenly interested in nature from a very young age and has worked in the conservation field for the last 15 years. James is a seasoned worldwide nature tour leader. Over his career he has visited 25 countries including Kenya, Kazakhstan, many different European countries, Mexico, and various parts of the USA and Canada.

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Quest Nature Tours

Costa Rica | 11 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Feb 28 - Mar 11, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$3795
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants   

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, gratuities for services provided by Quest, all activities as described in the detailed itinerary, ground transportation and park entrance fees, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as specified in itinerary, services of local English-speaking guides, bottled water on bus, services of your Quest leader. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$275.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"The Resplendent Quetzal has stunning, inimitable plumage and grace."

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